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Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Organizational Excellence

Yale University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Mar 2, 2021

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Yale University Library (YUL) invites applications for the newly-created position of Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI), and Organizational Excellence.


In alignment with the university-wide Belonging at Yale initiative, this position will provide leadership and coordination within the library for departmental and individual efforts to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI). In collaboration with Library managers and staff at all levels, the director will be responsible for developing and implementing DEI strategies in the Library, particularly in the areas of organizational culture, staff support, library services, programs, and collections. The director will advise committees, workgroups, managers, and individuals throughout YUL toward optimal teamwork and individual learning.


As a member of the Yale Library leadership team, the director will serve a vital role in advancing library-staff oriented initiatives, such as leading implementation of the library’s five-year Retention & Recruitment Action Plan; and developing an organizational strategy to connect and advance the library’s expanding DEI efforts in library programs, services, and collections. The director will play a key role in developing, integrating, and advising on departmental and divisional DEI initiatives with the goal of fostering positive and sustainable change in the Yale Library organizational culture. The director will join a community of colleagues committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization, including an active and engaged Advisory Committee on Library Staff Diversity and Inclusion, as well as faculty, students, and staff from across the University.


The director leads programmatic efforts at cultivating strategic partnerships within the library and university to advance equity and build a culture of inclusion and belonging in YUL. The director will identify innovative, flexible and dynamic approaches to incorporate DEI principles into services, programs and collections, in keeping with the Library’s strategic directions and community values; and will have primary responsibility for identifying and provisioning organizational development opportunities across library units.


For a DEI professional seeking to make a significant impact on organizational culture, the Director position at Yale Library offers a uniquely broad opportunity. Yale Library stewards extraordinary cultural heritage collections. Making these collections more discoverable and accessible to research communities at Yale and beyond is a library goal and priority. Many of the library’s 500 staff members actively participate in national efforts to understand and address the structural biases that have accrued in cultural heritage collections through generations of collecting, cataloging and description choices. With more than a dozen libraries and special collection repositories, Yale Library encompasses some of the University’s most widely frequented public spaces of the University. These spaces, combined with the library’s online exhibits and outreach programs, gives Yale Library a unique opportunity to embody and advance the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


This position will report to the Associate University Librarian for Administrative Services.


Depending on professional background, the final candidate will be hired as a Librarian 3 to 5 or as a Managerial & Professional Staff Employee (Grade 26). Librarian ranking information can be found at:


Required Education and Experience:  Master’s degree in library science or a related field, and six years of professional experience in an academic or research library or similar institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications and analytical ability. Demonstrated problem solving skills. Demonstrated experience designing and coordinating projects and bringing them to a timely conclusion. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment.



  • Demonstrated ability and success with developing and implementing programs and introducing innovative DEI approaches to the workplace, community, and/or profession. Demonstrated ability and a strong commitment to innovation, creativity and excellence. Demonstrated ability leading with influencing and motivational skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written, interpersonal, and group communication) at all levels, with administration, faculty, staff, students, and external constituents. High emotional intelligence and ability to handle complex situations, and create thoughtful, fair, and institutionally aligned responses.
  • Ability to work with diverse patrons, faculty, staff, other university constituents, and external organizations. Expertise, knowledge and facility with best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion. Demonstrated ability to lead, advise, counsel, coach, and redirect individuals as necessary. Ability to present, implement, and track on DEI concepts.
  • Proven excellent organizational, planning and leadership skills. Experience in organizational change; recruitment, retention, training; development, implementation and evaluation of programs; facilitation. Adaptability, including being comfortable with ambiguity and change. Ability to represent the Yale University Library in multiple contexts.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and sustain an environment of mutual respect. Commitment to continually learning about the needs and experiences of Library staff and patrons, in particular those from historically underrepresented groups, in order to develop equitable and inclusive workplace, learning, and research environments.
  • Preferred Education and Experience: Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school.


Application: For more information and immediate consideration, please apply online at  Please be sure to reference this website when applying for this position.


We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.


Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.



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