About California Institute of the Arts
CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts. Programs at CalArts are optimized for a new kind of artist: one who goes beyond mere aesthetics and expertise and thinks about the way their practice engages with the world at large. The unique cross disciplinary and experimental nature of the institution and its community of artists, thinkers, and makers creates a particularly fertile ground for creative and expansive thinking about what an art library is and can be.
Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, CalArts emerged with a bold new paradigm for arts education – the kind not seen since the Black Mountain College experiment of the 1930s – that promised freedom to create with boundless imagination, unfettered by conventional expectations. Offering a curriculum that is at once imaginative and rigorous, CalArts continues to distinguish itself as a leader in arts education, nurturing and respecting students as artists, offering remarkable interchange with faculty across disciplines, and encouraging students to cross-pollinate and inspire each other.
CalArts is renowned internationally and has set the pace for the education of professional artists since themid-20th century. Offering more than 70 rigorous and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools – Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater –CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney now encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines, and cultural traditions.
The Role of the Dean of the Library
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks a creative, curious, dynamic, and collaborative leader for the Division of Library and Information Resources. The new dean will join CalArts at a pivotal time of reinvention and reimagination. Formerly the “Institute Librarian,” the new “Dean of the Library” will have a broader scope of responsibilities that allow for expanded research, collaboration, and experimentation, acknowledging the interconnected nature of the library across the Institute. This newly refocused leadership position reports to the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a member of the Deans’ Council.
The Dean of the Library will lead the CalArts Library and provide creative, collaborative, and strategic direction. The dean will work within the library to build a shared vision and tangible and incremental plans for growth and experimentation within the library and in support of the CalArts Strategic Framework and institutional priorities.
The library staff consists of 12 FTEs – 5 faculty librarians and 7 professional staff – with approximately 55student assistants typically employed each semester. Together, the staff work holistically across all areas of the library and collaborate regularly with colleagues in schools and departments throughout the Institute. The library has an overall annual operating budget of approximately $1.4 million.
Reporting to the Provost/Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and serving as a member of the Deans’ Council, the Dean of the Library will share in Institute-wide planning and development, contribute to strategic initiatives, and collectively reimagine facilities for the library and beyond. The dean will provide leadership that encourages, unites, and empowers library faculty and staff to achieve their own professional goals while delivering excellent and innovative services. The dean will build partnerships within the CalArts community as well as the library profession to support the creative growth and continued development of an exemplary 21st century academic art library.
Salary for the role is currently anticipated to range from $140,000 to $170,000, based on experience and ability to have broad and early impact. Employees of CalArts enjoy a culturally rich, artistic, diverse work environment. The Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package, which includes full medical, dental and vision health care coverage along with very generous vacation, sick leave, and paid holiday benefits.
Please send nominations, applications, and queries in confidence and electronically to CalArtsDeanLibrary@storbecksearch.com.