The San Jos Public Library System has numerous libraries
throughout the City. We hire Library Aides for each of these
locations, and for our Library Aide Substitute Pool. This is an
entry-level classification designed primarily for individuals who
work approximately 12 hours per week.
Library Aides selected for specific locations are normally
scheduled to work approximately 12 hours per week, on a year round
regular basis. Library Aides selected for our Substitute Pool are
scheduled to work at various locations as needed. The days and
hours assigned will vary depending on which location you are
assigned to and the scheduling needs of that branch/unit. Most
Library Aides will be required to work some evenings and
The main responsibility of a Library Aide is to file materials
on the shelves quickly and accurately and to keep shelves in order
so that customers can locate items easily. Library Aides also
assist with unpacking, sorting and delivery of library materials;
clearing tables and other areas of material and straightening
seating areas; setting up displays; opening and closing the
facility; emptying book return drop boxes; and other similar duties
These positions require lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling
materials and objects up to 25 pounds, or heavier weights, in all
cases with the use of proper equipment; packing, unpacking and
transporting shipment boxes; reaching, bending, and stooping to put
materials on low and high shelves; actively moving for up to four
hours at a time, retrieving items from deep bins, and standing for
periods of time.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this,
or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in
employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you
are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the
applicants from this recruitment.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as
demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable
competencies for this position include:
Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with
applicable technical principles and practices, Citywide and
departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and
Initiative - Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job
objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids
difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume
extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education
opportunities that promotes job performance.
Reliability - Completes quality work assignments in a timely and
efficient manner; fulfills responsibilities and maintains
confidentiality as appropriate.
Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective
relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others
accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution
Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and
expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing;
demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness
to other people's ideas and thoughts.
Multi-Tasking - can handle multiple projects and
responsibilities simultaneously; has handled a wide variety of
assignments in past and/or current position(s).
- Experience: none
Special Qualification: Must be at least fourteen (14) years of
age. Applicants under the age of 18 must obtain a work permit prior
to starting work with the City.
Applicants who are 17 years of age and high school graduates are
not required to have a work permit; however, they must submit a
copy of their high school graduation certificate or equivalent
(G.E.D. or California Certificate of Proficiency).
Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to
provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country.
Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor,
represent, or sign any documents related to visa
applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which
requires an employer application.
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the
applicant's training and experience based on the application and
responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose
backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in
the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process
will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific
questions during the online application process. Please note that
there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text
- Select the skill/experience that you possess (SELECT ALL THAT
- Numerical Filing
- Pushing or pulling heavy items
- Sorting Items
- Packing/Unpacking bins or boxes
- Shelving/Stocking Items
- Performing repetitive tasks
- You have experience working or volunteering in: (select all
- a library
- in a library-like setting, such as book store, retail or office
- none of the above
Describe your experience selected above. Include the
organization's name, duration of employment/volunteering, and job
Describe a team project you worked on and what your role was on
Describe your experience working or volunteering in a fast-paced
- Are you at least fourteen (14) years of age?
- I am available to work: (select all that apply)
- at least twelve (12) hours a week
- at least three days per week
- at least four hours a day, typically between 8:00 am - 9:00
- None of the above
- Can you work at any of the City's 25 library locations? (For a
complete list locations, go to http://www.sjpl.org/locations)
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be
considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed
incomplete and withheld from further consideration.
If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the
selection or hiring processes, please contact Kristen van der Molen
at email@example.com or (408)808-2179.