Category Clerical/Administrative Support

Region San Francisco/Peninsula

Close Date Until filled

Salary $16.07-$21.53 Hourly

Additional Questionnaires None

Position: Delivery Sorter I – On-Call/Hourly
Hours: Mornings, Afternoons and Weekends as needed
Rate: $16.07 to $21.53, depending on experience*
The Peninsula Library System (PLS) is a cooperative library system of 35 physical library locations
throughout San Mateo County, California. There is one central sorting and delivery location in San
Mateo, and four trucks which deliver books and materials between the libraries. Sorting is done
primarily through an Automatic Materials Handler (AMH) sorting mechanism but is also done
Under the supervision of assigned management and supervisory staff, accurately sorts and processes
both library materials and mail received at the PLS delivery center. Efficiently prepares materials for
distribution by delivery drivers.
This class is the first in the Sorter series. The Sorter I works under close supervision and performs
routine sorting functions. It is distinguished from the Sorter Il by the amount of sorting and supervisory
experience required. A Sorter II works under general supervision and, within a framework of
established procedures, is expected to perform a variety of complex sorting and operational duties
with only occasional assistance and may provide lead direction to other delivery staff on a project or
day-to-day basis.
Organizational Impact

  • Supports critical and time-sensitive service to PLS libraries.
  • Inaccuracy would cause libraries to give poor service.
  • Makes sharing of materials between PLS libraries possible.
    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Receives and sorts library materials; receives, sorts, and delivers interoffice, external mail and
    other materials from deliveries in a timely manner.
  • Accurately sorts and organizes materials for proper delivery to ultimate destination: crate, pack
    or bag as appropriate and instructed; sorts interlibrary loan materials and prepares out of
    system shipments.
  • Operates and performs basic maintenance, cleaning, and troubleshooting on equipment used
    for sorting, including the Automated Materials Handling Machine.
    Other Job Duties:
  • Posts first class mail; determine correct postage for various classes of outgoing U.S. and
    foreign mail; weigh large or heavy material for correct postage.
  • Gathers required tallies and statistics (e.g. items not run through the AMH such as small
    electronic equipment, kits, programming supplies, etc.)
  • Operates and performs basic maintenance on postage scale, and postage metering machine.
    This job description is not a complete list of potential duties. Employees will be required to follow any
    other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by their supervisor.
    Required Preferred
    Education Equivalent to the completion of 12th grade
    Experience 6+ months general work experience
    Knowledge Basic mathematical principles
    Principles and procedures of record
    Basic alphabetical and numeric filing
    Basic computer skills
    Skills and
    Ability to:
    -understand and carry out oral and written
    -cooperate and work well with others
    -learn the PLS distribution and sorting
    system, proper postage rates, and the
    mailing rules of the US Postal Service and
    other shipping agencies
    -operate postal and sorting machinery and
    equipment; use computerized data and
    communication systems
    -perform routine work accurately and
    within a schedule; maintain accurate
    -perform basic mathematical calculations
    Work Environment and Physical Demands:
    Utility area work environment. Work is primarily done standing.
    Must be able to stand, bend, lift, stretch, twist, and squat for extended periods of time. Must lift
    30-50 pounds.
    Must be able to collaboratively as appropriate, push hand trucks or carts with loads of up to
    200lbs and to carefully, properly and safely load and unload materials
    Retirement: Defined Contribution pension plan with 7.5% contribution paid by employer.
    Ongoing recruitment.

    To apply, send resume and cover letter to Wendy Cao,

The Peninsula Library System (PLS) is a consortium of 35 public and community college libraries working together to provide innovative and cost-effective service to their users. Founded in 1971, the system is a Joint Powers of Agreement and is funded primarily by member libraries: Burlingame Public Library, Daly City Public Library, Menlo Park Public Library, Redwood City Public Library, San Bruno Public Library, San Mateo County Libraries, San Mateo Public Library, South San Francisco Public Library, and the San Mateo County Community College District (including the College of San Mateo, Canada College and Skyline College). PLS also receives support from the state California Library Services Act funds, federal Library Services and Technology Act and local contracts for special services.
Thanks to PLS leadership and the cooperation of its members, residents of San Mateo County can borrow and return books at any local library. They can search a joint catalog of member library holdings and use other library services by logging on to

“The Peninsula Library System strengthens local libraries through cooperation, enabling them to provide better service to their diverse communities.”

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