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Assistant Dean for Student Success and Diversity

Apply now Posting #: 4340
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, Copley Library

Position Title & Department:

 Assistant Dean for Student Success and Diversity
Posting #


University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The University of San Diego’s Copley Library seeks an energetic, politically savvy, entrepreneurial-style candidate to serve as the Assistant Dean for Student Success and Diversity. This position reports to the dean and serves as a member of the library’s senior management team. This new 12-month tenure-track faculty position serves on-site in Copley Library.

The Assistant Dean for Student Success and Diversity will be deeply engaged in all areas dealing with traditional and non-traditional undergraduate student success, including Associated Student Government, first-year students, transfer students, first-generation college students, and sororities and fraternities.  They will have experience working with faculty to grow an open education resources (OER) program. The Assistant Dean will assist library faculty and staff in collaborating on issues related to diversity and student success. The Assistant Dean for Student Success and Diversity will liaise with offices in the library and university that deal with diversity, equity, and inclusion matters and affinity groups, such as the Black Student Resource Center, the Asian Students Association, the Diverse Gender and Sexuality Alliance, the Veterans Center, and student support programs, such as Student Support Services and Summer Bridge, TRIO McNair, and Ole Weekend–New Student Orientation.

The candidate will have strong instruction and workshop skills and experience as a liaison librarian will be helpful. This is a highly collaborative position that requires the Assistant Dean for Student Success and Diversity to work with library colleagues, students, faculty, and administrators. This inaugural position provides the opportunity for a candidate to shape the job and to create new campus partnerships and services along with strengthening existing ones. The Assistant Dean must meet reappointment, tenure, and promotion criteria. Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:


The job applicant should address the following required and desired qualifications in their cover letter.

  • ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS is required
  • Minimum three years experience with at least two years in an academic or research library
  • Enjoy advocating for and working with students
  • Experience in open education resources, outreach, student success, diversity or related areas
  • Strong commitment to service excellence in working with students, administrators, faculty, and library colleagues
  • Strong information literacy instruction and presentation skills; maintains currency in pedagogical practices/strategies and emerging technologies
  • Demonstrate experience promoting and growing the Library’s OER and textbook affordability programs; knowledge of copyright and scholarly communication trends
  • Collaborate with partners within academic programs, students services, Admissions, Career Services, and Athletics to support student success
  • Ability to develops strategies to infuse diversity through the library’s workforce, services, collections, and spaces
  • Ability to work some evenings, to conduct instruction sessions, or to attend meetings and events
  • Experience supporting undergraduates from underrepresented communities, such as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Ability to serve as the Center for Inclusion and Diversity’s liaison librarian
  • Approach work from an equity and inclusion perspective in instruction and outreach
  • Ability to serve on university committees that focus on students, diversity, and OER and textbook affordability
  • Advance the Library’s program by serving on library committees and task forces
  • Ability to work collaboratively, independently, and contribute effectively to the senior management team
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Record of active membership in professional associations and scholarship (presentations and publications) to meet reappointment, tenure, and promotion criteria



  • A second advanced degree in a related field
  • A developed research agenda
  • Experience working with faculty
  • Liaison librarian experience
  • Awareness of accessibility issues
  • Experience multi-tasking and managing projects
  • Capable of adapting to change
  • Understands accountability and the need to assess programs and progress
Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits

Benefits included:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Insurance
  • Retirement plan 403(b) (immediately vested)
  • 24 paid vacation days as well as holidays
  • Tuition Remission available to you, your spouse, or a dependent
  • Rent assistance for the first year
  • Faculty home buying program
  • Moving expenses covered (up to $5,000)
  • Access to Faculty Research Grant funds
  • One day per week devoted to research
  • One day per week work remotely
  • Conference/travel money
  • New faculty orientation stipend
  • Access to wellness resources, including on-campus fitness centers

Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits and Recruitment and Relocation Benefits.

Special Application Instructions:
Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application.
Please upload the following documents (please do not send any additional materials).
  1. Letter of application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Names, addresses and telephone numbers of four professional references (colleagues, liaison faculty, and previous supervisors)

Deadline: Formal review of application will begin October 24, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate can begin work immediately. 

Questions can be directed to Dr. Theresa S. Byrd, Dean of the University Library, (619) 260-2370, tsbyrd@sandiego.edu

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu
Additional Details:

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Princeton Review ranked the University of San Diego #1 most beautiful college campus in the nation. Student enrollment 9,041 undergraduate, paralegal, graduate and law students. The university is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community. Candidates from underrepresented and underserved groups are encouraged to apply.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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