Head of Systems, California State University, Sacramento

Campus Information

California State University, Sacramento is located in the heart of Northern California, one of the most beautiful, diverse and rapidly growing areas in the country. The 300-acre campus, just five miles from the State Capitol, is situated along the American River parkway that offers miles of trails and recreational access to the city’s two rivers, Folsom Lake and the historic Sacramento riverfront. Growth in the region has provided significant opportunities for faculty research and engagement with civic and business organizations as well as extensive research and internship opportunities for the University’s approximately 28,500 students. The University, where quality teaching is a top priority, offers instruction leading toward the bachelor’s degree in 58 disciplines, the master’s degree in 41 disciplines, two independent doctoral degrees and one joint doctoral degree, and houses numerous research and community service centers.

Sacramento is a high-growth metropolitan area with a very diverse population of approximately 2 million.  The campus has been named both a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).  As California’s capital, Sacramento is an advantageous setting for premier academic programs. As a major metropolitan university, California State University, Sacramento is committed to providing leadership in addressing significant regional needs and to enriching its liberal arts tradition. The proximity of California State University, Sacramento to the California legislature and other agencies of state and federal government provides unparalleled opportunities for faculty and students to participate in public service through policy research internships, and employment.

Hiring Department Information

As the center of campus intellectual discovery, the Sacramento State University Library promotes teaching, learning, research, and scholarly communication at the University by integrating the Library with campus student success programs and instruction. One of twenty-three libraries in the California State University System, the Library holds over 1.4 million volumes, comprised of print and electronic monographs and serials, and is a Federal Document Depository. The Library’s mission is to inspire excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarly activities.

The University Library is undergoing rapid transformation with a forward-thinking mission and vision and a deep commitment to improving the campus learning environment. We welcome individuals with diverse backgrounds to join our growing organization of 26 library faculty, 34 staff and approximately 40 FTE student assistants.

A successful California State University, Sacramento faculty member promotes the values celebrated by a public, regional, comprehensive, metropolitan university.  At Sacramento State, the quality of the education we provide is our top priority.  In addition to contributing positively to teaching and learning, faculty members are expected to engage in scholarship and to provide service to the University and to the greater community.  Our campus community represents the broad diversity of our state, and we believe that all are enriched and unified by this diversity.  In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people with the commitment and ability to work with a diverse student population.

Duties Responsibilities

The Head of Library Information Systems reports to the Associate Dean for Digital Technologies and Resource Management, and serves to provide leadership and direction for innovative services and technologies. The position will define and articulate the vision, strategic directions, and priorities for information technology in a dynamic environment that values creativity, teamwork and innovation.

  • The Head of Library Information Systems is responsible for the management of the Library Information Systems Department, which includes planning, budgeting, and setting policy for information resources in the University Library.
  • The Head of Library Information Systems directly supervises staff responsible for desktop support, application development, the Library web sites, supporting digital services, infrastructure architecture and administration, and supports staff in the performance of their duties.
  • The individual will lead a service-oriented program that researches, develops, and supports advanced information systems for the Library, and ensures excellent operational management of information systems and support of end users.
  • The Head of Library Information Systems provides leadership in coordinating and defining system requirements and tasks for library-wide projects and initiatives.
  • The Head of Library Information Systems will work closely with Library Administration, University IT, and other stakeholders to take advantage of technological developments that enhance teaching, learning, research, and scholarship.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or other relevant field and/or equivalent training and administrative work experience may be substituted for degree requirement
  • 5 years of IT experience with a record of progressive experience in IT leadership
  • Successful human and financial resource management experience
  • Experience working with commercial vendors of library-centric hardware, software, and other related products and services (experience with Ex Libris systems preferred)
  • Successful supervisory experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of current trends in library and educational technology in higher education
  • Proven expertise with current technologies, platforms, and products that support library information technology
  • Excellent customer service skills with a commitment to customer service
  • Project management, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Record of successful innovation in applications of information technology
  • Evidence of effective communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Collaborative work ethic and the ability to build effective partnerships, articulate goals and negotiate priorities
  • Demonstrated history of and commitment to building and maintaining a diverse work environment


  • Advanced degree in Library and Information Science (ALA accredited), Computer Science or a related field
  • Experience with library systems and applications
  • Experience with creating documentation
  • Experience with interface design and usability testing
  • Experience with image and/or text based institutional repositories and best practices in digital projects


This is a 12-month, position with an expected start date of fall 2018

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Application Review

Review of applications will begin on 9/12/2018; position is open until filled.

Application Procedures

Applications are only accepted through the Sacramento State jobs website located at http://www.csus.edu/about/employment. Instructions on how to apply can also be found at this link.  External applicants can apply by clicking on the Faculty, Staff, and Management Opportunities link.  Internal applicants can apply by logging on My Sac State.

Applicants must include the following attachments with the application:

  1. Cover letter.
  2. Current curriculum vitae/resume.
  3. The names and contact information of at least three professional references.
  4. Unofficial transcripts attesting to the highest degree earned (official transcripts required if invited for interview/upon hire).
  5. Required Diversity Statement (Please limit to 500 words):
    As an equal opportunity employer with a diverse staff and student population, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching and working environment for all. What contributions are you most proud of that exemplify your awareness and sensitivity towards promoting an inclusionary environment? What have you learned working with diverse populations?

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