Dean of Library Services, California State University, Fresno

Job Title: Dean of Library Services – (REVISED AND REPOSTED WITH NEW DEADLINE)
Job ID: 13195
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code: 3300
Administrator IV
Job Grade: Range A
Department: Library Services


The salary is competitive and is negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position with an attractive benefits package which includes but is not limited to: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; 12+ paid holidays; excellent choice of medical, dental and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance; and retirement benefits.


California State University, Fresno seeks an experienced, innovative and collaborative Dean of Library Services. The Dean of Library Services reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and serves as a member of the Deans’ Council. The Dean is responsible for all programs and unit activities within the Library. S/he leads planning, administration, fundraising, and personnel efforts to further sustain and improve Library operations and services.

The Dean of Library Services will successfully develop and execute a vision to further the mission and value of the Library in a time when technology and the needs of students are rapidly changing. By articulating a clear, dynamic, and creative vision, the Dean will chart the direction of the Library and its support of student success. S/he is charged with fostering an organizational climate based on respect, service, teamwork, communication, professional growth, and responsibility in which diversity, creativity, and innovation thrive while effectively managing and enhancing the Library’s fiscal resources. The Dean is also the spokesperson and advocate for the Library on campus, system-wide, regionally, and beyond.

Library Environment:

The Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno, is the largest academic library in California between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With over 1.5 million visitors a year, the 339,000 square foot library serves as the hub of the campus community. It provides innovative services including technology lending to both faculty and students, a growing digital repository, integrated information literacy instruction, and student-centered campus partnerships. The library has helped lead the CSU’s transition to a system-wide unified library management system, ALMA, with full transition to be completed prior to the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The library has over a million print volumes, hundreds of thousands of electronic resources, and significant special collections of children’s literature, teacher resources, music and media, World’s Fair materials, local and regional history, and hosts numerous rotating exhibitions and campus and community events. The library also uses 3M’s RFID system to safeguard its assets. Library personnel include 18 library faculty, 39 support staff, and 29 FTE student assistants. For more information, visit

Position Summary

Major Duties of the position include:

  • Promoting library resources, technology, and services for the university and the constituency it serves;
  • Overseeing a continuous program of long-range planning and development, and assessment of Library services;
  • Balancing and integrating selected technologies with traditional collections and services, including the on-going development of collections and access to electronic information resources;
  • Developing and cultivating sponsorship, grant and contract activity, as well as private funding for the Library;
  • Managing all personnel actions within the Library; and
  • Promoting a quality learning environment for our academic community and external constituencies.


This position represents an outstanding opportunity for an experienced library leader with a history of decisive and innovative leadership, including managing human, financial, and physical resources. Applicants should have the leadership and interpersonal skills to engage staff, faculty, campus administration, and the community to build upon the Library’s solid foundation of supporting students, faculty and staff, and tackle new challenges, and a record of scholarship and service meriting appointment as a tenured Librarian. The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities and characteristics:

Knowledge of:

  • Higher education issues and trends, curriculum and program development practices, the technology of teaching and learning, the general concerns and processes of educational equity and the needs and expectations of diverse student and faculty perspectives.
  • Emerging trends in university libraries, including pedagogy of information literacy, scholarly communication, curriculum-driven collections and assessments.
  • Innovation and sustainability of user/patron services.

Ability to:

  • Work effectively in a multicultural, diverse, and complex university environment with staff, faculty, and administrators.
  • Develop policies to support student success and promote academic excellence.
  • Analyze complex problems, devise innovative solutions, and perceive the implications and potential consequences of various situations.
  • Serve as the library’s key advocate and champion.
  • Build relationships with donors, alumni, and other constituencies in the interest of fund raising.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and student governance utilizing consultative processes, consensus building, and development of community partnerships.

Skills in:

  • Outstanding oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence.
  • Consultative decision-making.
  • Leadership, planning, and evaluation.
  • Successful team-building.


  • Minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible senior academic administrative experience and proven leadership ability.
  • Experience in staff evaluation and supervision.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of the university and community, especially a proven record of individual action and institutional leadership to advance diversity.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, personnel, resource allocation, and budget/fiscal management.
  • Experienced in recruitment, professional development and retention of talented and diverse library faculty and staff.


  • MLS/MLIS degree from an American Library Association accredited program, or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 years or more of progressively responsible senior academic experience which has provided the above knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • An additional advanced degree.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and experience in a collective bargaining environment and/or knowledge of California State University policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated success in fostering university, state, regional and/or national cooperation in resource sharing, networking and collection development.

Filing Deadline

Applications received by June 15, 2017 will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and given full consideration by the hiring manager and/or search committee. Qualified applicants received after that date will be forwarded upon request to the hiring manager and/or search committee.

Search Committee Chair:

James E. Marshall, Ph.D.
Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
California State University, Fresno
5241 N. Maple, TA#51
Fresno, CA 93740-8027

559.278.2448 Graduate Studies office
559.278.0840 Research office

Application Procedures

Individuals interested in being considered for this position should submit an on-line application and attach the following supporting documents: 1) resume, 2) letter of interest which includes a narrative detailing how the candidate fulfills each of the required and preferred items listed under Qualifications, and 3) names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references who can provide current assessments of the candidate’s qualifications for the position.

Pursuant to Executive Order 883, reasonable accommodation is to be provided upon request from an employee or applicant with disabilities, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the campus. What constitutes a reasonable accommodation is to be determined by the campus on a case-by-case basis after it has received the individual’s request for accommodation and engaged in an interactive process. Employees or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources directly at (559) 278-2032.

How To Apply

To apply for this or any open position at Fresno State visit our online employment site at:

Other Requirements

Pursuant to the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual’s eligibility to be employed in the United States.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be satisfactorily completed (as determined by the CSU) before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete or pass the background check may be the basis for rescinding an offer of employment and/or affect the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for posted positions identified as sensitive.

California State University, Fresno annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Fresno State, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to or accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Campus Police Department or by accessing the following web site:

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. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:

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

Other Applicant Information

Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their application materials via automatic email reply. In addition, qualified applicants will receive email notification at the conclusion of the recruitment process.

This is a full-time management position covered by the California State University Management Personnel Plan. Under this plan, employees are subject to management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President of that campus.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment, on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity, per HR 2004-12), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Retaliation against individuals for complaining about these proscribed conduct, opposing such conduct, or participating in an investigation or proceeding involving such conduct is prohibited by both executive orders.

Further, the California State University, Fresno’s statement of commitment to equal employment opportunity principles is also found in the various collective bargaining agreements.

General Information

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University’s mission is to offer high-quality educational opportunities to qualified students at the bachelor’s and master’s levels, and in certain applied disciplines, at the doctoral level. The current student enrollment is approximately 23,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and
culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and world. California State University, Fresno promotes student learning and community engagement through faculty scholarship and service learning opportunities in collaboration with community organizations, educational institutions, industry, business and government. The University was one of the first U.S. Colleges and Universities to be selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its Community Engagement Classification.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 600,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley on the western edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The campus is within easy driving distance of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, the Monterey Peninsula, Lake Tahoe, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.

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