County of Alameda

Library Division Director (#4180)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - Confidential Mgmt (R50)
$63.09-$76.56 Hourly / $5,047.20-$6,124.80 BiWeekly /
$10,935.60-$13,270.40 Monthly / $131,227.20-$159,244.80 Yearly

Under the general direction of a Deputy County Librarian, is responsible for Library administrative and programmatic functions and the oversight of a division of the County Library.


The incumbents of this class direct the implementation of Library administrative and programmatic initiatives as determined by the Deputy County Librarian.  Incumbents in the class of Library Division Director are distinguished in the class of Librarian IV or Library Manager III in that the Library Division Director has broad administrative responsibilities for public service and/or support functions that include, supervisory responsibilities for a division consisting of a group of libraries or library services requiring at least five subordinate supervisors and/or managers.

NOTE:  The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1.  Trains, supervises, evaluates, and advises managers of Library operations, provides direction in establishing and maintaining community contacts; assures responsibility for key stakeholders.

2.  Reviews requests from managers for staff, equipment, materials, resources, technology, and program budget needs, and makes recommendations to executive leadership.

3.  Participates as a member of the executive leadership team of the County Library.

4.  Participates in the personnel selection process; consults and advises on matters of personnel, operations, services, and staff development within the division.

5.  Analyzes and evaluates division activities and needs; reports, advocates, and articulates strategic priorities of the division and recommendations to executive leadership.

6.  Works with City and County officials, departments, and community organizations, enlisting the support of strategic partners to complement strengths and weaknesses of the organization and to obtain key resources and assistance to support the achievement of mutual goals.

7.  As directed by the Deputy County Librarian, assumes responsibility for implementation of strategic initiatives and major projects.


Possession of a master's degree in Library Science or Public Administration awarded by an accredited college or university.



Either I

The equivalent of two (2) years full-time experience as a Library Manager II, in the Alameda County classified service.


The equivalent of one (1) year full-time experience as a Library Manager III in the Alameda County classified service.


The equivalent of five years full-time, responsible professional experience as a Librarian and/or program experience, including the equivalent of two (2) years full-time supervisory responsibility.

NOTE:  The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualification in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE:  The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Example of Duties" section of this section.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of librarianship, marketing to diverse populations, cataloging, library automation and current technology.
  • Public library programs and their relationship to community needs.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, management, and training.
  • Books, periodicals, and audiovisual formats in general use.
  • Printed and automated reference resources.
  • Library business methods, procedures, and practices.
  • Budgeting and resource management principles and practices.
  • Current library trends and practices.
Ability to:
  • Implement policies, procedures and services.
  • Plan and organize operations of a large, complex organization.
  • Problem solve and analyze.
  • Make decisions, exercise judgment.
  • Provide management control.
  • Demonstrate leadership.
  • Exercise interpersonal sensitivity.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Use personal computer hardware and software.
  • Make presentations on marketing of library services and resources to the public.
  • Prepare written reports.
  • Give general direction to managers, coaching and mentoring all staff to develop their skills and potential.
  • Understand and interpret developments within a community and the County as a whole in relationship to the County Library.
  • Analyze, recommend, create and carry out revenue enhancement initiatives to increase library funding.

HC:sle Revised: 11/79
JGS:mad Updated: 11/87
JGS:pb Revised: 12/92
Old doc: 0389h
New doc: 4180.doc
CSC Date: 12/16/92
NE:po Revised 5/9/08
CSC Date: 6/4/2008
MMH:cs Revised 4/2/13
CSC Date: 5/1/13
JG:ah  Revised and Retitled 10/29/18
Old Title: Principal Librarian
CSC Date: 11/07/18

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