Program Director, Collection Development and Management - UC San Diego Library

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Salary range: $58,365 - $140,603


Open date: June 25th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Dec 20, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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.


Program Director
Collection Development and Management

The University of California, San Diego Library seeks creative, collaborative, and service-oriented applicants for the position of Program Director (PD), Collection Development & Management (CDM). The CDM PD is positioned to support a range of activities that define the development and management of the Library’s collections. This includes engagement with new modes of acquiring and delivering scholarship, and the opportunity to collaborate with experts both in our Library and across the UC system. The CDM PD also oversees the Library’s activities in planning and allocating space to Library collections, as well as developing and applying appropriate preservation strategies for physical assets. This position is a central player in how the Library’s resources are developed to support UC San Diego and University of California teaching, learning and research activities.

Responsibilities of the Position

Administrative (60%)

This position serves as the Director of the Collection Development and Management Program reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Services (AUL SRS). This role is responsible for overseeing the administration and operations of the program including its key areas of collection development, collection management, and the preservation of physical resources. The program consists of approximately 14 FTE. Directly supervises 2 career academics and 1 classified staff. Formulates and monitors program goals, initiatives and special projects. Plans program budgets and approves expenditures. Supports CDM staff in the development and implementation of workflow and policy. Has authority for program personnel activities including recruitment, performance management, and staff development. Works closely and collaboratively across programs especially with Content Acquisitions and Resources Sharing (CARS), Metadata Services (MS), and Library Facilities Services (LFS). Ensures CDM policies, workflows, and accomplishments are documented via our intranet (LiSN), the Library Weekly Update, and elsewhere as required.

Lead Collection Strategist (20%)

Serves as coordinating member of Collection Council, the Collection Management Working Group (CMWG) and Collection Strategists Group (CSG). Oversees general collection budgets, projects and policy. Generally supports and provides collections related advice and budget guidance to all Collection Strategists. Coordinates collection analysis and space allocation projects for the print collection in close coordination with the CMWG. Provides input and makes recommendations in managing physical collections in the context of UC Shared Print initiatives, WEST, and other regional and national consortia. Reviews and provides feedback for project initiatives by the California Digital Library (CDL) and the Shared Content Leadership Group (SCLG). Collects and synthesizes input from subject librarians and respond to the AUL SRS on votes for CDL renewals, new titles, cancellations and campus votes on UC wide journal packages. Works closely with the AUL SRS and aforementioned collections committees to consider and apply appropriate EDI principles to collection development.

Committees and Meetings (20%)

Chair; Collections Council, CDM Managers Meetings
Represents CDM on Library Leadership Council (LLC), Collection Strategy Group (CSG), Scholarly Resources and Services cluster Program Directors Group, Collection Management Working Group (CMWG), Subject Specialists Group, Collection Statistics Task Group, others as required.
Participates in Library wide planning and special initiatives, serves on screening and search committees, is active professionally in the academic library collections community in the UC and at the national level. May serve as an alternate representative to SCLG or other UC wide collection groups as required or appointed by the AUL SRS.

About The Library – Great Research Starts Here

The UC San Diego Library, one of the nation's top public academic libraries, plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The Library provides the foundation of knowledge needed to advance cutting-edge discoveries in a wide range of disciplines--from healthcare and science to public policy and the arts. The Library provides access to more than 7 million items, including digital and print volumes, journals, and multimedia materials to meet the knowledge demands of scholars, students, and members of the public.

Librarians at UC San Diego are academic appointees and entitled to appropriate professional leave and all other perquisites granted to non-faculty academic personnel. UC San Diego Librarians are expected to participate in library-wide and system-wide planning and governance and to be professionally active. To foster the best possible working and learning environment, all library staff at UC San Diego strive to cultivate a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. For more information, please review the UC San Diego Principles of Community. We also encourage the opportunity to build a network of peers that share your similar passions and interests through the UCSD Staff Associations network.

About the Program
The Collection Development & Management Program (CDM) supports and advances the university’s mission of research, teaching, and public service by selecting, managing, and preserving information resources across all relevant disciplines. The program’s ultimate goal is to provide our primary user community with access to what they need, when and where they need it, and in the form most useful to them. The program is essential to foster inspired learning and discovery, the growth of knowledge, and the academic success and scholarly productivity of students, faculty and researchers. The program plays a critical role in supporting the cycle of knowledge through ongoing stewardship of the products of research (collections and content).

About the University

With a current enrollment of more than 30,000 students, UC San Diego is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in education and research at the undergraduate, graduate, professional school and postdoctoral levels. The campus is committed to community engagement, public service and industry partnerships in order to advance the health and well-being of our region, state, nation and the world.

The University of California, San Diego is recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report and has consistently been ranked as the top college in the nation by Washington Monthly in terms of its public contributions to the nation. UC San Diego attracts $1 billion annually in research funding and is among the top ten universities in the nation in terms of its federal research funding.

To Apply

Applications will begin being reviewed on 07/26/21 and the position will remain open until filled. For full consideration, applications must include the following:

  1. A short application letter addressing your interest in this position and applicable qualifications
  2. A resume of education and relevant experience
  3. The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position
  4. A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at: Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion

Compensation: Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales.

Partner Opportunities Program: UC San Diego recognizes that your employment decisions may involve dual career considerations. UCSD provides online and in-person career and relocation assistance to spouses and partners of academic appointees.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree. Other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields related to library services may be substituted.
  • Experience recruiting, supervising, evaluating and developing diverse staff in a library setting.
  • Demonstrated success in directing the work of collection development and collection management activities at a research library.
  • Direct experience with collection development across a range of subject areas, including experience with emerging modes of content acquisition, licensing, discovery and delivery.
  • Experience planning and overseeing a complex budget that includes material and operational costs.
  • Demonstrated success in a work environment where planning, communication and diplomacy foster aligned priorities between multiple units.
  • Ability to set priorities, make informed decisions, and build team motivation and consensus.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and ability to provide leadership in ways that center equitable and inclusive practices.
  • Commitment to excellence in service and ability to work both independently and collaboratively with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Professional service or scholarship in the areas of collection development, collection management and / or preservation.
Preferred qualifications
  • Experience with supporting preservation services in a research library.
  • Experience evaluating, planning and executing collection moves in consideration of space use and user needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to guide professional growth and develop leadership skills of librarians.
  • Demonstrated success leading change in an organization.
  • Experience with organizational strategic planning.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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