CSUSM Recruitment

CSUSM Recruitment

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Communities and Cultures Archivist - Sr Assistant Librarian

Apply now Job no: 513786
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Marcos
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Librarian (Non-instructional Faculty)
Position Description


Rank: Senior Assistant Librarian
Starting Date: Fall 2022 

The California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) University Library invites applications for a 12-month, tenure-track position to be appointed at the Senior Assistant level. We seek a creative, collaborative, and forward-looking colleague who can complement, strengthen, and expand partnerships across library departments and with colleagues and community members in North San Diego County.

The Communities and Cultures Archivist (CCA) will provide expertise and leadership as part of the University Library’s Special Collections department to partner with underrepresented communities in North San Diego County to identify, preserve, and provide access to archival resources documenting their history, culture, and experiences. The CCA will employ a variety of community-centered approaches including, but not limited to, developing and advising oral history projects, pursuing participatory and post-custodial collection models, and conducting community outreach.

The CSUSM Special Collections is a new department that collects, preserves and makes accessible the cultural heritage and history of North San Diego County and its constituent communities. Collection strengths include floriculture, business, photography, San Diego’s craft brewing industry, and the university’s archives.

The CSUSM Library, one of twenty-three libraries in the California State University System, supports the campus’ mission to place the student as an active participant in the learning process. The Library works collaboratively with the campus community to provide a dynamic learning environment and experiences within and beyond the classroom as well as access to information needed to foster curiosity and scholarly inquiry. The 200,000 square foot Kellogg Library has five floors that include more than 30 group study rooms and 300 computers and is a gateway to more than 180 electronic databases and 700,000 books and e-books. We welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to join our growing organization of over 50 skilled faculty librarians and staff members, who support teaching, learning, research and creative endeavors at one of the fastest-growing universities in the California State University System. The CSUSM Library’s Strategic Plan can be found at https://biblio.csusm.edu/strategic-plan.

The position is appointed at the Senior Assistant rank with an anticipated annual salary range of $75,000 - $82,000.

This position will remain open until filled. Review will begin immediately. Preference will be given to applications received by June 3rd.

Anticipated start date is August 2022.

Minimum Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited MLS or international equivalent; or Master’s Degree from relevant academic discipline with demonstrated experience working in archives and/or special collections.
  • Demonstrated success in collaborative work focused on developing, arranging, and describing special collections resources inclusive of underrepresented communities.
  • Demonstrated experience and/or expertise in a minimum of at least two of:
    • Participatory and/or post-custodial collecting initiatives;
    • Developing and cultivating donor relationships;
    • Archival content management systems, such as ArchivesSpace;
    • Oral history theory and methodology.
  • Experience in an academic special collections or archives setting. 
  • Demonstrated potential for meeting the requirements for tenure and promotion. University and Library Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Standards for Professional Performance, Research/Creative Activity, and Service.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated meaningful intercultural engagement with diverse groups and commitment to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable educational environment and workplace. Ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of descriptive standards and metadata schemas appropriate for archives and special collections.
  • Demonstrated experience working with underserved/marginalized populations and social justice-oriented initiatives.
  • Demonstrated success providing curriculum integration support, research assistance, and information literacy for students and courses utilizing primary sources, and archival and special collections materials.
  • Published and/or presented research related to special collections or archives in academic libraries.
  • Participation in local, regional, or national professional organizations. 
  • Fluency in another/other language(s) in addition to English, preferably Spanish.


Under the direction of the Head of Special Collections and reporting to the Dean of the Library, the Communities and Cultures Archivist will assume the following duties:

  • Collection development documenting North San Diego County’s diverse communities, both within our campus and our larger regional community, with a focus on collecting materials created by and/or pertinent to underrepresented communities.
  • Collection contextualization through digital and physical exhibitions and the creation of finding aids.
  • Understanding the complexities and opportunities that diversity, equity, inclusion, and access bring to an organization and apply principles of social justice and equity to job responsibilities.
  • Reference/research assistance and classroom instruction regarding special collections and archives.
  • Creation of educational resources (LibGuides, videos, etc.) to further educational mission and reach of department.
  • Participation as an active member of the Special Collections department and Library by contributing to the planning, development, and assessment of policies, procedures, and services.
  • Community outreach and donor cultivation and stewardship in concert with Library Dean and Head of Special Collections.
  • Pursuance of a strong research agenda within the field of archives, special collections and/or academic librarianship. 
  • Participation in library, university and/or professional-level service commitments.
  • Currency with trends and developments in assigned areas of responsibility and the field of librarianship and archives.
  • Work lead direction of students and paraprofessional staff pursuant to departmental initiatives.

Application Procedure:

 Click Apply Now to complete the CSUSM Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Narrative statement describing your commitment to and experience with working effectively with faculty, staff, students, and community members in a multicultural/multiethnic campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
  • Names and contact information of three professional references.

Review of applications will begin June 3rd and will continue until the position is filled.

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit Faculty Opportunities for more information.

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation and veteran or military status.

Per the California State University’s Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is prohibited from hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised December 22, 2020 as a condition of employment.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy, can be found at CSU Covid Policy. Questions should be sent to the Office of Human Resources at hr@csusm.edu

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act Notification can be found at Clery Act Notification.

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