Head of the Life & Health Sciences Division, University of California, Berkeley

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 10th, 2018 Next review date: January 14th, 2019

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Final date: July 1st, 2019

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Head of the Life & Health Sciences Division

University of California, Berkeley Library

Hiring range: Librarian

$88,791-$104,180 per annum, based on qualifications

This is a full time appointment available starting March 2019

The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative, service-oriented librarian with demonstrated management and collection development experience to advance the Library’s engagement with research and teaching in support of the life and health sciences.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,000 undergraduate students, over 11,000 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. With a collection of more than 12 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.

The Library’s Life & Health Sciences Division includes the Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library and the Pamela and Kenneth Fong Optometry & Health Sciences Library. Collectively these libraries and staff – including 5 librarians, 10 career staff, and 30 student employees – support the research, teaching, and learning needs of students and faculty of the College of Natural Resources, School of Optometry, School of Public Health, and College of Letters & Science’s Biological Sciences Division and broader communities of scholars.


The Head of the Life & Health Sciences Division provides leadership for enhancing and evolving the collections, operations, and user-centered services across the Division. This position directly supervises the librarians and a chief operations manager who supervises the career library staff in the Division.

The Head works collaboratively with library colleagues to assess strengths and weaknesses in the various collections, determine priorities, and develop departmental service plans that align with the academic mission of the University. Mindful of current trends related to research and scholarly communications in life and health science fields, and in partnership with colleagues in the Library, across campus and at other institutions, the Head will play a guiding role in initiatives (such as collaborative collection development agreements, digitization projects, and donor engagement) supporting the current and future research needs of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

The position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Educational Initiatives & User Services, with a dotted line to the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources, and is a member of the library-wide management team. The management team works collaboratively to guide and coordinate the strategic directions, programs, services, collections, facilities, and policies associated with public service units of the UC Berkeley Library. The Head serves as the collection fund group coordinator for life and health science librarians across campus, providing oversight of substantial collections, endowments, gifts and various budgets. This position works with colleagues to develop collection policies and strategies for the benefit of the Library overall.

Our organization continues to evolve in the rapidly changing world of higher education and information resources and services, and thus it is essential that the Head be adaptable, forward-looking, and a good change-management leader. To be an effective manager, the Head will be a fair, progressive leader to Library staff; lead department-wide and library-wide discussions; aid in creating and communicating Library policies; manage personnel and financial matters; contribute to department-wide and library-wide priority setting and project management; encourage ongoing staff development; and foster an environment of collaboration, creative thinking, and continuous improvement.

The Division Head will engage in activities akin to other librarians in the Division: providing research consultations for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students; developing guides and web pages to facilitate user access to resources; offering orientations and instructional seminars; serving as a liaison to an academic department or program; selecting materials in all formats; contributing to reference services for the sciences; and staying abreast of scholarly communication issues. A significant portion of collection development is coordinated through a number of consortial agreements with libraries in the University of California system, Stanford University, and national organizations. The Head collaborates with the Life & Health Sciences Division selectors and Sciences Council colleagues to identify relevant online resources to purchase through campus funds or group agreements negotiated by the California Digital Library and the Center for Research Libraries.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement in the Librarian series is based in part on professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Minimum Basic Qualification by application date:

• Advanced degree

Additional required qualifications by start date in position:

• Minimum of three years experience supervising and/or leading librarians and career staff

• Minimum of three years experience providing reference and instructional services in an academic or research library in the area of sciences

• Minimum of three years experience participating in collection development and managing collection funds in an academic or research library

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s degree from an ALA accredited institution or equivalent international degree

• Demonstrated effectiveness working in a highly-collaborative, matrixed environment

• Management experience in an academic library environment

• Experience effectively leading organizational change

• Experience developing innovative services to enhance research and/or teaching

• Experience in grant writing and fundraising

• Knowledge of cataloging and access issues for print and digital collections

• Experience supporting life and health scientists across the research lifecycle

• Demonstrated commitment to providing highly responsive public service

• Demonstrated project management skills

• Demonstrated oral communication skills

• Demonstrated written communication skills

The Library at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to the support and encouragement of a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make a positive contribution in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

As a management position, this librarian position is not represented by a bargaining unit and is covered by the UC Academic Personnel Manual (APM).

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Submit applications online at http://apptrkr.com/1352713

Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three professional references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmActlink is external).

Send inquiries to:

Susan E. Wong

Director, Library Human Resources

Library Human Resources Department

Phone: (510) 642-3778

Email: mailto:librec@library.berkeley.edu

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements

• Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

• Cover Letter

Reference requirements

• 3 required (contact information only)

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