Associate Dean for Information Services; California Western School of Law; San Diego

California Western School of Law invites applications for the position of Associate Dean for Information Services. The Law School seeks an innovative Associate Dean to help build the Library’s collection and develop its educational and information technology to fully support the Law School’s teaching and scholarly mission. This position starts on January 1, 2016 or at a later time if preferred by the successful candidate.

Founded in 1924, California Western is fully accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). It offers both a JD degree and the following dual degree programs: JD/Master of Business Administration, and JD/Master of Social Work, both with San Diego State University. It also grants a joint degree program for Master of Advanced Study in Health Law & Policy with the University of California, San Diego. In addition, California Western offers an LL.M/Master of Comparative Law degree and an LL.M in Trial Advocacy degree, as well as the Maestría en Litigación Oral, (an LL.M. in oral advocacy that is primarily online and entirely in Spanish).

The Associate Dean reports directly to the Law School Dean and serves as a member of the Dean’s senior management team. The position is a faculty appointment with full voting rights. The Associate Dean oversees all aspects of the Law Library’s operation and administration, including strategic planning and collection development; budgeting; hiring, training, and supervising library staff; acquisition management; technology services; and all related aspects of library support for faculty and students. The position also supervises the Law School’s Information Technology and Educational Technology departments. Additionally, the Associate Dean actively participates in the intellectual life of the Law School, engaging in scholarly activities as time permits. The Associate Dean is responsible for ensuring that the library meets the accreditation standards of the ABA as they relate to law libraries and the membership requirements of the AALS. The Associate Dean is encouraged to participate in the American Association of Law Libraries and other law library and professional organizations.

The Law Library supports the research needs of the students, faculty, and alumni of the Law School, as well as members of the State Bar of California. The Library’s mission is to provide “an educational and cultural resource supporting the Law School’s mission to train ethical, competent, and compassionate lawyers who are creative problem-solvers committed to the improvement of our legal system and society.” The Law Library occupies a modern, technologically advanced 50,000-square-foot building featuring a comfortable, flexible, fully accessible research and study environment with 418 seats and group study rooms. The Library currently contains over 151,000 titles and 356,000 volumes and volume equivalents, and provides access to over 54,000 electronic databases and titles.

Currently, the Library’s staff consists of seven full-time librarian positions and seven support staff positions. Four of the research librarians teach stand-alone, for-credit research courses, and these librarians and two others hold both JD and MLS (or equivalent) degrees.


The successful candidate will have:

  • a JD from an ABA-accredited law school and an MLS (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited graduate program.
  • a substantial and consistent record of innovation, leadership, management, and strategic vision, preferably within an academic law library setting.

The successful candidate must also:

  • Display a strong commitment to the Law School’s institutional mission, objectives, and needs, as well as a strong commitment to faculty and student research and scholarship and to serving a diverse and vibrant user community.
  • Support the incorporation of educational technology into the Law Library’s teaching and training activities.
  • Be proficient with technology relevant to the Library’s mission and be familiar with (or willing to learn) the overall technological requirements of a law school serving 650 students.
  • Develop and promote innovative strategies for acquisition and library services, including strategies that take advantage of technology.
  • Build successful and strong relationships with the Law School’s faculty, students, and staff.
  • Encourage and promote teamwork and communication with both internal and external constituencies, emphasizing flexibility and collaboration.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to involving staff in addressing problems and solutions, and be able to foster a sense of investment and ownership in the Library’s mission and challenges.
  • Value professional development and facilitate and encourage the Law Library staff’s continued professional development.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Law School offers competitive benefits, including 403(b) and flexible spending plans.

To Apply

Applications, nominations, or inquiries should be directed to Professor Floralynn Einesman Chair of Appointments. Please send electronically c/o Human Relations Department, at Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2015.

California Western is an Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to affirmative action and to excellence through diversity. The Law School provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities upon request.

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