The Library Director, who serves at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees of the Sacramento County Public Law Library, provides leadership and oversight to the Library, an independent local government agency. The Director also serves as the assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees and provides the Board with an accurate and realistic accounting of the library’s activities and achievements, and serves as the lead in creating, managing and implementing the library’s mission.
The primary responsibilities of the Library Director involve managing the library’s operations and providing guidance and direction to the staff, specifically:
Manage workflow, address concerns, counsel, hire/terminate, evaluate, promote, approve leaves and raises, coordinate workflow, schedule, and recommend changes
Ensure departmental compliance with all applicable laws, policies and procedures, and safety regulations; take initiative to correct any deviations
Attend Board meetings and act as Secretary of the Board; prepare presentations to Board and inform Board of library operations
Consult with Board members and other officials to review Department operations and activities; formulate goals, recommend policies and resolve problems
Develop and plan library programs
Prepare annual budget; pending Board’s approval, administer budget and adjust expenditures as necessary
Negotiate contracts and major expenditures, submitting them to Board for approval
Create and implement policies and procedures to enhance library services, subject to Board’s approval
Oversee maintenance of facilities and educate library staff, employees, and/or contractors about facility maintenance and safety concerns; negotiate contracts for maintenance services
Oversee inventory of library materials, equipment, and supplies, ensuring availability of adequate materials for patrons and negotiating contracts of items selected for purchase
Respond diplomatically to complaints regarding library operations and initiate problem resolution
Serve as official library representative in communications with all entities: Board members, government agencies and officials, professional peers and organizations, patrons and the public, contractors and suppliers
Take a leading role in access to justice education and training; develop new programs that seek to enhance access to the law and the courts for all Sacramento County citizens but especially vulnerable populations; reach out to State Agencies, County, Court, City, and other county law libraries to share and improve access to justice in Sacramento County and the Northern California region
Attend regular meetings and serve on committees as needed, making speeches and presentations
Advocate legislative changes before State Legislature
Develop library collection
Maintain current knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, literature, technology, practices and trends in the industry
Maintain professional affiliations and participate in continuing education courses; attend conferences, training sessions, and workshops
Provide technical expertise and assist staff with problems
Assist and educate patrons, staff and colleagues in the use of the library’s information systems
Minimum Qualifications and Core Competencies
Education and experience —
Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS, MLS, MSLS) degree from an ALA-accredited institution, with a minimum of ten years of experience in a senior leadership role in a county law library, academic or public library. An advanced degree in either business or public administration, or a Juris Doctorate (JD), or equivalent professional experience is highly desirable.
Other abilities, skills, and knowledge —
Develop and renew a thorough knowledge of current trends in the library industry, including technology, patron usage, administration, financial planning and economic development, with a strong vision for the continued growth and development of the library;
Possess the interpersonal and professional skills necessary to meet the responsibilities of the position, including the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups and the ability to effectively supervise and lead; must be committed to excellence in meeting the information needs of attorneys, self-represented litigants, judges and the general public;
Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment;
Considerable knowledge of technology, as regards the Internet, computers, data communications especially in regards to library applications;
Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and present ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral form;
Ability to make administrative decisions, develop policies and supervise staff;
Effective interpersonal skills consisting of creative and diplomatic management abilities;
Demonstrated dynamic leadership skills;
Ability to motivate, establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, volunteers, other community agencies, governmental bodies and the general public;
A commitment to access to justice issues, especially in regard to providing access to free legal information and the courts for citizens representing themselves in legal matters;
A desire to meet and serve the public.
Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS, MLS, MSLS) degree from an ALA accredited institution.
A minimum of ten years of experience in a senior leadership role in a county law library, academic, or public library.
Strong leadership and team management skills.
Substantial budget development and budget administration experience.
Juris Doctor degree or Master’s degree in Public Administration and/or Business Management.
DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCIES IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
Leadership skills including critical thinking, risk taking, and creativity.
Commitment to excellent customer service that addresses the diverse needs of law library customers.
Communications and public speaking skills.
Understanding of employment law issues and personnel management.
Understanding of budgeting and accounting principles.
Office automation and on-line research proficiency.
Project management skills.
Commitment to the profession of law librarianship.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits package includes CalPERS retirement, health, and 457 Plan; dental insurance; paid on-site parking; paid long-term disability insurance; many offered supplemental insurances, and an insurance subsidy of over $900.00 a month.
About Sacramento County Public Law Library
Sacramento County Public Law Library (SCPLL) is an independent local government agency operating under CA Business and Professions Code Sections 6200 et. seq. SCPLL, under the direction of the Board of Trustees, makes its own personnel policies and provides its own employee benefits. SCPLL has its own system of personnel classification and evaluation.
SCPLL staff strive to provide excellent service to all members of our diverse community, to respect the dignity and individuality of each community member, and to acknowledge the importance of each member's access to legal information.