Library Director – California Institute of Integral Studies

San Francisco, California, United States, 94103

Company Description:


California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an internationally-recognized leader in integral education. CIIS has an enrollment of more than 1,600 students pursuing degrees in a variety of academic programs in its schools of Consciousness and Transformation, Professional Psychology and Health, Undergraduate Studies, and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition, CIIS hosts a vibrant art exhibition program through The Arts at CIIS, and offers a dynamic array of events through its Public Programs & Performances division, including workshops, concerts, and conferences. The University provides low-cost mental health and acupuncture services to the San Francisco Bay Area through its 10 award-winning counseling and acupuncture clinics. CIIS is accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) and the Clinical Psychology program is a candidate for accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA).

The CIIS Laurance S. Rockefeller branch Library, in the University’s main Mission Street building in the SOMA section of San Francisco, holds over 175,000 books (24,000 physical and approximately 151,000 e-books), subscribes to approximately 12,700 journals online with some in print, has 31 database subscriptions and approximately 1,500 audio-visual materials and over 700 streaming video titles, as well as Institute archives and an institutional repository. A second branch library, the Shuji Goto Library, is housed at the ACTCM campus in the Potrero Hill section of San Francisco. Both libraries offer an increasing number of reference and instructional services to both residential and distance-learning students. The catalog and circulation system are available through KOHA, an open-source Integrated Library System.
Job Description:


The Library Director is responsible for all aspects of library operations: leadership, decision making, administration, supervision, strategic planning, budget planning and fiscal control, technology, collections development, public and technical services, and liaison with the CIIS community, consortium libraries, and the broader library community and professional library organizations. The Director works collaboratively with a team comprised of professional, library, archival, and technical staff and numerous student workers. There are currently two staff at the Shuji Goto branch library (with plans for a third) and seven staff at the Rockefeller library.

The successful candidate will have not only the requisite experience and expertise but also be an effective communicator who works comfortably with students, faculty, and library staff, and who fosters collaborative relationships with members of the university community. The Director must advance a service-focused culture and subscribe to a collegial, transparent style of management consistent with practices at CIIS. The Director will lead library initiatives, directives, and decisions, and help set policies pertaining to the libraries.


  • Support the Library’s highly collegial organizational culture, based in shared, integral governance, to foster dynamic and responsive services for the CIIS community, and to create a truly integral scholarly environment, both in person and online.
  • Assume, and delegate where appropriate, the responsibility for hiring, training, mentoring, monitoring, and evaluating performance of Library staff, and ensure the most efficient organizational structure for Library staff to achieve desired results.
  • In collaboration with Library staff, faculty, administrators, and the broader library community as appropriate, develop and refine service policies and medium and long-range plans to optimize Library service, technology, efficiency, and effectiveness. Monitor implementation of such plans; evaluate and report on outcomes.
  • Fully incorporate the recently acquired Shuji Goto branch library into policies, procedures, protocols, and service standards consistent with the Rockefeller Library, strategically accomplishing a uniform Library vision.
  • Guide the CIIS Libraries in support of CIIS programs as they shift from in-person to hybrid and fully online offerings.
  • Participate in the selection of the Libraries collections in all formats, in accordance with the Library collection development policy and practices which the director will establish and oversee. In collaboration with Library staff ensure compatibility with current and proposed curricula, and maintain the appropriate range, depth, and balance of material formats and relevant subject areas, as well as optimizing physical space for the collections.
  • Develop the Library budgets in accordance with academic priorities and administrative guidelines. Use assessment data to document needed resources. Monitor expenditures and make adjustments as needed during the course of the fiscal year.
  • Oversee and assign references services, library instruction, and related activities. Work with faculty and academic staff to ascertain student and faculty needs and to determine optimal ways to address those needs, and assure that sufficient instruction and reference support is provided to the CIIS community.
  • Support and plan for innovation in library technology and systems to provide leading-edge services to the CIIS community.
  • Consult with appropriate CIIS administrators on opportunities for Library development. Meet with potential donors. Consult with the Development Office staff to write grant proposals.
  • Communicate to appropriate institutional constituencies about matters relevant to Library services and resources, research, copyright, and intellectual property.
  • Serve on University-wide committees and ad hoc groups to achieve Library and Institute goals.
  • Ensure Library staff professional development and participation and leadership in library professional organizations and consortia such as SCELC, NCCPL, BayNet, CARL, ACRL, ALA, MLA, and others.



Required Position Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library services/information science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • At least five years of administrative experience in an academic or scholarly library.
  • Two or more years of professional reference and or instructional experience in a university or academic library setting within the last 10 years.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience of professional and paraprofessional library staff.
  • Familiarity with all aspects of library operations including reference, instruction, cataloging, collections development, library technologies, and fiscal management.
  • Familiarity with current literacy standards, privacy standards, and best practices as articulated by the American Library Association.
  • Knowledge of ADA library guidelines.
  • Current knowledge of library automation and technological innovations in library services.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply copyright policy and compliance practices.
  • Competency in qualitative research.
  • Competency in developing policies and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and to foster cooperation with various constituencies.
  • Ability to lead and participate skillfully in group decision making and to work as a team member in a highly collegial organizational culture as well as to assume final decision making authority as necessary.
  • Excellent customer service skills: patience, integrity, flexibility, and creativity.
  • Commitment to the equitable delivery of services to an academic community comprised of a diversity of socioeconomic status, ability, cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds, nationalities, and sexuality and gender diversity as supported in the Institute’s Mission, Commitments, and Principles of Community.

Desired Position Qualifications

  • Interest in helping CIIS academic programs embrace and expand diversity components of their curricula.
  • Experience or background in the disciplines that comprise CIIS’ academic offerings.
  • Space planning knowledge and experience.
  • Experience merging library resources, services, and collections.

Additional Information:


Salary commensurate with skills and experience.


Working Conditions

  • Duties are primarily performed in an office environment at a desk or computer terminal, typically, Monday through Friday.

Background Check

  • Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position. If your job requires driving on behalf of CIIS you will be required to provide proof of a valid driver’s license.


CIIS is committed to providing an open, fair, inclusive, non-discriminatory environment for all individuals across differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, socio- economic status, ethnicity, age, physical ability, or medical condition. We seek to increase the presence, representation and inclusion of U.S. historically under-represented people of color, international, bilingual and bicultural students, faculty and staff; and, to provide an environment that will attract and retain individuals identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex (LGBTQQI).
Application Instructions:

  • Screening begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Using the Apply Now link at the top of the page, please submit a Resume and Cover Letter online.


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