Goverment Jobs
February 10, 2020
Pacific Grove, California
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Current salary is under review (top step is $142,417 annually), recommended new annual salary at top step is $163,280 pending City Council approval. In addition to base salary, excellent benefits plus a 3% Management incentive is provided.

The Position
Lead a department that nurtures innovation, discovery and delight in a community in love with libraries. TheCity of Pacific Grove is searching for a Library Director.

Reporting to the City Manager, the Library Director is a collaborative member of the City's Leadership Team, and is accountable for directing all aspects of the department including its personnel, budget, resources and setting department specific policies. Projects/priorities for the new Library Director are listed below.

  • Overseeing the completion and relocation back into the newly renovated Pacific Grove Carnegie Library. The Library is currently under renovation and is currently temporarily housed in a nearby building. The Library Renewal Renovation Project is an extensive interior remodel of the Pacific Grove Public Library. The project has 3 primary components -- preserving the community's past, enhancing the present and preparing for the future. Additional information can by found at
  • Continuing community engagement and participation, and maintaining positive relationships with the community. The Library is supported by several volunteer groups: Library Advisory Board, The Pacific Grove Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Pacific Grove Library.
  • Successfully lead and inspire an existing team of library staff who are dedicated to library patrons and the community.
  • Collaborating with other City departments to meet broader goals and initiatives of the City.

The Ideal Candidate
The City of Pacific Grove is looking for an exceptional professional leader with public library experience and knowledge of current trends, and technology in library operations. The ideal candidate is passionate about libraries and will thrive working in a small, team-oriented environment and will have a demonstrated an ability to successfullylead a team. With a positive, curious outlook, the incumbent will enjoy actively exploring new practices. Because this is a key public facing position, excellent public speaking and communication skills are required.

Application Deadline:Sunday, March 15, 2020 by 11:59 PM PST
Application Screening:will be completed March 23, 2020
Potential Panel Interview: Week of March 30, 2020
City Manager/Department Interview: Week of April 13, 2020
Anticipated Start Date:Monday, May 4, 2020

**All dates are subject to change at the discretion of the personnel officer however it is recommended that you plan your calendar accordingly with flexibility**

To apply, complete the City's online application. Attach your resume and cover letter to your online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This recruitment will be handled with confidentiality. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established.Please do not hesitate to contact Leticia Livian at (831) 648-3171 if you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process.

The Community
With its charming blend of yesteryear and striking natural beauty, it's easy to see why Life magazine named Pacific Grove as America's "Most Romantic City." Located on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula in Central California, this coastal city is renowned for its historic ambience, stunning views and unparalleled quality of life. The city is bounded on the north by the Monterey Bay, on the east by Monterey, on the south by Pebble Beach and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Pacific Grove is located approximately 15 miles to the southwest of Salinas and 50 miles to the southwest of San Jose. The city includes a portion of the famed 17 Mile Drive, which links scenic coastal areas with the Del Monte Forest. Residents and visitors alike are drawn to its more than 3.5 miles of pristine sandy beaches, rocky outcroppings, and shoreline parks. Click on the link to learn more about PaciifcGrove, Essential Functions

Summary: Under the general guidance and direction of the City Manager, plans, organizes, manages, and coordinates the functions and staff of the City 's public Library; manages the informational, recreational, and research services of the Library to meet the needs of the community.

Essential Functions: As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, essential functions may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Directs the operations and activities of the City of Pacific Grove Library Department.
  • Manages the Library staff and activities to provide informational, instructional, recreational, and research services to the community; assures that Library services are provided in alignment with the City's goals and within fiscal constraints.
  • Selects, supervises, trains, and evaluates Library staff.
  • Develops priorities, and assigns tasks and projects; meets regularly with staff to discuss Library programs, workload, priorities, patron services, and technical issues.
  • Attends meetings of, and prepares reports for, the City Council and the Library Board; provides technical and professional advice and recommendations related to levels of service and other library-related matters.
  • Manages Library public relations and outreach efforts with Library support and advisory groups, including the Friends of the Library, the Library Foundation, and other community organizations.
  • Plans, organizes, and manages Library operations and public programs; maintains a level of service to keep pace with patron needs and requests.
  • Supervises and participates in the preparation and administration of the department budget, maintaining appropriate budgetary controls.
  • Coordinates Library activities with other City departments and outside agencies.
  • Analyzes Library functions, programs, services, and activities to ensure they meet the needs of patrons; identifies emerging community needs and develops improvement plans.
  • Develops long and short term plans and objectives to meet Library and City goals.
  • Develops and administers the Library collections of print, non-print and electronic media.
  • Plans and develops programs to deliver appropriate Library services to the City residents.
  • Collaborates with Public Works in managing the maintenance of the Library building.
  • Supports the relationship between the City and the public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with citizens, visitors, and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training and Experience Guidelines:
Masters Degree in Library Science AND five years increasingly responsible professional public library administration experience at a supervisory or management level OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Knowledge of:

  • Modern organization, objectives, services and their application; principles, laws, policies, methods, and practices of public library administration; library classification, circulation, cataloging, and reference techniques and practices; principles and practices of modern office management; principles and practices of organization, administration, budgeting, and personnel management.
  • City policies and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of public Library administration, technology, practices, and trends.
  • Policies, rules and regulations governing the conduct and safety of Library programs and facilities.
  • Current Library technology trends and practices.
  • General information science and information technology concepts and practices.
  • Current local government management trends and practices.
  • Network, internet, and social media principles and practices.
  • Record keeping and file maintenance principles and procedures.

Skill in:

  • Explaining Library standards and City policies and procedures.
  • Assessing community needs and developing solutions.
  • Developing, coordinating, and conducting Library programs and activities.
  • Managing staff, delegating tasks and authority, and evaluating staff performance.
  • Identifying Library collection issues and developing suggestions for enhancements.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers and representatives from regional agencies such as MOBAC and PLP.
  • Planning, organizing and coordinating the activities of a library system.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Selecting, supervising, training and evaluating subordinates.
Licensing and Certification Requirements

A valid California State Driver's License.


  • Pass a professional reference background check. References will not be contacted until a mutual interest has been established.
  • Verification of required education or equivalency.
  • Take an Oath of Office.
  • City employees are disaster relief workers in the event of natural disasters or emergency conditions.
  • As part of the selection process, all individuals provided with a preliminary offer of employment will be subject to a background investigation, including a criminal history check (primarily completed through the taking of fingerprints). An image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history,(if any),will beevaluated along with the other information received in connection with your application. Except as otherwise required by law, a criminal conviction will not necessarily disqualify you from the position. The nature of the offense, the date of the offense, the surrounding circumstances, and the relevance of the offense to the position applied for may, however, be considered.

Work is performed in a public library and a standard office environment.
Must be willing to work varied hours, as well as attend evening or weekend meetings and/or critical events and activities, as appropriate.

Must be a full-time employee to be eligible for all benefits listed below. Less than full-time employees may be eligible for pro-rated benefits depending on the bi-weekly hours worked.

  • Health Insurance: Medical, dental and vision insurance coverage offered to employees and dependents.
  • Life Insurance: $50,000 death benefit
  • Supplemental Short Term and Long Term Disability Plans
  • Holidays: Paid Holidays and floating holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Voluntary health care or dependent care flexible spending accounts.
  • PERSRetirement: Employer/Employee shared contributions.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan: Voluntary participation in a 457 deferred compensation plan.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • The City does not participate in Social Security except for the mandatory Medicare Program.

Benefits are subject tochange and do not constitute a contract.

As part of the application and recruitment process, you are required to complete this supplemental questionnaire. Your completed responses to the supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated to determine your qualifications and must be completed properly in order to be given full consideration for the next phase in the recruitment process. Additionally, your responses will also be evaluated and used in the selection process in order to identify the best qualified applicants. Only the best and most suitably qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the oral interviews. Responses should be thorough and specific. A lack of detail and explanation in the supplemental questions and in your application may result in failure or disqualification for this position. Clarity of expression, content, experience, grammar, spelling and the ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process. Information provided in your responses to the supplemental questionnaire regarding your employment experiences should also be detailed in the Work Experience section of the application for this recruitment. Please be sure to list all employers and required information, on your application, especially if you are referencing those employers in your responses to the supplemental questions. Do not answer any question by indicating "see attached resume" in your responses to the questions; a resume will not be accepted as a substitute for properly completed responses. Do you understand the above statement?

  • Yes
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Do you posses a Master's in Library Science or equivalent? Please remember to attach your transcripts or degree to your online application.

  • Yes
  • No
Select the option that bests describes your years of professional public library experience or equivalency.

  • 1 - 2 years
  • 3 - 4 years
  • 5 - 6 years
  • 7 - 8 years
  • 9 - 10 years
  • 11 years
Select the option that bests describes your years of supervisory experience or equivalency.

  • 1 - 2 years
  • 3 - 4 years
  • 5 - 6 years
  • 7 - 8 years
  • 9 - 10 years
  • 11 years
What is the number of staff you are responsible/supervise? What is the total number of staff for your department?

    Please select the option that bests describes your years of library computer technology experience or equivalency.

    • 1 - 2 years
    • 3 - 4 years
    • 5 - 6 years
    • 7 - 8 years
    • 9 - 10 years
    • 11 years
    Describe your current community and agency, its reporting structure, and discuss any current challenges your agency faces.

      Describe your budget experience, include in your response, the agency's general fund budget.

        Describe your experience working with Boards and community groups.

          What strategies do you find most effective in getting the highest level of performance from your staff/team? Please give us an example to illustrate this.

            What about this position most interests you? What barriers are there to accepting this position if offered to you?

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