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Job ID: 220513

University Librarian
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 30, 2023
Title University Librarian
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Library

The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), the world's premier public university, seeks a visionary, inclusive, and strategic leader as its next University Librarian.

UC Berkeley is internationally renowned for excellence across all disciplines, for the opportunities it affords students of all backgrounds, and for scientific discovery, innovation, and cultural creativity. Ranked nationally as the No. 1 public university by U.S. News & World Report Rankings 2023, the Berkeley campus is home to more than 32,000 undergraduate students and more than 12,000 graduate students as well as approximately 1,500 ladder-rank faculty across 15 schools and colleges. Berkeley's professors are highly distinguished researchers, scholars, and leading experts in their field as attested by their many Nobel Prizes, other distinguished awards, and memberships in the most prestigious learned societies.

UC Berkeley's Library supports the world-class teaching and cutting-edge research for which Berkeley is renowned, enriching the experience of the thousands of students who study on its campus. Comprising 22 libraries, the UC Berkeley Library has one of the world's most comprehensive academic research collections, from the trove of primary documents chronicling the West at Bancroft Library, to the collaborative and innovative spaces at the Moffitt Library, to the vast and unparalleled collections at Doe Library - a beacon of information standing in the shadow of the iconic Campanile. Together, these libraries help sustain UC Berkeley as a leading producer of knowledge. The Library holds more than 13 million volumes in its world-renowned collections. Materials include paintings, lithographs, papyri, audio and video recordings, and ephemera such as leaflets from the Free Speech Movement, a note from Helen Keller to Mark Twain in honor of his 70th birthday, and vintage costumes worn by Berkeley's beloved mascot, Oski. The Center for Connected Learning, a "collider space" where students will have access to one-stop consultation on retrieval, evaluation, and use of advanced information resources and will acquire skills required for 21st century information literacy will soon be open in Moffitt Library.

The University Librarian (UL) serves as the Library's chief administrative officer with overall responsibility for collection development and management; library services; budget and planning; application of emerging information technologies; personnel; fundraising, public relations; and state, national, and international cooperative efforts. The UL acts as the official representative, advocate, and intellectual leader of the Library in the context of a research-oriented, internationally recognized public land-grant university.

Reporting to the executive vice chancellor and provost, the UL is a member of the Academic Senate and serves on the Council of Deans, collaborating with campus leadership at UC Berkeley and across the University of California system. The UL also serves on the University of California Council of University Librarians and the University of California Shared Library Facilities Board, as well as with serving on other UC Berkeley and systemwide posts.

The UL will be a visionary, people-centered leader who collaborates with faculty, students, and staff on campus, across the UC system and state of California, as well as the nation, and around the world. The ideal candidate will possess administrative, budgetary, fundraising, communication, and collaborative leadership skills including successful experience in a shared governance environment, as well as demonstrated experience advancing racial and social justice and supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, justice and accessibility. The UL will also be expected to continue Berkeley's national leadership role in open access.
WittKieffer is assisting the University of California, Berkeley in this search. All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile. (Candidates selected to meet with the search advisory committee at the semi-finalist phase will be asked to submit a diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging statement). Additional information about the role can be found in the leadership profile.

For full consideration, candidate materials should be received no later than October 24, 2023. Applications, nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Suzanne Teer, Jessica Herrington, and Cathryn Davis at

The budgeted salary range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is between $310,000 to $390,000. Actual base salary will be dependent on an individual's relevant skills, experience, and qualifications. UC Berkeley offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision and retirement plans as well as moving, relocation, and housing assistance.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley 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:

This position is a sensitive position and is subject to a criminal background check. Questions may be referred to Kristine Lee Wilby at

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