Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

The Ohio State University Libraries
Ohio, United States
$125,000.00 - $155,000.00
Apr 07, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Ohio State University Libraries seeks a dynamic, growth-oriented individual to lead programs and initiatives in support of our shared values. The Libraries aspires to be an organization that centers equity, antiracism and social justice in all its structures, practices and activities. Reporting to the Vice Provost and Dean of University Libraries, the Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer will lead and facilitate organizational efforts to create a more equitable workplace, build a more inclusive organizational culture and recruit and retain a workforce that reflects the increasing diversity of Ohio. As a member of the Libraries’ senior leadership, the Assistant Dean joins a team dedicated to developing and modeling shared leadership, process-oriented communications and participatory decision making. The Assistant Dean will be supported as a full partner in leadership, with resources and organizational effort allocated as programming is developed.


  • Leads and facilitates equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) efforts that advance Libraries’ values, vision and mission with emphasis on sustained action and cultural transformation
  • Serves as a member of the Libraries’ senior leadership and contributes to organizational planning, evaluation and resource allocation decisions
  • Partners with the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Academic Affairs to advance the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce and an inclusive, equitable work environment for all Libraries’ employees
  • Develops learning initiatives and trainings and facilitates organizational dialogs to advance a more inclusive, equitable workplace culture
  • Facilitates the IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Social Justice) committee to coordinate EDI initiatives across the organization and promote an inclusive, equitable service experience for library users
  • Leads the Mary P. Key Diversity Residency program
  • Partners with internal Libraries’ stakeholders, including the Outreach and Engagement and Accessibility programs, to further organizational EDI objectives
  • Partners with key university stakeholders, including the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, to further university-level EDI goals
  • Represents the University Libraries at national and regional meetings and forums

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Five years of experience leading equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, including strategy development and program planning, implementation and assessment
  • Ability to develop and articulate programs, practices and processes that connect equity, diversity and inclusion with organizational culture and success
  • Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege and power
  • Demonstrated awareness of the needs of and challenges faced by underrepresented populations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of EDI research and literatures
  • Demonstrated excellent communication, interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Demonstrated ability to design, develop and conduct effective training
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully plan, manage and complete projects

Desired Qualifications:

  • Certified Diversity Professional (CDP); Certified Diversity Executive (CDE); Cornell Certified Diversity Professional (CCDP) or other related certification
  • Experience in organizational development and change management
  • Familiarity with higher education environment
  • Familiarity with academic and research libraries

This is a full-time, regular, senior administrative and professional position.

$125,000 to $155,000; annual salary negotiable.

The university offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days’ vacation, 15 days’ sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:

Please submit cover letter, CV, references, and application by May 3, 2021.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. The Ohio State University is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.