Librarian III

Walnut Creek, CA
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Salary: $79,401.36 - $96,512.88 Annually
Created: August 26, 2022


The Position

Bargaining Unit: Local 1 - Library Unit  

Why join the Contra Costa County Library?
Contra Costa County’s Library Department is seeking qualified candidates to fill vacancies for the Librarian III classification.
The Library is made up of nearly 300 employees serving 26 communities throughout Contra Costa County.  Its mission is to “Bring People and Ideas Together.”  The Library seeks to enrich lives by delivering a consistent, high quality, and inviting experience at all points of contact.
It is an innovative, entrepreneurial and dynamic civic institution that is committed to providing exceptional services to its communities.   The Library assumes critical roles in making the communities strong, equitable, resilient, and progressive.
The Library’s core goal is to champion personal and community engagement through literacy and reading.  It has implemented several programs to ensure easy, equitable access to library services for all.  This was exemplified by the Library saying “Farewell to Fines” at the beginning of 2019!   By promoting library services and programs to the community we meet our mission of “Bringing People and Ideas Together.”

We are looking for someone who is:

  • An emotionally intelligent communicator and collaborator able to productively navigate the highs and lows of interpersonal relationships
  • Supportive of staff achievements and leads with enthusiasm
  • Able to set clear performance expectations and provide coaching to support staff success
  • Passionate about aligning their work with Library strategic goals
  • Unwavering in their commitment to excellent customer service
  • Innovative and results-driven
  • Supportive of the Library’s efforts to provide equitable service to its patrons
  • Able to thrive in an ever-changing environment

What you will typically be responsible for:

  • Direct supervision over an assigned unit or work area
  • Collaborating with other departmental staff to provide an integrated program of library service
  • Supervising, reviewing, and evaluating the work of assigned staff
  • Helping foster and create a pleasant, respectful, and welcoming environment
  • Planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating departmental approved projects and programs for various age groups and technologies
  • Giving presentations, conducting story time, and providing reader’s advisory services, instructing patrons on use of library services
  • Working on the public service desk 
  • Compiling and analyzing statistics and preparing reports of unit activities and operations
  • Keeping current with, and providing recommendations on emerging trends and technologies
  • Developing and providing solutions for staff training

A few reasons you might love this job:

  • You will have continuous learning opportunities and ongoing training
  • You will have imaginative opportunities for mentorship
  • You will have career growth and upward mobility within the department
  • You will work in a supportive and respectful working environment that values work-life balance

A few challenges you might face in this job:

  • You will be faced with evening and shift work according to established or flexible schedules
  • You will be required to be available to travel to various branches or outlets throughout the County
  • You will be required to adapt to ever-changing technology

Competencies Required:

  • Critical Thinking: Analytically and logically evaluating information, propositions, and claims
  • Delivering Results: Meeting organizational goals and customer expectations and making decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks
  • Using Technology: Working with electronic hardware and software applications  
  • Action & Results Focused (Taking Initiative): Initiating tasks and focusing on accomplishment   
  • Adaptability: Responding positively to change and modifying behavior as the situation requires
  • Attention to Detail: Focusing on the details of work content, work steps, and final work products   
  • Handling Stress: Maintaining emotional stability and self-control under pressure, challenge, or adversity
  • Innovation: Imagining and devising new and better ways of doing things  
  • Professional Integrity & Ethics: Displaying honesty, adherence to principles, and personal accountability
  • Oral Communication: Engaging effectively in dialogue  
  • Presentation Skill: Formally delivering information to groups
  • Writing: Communicating effectively in writing  
  • Involving Others (Engaging Teams): Engaging others for input, contribution, and shared responsibility for outcomes  
  • Professional Impact: Presenting self as a positive representative of the organization  
  • Group Facilitation: Enabling constructive and productive group interaction  
  • Leadership: Guiding and encouraging others to accomplish a common goal  
  • Valuing Diversity: Appreciating the benefits of varied backgrounds and cultures in the workplace  
  • Project Management: Ensuring that projects are on-time, on-budget, and achieve their objectives  

To read the complete job description, please visit the website, The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for 6 months.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Possession of a Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) or a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from a school of librarianship accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
Experience: Two (2) years of full-time, or its equivalent, as a professional librarian.
Substitution for Education: Two (2) additional years of full-time, or its equivalent, experience as a Librarian II with Contra Costa County, or in a related position performing similar duties, AND possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university may substitute for the required Master’s Degree.
Other Requirements: Some positions may require candidates to possess and maintain throughout the duration of employment a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • A passion for public service
  • Knowledge of and experience with general management practices, supervision, public speaking, and training
  • Experience with initiatives related to closing equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices
  • A Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) or a Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) is highly desirable



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 Librarian III 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: Critical Thinking, Professional Integrity & Ethics, Oral Communication, Writing, Leadership, and Valuing Diversity.

    The Librarian III online assessment is tentatively scheduled to take place via computer (remotely)  the week of September 19, 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.


Published: Monday, August 29, 2022 17:48 UTC

Last updated: Monday, August 29, 2022 17:48 UTC