Position Description

Library Assistant Manager
Job Code 4486
Requisition Information
Libraries & Historical Resources

Opening Date:

Tentative Close Date:

County Region:
Central County (S. Fruitville - N. Clark)

Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library 2801 Newtown Boulevard Sarasota, FL

# of openings:

Pay range:
$45,801.60 - $59,675.20

Who May Apply?:
Open to All

Position Type:
Full time

Scheduled Hours 40
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Library Assistant Manager (Official Job Title:  Supervisor, General Government):  This position provides contact and responses to county customers and citizens, and all business centers and core services, resolves routine questions or problems and refers more complex issues. In the team environment employees will participate in setting unit, library, and system goals, contribute to decision making and evaluation of progress.  Employees will collaborate with co-workers to support the team process.


  • Manages selected projects for the library system with library manager approval.
  • Acts as person in charge in the absence of the library manager.
  • Handles employee relations issues.
  • Participates in strategic planning for the library and for the library system.
  • Maintains a current knowledge of County and Library policies and procedures and other county units.
  • Maintains a current knowledge of the library facility and participates in communicating and tracking building maintenance and facilities issues.
  • Maintains records, and vital information.
  • Monitors library operations.
  • Provides input and helps manage work unit budget.
  • Prepares and presents activity reports and technical information.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates special projects, services and programs.
  • Attends annual cash management training and assists in all areas of business unit cash management as required.   

Customer Service

  • Develops and implements standards of service that ensure the prompt and efficient resolution of each inquiry by internal and external customers, delivered with the utmost respect and courtesy.
  • Keeps abreast of developments, new trends, and innovations in libraries.
  • Provides assistance at service desks and to other sections as needed.
  • Represents Sarasota County to library users.
  • Promote effective communication of information to all internal and external customers.
  • Interprets policies and procedures.
  • Provides support and staffing at all public desks, as needed.
  • Develops solutions to escalated Customer Service issues.

Staff Development

  • Participates in staff development, coaching, and performance management.
  • Ensures training and development of assigned staff and may approve personnel requests.
  • Participates in cross training in other sections and aids in cross training in their section.
  • Provides opportunities for continuing professional development of self and others, especially in acquiring relevant understanding and skills.
  • Trains, directs, and supervises volunteers as needed. Encourages volunteers to use individual talents to creatively address tasks.


Minimum Qualifications:    A High School Diploma or equivalent and four (4) years of related experience –OR– An Associate’s Degree and two (2) years of related experience.  This position requires at least one year of supervisory experience in any field (Acting, lead work and/or supervisory/management courses can count on a pro-rated basis).

Preferred Qualifications:  A Master's Degree in Library Science (MLS) from a college/university accredited by the American Library Association with experience in a public library including library supervisory experience.

Job Based Competencies:  Effective verbal and written communication skills, sound financial judgment, budgetary knowledge and work management system skills. Supervisory skills and the ability to prioritize and assign duties to others. Excellent customer service skills required. Knowledge of computers and basic software applications as well as basic office equipment.  Knowledge of county and library policy and procedure.

Special Note:    This position works where children regularly congregate and in accordance with Florida Statues applicants must pass criminal sexual predator and sexual offender check background check.


Selected candidate for hire is subject to passing substance screening:    This position is subject to passing a pre-employment substance screening.  An applicant who fails to pass a required drug screening test shall be disqualified from employment in any class for a period of five years.


Physical Demands:    Must frequently lift/move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  A dolly/cart or team member is available to help.

NOTE   When applying for positions, you will be requested to respond to some questions.  We recommend that you type your response in a WORD document (or similar software) and save your answers.  If for any reason you need to stop and come back to your application, you could be timed out and lose any unsaved information.  Applicants are asked to answer a number of questions where you can write a response up to 900 characters.  If you save your responses in WORD (or other software) and are time-out of the system for any reason, you will be able to cut and paste the responses into the application when you apply at a later time. 

Work Schedule:  Days, Hours will vary. Must be able to participate in all hours of operation including daytime, evening and weekend hours, as well as hours at other locations. A typical schedule will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. May be re-assigned to a different work location.



Info about Sarasota County Government Libraries:

Sarasota's County Library System was recognized as the   "2012 Library of the Year" by the Florida Library Association.  For more information on Sarasota County Libraries, please go to:   www.scgov.net/Library




Sarasota County Government is committed to wellness and successful applicants must be tobacco free for twelve months preceding date of application.

 Drug Free Work Environment             EOE/AA/ADA


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