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Job ID: 204278

Library Dean
California State University, Monterey Bay

Date Posted Jan. 25, 2023
Title Library Dean
University California State University, Monterey Bay
Monterey Bay, CA, United States
Department Library
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Dean
  • Library Services

California State University

Monterey Bay

Library Dean


Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist California State University, Monterey Bay in its search for Library Dean.

For best consideration, please apply by March 6th.

This is an exciting opportunity for a collaborative leader skilled in effective advocacy for the library’s mission across the campus community and throughout the external community at large. Under the general direction of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Library Dean is responsible for the management of library resources including oversight of the budget, personnel (both faculty and staff), and the physical, informational, and technical resources necessary to provide quality library services to the campus.

The library's mission is to provide information resources, user-centered services, and an inviting, collaborative environment to foster intellectual curiosity, sustain scholarship and creativity, and inspire lifelong learning for the diverse community we serve. At 28 years young, CSU Monterey Bay is poised to grow, and the library has a longstanding commitment to the use of technology-enhanced services and resources. As a teaching library, the library faculty manages and delivers an active, outcomes-based instructional program. The library’s curriculum-focused print/media collections and electronic resources are augmented by easy access to collections from all 23 CSU campuses, and a rapid, efficient interlibrary loan operation. The design of Tanimura and Antle Family Memorial Library, which opened in December 2008, co-locates library services with campus programs that support student learning, including writing, peer-tutoring, advising, and undergraduate research.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advance the vision of the University and the mission of the library. Build strong collaborative relationships with other units on campus and consortia relationships with other institutions. Collaborate with campus partners to support student belongingness and wellness. Assure that the library’s policies, services, and actions reflect the university’s commitment to inclusion, equity, and diversity.

  • Provide management and leadership to various library units including reference, circulation, bibliographic services, interlibrary loan, the makerspace, and archives and special collections.

  • Develop the library’s budget plan and ensure sound fiscal management of the library’s financial resources. Manage faculty and staff recruitment, development, evaluation, employee relations, and faculty retention, tenure, and promotion.

  • Assess and refine the library’s strategic plan with input from library personnel, students, and the academic affairs leadership team. Ensure that library planning supports and sustains the University and Academic Affairs strategic plans. Provide visionary leadership to advance the library’s mission in the face of rapid changes in technology and knowledge creation. Provide for regular assessment of library contributions to the academic mission.

  • Provide leadership in university and community relations. Lead the library’s development and fundraising activities. Convene the Library Dean’s Leadership Council and engage members in library development and fundraising activities.

  • Support and sustain student success by advancing a welcoming, service-oriented environment, and maintaining innovative, forward-looking library learning spaces, collections, and services that advance teaching, learning, research, and creative activity.

  • Serve as a member of the CSU Council of Library Deans (COLD) which promotes, plans, and implements CSU system-wide library initiatives. Represent CSUMB in the Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Library System (MOBAC) consortium Administrative Council.


Knowledge of: principles, problems, and methods of library administration; and modern management and administrative techniques related to the development and implementation of appropriate methods of work planning, scheduling, and coordination in a team environment to meet changing organizational objectives.

Skills: outstanding communication and interpersonal skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; public relations and presentation skills to represent the Library to the campus and external communities; demonstrated success in working in a team environment; and financial/resource planning and budget management.

Ability to: rapidly become familiar with university-wide program areas, work collaboratively and effectively across disciplinary boundaries with faculty, students and staff; plan, organize and direct others in the formation of program and policy in the various activities of the Library; maintain confidential information; navigate sensitive situations; and establish and maintain effective working relationships. Understanding of and commitment to the learning needs of students from historically underserved populations. Demonstrated ability to address the essential functions associated with this position including the knowledge, skills, and abilities identified above.


  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association

  • Several years of demonstrated management and leadership experience including budget administration, personnel management, and faculty Retention, Tenure and Promotion review

  • Effective written and oral communication skills and the strong interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with various campus constituencies (e.g. academic departments, IT, etc.) and external groups

  • Experience integrating relevant emerging technologies into library services


  • Experience working with library consortiums and library assessment programs

  • Experience developing projects, activities, or services responsive to changing institutional needs

  • Experience with diverse students and faculty to promote student success and faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service

  • Experience managing in a collective bargaining environment

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in fundraising and obtaining appropriate resources for the development of libraries and an ability to communicate the value of the library to the larger community

  • A highly collegial management style and ability to develop and sustain collaborative relationships

  • A substantial record of professional accomplishment through research, publication, service, and leadership in areas that affect and inform libraries

  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to CSUMB’s Vision


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

  • 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 set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1083.

  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with responsibility for the care, safety and security of people (including children and minors), animals and CSU property; authority to commit financial resources of the university through contracts greater than $10,000; access to, or control over, cash, checks, credit cards, and /or credit card account information; responsibility or access/possession of building master or sub-master keys for building access; access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards.

  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority, will be required to participate in annual training, and to immediately forward to University Police all reports of Clery Act crimes brought to their attention.

  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

  • This position is a designated position in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.

  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.

About the Institution

Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks. Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time. May require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.

Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, all students and employees are required to submit their vaccination status to the Otter Vaccination Registry and are encouraged to be vaccinated.


This is a management level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; an excellent choice of medical, dental and vision insurance; long term disability coverage; life insurance; educational incentives; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. For further information, please visit: CSU Benefits Summary. The University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing,


Anticipated Hiring Salary: $14,023 - $15,581 per month

Living in the Area

CSUMB is the closest CSU to the beach, just one mile from the Pacific Ocean and its beautiful sandy shores. The Monterey Bay area enjoys temperate weather all year round and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation such as kayaking, surfing, hiking, golfing, and mountain biking. Minutes away from amazing natural wonders including Big Sur and Point Lobos, as well as world-famous destinations like Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Pebble Beach, the campus is also close to the Salinas Valley, Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Bay area.

Adjacent to campus, Fort Ord National Monument encompasses 14,000 protected acres located on the former Fort Ord military base. The land includes more than 80 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and watching wildlife in their natural habitat. It’s home to 44 species of rare plants and animals. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk and run through a range of environments, from grassy hills to coastal shrubland.

CSUMB is just minutes away from some of the most beautiful scenic areas and amazing natural wonders in the world. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the largest of its kind in the United States, includes 276 miles of shoreline and protects one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems. Inhabitants include deep sea anglerfish, dolphins, whales and CSUMB’s mascot, the sea otter.

College of Science students have opportunities like none other because of our proximity to the extraordinary living laboratory of Monterey Bay. The university offers one of the only diving programs in the country with entry through leadership-level diving certifications, as well as scientific research operations.

About 30 miles south of campus, just off Highway 1, lies the majestic stretch of land known as Big Sur. Bordered by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Big Sur “offers unmatched scenic beauty and is famous for its breathtaking coastline, towering redwoods and epic hiking trails,” according to the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

CSUMB sits halfway between the Monterey Peninsula, with the coastal communities of Pacific Grove, Monterey, Seaside and Carmel, and the Salinas Valley, known as the "Salad Bowl of the World" for its abundant agricultural production.

Less than 10 miles from campus, the city of Monterey dazzles with iconic attractions and famous landmarks. Places like Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf, which inspired John Steinbeck’s novels, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium draw visitors from around the world.

Take a two-hour drive north to reach San Francisco, one of the most visited cities in the world. San Francisco brims with history, museums, famous attractions, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Chinatown, and historic cable cars. 

To Apply 

For full consideration, please apply by March 6th.

To be viewed by the search firm, you must apply directly at:

Please do not email applications.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vita. Ideally cover letters should not exceed two pages. All applications are treated confidentially.

Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are treated confidentially.

Inquiries and questions: Please send to

Nominations and referrals: Please send the nominees name, title, and contact information if available to

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389 or email All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.


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