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CDL Job Opening: Finance & Operations Director

At the core of the California Digital Library (CDL) is a simple idea – by mobilizing the expertise and creativity of our diverse community and engaging in collaborative problem-solving, we can transform the way libraries and scholars work, thus furthering the University of California’s mission to educate, illuminate, and serve. Through CDL’s commitment to sustainable open scholarship, an ever-wider range of freely available research informs ever-more potent responses to real-world challenges. Together with the UC campus libraries and our other partners, we expand the academy’s capacity for innovation, knowledge creation, and research breakthroughs, and enable the University to produce a measurable impact valued by the state, the nation and the world. The user base for CDL services and programs includes UC faculty, students and library staff; the patrons of the consortia in which the UC Libraries participate and the many people worldwide who benefit from UC’s open access offerings.

The CDL is a unit within the UC Office of the President, has a staff of 75+ and is located in downtown Oakland. CDL supports remote work and U.S. based applicants who wish to work remotely will be considered. This position is not available for sponsorship.


Reporting to the California Digital Library’s Associate Vice Provost/Executive Director, the Finance & Operations Director oversees all aspects of department operations, including the operating budget, financial activities, audit and compliance, contracts and grants, space planning, administrative services, and human resources. Serving in a leadership role, the incumbent has broad discretion in the development and maintenance of internal processes and structures, ensuring efficient day-to-day operations and appropriate budget/financial oversight and planning.

The Finance & Operations Director is responsible for developing and presenting the department’s budget to senior leadership, and manages team members responsible for the department’s day-to-day administrative functions, fiscal transactions, and human resource activities. The incumbent serves the diverse needs of multiple CDL programs, advises on a range of service and business partnerships, and acts as a liaison between CDL and the UC Office of the President (UCOP) departments, including the UCOP Budget & Finance Department and UCOP Human Resources.

As a member of the Executive Director’s leadership cabinet, the Finance & Operations Director actively participates in setting CDL-wide policies and priorities, and engages in a continuous process of establishing CDL’s strategic direction. Taking into account the intersection of programmatic needs and decision-making across the CDL organization, the Finance & Operations Director assists in establishing collaborative approaches to managing CDL resources, staffing, and pursuit of new opportunities.

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UC Office of the President Job ID 29525