Associate Dean of the Library for Collections and Scholarly Communications, CSU Fullerton

Job no: 518294
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Fullerton
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Library

Job Title Associate Dean of the Library for Collections and Scholarly Communications
Classification Administrator III
AutoReqId 518294
Department Pollak Library Administration
Sub-Division Pollak Library
Salary Range Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications (Anticipated hiring range is $8,000 – $10,000 per month)
Appointment Type At-will
Time Base Full-Time
Work Schedule Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

About CSUF

Standing on 241 acres at the heart of Southern California, the university was founded in 1957 and has grown into a population of over 39,000 students. As Titans, we believe that diverse perspectives deepen our understanding. We are committed to giving students the support they need to graduate, while responding to California’s revolving work force needs. At California State University, Fullerton we strive for continual improvement of students, staff, faculty and administrators through orientations, training programs and professional development opportunities. As part of the Titan Community, you have access to many campus facilities and services including but not limited to the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, Fullerton Arboretum, cultural events and performances in the Clayes Performing Arts Center, Cal State Fullerton Athletics sports events, Titan Recreation Center, and the Employee Wellness Program.

Job Summary

It is an exciting time to join Cal State Fullerton as we are an in demand comprehensive University that is driven to shape the future of education and foster a vibrant community of diverse students, faculty, staff and administrators who uphold values of inclusive excellence, free speech, and an environment free from discrimination. We are continuously seeking individuals from a variety of career disciplines that share in the University’s mission and core values. We warmly welcome you to consider joining the Titan Community where minds expand and opportunities flourish.

About the Position:

The Pollak Library empowers and nurtures our academic community in the pursuit, discovery, and creation of knowledge. We strive to advance success of the academic community by providing access to an evolving collection, developing information literacy skills, creating innovative spaces, encouraging intellectual curiosity, and welcoming diverse perspectives. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as the Associate Dean of the Library for Collections and Scholarly Communications. The ideal candidate in this role should have a positive attitude, an active, energetic mind, and a leadership style that is characterized by highly ethical practices and a commitment to diversity, openness, flexibility, integrity, and kindness.

Reporting to the Dean of the Pollak Library, the Associate Dean (AD) for Collections and Scholarly Communications (C&SC) provides leadership and collaborative expertise for developing, sustaining, and delivering the collections the Pollak Library owns and accesses. In collaboration with the Dean, collections librarian, subject liaisons, and campus faculty, the Associate Dean works across programmatic lines to build and maintain vital collections, and to participate in emerging content management workflows. Gathers, assesses, reorganizes, and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data. Contributes to the strategic allocation of resources for collections in traditional and emergent formats, and designs interpretive reports for collection management in an environment of change in scholarly communication and publishing. Strategic directions include but are not limited to integrating developments in scholarly publishing and communications and open content, balancing commercial/commodity collection building, and obtaining and exposing unique scholarly content and CSUF research.

The Associate Dean works closely with the Dean and others across the CSU to provide strategic leadership in harnessing the power of the Unified Library Management System (ULMS), a consortial implementation of Ex Libris Alma, to build a statewide collection of resources that supports student success, faculty teaching, and research. The Associate Dean will have overall management responsibility for the Collections and Scholarly Communications unit that oversees the selection, acquisition, cataloging, and maintenance of materials in all formats, as well as University Archives and Special Collections (UA&SC), interlibrary loan, and scholarly communications initiatives. This currently includes 21 FTE. Works collaboratively with unit librarians and staff in setting the strategic direction of all components of the unit. Works closely with the Associate Dean for Public Services on technologies that support UA&SC and digital preservation. With the Scholarly Communication, Open Educational Resources, and Copyright and Policy librarians, the AD provides strategic direction for CSUF’s support for open access, open educational resources, digital scholarship and preservation, and the campus institutional repository. Serves as a member of the Pollak Library Dean’s Council, the library’s senior leadership group. Reporting to the Dean and working closely with the rest of the library’s senior leadership team, the AD represents the library in areas of strategic importance, contributes to the library’s fundraising program, and is expected to play a leadership role in defining and executing an innovative vision of scholarly resources and their management. Works closely with unit personnel, fiscal services, and the Dean in monitoring the collections resources budget. As a senior leader in the library, the AD builds and sustains successful collaborations with creative approaches to mentoring and empowering employees, fostering and leading cross unit teams, and solving organizational problems and issues, while emphasizing user centered service. The AD advances diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the unit in alignment with the University’s strategic plan. Works in close collaboration with library colleagues and classroom faculty and administrators across both CSUF and the entire California State University (CSU) system. Other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications

Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program. A minimum of three years of progressively responsible administrative experience in an academic or research library setting including personnel supervision. Demonstrated deep understanding of the role of the library and scholarly information resources, data, and institutional assets in supporting student success, teaching, and research. Experience leading scholarly resource identification, licensing and acquisition, management, and delivery. Experience in library budget administration. Demonstrated capability to develop new models of providing access to scholarly resources, data, and institutional assets. Experience with assessment of resources and related services; capacity for evidence-based collection development and management. Robust knowledge of issues and trends in scholarly communication and publishing across disciplines and globally. Understanding and appreciation for archives and special collections and their roles of cultural stewardship and teaching. Deep expertise in one or more areas of the position’s general responsibility: scholarly resource development and evaluation, acquisition and management, delivery and access, cataloging and metadata, scholarly communication and digital scholarship, interlibrary loan and resource sharing, archives and special collections. Demonstrated leadership experience and evidence of flexibility and initiative in a collaborative and rapidly changing environment. Demonstrated commitment and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a professional setting.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with initiating grant opportunities and working on grant-funded projects. Experience and success with fundraising. Record of research, publication, formal presentation, and participation in relevant professional or scholarly organizations that demonstrates experience, leadership, and vision. Familiarity with institutional repositories and related services. Demonstrated project management skills. Expertise and experience onboarding and mentoring staff and faculty, including the assessment and implementation of library technical services workflows to maximize efficiency and promote collaborative teamwork.


Valid California Driver’s License. The position requires the use of a state vehicle to transport to events and visit schools and other outside constituents at variable hours.

Special Working Conditions

Notice of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Gender or Sex and Contact Information for Title IX Coordinator

Additional Information

California State University, Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

The scope of responsibilities for this position includes the making or participating in the making of decisions that may have a material financial benefit on the incumbent. Therefore, you will be required to file an initial “Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interests” within thirty (30) days from date of hire and on an annual basis; and complete the CSU sponsored ethics on-line training within thirty (30) days of appointment, and at least once during each consecutive period of two calendar years following the appointment.

The person holding this position is considered a limited mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July 21, 2017.

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

If you are applying for a staff position, please note that you are not eligible to work concurrently in a staff position and an Academic Student position such as Graduate Assistant, Teaching Associate, Instructional Student Assistant or a Student Assistant position.

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function.

Employee/applicant who submits an application for a position may be required to successfully complete job related performance test(s) as part of the selection process.

Online application/resume must be received by electronic submission on the final filing date by 9:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)/midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Applicants who fail to complete all sections of the online application form will be disqualified from consideration.

California State University, Fullerton is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (i.e. H1-B Visas).

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Applications close: Oct 13, 2022 (9:00 PM) Pacific Daylight Time