Senior Children’s Librarian, Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library

By June 19, 2019

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Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library

CITY OF MONTEREY PARK Human Resources Department 320 W. Newmark Ave.  Monterey Park, CA 91754  (626) 307-1334  announces a job opening for


SALARY:  $6,039-$7,725 monthly plus excellent benefits including $50/month bilingual pay for a qualified 2nd language.

DEADLINE: July 5, 2019 at 4:30 PM or the first 25 qualified applications, whichever comes first. Recruitment may close at any time without notice. Completed City applications, including any related educational or training documents must be submitted through the online application system within the filing period. Incomplete employment applications will not be processed. Complete all requested information including the non asterisk boxes. Please visit to apply online.

THE POSITION:  Under general direction from the City Librarian, plans, supervises and administers Children’s Services, and may act as the City Librarian’s designee on occasion. The Senior Librarian conducts community outreach and plans programs to ensure community needs are being met; assists in preparing the Library’s budget; trains, supervises and evaluates assigned staff which may include professional librarians, paraprofessional library staff, clerical support staff, volunteers and student workers; renders professional reference and advisory service to readers, and assists with database management; manages collections and resources; writes reports, policies and procedures; trains other staff and the general public in the use of the Internet and other online databases; and performs other related duties as required.  This position works rotating shifts including evenings and weekends. Senior Librarians work Sundays on a rotation basis.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Knowledge of theories, principles and techniques of professional library work which include automation, collection development, classification, selection, circulation and reference sources including electronic formats; principles and practices of supervision; principles and practices of effective public relations.  Skills/Abilities – Ability to plan, supervise, train and evaluate the work of assigned staff; learn and use professional library automation systems; interpret and apply written policies, rules and regulations; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.  Education and Experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities of librarianship are qualifying. A Master’s degree in Library Sciences from an accredited American Library Association School and at least 3 years as a Librarian with supervisory experience is required. Physical Effort – This position requires stooping, climbing step ladders, reaching, bending, pushing and lifting up to 10 pounds.  License – Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Class C California Drivers License and a satisfactory driving record is required.

SELECTION PROCESS: Candidates who best meet the needs of the department will be invited to an Assessment of Qualifications.  An applicant must pass all components of the examination process to be considered for the position.  Assessment of Qualifications: Weighted 100%  TBD

After a conditional job offer is made, the candidate must pass a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug/alcohol screen.  Applicants with legal disabilities who require special testing arrangements must contact the Personnel Department at least five (5) days prior to the examination date.  THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED CONTRACT AND ANY PROVISION CONTAINED IN THIS BULLETIN MAY BE MODIFIED OR REVOKED WITHOUT NOTICE.  THE CITY OF MONTEREY PARK DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AGAINST MINORITIES, WOMEN OR PERSONS WITH LEGAL MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DISABILITIES.  The City of Monterey Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Following is a summary of the provided benefits.  For further information, refer to the unit’s Salary Resolution or Memorandum of Understanding.  HOLIDAYS: 116 hours of paid holidays per year.  VACATION:  80 hours of vacation each year plus eight additional hours for each year served beginning with the employee’s sixth anniversary to a maximum of 200 hours per year.  ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE:  FLSA-exempt positions accrue 40 hours of administrative leave per fiscal year.  SICK LEAVE: 88 hours annually.  Upon retirement the City will pay 50% of accumulated sick leave accrual and 25% paid upon separation.    CASH OUT OF ACCURED LEAVE:  An employee may elect to cash out up to 120 hours of accrued vacation, sick, holiday and administrative leave, or any combination thereof.   MEDICAL INSURANCE:  The City contributes up to $1,250 per month toward medical insurance for employee, eligible dependents and retirees. Employees have a variety of medical insurance plans to choose from. Employees who waive Citypaid medical coverage and present proof of insurance in a nonCity employee’s health insurance plan will receive $300 per month cash in lieu.  DENTAL INSURANCE:  The City contributes up to $90.00 per month toward dental insurance for the employee and eligible dependents.  VISION INSURANCE: The City contributes up to $30.00 per month toward vision insurance for the employee and eligible dependents.  LIFE INSURANCE:  The City provides a $100,000 life insurance policy. Additional life insurance is available.  LONG TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE:  The City pays the premium for long-term disability insurance for the employee.  RETIREMENT: Classic CalPERS members have a retirement formula of 2.7@55, single highest year.  Members new to CalPERS or considered new under PEPRA will have a retirement formula of 2%@62, 3 average years. Of the 8% member contribution, the City pays 1.45% on the employee’s behalf, the employee pays 6.55%. The City does not participate in the Social Security System, except for the mandatory 1.45% Medicare contribution.  EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:  Regular, full-time employees are eligible for participation in the Employee Assistance Program that provides confidential counseling and consultation services for family, stress, financial and legal issues.  MEDICARE:  Employees pay the mandatory 1.45% Medicare contribution.  CREDIT UNION:  F & A Credit Union is available to employees.  DEFERRED COMPENSATION:  Available to all employees who wish to participate.  City contributes up to $25 per pay period for enrolled employees.  BILINGUAL PAY:  $50.00/mo for the ability to speak a qualified second language.  An additional $50.00/month available for the ability to translate documents in a qualified second language. Employees certified by the City as bilingual translators for both verbal and transcription receive $150/mo.  TUITION REIMBURSEMENT:  Those who have passed probation are eligible for reimbursement up to $4,000 annually for approved courses & books at Cal-State LA University tuition rates.  EMPLOYEE COMPUTER LOAN:  Those who have passed probation are eligible for $2,500 interest free loan to purchase a computer.  DRUG/ALCOHOL FREE WORKPLACE:  It is the policy of the City of Monterey Park to maintain a drug and alcohol free workplace.  Applicants for City employment are expected to comply with this policy.  IMMIGRATION REFORM AND CONTROL ACT OF 1986:  In compliance with IRCA of 1986, all new employees must verify identity and entitlement to work in the United States by providing required documentation.

NOTE:  As required in Government Code Section 3102, all public employees and all volunteers in any disaster council or emergency organization accredited by the California Emergency Council must sign an oath or affirmation before entering upon the duties of their employment.

All employees of the City of Monterey Park are designated by both State and City Ordinance to be “Disaster Service Workers”.  In the event of a declared emergency or any undeclared emergency or natural disaster that threatens the life, health and/or safety of the public, employees may be assigned to assist rescue and relief workers.  Such assignments may be in locations, during hours and performing work significantly different from the employees’ normal work assignments and may continue through the recovery phase of the emergency.

THE CITY:  The gateway to the San Gabriel Valley, Monterey Park is located six miles east of the Los Angeles Civic Center and encompasses an area of 7.72 square miles with approximately 64,000 residents.  Development within the City consists primarily of suburban residential neighborhoods balanced by commercial facilities.  Monterey Park is bordered by the San Bernardino, Long Beach and Pomona freeways, and offers many economic and cultural advantages.  Only a few minutes away are mountains, major sport event facilities and cultural attractions.  In the City itself, newcomers may choose from hillside homes with spectacular views, family homes on pleasant, tree-lined streets and apartments or condominiums.  The educational opportunities from kindergarten to university present some of the best in Los Angeles County.  East Los Angeles College is located within the City limits and California State University at Los Angeles is located on the City’s northern boundary.  The City contains two hospitals, 14 parks and facilities, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, gymnasiums, swimming pools and a golf course.  City employees can enjoy a variety of authentic culinary delights from the over 100 restaurants in the City and shopping experiences in the over 75 multi-cultural specialty stores throughout the City. 6-19

This Supplemental Questions are an extension of your application form.  Please be concise in your responses and be sure to answer all of the Supplemental Questions.   1. Describe your experience in developing and implementing Library programs for children and families. Include information regarding your role and scope of responsibility.

2. Describe the most innovative library program/event/project in which you have participated. List the three most difficult problems you encountered and describe how you solved them. In retrospect, what would you do differently?

3. Describe your supervisory experience.

4. Explain what possible changes you see children’s services in public libraries will encounter in the next ten years.

5. What personal qualities are most important in a leader?

6. What strengths would you bring as a Senior Librarian in Children’s Services?

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