Job Listing: Librarian I/II (South San Francisco)

Category: Library

Region: San Francisco/Peninsula

Job Type: Full-Time

Close Date 11/3/2021 at 5pm or until 50 applicants

Salary $32.82-$43.90 Hourly

Additional Questionnaires: Pre-qualification and Supplemental

Location

840 West Orange Avenue South San Francisco, 94080

Description

Applications are being accepted for the position of Librarian I/II with the City of South San Francisco. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2021, 5:00 P.M. OR UPON RECEIPT OF THE FIRST 50 ONLINE APPLICATIONS, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST.

THE CITY OFFERS AN ATTRACTIVE BENEFIT PACKAGE, AS WELL AS CALPERS RETIREMENT PLAN AND SOCIAL SECURITY PARTICIPATION.

The City of South San Francisco is a General Law city with a population of 68,000 residents that grows to 110,000 during business hours. South San Francisco is strategically located on the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, in northern San Mateo County, 10 miles south of San Francisco. This City is also located along the Bay Area’s main transportation routes, including 101, 280, Caltrain, BART, San Francisco Bay Ferry, and the San Francisco International Airport.

The City of South San Francisco is a full-service city with 12 City Departments including Police; Fire; Parks and Recreation; Public Works; Economic and Community Development; City Attorney; Library; Finance; Information Technology; Human Resources; City Clerk; and Office of the City Manager.  The City has a Council-City Manager form of government with more than 460 full-time regular employees.

The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past.  In recent years, the City has been redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit, which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World.

South San Francisco’s biotechnology cluster is the largest in the world, with roughly 45,000 life science workers, 200 biotech companies, and over 12 million square feet of office/R&D facilities – with an additional 9 million square feet of new R&D facilities in the development pipeline. 

South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play. 

THE DEPARTMENT

The South San Francisco Public Library is a full-service library committed to delivering quality services to a diverse community. Library services are available at three sites, including the Main Library (on West Orange Avenue) the Grand Avenue Branch Library, and the Community Learning Center (CLC). Lifelong literacy services are provided by Project Read and at the CLC. The CLC offers reading, writing, computer, parenting, and workplace literacy skills, and homework assistance for elementary school students. Both Project Read and the CLC are known for their creative grant-funded projects and collaborations with local schools, CBOs and government agencies.  The Library’s annual budget is $4.3 million with a staff of 40 FTEs and a collection of 167,000 volumes. The Library is an active member of the Peninsula Library System and the Peninsula Libraries Automated Network, known for their innovative programs and management. This position will be based primarily out of the Main Library but may include some shifts at the Grand Avenue Branch Library.Job Description URL: http://www.ssf.net/home/showdocument?id=1058

Ideal Candidate

The ideal Librarian I-II will have knowledge of procedures, methods, techniques and sources used in library work, including but not limited to technical services, collection development and maintenance, reference and reader’s advisory services, programming and promotional methods; books, authors and subject genres, reference and research resources; Library procedures, including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions and online searching; Library automation, computer software and equipment, mobile devices, and e-readers; and standard and online tools to promote library programs, services, and collections. The ideal candidate will also have the ability to effectively utilize library collections, systems and equipment and train patrons and other staff on usage; identify and analyze data including community needs and interests to effectively plan and promote needed programs and services; work accurately and consistently with attention to detail; cope with a busy workload; and exercise good judgment, flexibility, initiative, creativity and sensitivity in response to changing situations and needs. The ideal Librarian I-II will also have skill in entering and retrieving data with sufficient speed and accuracy to perform assigned work; expressing oneself clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with fellow staff members and those contacted in the course of the work. The incumbent must be able to work evening and weekend shifts on a rotational basis with other staff.

QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

Experience:

  • Librarian I: None.
  • Librarian II: Two years of progressively more responsible professional municipal library experience.

Training:  Both levels require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a master’s degree in library science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association.

Licenses/Certificates: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid, appropriate California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record, which must be maintained as a condition of employment.

THE SELECTION PROCESS:

The process will first consist of a review of application materials and responses to the supplemental questionnaire, which must be detailed and complete. A resume is REQUIRED, but does not substitute for a complete application. Applications with “see resume” as a substitution for the work experience description; those with unclear past employment information; or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be consideredThe most highly suitable and qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a Training & Experience Evaluation. This assessment is tentatively scheduled for the week of November 15, 2021. 

Upon completion of this examination, an eligible list will be established which will be used for the appointment to the position. Possession of minimal qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process and placement on the eligible employment list. Top scoring candidates will be invited to the next phase of the selection process which will consist of any or all of the following: a departmental interview and written/performance exercise. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether or not they are invited to participate further in the selection process.

Appeals concerning administration of an examination must be submitted in writing within 2-business days from the date the event occurred.  

Note: The City of South San Francisco reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection processAdmission to the examination may be limited to those applicants who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications on the application and resume, in addition to an assessment of supplemental questionnaire responses. Applicants possessing the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed admission to the examination.

To review complete job descriptions which include all special requirements, go to www.ssf.net

Benefits

Librarian I Salary: $32.82 – $39.89 per hour
Librarian II Salary: $36.12 – $43.90 per hour

Retirement:  CalPERS retirement formula is 2% at age 60 for Classic members or; 2% at age 62 for “new members” as defined by Government Code §7522.04(e). Social Security and Medicare participation and option to participate in 457 deferred compensation plans. City contributes equivalent of 1.5% of base pay towards a medical after-retirement account.

Health Insurance: City offers a choice of medical HMO (two providers) or PPO plan, and offers vision and dental coverage. City pays 100% of vision and dental premiums for employee and eligible dependents. Employees shall contribute 10% of the HMO premium cost based on category of coverage (single, two, family).  For PPO, employee pays cost difference between PPO and HMO plans. City provides 100% City-paid short- and long-term disability insurances. The City offers a discretionary benefit account for employees who demonstrate health coverage elsewhere.

Vacation: Fifteen to thirty working days annual vacation, based on the length of service.

Holidays: Thirteen paid holidays per year, including one floating holiday.

Programs: 457 Deferred Compensation, Unreimbursed Medical and Dependent Care Expenses, Employee Assistance Program, Long Term Care, Credit Union, Recreation Classes, and Reduced-fee Child-care Programs are available. 

This classification is in an employee bargaining unit.

Special Instructions

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2021 AT 5:00 P.M. OR UPON RECEIPT OF THE FIRST 50 QUALIFIED ONLINE APPLICATIONS, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST.

To be considered for this employment opportunity, you must complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire in their entirety. A resume must be included but does not substitute for a complete application. Applications with “see resume” as a substitution for the work experience description, those with unclear past employment information or those with insufficient information to evaluate possession of minimum qualifications will not be considered.

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Prior to hire, and after a conditional offer of appointment has been made, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a pre-employment physical and drug screening (when applicable), a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment. Determinations are made on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to nature and recency of the conviction and relationship to job duties. All City standards must be met before the final appointment is made.

Candidates requesting veteran’s preference must provide a copy of U.S. Government Form DD 214 “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty” as an attachment to their CalOpps application.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Department upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must be submitted to HR.

The policy of the City of South San Francisco is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of South San Francisco that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of South San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

DISCLAIMER: This general announcement does not constitute an express or implied contract and is subject to change. Any provisions contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures as deemed appropriate by the City, in order to evaluate job knowledge, skills and/or abilities as they relate to the position. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: (650)877-8522

Contact email: web-hr@ssf.net

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About South San Francisco

The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past, redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World, with 209 active biotech companies and growing. South San Francisco is at the forefront of biomedical research occupying over 11 million square feet of office/R&D facilities. This brings the City roughly 45,000 highly-skilled workers during the day, and also business visitors to the region.

A vibrant community of 65,710 residents, South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play. www.ssf.net. City departments include: Police, Fire, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Economic & Community Development, Information Technology, City Attorney, Library, Finance, Communications, Human Resources and the Office of the City Manager. The City has a Council-City Manager form of governments and a staff of over 400 full- and part-time employees.

South San Francisco is strategically located on the west shore of the San Francisco Bay, in northern San Mateo County, 10 miles south of San Francisco. This City is also located along the Bay Area’s main transportation routes, included 101, 280, Caltrain, BART and the San Francisco International airport.

Offering excellent benefits.

The City of South San Francisco offers an attractive benefit package which includes a retirement plan. The City of South San Francisco is an equal opportunity employer, cultivates a progressive work environment to recruit, develop, and maintain the most highly qualified, diverse workforce to serve the people of South San Francisco.