California State University, San Bernardino — Dean of University Libraries (Administrator IV) / Library

Dean of University Libraries (Administrator IV) / Library
California State University, San Bernardino

Job No: 510677
Work type: Management (MPP)
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

This position is being recruited through an outside agency. To apply, please visit the application portal at Academic Search:

Any applications received through CSUSB will be redirected to Academic Search.


California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

At CSUSB, you can:

  • Build your future
  • Work with the best
  • Be your authentic self
  • Focus on you
  • Make a lasting impact
  • Work for a purpose that is greater than your own
  • Bring everything you are, become everything you want
Department Summary

Beyond being a repository of materials, libraries play a critical role in enhancing the teaching and learning experience at CSUSB. The University supports two libraries: the John M. Pfau Library on the main campus and a smaller library on the Palm Desert Campus, the Helene A. Hixon Information Resource Center.

John M. Pfau Library

The Pfau Library is centrally located on the San Bernardino campus in a 145,000 square foot, six story building (five stories plus a basement). The library collection of over one million physical and digital/electronic items is supplemented by the CSU+ and ILLiad interlibrary loan service and OneSearch, making student and faculty access to books and other library materials from throughout the CSU System almost unlimited. Constructed in 1971, the Library is named after John M. Pfau, who served as the founding president of CSUSB from 1962 to 1982.

Helene A. Hixon Information Resource Center

A smaller library (approximately 3,000 volumes) on the Palm Desert campus serves students by providing a limited collection more focused on the programs delivered on this campus. It also provides access to computing technology and printing. Students and faculty have access to collections at the San Bernardino campus and at all campus libraries throughout the CSU System via OneSearch, made possible by the Unified Library Management System, as well as Interlibrary loan services. Library instruction, reference, and assistance is offered by the PDC Librarian, a staff member, and a small group of student assistants. The PDC library also houses a valuable water resources archive related to the Salton Sea. The Dean coordinates regularly with the Palm Desert Campus Dean to ensure resources are available and relevant.

Both libraries provides access to a breadth of knowledge, information services, and venues to enrich scholarship and people's lives, while supporting life-long information literacy, critical thinking, and societal engagement.
Job Summary
The Dean of University Libraries serves as the chief fiscal ($4 million budget) and administrative officer for both libraries.

The next Dean will find an engaged faculty, who are passionate about helping students become life-long learners and full participants in university life and supporting their faculty colleagues in ensuring relevant and innovative teaching tools and research resources. There are 11 tenure- track faculty, 23 staff, and 35 student assistants whose commitment to excellence is evident and valued.

Primary responsibilities for the Dean include the following:

  • Manage all college library resources (fiscal, personnel, facilities, technological, and information resources) necessary to provide high-quality library services.
  • Lead library faculty and staff members in a team-oriented environment, providing thoughtful mentoring, professional development, and advocacy.
  • Administer all library services and their archives, assuring sound operations.
  • Serve as a member of the Dean's Council, the Provost's Leadership Team, and the CSU Council of Library Deans (COLD).


The Dean's leadership agenda focuses on developing innovative approaches in delivering library services, increasing resources, and engaging campus and community stakeholders. All of these leadership opportunities intertwine with each other and must be informed by careful analysis of data, pursued in a transparent manner, and inclusive of faculty, staff, and student voices.

Developing Innovative Approaches

The Library's most recent strategic plan has largely been accomplished, and the new Dean of Libraries will begin working with the Library team and other stakeholders to articulate a new plan. Central to this plan are the following areas: sustaining vibrant research and learning in a research-practioner environment, ensuring that the space and services respond to contemporary student, faculty and community needs in an evolving environment, addressing facility master-planning for expansion on the main campus and at PDC, and forecasting budgetary support for the delivery of quality and sustainable library services. In all these activities, the Dean will apply a student-centered perspective.

Increasing Resources

Related to the aforementioned strategic planning efforts, the new Dean will be a key partner in identifying and delivering resources. This may include leveraging resources through careful budget management. Creating a compelling narrative for support, the Dean will cultivate external relationships and work with colleagues to engage in fundraising opportunities through grants, gifts, partnerships, and contracts. The University is launching a major capital campaign in Fall 2022, and the Library is one of several identified fundraising goals. The Dean will engage in these activities with the assistance of campus partners and bring an openness to learning about fundraising and effective advocacy on the importance of the libraries to the faculty, student, and community experience.

Engaging Campus and Community Stakeholders

Engaging with campus and community stakeholders is critical in elevating the Library's involvement in all areas of the academy, which enriches the university experience. The Dean will promote collaborative projects with academic departments and other campus and community stakeholders to encourage active learning, critical information literacy, and civic engagement. This includes, for example, supporting innovative and engaging programs, guest speakers, workshops, lecture series, and exhibits.

Employment Status: Full-time, At-Will, 'Exempt' position, included in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP).

First Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning on April 4, 2022.

Work Schedule

  • Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, weekends and evenings may be required.
Key Qualifications

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen to diverse stakeholders and cultivate an organizational climate based upon respect, kindness, open communication, and teamwork.
  • Evidence of engagement with a diverse student population, many of whom are first-generation and/or come from underrepresented groups; commitment to enhancing the cultural competency and diversity of faculty and staff.
  • Understanding of transformational practices that allow a university library to address contemporary student, faculty, and community needs.
  • Evidence of collaborative efforts that engage a variety of stakeholders.
  • Commitment to shared governance in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Familiarity with budget and management operations, including strategic planning and assessment.
  • The ability to use evidence (data, research, etc.) to inform decision-making.
  • The ability to create a compelling narrative for the importance of the libraries in higher education and the community.
  • An innovative and results-oriented approach.
Education and Experience

  • MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Progressively responsible leadership experience in academic library administration at an ALA-accredited institution of higher education.
Preferred Requirements

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
  • Organizational management experience (budget, strategic planning, personnel, facilities) in an institution similar to CSUSB, including work with collective bargaining units.
  • Demonstrated success in creating innovative venues and spaces to enhance student learning and community partnership.
  • Successful record of community engagement, fundraising, and grants with donors, foundations, government, and community organizations.
  • Experience with library archives.
  • Experience with library consortiums.
  • Experience leading organizational change in a dynamic environment.

Classification Hiring Range: $9,167 – $27,500 per month

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs that further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values that discourage intolerance and discrimination.

The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of university activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of university endeavor.

Dimensions of diversity shall include but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age.

The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the university as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the University Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.

Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

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