Dean of Libraries

  • Cal State University (CSU) East Bay
  • Hayward, California
  • Mar 07, 2024
Education and Training Library Services

Job Description

Salary and Benefits

PLEASE NOTE: The starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and is anticipated to be in the range of $167,000 per year to $180,000 per year.

This position is a Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position in the CSU, and serves at the pleasure of the President.

The CSU enjoys a generous benefits program with employer paid life insurance ($100,000), as well as health, dental, and vision insurance with the monthly premium largely paid by the CSU. Additionally, we offer a broad range of other benefits which includes dependent and health care reimbursement accounts, tuition fee waiver, 401k, 457 and 403(b) plans. The CSU belongs to the CalPERS retirement plan in which medical and dental insurance continues in qualified retirement. The CSU has 14 paid holidays, one personal holiday and the position earns 24 days of vacation and 12 days of sick leave per year. For more information on the benefits program, please visit our benefits website. The CSU Total Compensation Calculator demonstrates the significance of our benefits package.


Administrator III

About Cal State East Bay

Cal State East Bay's beautiful main campus is located in the Hayward hills with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Situated above the city of Hayward, the campus offers an ideal setting for teaching and learning and yet easy access to the many cities along the bay. The University has a satellite campus in Concord, a professional development center in Oakland and a significant presence online. Founded in 1957, Cal State East Bay is one of 23 universities of the California State University system (CSU). Cal State East Bay is recognized as a regionally engaged and globally oriented university with a strong commitment to academic innovation, student success, engaged and service learning, diversity, and sustainability.

About the Position

The University Libraries at Cal State East Bay, Hayward and Concord, are the heart of the campus, inspiring students, faculty, and staff to engage in the adventure of intellectual discovery and creation. Specifically, the Cal State East Bay Library (Library) on the Hayward campus serves as a hub of academic support on campus by providing an engaging environment for study and an integrated suite of student services, including the Student Center for Academic Achievement (SCAA) and technology support in the Learning Commons in addition to reference and research services, and faculty support. The libraries consist of 14 library faculty, 24 staff, and 47 student assistants. The Library moved into a new state-of-the-art building, CORE, in the fall of 2022. Within CORE, faculty and staff now have access to twice as many study seats as in the old library and 32 new and improved group study rooms. With a commitment to innovation, there is also a meditation room, a family-friendly study space, and more.

The next dean, in collaboration with the library team and campus community, will have the opportunity to chart a 21st-century vision and strategic plan for the future of the Cal State East Bay Library and the new CORE facility. The vision and plan should be forward-looking and play a significant role in key university initiatives within the institution's strategic plan. The dean will also build collaborations and partnerships across the university emphasizing support for student success, research, and scholarship opportunities. The dean must value teamwork and support the professional journey of all team members within the Library as well as be a strong advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

The Dean of the Libraries is a key leadership role responsible for overseeing the ever-changing roles of libraries, strategic direction, operations, and advancement of the University's library system. This role is pivotal in shaping the academic and research experience at the institution, fostering innovation in library services and technologies, as well as ensuring the library remains a hub for knowledge dissemination and collaboration; in fact, we envision the library will become a destination for everyone on campus. The Dean is the primary advocate for recognizing and communicating the libraries’ critical value and impact on learning and integrating knowledge.


Strategic Leadership and Planning:
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan for the University’s libraries that aligns with the institution's overall mission, vision and Future Directions plan.
  • Collaborate with college Deans and Associate Vice Presidents to support undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Manage and optimize the utilization of the new CORE building on the Hayward campus and library services at the Concord Center.
  • Oversee the allocation of resources, including budget management, to support the strategic goals of the libraries.
  • Position the libraries as hubs of collaboration, innovation, and scholarly activities.
  • Foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement within the libraries, exploring new technologies, services, and partnerships.
  • Collaborate with faculty, administrators, and other stakeholders to ensure the libraries’ resources and services meet the evolving needs of the academic community.
  • Recruit, mentor, and develop a diverse and talented library faculty and staff, promoting professional growth and ensuring a high level of service.
  • Manage the libraries’ physical and digital resources efficiently, including acquisitions, cataloging, and preservation efforts.
  • Ensure compliance with copyright and licensing regulations related to library collections.
  • Collaborate with IT to maintain and improve the library's technology infrastructure.
  • Supervise and support the Director of the Student Center for Academic Achievement (SCAA),
    tutoring service that provides in-person and online support for over 3,000 students per year.
  • Supervise and support the Coordinator of the Learning Commons, a facility that provides online and in-person technology support to students.

Academic Engagement and Research Support:
  • Support teaching, learning, and research, including access to digital and physical resources.
  • Foster collaborative relationships with academic departments to understand and address faculty and student research needs.
  • Develop and maintain programs that promote information literacy and research skills among students and faculty.
  • Facilitate the acquisition and curation of collections to support the university's academic programs.
  • Support open access and other initiatives that enhance accessibility and dissemination.
  • Develop and maintain high quality academic and curricular information resources for four (five in 2025) with a range of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Other duties as assigned:
  • Represent the libraries in university-wide committees, forums, and initiatives as well as serving as part of the broader University leadership team.
  • Build relationships with external stakeholders, including donors, alumni, and community members, to garner support for library initiatives.
  • Advocate for the libraries’ role in fostering intellectual curiosity, inclusivity, and a strong academic community.
  • Promote library services and resources through outreach and marketing efforts.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A Master of Library Science (MLS/MILS) degree from an American Library Association accredited program, a record of progressive administrative experience, and academic achievement that merits tenure with an appointment at the rank of Full Librarian is required.
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible management experience, including supervision of professional staff.

Preferred Skills and Knowledge
  • Visionary, dynamic, collaborative leader.
  • Strong knowledge of emerging trends and technologies in libraries and higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience leading transformational change.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets and allocate resources effectively.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging areas of librarianship including capabilities and future trends in service models, technologies, and systems to maximize discovery and access.
  • Leadership experience in a collective bargaining and shared governance environment.
  • Visionary leadership with the ability to inspire and empower library faculty and staff.
  • Strong advocacy skills and a passion for promoting the value of libraries in academia and the community.
  • Commitment to fostering and supporting equity, inclusion and anti-racism as well as closing student success and completion gaps.
  • Engagement with student success initiatives; demonstrated commitment to students at a high access institution.
  • Some experience in successful fundraising and grant writing.

Applications and Nominations

All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile which can be found at . These documents can be submitted and uploaded when applying at the Cal State East Bay website. Once you’ve completed applying via Cal State East Bay, please also email nominations, inquiries, and application materials to Jessica Herrington and Sarah Seavey at

WittKieffer is assisting Cal State East Bay in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 29th, 2024.

Condition(s) of Employment

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including LiveScan, as appropriate), that may include, but is not limited to: criminal records check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certificates, credit history, professional references and/or verification of work history is required for employment. Cal State East Bay will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Unsatisfactory results may also affect the continued employment of current Cal State East Bay employees who were conditionally offered the position.

All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate. LiveScan is conducted through the University Police Department.

EEO Statement

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Cal State East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. The University is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a stimulating learning environment for its diverse student body.

Other Information

All California State University campuses, including Cal State East Bay, are smoke and tobacco-free. For more information, please visit our website here.

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, the Cal State East Bay Annual Campus Security Report is available here.

At Cal State East Bay, the following nine competencies have been identified as valued leadership qualities: Communication, Cooperation, Delegation, Empathy, Feedback, Innovation, Leadership Presence, Passion and Strategic Ability. While we may not expect our managers to exhibit all of these competencies, we do expect them to aspire to develop them. As part of the annual evaluation review process, the Dean of Libraries will be evaluated on each.


Cal State East Bay is not a sponsoring agency for Staff or Management positions and we are not an E-Verify employer.

Mandated Reporter

The incumbent in this position may be considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and will be required to comply with requirements set forth in the CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Advertised: Jan 19 2024 Pacific Standard Time
Applications close: May 19 2024 Pacific Daylight Time

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