DEAN OF THE LIBRARY

California State University, Fresno


DEAN OF THE LIBRARY

California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), one of 23 campuses in the California State University system (CSU), and one of the nation’s largest, seeks a new Dean of the Library. The successful candidate is expected to take office in July 2024 and will report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Xuanning Fu.

Fresno State, nestled in the center of California, serves as an anchor to the most prosperous agricultural Valley in the world and one of the most culturally diverse regions in the country. It offers degrees in 72 bachelor’s, 49 master’s, and three doctoral subject areas and nine certificates of advanced study programs housed within its eight schools and colleges. Fresno State is a minority-serving institution with federal designation as a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institution (AANAPISI), reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of Central California.

The Fresno State Library is the largest academic library between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It serves as the intellectual hub of Fresno State, where discovery, inquiry, and learning are encouraged in order to empower and inspire the University’s 24,000 students. The Library provides forward-thinking services, including technology lending to faculty, staff, and students, a growing digital repository, integrated information literacy instruction, and student-centered campus partnerships supporting student success.

The Dean leads all aspects of library-wide planning, budgeting, personnel planning and management, operations, communications, and policy development, and works closely with faculty, staff, and unit leads. The position works with the Associate Dean of the Library in implementing the vision, strategic plan, and strategic goals of the library, and provides leadership and management to ensure accountability, effective services, and library operations.

The Dean provides vision and leadership for an evolving, comprehensive program of library services that integrates tools and practices for effective inquiry, creation, sharing, and use of scholarly and professional resources with the curricular and research activities of Fresno State faculty and students, while supporting diverse disciplines and professional practices, and internal and external community engagement. This position places the Dean as a member within a constellation of library-and university-wide groups, task forces, and project teams as appropriate and is expected to work comfortably and with a high degree of expertise in a shared decision-making environment.

Academic Search is assisting California State University, Fresno with this process. Prospective candidates may arrange a confidential discussion by contacting Dr. Eric Richtmyer at eric.richtmyer@academicsearch.org or 202-332-4049. Nominations may also be submitted directly to Dr. Richtmyer. Please include the nominee’s full name, position, institution, and email address.

For more information about the position, institution, and qualifications, please download the position profile from the Academic Search website. This position is open until filled, but only applications received by Sunday, March 10, 2024, can be assured full consideration. The expected salary is $170,000 – $196,000. For more information about Fresno State, visit http://fresnostate.edu/

Interested applicants must apply through California State University, Fresno. To do so, please visit https://careers.fresnostate.edu/en-us/job/527957/dean-of-the-library to complete the employment application, including attaching 1) a cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in this position prospectus, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) a list of three professional references. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.

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), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status.

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