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Interim Associate Dean of the Library (CSU Employees Only)

Company: California State University
Location: Northridge
Posted on: May 15, 2024

Job Description:

Interim Associate Dean of the Library (CSU Employees Only)

Job no: 538514
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Northridge
Categories: MPP, Temporary, Full Time, Library

CSUN's Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning, and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community, and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

The University:

One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 36,000 students annually and counts more than 400,000 alumni who fuel the region's economy. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and nearly 12,000 jobs each year. CSUN is a designated Minority-Serving and Hispanic Serving Institution, ranking amongst the top twenty in the nation in graduating Latinx students. More than 70 percent of CSUN students are first-generation college students, and 60 percent come from historically underrepresented groups. Money magazine consistently ranks CSUN among the nation's "most transformative" colleges for putting diverse students on the path to higher career earnings.

About the Library:

The mission of the CSUN University Library is to provide collections, technology, services, information literacy instruction, spaces, and programming, guided by the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and accessibility, in support of student success, research, scholarship, and innovation. As of 2022/23, over 18,000 students participate in formal library instruction and over 7,800 reference transactions are conducted annually. The Library's collections include over 859,000 volumes, 1.2 million electronic book titles, and subscriptions to more than 208,000 mostly electronic journals and serials. Physical and electronic media titles number over 185,800. Access is provided by a Unified Library Management System and over 230 online databases. Specialized service areas include a music and media center, assistive technology labs, special collections and archives, teacher curriculum center, map collection, and a maker space. Current Library faculty and staff include approximately 23 tenure-track full-time librarians and 53 full- time support staff. Visit https://library.csun.edu/About for more information.

About the Position:

The Interim Associate Dean reports to the Dean of the University Library and as the deputy to the Dean, assumes responsibility for the Library in the Dean's absence. The Interim Associate Dean represents the Dean at campus and system-wide meetings as required and works as part of the Library's administrative team to plan Library services, facilitate operations, and resolve issues.

The Interim Associate Dean is primarily responsible for Access Services, which includes the following service and service support areas: Guest Services (Circulation, Shelving, Automated Storage/Retrieval System; Interlibrary Loan); Teacher Curriculum Center/Music & Media; University Library Map Collection; Course Reserves & Curricular Resources. This position works closely with Library Faculty and Staff to ensure that the research and teaching needs of CSUN students, faculty, and staff are met and provides excellent customer service. The Interim Associate Dean also manages policies and changes to existing public services, serves on various Library and University committees and creates special reports as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages the Access Services units and their staff and student employees listed above, including serving as hiring manager, overseeing training and scheduling, and providing evaluations.
  • Practices and encourages empathetic and transparent communication, disruptive thinking, collaboration, and innovation; continuous learning and improvement; and sustainable practices.
  • Supports an environment in which library employees are guided by the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and accessibility, in support of student success, research, scholarship, and innovation.
  • Serves as a member of the Library's administrative team and advises the Dean on planning and policy issues.
  • Is responsible for the Library's regular strategic planning process.
  • Provides leadership for excellence in customer service.
  • Initiates and implements special projects related to public services.
  • Identifies and resolves user issues.
  • Participates in security and emergency planning.
  • Oversees the collection and submission of statistics and other data for the annual ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey.
  • Actively participates in Library Committees, including: Marketing Team, e-News Team, Space Team (Chair); Service Desk Supervisors (Chair); and University committees/groups, including: Associate Deans; Educational Policies Committee; Graduate Studies Committee.
  • Is responsible for routing Library for-credit course proposals through the curriculum review process and updates the Library's administrative team on curricular changes that may impact Library collections and services.
  • Represents the Library at various campus and off-campus functions.
  • Serves as Administrator-in-Charge in the Dean's absence.
  • As a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university's vision, values and priorities. Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team. Encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university. Participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set. Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. Qualifications:

    • Master's degree in information and/or library science from an ALA-accredited school, or equivalent degree if earned from outside the U.S. or Canada.
    • Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups.
    • Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and accessibility.
    • Demonstrated leadership experience.
    • Demonstrated experience with fiscal and human resources management.
    • Knowledge of technology applications in a library setting.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Highly organized with evidence of ability to prioritize workload demands, including meeting deadlines and managing several projects at one time. Preferred:
      • Relevant administrative experience in an academic library.
      • Strong conflict resolution skills.
      • Record of networking and collaboration with a team and with a broader community.
      • Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.
      • Good public relations and presentation skills.
      • Demonstrated experience leading diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive and collegial work environment.
      • Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership.
      • Demonstrated experience leading varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach. Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule:
        • Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.
        • The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $135,000 to $150,000 per year, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

          Application Period:

          Applications received through May 16, 2024, will be considered in the initial review. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. In order to be considered in the initial review, applications must be submitted prior to the date listed above. Application submissions received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

          Effective Date of Appointment: August 21, 2024

          Effective End of Appointment: August 21, 2025

          How to Apply:

          Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit www.csun.edu/careers.

          Background check:

          This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU.

          A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of candidates who apply for the position.


          The person holding this position will be considered a 'limited 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.

          Conflict of Interest:

          This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

          Equal Employment Opportunity:

          CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, covered military and veteran status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101

          Advertised: May 02 2024 Pacific Daylight Time
          Applications close:

Keywords: California State University, Los Angeles , Interim Associate Dean of the Library (CSU Employees Only), Other , Northridge, California

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