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Librarian III (3634) - San Francisco Public Library 

Job Description

Under general direction, the 3634 Librarian III is responsible for managing complex or multiple operations or programs. The essential functions of the classification include:

  • Managing and supervising the operations of a group of libraries, library programs, service units or other functional units; coordinating with staff, to ensure physical maintenance, security, staffing, budgeting, and responding to emergency situations; participating with confidentiality in an administrative capacity as needed. May serve as a representative of a division as necessary
  • Planning, coordinating, assigning and supervising, through subordinate supervisors, the work of library staff; providing direction, support, training and evaluation; assisting staff in resolving questions and problems; ensuring that staff is provided initial and ongoing training, making recommendations regarding the selection of applicants, and interpreting and applying relevant policies and procedures related to personnel management
  • Managing, supervising and providing information and direction on the use of print, non-print, and electronic resources, such as the on-line catalog, Internet, databases and platforms to promote effective and efficient use of the library
  • Managing and supervising the interpretation of library policy and priorities to staff and the public, responding to inquiries, suggestions and concerns and recommending new procedures, guidelines or policies to appropriate supervisor
  • Managing, supervising and performing reference work by conducting reference interviews, analyzing and clarifying needs, providing readers advisory, and conducting or referring patrons to on-line searches
  • Managing and supervising the planning and coordination of programming, training and exhibits by collaborating with staff, community leaders, educators and diverse community groups
  • Making presentations to internal and external stakeholders and acting as a consultant in specific library fields of expertise to promote the use of and interest in the public library system
  • Coordinating and overseeing the activities of staff assigned to the selection, acquisition, cataloging, processing, receiving and/or preservation of library materials. Evaluating sources for purchase of library materials
  • Contributing to policy formulation and implementation by chairing/participating in committees and coordinating special cooperative projects to review and establish procedures; implementing library systems/programs and providing management for change
  • Overseeing the management of collections in accordance with the San Francisco Public Library Collection Development Plan including collection assessment, selection/deselection and maintenance to meet the needs of the community
  • Managing and promoting the development of positive community relations by performing outreach, developing and maintaining strategic partnerships and working relationships, conducting presentations for community groups/schools and other stakeholders, and representing the library in the community
  • Overseeing, preparing, or managing budgets by determining unit or division needs; reviewing expenditures, and making annual recommendations to the division chief
  • Conducting business with vendors; working with Finance and other city departments on contracts and purchase orders
  • Communicating effectively in writing (including, but not limited to social media) with internal and external stakeholders
  • Communicating verbally in a clear, concise and effective manner, with staff, the general public, local media, community organizations and administration in order to provide information regarding library operations
  • Resolving concerns effectively with supervisors, staff, and the public to resolve concerns


The minimum qualifications for the Librarian III are: 

Possession of a Master’s Degree in library and information studies (e.g. MLS/MLIS) from a college or university program accredited by the American Library Association.


Four (4) years of experience as a professional librarian, including at least two (2) years supervising other professional librarians (verification/proof of experience is required at time of filing application).

Job Information

  • Job ID: 61179190
  • Location:
    San Francisco, California, United States
  • Company Name: San Francisco Public Library
  • Position Title: Librarian III (3634)
  • Industry: Public Library
  • Job Function: Administration/Management
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Salary: $106,392.00 - $129,324.00 (Yearly Salary)

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