Community Library Manager

County of Contra Costa

$87,145.44 - $111,288.48 Annually

CLOSING DATE: 10/30/2022 11:59 PM


Contra Costa County has exciting opportunities for Community Library Managers and Senior Community Library Managers.

The Contra Costa County Library is a forward-looking department of the County with 26 community libraries serving as the pulse of their respective communities. The mission of Contra Costa County Library is "Bringing people and ideas together". Contra Costa County Library is the pulse of our community. Working together, we spark imagination, fuel potential, and connect people with ideas to each other. The Library is looking to fill vacancies for Community Library Managers at the Dougherty Station and El Sobrante locations.

Community Library Managers oversee the activities of one or more community libraries and serve as the Library’s liaison to their communities.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • able to exhibit sound and accurate judgement;
  • excited to work with community partners;
  • customer-service oriented;
  • adaptable to changing situations;
  • able to motivate staff, encourage growth, and foster improvement when needed;
  • organized;
  • as well as, effective in interpersonal interactions.

What you will typically be responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing goals in line with a strategic plan
  • Coaching staff, guiding them regarding opportunities for professional growth, and providing improvement feedback as needed
  • Cultivating positive working relationships with community partners and staff, including regular communication
  • Keeping abreast of current trends in the library industry
  • Responding to customer concerns in a courteous fashion
  • De-escalating conflicts
  • Working with individuals of diverse cultures, abilities, and backgrounds

These are a few reasons you might love this job:

  • You will have an opportunity to work in diverse communities that appreciate the library
  • A strong management team and staff community will support and collaborate with you
  • There will be several opportunities to serve your community
  • There is a variety of professional development opportunities available
  • You will work in an organization committed to racial equity and inclusiveness

Here are a few challenges you might face in this job:

  • You may be required to deal with changing conditions arising from the pandemic
  • Sudden staffing changes may occur, so remaining adaptable is crucial
  • Complex customer service issues may arise that require delicate handling
  • You will need to remain ready to adapt to changing library technologies

Competencies required for this position:

  • Legal and Regulatory Navigation: Understanding, interpreting, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations
  • Professional & Technical Expertise: Applying technical subject matter to the job
  • Attention to Detail: Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products
  • Innovation: Imagining and devising new and better ways of doing things
  • Oral Communication: Engaging effectively in dialogue
  • Writing: Communicating effectively in writing
  • Professional Impact: Presenting self as a positive representative of the organization
  • Leadership: Guiding and encouraging others to accomplish a common goal
  • Managing Performance: Ensuring superior individual and group performance
  • Valuing Diversity: Appreciating the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures in the workplace
  • Business Process Analysis: Defining, assessing, and improving operational processes and workflow
  • Managing Organizational Complexity: Maneuvering through complex political situations and functions within the organization

The eligible list established from this recruitment process will be valid for 6 months. To review the full
classification specifications for this class please follow this link: Community Library Manager

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Possession of a Master of Library Science degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or equivalent curriculum.

Experience: Two (2) years of full-time equivalent professional/supervisory library experience.
Three (3) years full-time equivalent experience working in a library, which may include two (2) years as support staff, technician or paraprofessional, and at least one (1) year at a professional/supervisory level.

Desirable Qualifications: 

  • Previous completion of leadership training
  • Previous completion of racial equity and/or diversity, equity, and inclusion training
  • Previous completion of group presentation training

Selection Process
1. Application Filing and Evaluation: Applicants will be required to complete a supplemental questionnaire at the time of application, applications will be evaluated to determine which candidates will move forward in the next phase of the recruitment process.

2. Online Video Interview and Writing Assessment: Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in an online video interview and writing assessment. The assessment will measure candidates' competencies as they relate to the Community Library Manager classification. In the assessment, candidates must achieve an average passing score of 70% or higher on each of the competencies, as well as an overall passing score of 70% or higher.  These may include, but are not limited to: Professional & Technical Expertise, Attention to Detail, Writing, Oral Communication, Leadership, Managing Performance, and Valuing Diversity.

The Community Library Manager online assessment is tentatively scheduled to take place via computer (remotely)  the week of November 7, 2022.

The video and written assessment will be administered remotely using a computer or mobile device such as a tablet. You will need access to a reliable internet connection to take the assessment, as well as computer or mobile device with a camera.  It is not recommended to take the assessment using a cell phone due to the writing component.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

For recruitment specific questions, please contact Amanda Monson at  For any technical issues, please contact the GovernmentJobs’ applicant support team for assistance at +1 855-524-5627.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements
Contra Costa County enacted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employees. Proof of full vaccination will be required of all employees, including new hires.  The policy requirements can be found here:

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be 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 be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.