City Librarian

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The Santa Clarita Public Library (SCPL) was created on July 1, 2011 when public library services transferred to the City of Santa Clarita. SCPL operates three libraries: (Canyon Country (17,000 square feet), Valencia (25,000 square feet) and Old Town Newhall (30,000 square feet). These libraries are active and vital community hubs. A fourth library in the Saugus community, expected to be 30,000 square feet, is in the property acquisition phase. The City Librarian will participate in the planning and development of this new library. Since inception, SCPL has been operated through a contract with a private company; however, effective July 1, 2018, SCPL will transition to City operation and staffing. The City of Santa Clarita will provide a competitive pay and benefits structure to attract and retain talented public library professionals.
SCPL has an annual circulation of over 1.2 million and patron visits of over 750,000. The anticipated budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 is $5.5 million, including an annual materials budget of $800,000. SCPL is funded primarily through a dedicated share of property tax restricted for public library services. Staffing will be 58 full-time equivalent positions as follows: a City Librarian; 3 Library (Branch) Administrators; 3 Senior Librarians; 13 Librarians; 10 Library Assistants; and 29 full-time equivalent part-time employees. SCPL is part of the Neighborhood Services Department and reports to the Deputy City Manager.
The City of Santa Clarita seeks a visionary and inspirational leader to serve as City Librarian. The City Librarian will lead and manage the staff, operations, programs, and services of the Santa Clarita Public Library. This includes the planning of various well-attended programs, such as the annual Summer Reading Program; managing the SCPL budget; and furthering the goals and objectives of the Santa Clarita Public Library. The City Librarian will play a critical role in communicating with City personnel and the community as a whole, including coordinating development of a new Strategic Plan. With the transition from contract to public staffing, a key opportunity for the City Librarian will be establishing and instilling a positive organizational culture that encourages and rewards innovation and public service. The new City Librarian will play a key role in interviewing and selecting the new library staff.
For additional information on this position, please visit: www.santa-clarita.com/CityLibrarian
Education and Experience:The ideal candidate for City Librarian will have a Master's degree in Library Science, five years of experience in public library administration, including three in a supervisory role, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge and Abilities:Other characteristics of the candidate for City Librarian include:
An extensive and enthusiastic knowledge of current and
emerging public library trends
Knowledge of library-emphasized administrative principles
and methods, including goal setting, program and budget
development, and work planning and organization
The ability to analyze and create effective solutions to
complex issues
Experience selecting, training, and motivating library staff
Experience establishing positive working relationships with
fellow City employees and community members
Strong customer service and interpersonal skills
Ability to effectively lead and build a team
Additional Information:An online completed City application form is required to apply for this position. All employment information must be provided on the application. Providing a resume is not a substitute for completing this section of the application. Applications left incomplete, or with a reference to attachments may be rejected.
The selection process will include one or more of the following: written exam, technical knowledge assessment, writing skill assessment, and/or oral interviews. If you require special accommodations to participate in the application/selection process, please notify Human Resources for assistance.
All offers of regular employment with the City of Santa Clarita are made contingent upon receipt of proof of legal right to work in the United States, successful completion of a post-offer pre-employment physical, which may include a drug screen and Department of Justice fingerprinting. Criminal offender information will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. The City uses the E-Verify program to electronically confirm work authorization of newly hired employees. All new employees are required to participate in the DMV Employer Pull-Notice Program. This program authorizes the City to receive a driver record report upon enrollment and during employment. Only degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation will be accepted.
Compensation includes enrollment in California Public Employees' Retirement System as a replacement for Social Security plus a competitive benefits package. All appointments are made at the "A" step of the salary range unless otherwise authorized by the City Manager.
For more information and to apply online please visit www.santa-clarita.com.
The City of Santa Clarita is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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