Library Director

City of Santa Maria, CA - Santa Maria, CA
$160,101 - $194,604 a year

LIBRARY DIRECTOR CITY OF SANTA MARIA $160,100.98/y - $194,604.02/y Oral Board Examination: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 Final Selection Interview: Thursday, August 4, 2022
The City of Santa Maria is looking for a Library Director who has proven experience as a strategic thinker and visionary leader. The ideal candidate brings extensive knowledge and experience in public library leadership and possess a strong skillset for inspiring the community and staff. The next Library Director will understand and recognize challenges and opportunities and will demonstrate a proven track record of championing an engaged and inclusive workforce and providing an array of services that best fit the diverse community’s needs. The ideal candidate should have a track record of bring committed to mentor employees, foster relationship management, customer-service oriented and willing to introduce innovative strategies to engage the community and its youth to position the library network as active and essential community hub for innovation, creative thinking and craftmanship .

The ideal candidate will contribute to long-term strategic planning and mission-focus to provide information, lifelong learning, enrichment, collaboration and connection with jurisdictions and community partners.

The Library Director position is a Strategic Leader role providing a strong vision of the Library's mission and goals and engages other to achieve these goals and outcomes. Their role enables the City to deliver high quality, innovative and engaging services and materials that meet community needs for lifelong learning, information, and inspiration.
The City of Santa Maria is a full-service City with a City Council/City Manager form of government with over 700 employees, an annual budget of approximately $254 million for FY 2022-23 and serves approximately 108,000 constituents. The City of Santa Maria is located on the beautiful central coast of California and covers over 23 square miles. The City has a harmonious balance of maintaining coastal and agricultural lands while promoting business. Santa Maria has been recognized nationally as an All-America City by the National Civic League and offers reasonably priced housing, community festivals, quality schools, and is in close proximity to beaches, cultural arts, a local airport, wineries, and higher education institutions.
The Santa Maria Public Library provides Library services to approximately 170,000 people in northern Santa Barbara County at the Main Library, and separate branches located in Cuyama, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, and Orcutt. Santa Barbara County has contracted with the City of Santa Maria to provide Library services to nearby County libraries continuously since 1961. Bookmobile service began in October 2020 expanding Library services into neighborhoods throughout Santa Maria.
REQUIRED SUBMITTALS (in addition to a completing the online application form):
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Copy of Master’s Degree or transcripts, upon request


The Library Director manages and directs Library services including contracted County branch library services. The position reports to the City Manager, supervises professional, technical and support staff and is classified as an "at-will" position.
Examples of duties, but are not limited to:
  • Identifies strategic goals for the delivery of library services, programs, and resources including Adult and Youth Services, Branch Services, Administrative Services, and Support Services.
  • Establishes and maintains positive relationships with stakeholders in City and County government and non-profit Library support groups and, through advisement and consultation, encourages enhancements to local library services and resource sharing.
  • Leads an organization that promotes exemplary service to all individuals by encouraging an environment of open, direct, thoughtful, and responsive communication.
  • Plans, directs and carries out a program of innovative and effective library-related services, including recommending structure and level of library services, analyzing resources, library and community needs and developing and carrying out long range strategic plans.
  • Directs the selection, placement, training and supervision of employees driving a culture of learning and growth through professional development opportunities; reviews and evaluates performance and recommends personnel action.
  • Manages contracts and agreements with library user groups and tenants.
  • Identifies near term and long term challenges and opportunities for library services and develops strategies to meet the challenges and opportunities.
  • Generates public support for library services through innovative programing, promotion, engagement of community groups and fundraising.
  • Develops and administers the department's annual budget and controls expenditures, obtains grants and other private funding to support library revenue.
  • Encourages an environment of open, direct, and thoughtful communication to foster citywide collaboration and engagement.
  • Guides the use of technology to streamline processes, improve efficiency, and provide self-service systems for library patrons and employees.
  • Upholds the values of the organization and has strong service orientation.
  • Other duties as assigned by the City Manager.


  • Significant years of leadership and management experience to perform the job effectively; and
  • Graduation from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association with a master's degree of library science; and/or
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
  • Graduation from a college or university with a second master's degree in public administration is desired.
  • Current technical/professional knowledge of complex principles, methods, standards and techniques associated with the scope of work of a recognized profession, such as:
    • Modern librarianship and public library administration including technology.
    • Laws and regulations relating to library operations.
    • Personnel administration and budgetary control.
    • Library technology including Integrated Library Systems.
    • Effective verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Microsoft Office Suite (or equivalent).
    • Use computer and other office equipment effectively.
  • Desired licenses and/or certifications associated with the assignment.
Strategic Leader:
Incumbents should have a solid foundation of Individual Contributor, Front-line Supervisor and Middle Manager core competencies identified by the organization, as well as the following core competencies identified as essential for Strategic Leader (click the hyper link to see the full definition Strategic Leader Competencies):
  • Mission Focus - Effective performers understand and support the organization's mission, believe in it, value it, and are committed to it.
  • Visioning - Effective performers are imaginative, able to create a vision of a preferred future, and communicate it clearly and enthusiastically to others.
  • Strategic Thinking - Effective performers act with the future in mind, understand the factors influencing strategy (e.g., core competence, community needs, and the organization's current strengths and limitations), and consider future impact when weighing decisions.
  • Business Thinking - Effective performers see the organization as a series of integrated and interlocking business processes, understand general business concepts that govern these systems, and understand how change impacts the entire organization.
  • Diplomacy - Effective performers work well within the organization's power network. They recognize personal agendas, balance internal politics, work well with elected officials and navigate the political environment effectively.
  • Global Mindset - Effective performers see their city role in a larger context within the community, region and beyond. They value diversity and other points of view, identify partnership opportunities and exhibit coalition-building skills.
  • Risk Taking - Effective performers have a history of, and propensity for, taking calculated chances to achieve goals. When they fail, they accept it, learn from it, and move on.
  • Leadership Identification - Effective performers identify with the role of leader, and enjoy positions of responsibility and authority.
  • Presentation Skills - Effective performers are comfortable and confident in front of an audience, deliver messages effectively to inform or persuade, and are adept at public engagement.


The completed electronic application packet will include the online application and electronic attachments of a cover letter and resume. If a cover letter and resume are not attached, your application will be considered incomplete. If you are experiencing any technical (computer related) difficulties or need help with attaching documents to your application, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-855-524-5627.

The most qualified candidates will be selected to appear before a panel for an oral board interview (virtual or in person) scheduled on July 27, 2022. Finalist will be invited for a final selection interview scheduled on August 4, 2022.

Those applicants invited to the oral board and the finalist interview will be notified electronically at the e-mail address provided by each candidate through the application process. Therefore, it is the applicant's responsibility to provide an accurate email address and to allow their inbox to receive emails in regard to this recruitment.

The following benefits vary by bargaining unit. For full benefit information please refer to the Memorandum of Understanding or compensation resolution available at .

The City of Santa Maria is a member of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). Your benefit factor is determined by the retirement formula, age, service credit and final compensation. Based upon your bargaining unit and hire date the benefit factor will vary. Health Insurance Medical Insurance is provided to employees and eligible dependents through the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). There are four Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO's) and three Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO's) to choose from. The benefit amount varies per bargaining unit.

The City has a medical insurance benefit program which provides either payment towards the premium for the employee and eligible dependents, or cash payment if you and your dependent(s) already have health benefits. Evidence of major medical health insurance coverage is required for those employees who receive the cash payment.

Dental Insurance
Dental Insurance is provided to employees and eligible dependents through The Standard covering 100% of Preventive; 90% of Basic; and 60% of Major with a minimal deductible. The plan includes a Max Builder option rewarding insured employees and their dependents who use only a portion of their annual dental benefit maximum. The benefit amount varies per
bargaining unit.

Vision Insurance Vision Insurance is available to employees and eligible dependents. Coverage is through VSP and covers an annual Well Vision exam and an allowance towards prescription glasses. The benefit amount varies per bargaining unit.
Life Insurance and AD&D Coverage
All employees working a minimum of thirty two (32) hours per week are eligible for Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage. Supplemental life, spousal and dependent child options are also available. The benefit amount varies per bargaining unit.
Short-Term & Long-Term Disability
All employees working a minimum of thirty two (32) hours per week, excluding Sworn Police and Fire shall participate in the short-term and long-term disability plan with coverage up to 66 2/3% of salary. Sworn Police and Fire are covered through their respective bargaining unit.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) The City offers a flexible spending account option for Dependent Care and Health Care Expenses. With these plans, employees can choose to place a portion of their earnings into a personal reimbursement account on a pre-tax basis. Doing so lowers employees' taxable income for the year and allows them to pay for their qualified dependent care and eligible health care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
Employee Assistance Program
The City provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Managed Health Network (MHN) for all full and part time employees and their eligible dependents. The confidential EAP program can refer employees to professional counselors and services that can help resolve emotional health, family and work-life issues, or provide help with childcare and eldercare assistance, financial and legal services, identity theft recovery services and daily living services.
Wellness Program Offered to help employees gain knowledge, skills and motivation to improve the quality of their lives and well-being. The City's Wellness Program includes ergonomic evaluations, flu shots, MHN trainings, and Wellness Workshops during lunch and after work.

Access to the Paul Nelson Aquatics Center for employee and immediate family members.Access to the Weight room at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center for employee and immediate family members. Access to employee discounts and special offers on travel, entertainment, shopping, dining and services.
Mentorship Program This professional development program of mentoring and job shadowing provides mentees with an opportunity to be mentored by experienced staff with the objective of developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the participants' leadership skills and promote professional growth.

Succession Planning
The academies are offered to all employees including those that are not yet in a supervisory role, but are interested in becoming leaders within the organization as well as our executive management team who have an interest in honing their skills and helping to prepare our future leaders. In addition to multiple leadership academies, the City offers quarterly Speaker Series, a corporate Toastmasters club available for City employees, site tours of various departments, and more. Deferred Compensation Employees may participate in the City's 457 Deferred Compensation Plan sponsored by either Empower or CalPERS Supplemental Income. The plan enables employees to save salary and earn interest on a tax-deferred basis. A City match is available based upon representation.
The City also provides an IRS approved 401(a) plan sponsored by Empower for managers represented by Non-Represented Full-Time Management & Confidential (NMAC).
Post Employment Health Plan (PEHP) Based upon your bargaining unit the City may participate in a PEHP plan that will provide reimbursement for out-of-pocket cost of qualified medical expenses such as prescription drugs, doctor co-pays, eyeglasses and cover the reimbursement of medical insurance premiums upon separation or retirement.
Holidays The City offers seven (7) paid holidays per year. In addition, based upon your bargaining unit a bank of floating holiday hours is available to be used at the employee's discretion.
Vacation The City initially offers two weeks of paid vacation per calendar year for all full time employees. Accrual rates increase thereafter based upon your bargaining unit. Sick Leave Sick leave shall accrue a rate of eight hours for each month of continuous service, or approximately two weeks per year for all full time employees. Employees may use up to half of their annually accrued sick leave for family illness and up to five days (40 hours) per calendar year for bereavement leave.
Management Leave Management level employees may receive a prorated amount of management leave time each new calendar year.
Educational Incentive Program In addition to regular pay when education is in addition to the regular requirements of the job specifications and is work related.
Tuition Reimbursement Based on your bargaining unit, you may be reimbursed for tuition and book costs of approved job related courses. The maximum amount of tuition reimbursement in any calendar year will vary based upon your bargaining unit.
Auto Allowance Management level employees may receive auto allowance based upon the need of the position.
Telephone/PDA Stipend Management level employees may receive a telephone and/or PDA stipend based upon the need of the position. Bilingual Pay Bilingual pay is provided to employees who are required by their department head to use both English and Spanish in communicating with the public while performing the duties of his/her position and who demonstrate appropriate skills in both speaking and understanding the Spanish language shall receive compensation. The benefit amount varies per bargaining unit.

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