Associate Dean, University Library

Long Beach, California
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Salary: $130,000-$140,000
Created: March 20, 2024


Are you passionate about shaping the future of academic libraries and fostering a dynamic learning environment? We seek an enthusiastic and visionary individual to join our team as Associate Dean at the University Library at California State University. As the Associate Dean, you will play a pivotal role in leading strategic initiatives, fostering innovation, and enhancing the academic experience for students and faculty alike.

To see the complete position description and directions for applying, please see our official job posting at

Required Qualifications:

  • A master's degree in Library Science (e.g., MLS, MLIS) from an American Library Association- accredited school or an equivalent degree if earned outside the U.S.
  • Academic qualifications appropriate to appointment to the rank of Associate Librarian with tenure as specified in the University Library’s Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion policy
  • Demonstrated effectiveness and leadership positions and administrative work in a library
  • Demonstrated experience with personnel management
  • Demonstrated success in management in an academic department, program, or college environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to work successfully with a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively across academic disciplines

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic qualifications appropriate to appointment to the rank of Librarian (Full) with tenure as specified in the University Library’s Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion policy.
  • Three years of academic library leadership experience
  • Demonstrated experience with personnel, procedures, and effectiveness involving staff and lecturers (i.e., non-tenure track faculty) evaluations in a department, program, or college environment.
  • Demonstrated experience with tenure and promotion procedures in a department or program in a college or university environment.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness with faculty professional development (e.g., training, mentoring, and planning).
  • Demonstrated effectiveness with conflict management and resolution, equity and diversity, and ethical issues involving students and faculty
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: program assessment and review, public relations, and outreach, and research grants and contracts
  • Demonstrated experience in a collective bargaining environment
  • Demonstrated experience in recruiting and hiring tenure-track faculty
  • Demonstrated experience with creating, updating, and identifying curriculum in a college or comparable context, including stewarding curriculum through the review process


The Associate Dean assume a range of duties as a key member of the leadership team of the University Library with specific responsibilities in areas that may include, but are not limited to the following:

Functional Oversight

  • Serves as the primary library administrator, in the absence of the Dean
  • Assist the Dean in the management and oversight of all Library operations
  • Serves as the Dean’s designee on various committees and at university functions as requested by the Dean of the Library
  • Advocates for library initiatives, services, and partnerships by developing strong relationships with campus constituents and campus administrators
  • Works in collaboration with internal and external patrons. (i.e., students, faculty, staff, and community members)
  • Has a front-line role in communicating and enforcing library policies, guidelines, and procedures
  • Assists the Dean of the Library in developing strategic plans and annual reports
  • Collaborates with Library Faculty to identify and implement strategic goals consistent with the Library’s vision
  • Anticipates, initiates, and responds to environmental changes and keeps abreast of trends that impact higher education and the library profession to ensure that the Library and the University achieve their goals
  • Oversees assessment efforts, data collection, compilation, and reporting to various groups (e.g., ACRL, the Chancellor's office, et al.) and internal program reviews

Management and Leadership

  • Oversight of the Access Services and Technical Services Departments under the direction of, and in collaboration with, the Dean
  • Cultivate a working environment that fosters motivation, empowerment, and dedication among the staff and promotes inclusivity
  • Encourage and support professional and career development for staff and faculty
  • Facilitates cross-divisional collaboration and engagement among library staff to ensure mutual support and active participation in shared endeavors
  • Ensure effective personnel coverage for Library functions
  • Responsible for overseeing recruitment, hiring, and training of staff personnel in collaboration with the Dean and Administrative Services Manager for the Access Services and Technical Services Departments
  • Provides support for the recruitment, orientation, and training of Library staff and faculty
  • Oversight of employee disciplinary processes consistent with all university policies and collective bargaining agreements under the direction of and in collaboration with the Dean

Strategic Planning

  • Responsible for recommending, creating, and implementing long- and short-term goals and operational plans in collaboration with the Library’s faculty and staff
  • Ensures that the Library’s and Academic Affairs’ goals align with and support the University's overall mission
  • Promote and encourage commitment to achieve strategic plans and communicate strategic initiatives

Community and University Partnerships

  • Identify and anticipate community needs and builds effective, strategic alliances internally and externally
  • Collaborate with business partners in achieving University goals that support the University’s mission
  • Develop community relations and support through successful negotiating and relationship building
  • Represent and attend meetings and events related to alumni relations, community relations, and fundraising projects as requested
  • Works with the Dean, Library Administration, and University Advancement staff on alumni relations, community relations, and fundraising projects
  • Solicits and builds internal and external support for programming, fundraising, and instruction

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Last updated: Monday, March 25, 2024 14:36 UTC