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Assistant Dean for Organizational Development and Inclusive Practice

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration, Deans
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

CU Boulder University Libraries is seeking an energetic, creative, and forward-looking individual to provide a vision and dynamic leadership for the management, coordination and assessment of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives to advance the university mission and goals. In order to cultivate, recruit, and retain a vibrant and diverse workforce, the incumbent leads and facilitates organizational efforts to create a more equitable workplace, builds a more inclusive organizational culture, and leads human resources planning.

As a member of the Libraries Executive Leadership Council and the Chapter Leadership Council, the AD collaboratively shares responsibility for planning, budget allocation, and the development and implementation of major strategic initiatives. Along with colleagues on the Dean’s Advisory Council, the AD shapes and promotes our mission.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean of Libraries, this position plays a critical role in continuing the evolution of an inclusive research library at the University. This position plays a leadership role in the formulation and assessment of Libraries-wide services, policies, and EDI initiatives and seeks to create an environment where all people are welcomed and valued, ensuring that employees of all backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities are able to come together for the common purpose of advancing the mission of the university. Leads efforts to cultivate and sustain an impactful organization by fostering a diverse and inclusive environment that supports the Libraries mission and values to Include, Empower, Connect, Learn, and Inspire, with emphasis on sustained action and cultural transformation.

The AD will be supported as a full partner in leadership, with resources and organizational
effort allocated as programming is developed.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

We are a knowledge catalyst. We fuel inquiry, discovery, collaboration, creation, and the dissemination of knowledge. We welcome everyone, wherever they are on their educational journey.

An information-empowered world.

  • Include
  • Empower
  • Connect
  • Learn
  • Inspire

Our values define our interactions within the Libraries and radiate outwardly. This means that we develop a culture that compassionately and authentically embodies our values in all aspects of our work.

Diversity Statement
We affirm diversity and inclusive excellence to be vitally integral to the Libraries’ mission and vision. We strive to model this in recruitment and retention, building collections, and offering services and spaces to develop a receptive social, intellectual, and physical environment for all. Learn more about our dedication to diversity and inclusivity.

The University Libraries encourages applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that person may be one who comes from a less traditional background. As you review the qualifications, please think about how your qualifications are transferable if (at first) they do not seem directly related. Share how your skills translate in your cover letter. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications described.

About Boulder, Colorado:
Boulder and the surrounding area is known as one of the best places to live because of its spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant atmosphere. At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine into Boulder's cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every interest. In 2021, the Boulder City Council voted unanimously to adopt the city’s Racial Equity Plan, a document that puts forth the city’s commitment to change with actions and measurable outcomes to advancing racial equity, while facing its history and policies that have impacted people of color. Penfield Tate II, the City of Boulder’s first Black mayor elected in 1974 is quoted as saying, “The measure of a great city and a great country is not the size of its greenbelt but how it treats its people.”

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Leads and facilitates equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives with a staff and faculty of approximately 5 FTE, that advance Libraries’ values, vision and mission with emphasis on sustained action and cultural transformation;
  • Oversees Libraries human resources; develops sustainable methodologies for equitable recruitment, hiring and retention; engages in succession planning and performance management to build a diverse workforce in the Libraries;
  • Provides guidance and support on professional development practices, including the Libraries’ faculty and staff mentoring programs, employee onboarding and off-boarding, and facilitates dialog to advance a more inclusive environment and workplace culture;
  • Serves as a member of the Libraries’ executive leadership and contributes to organizational planning, evaluation and resource allocation decisions;
  • Collaborates with campus leadership and key university partners and units, such as the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Faculty Affairs, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement to advance university level IDEA Plan goals and the recruitment, retention, and advancement of a diverse workforce and an inclusive, equitable, and respectful work environment for all Libraries’ employees and Libraries’ users;
  • Builds a more welcoming and inclusive library system and user experience for the Boulder campus Libraries, including using activities such as trainings and staff development, that support student success;
  • Fosters a diverse and inclusive environment that supports the Libraries as an organization that supports mission and values to Include, Empower, Connect, Learn, and Inspire, with emphasis on sustained action and cultural transformation;
  • Works in partnership with librarian colleagues and library units to develop and support assessment focused on creating inclusive excellence in all aspects of the libraries’ work such as coordinating and assessing the universal design of services and resources including digital and electronic materials, and impact on the University’s educational and research missions;
  • Serves as ex-officio member of the Deans Committee for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity to collaborate on the coordination of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the Libraries and campus and leads coordination of Libraries-wide diversity and inclusion
What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

We anticipate this position will support a hybrid format (in person and remote work).

What We Can Offer

Salary Range: $110,000 - $140,000. Relocation assistance is available for those who qualify.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

Be Statements
Be inclusive. Be inspired. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • Master’s degree or higher professional degree in a related field of study or equivalent combination of education and experience from an accredited institution.
  • 3 years of professional experience working with equity, diversity, and inclusion programming and initiatives.
  • 1 year experience in strategy development and program planning, implementation and assessment.
  • 1 year experience with organizational development.
  • 5+ years of progressively increasing responsibilities in job related experience.
What You Will Need
  • Ability to develop and articulate programs, practices and processes that connect equity, diversity, and inclusion with organizational culture and success.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power and ability to utilize this understanding to strategize organizational culture shifts towards anti-racism.
  • Commitment to centering the needs of underrepresented populations and removing structural barriers that impact these groups.
  • Knowledge of DEI research and literature.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and cross-cultural skills.
  • Ability to successfully plan, manage, and complete projects.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Experience designing, developing, and conducting effective training.
  • Experience with change management.
  • Experience working with libraries.
  • Administrative experience working within higher education.
  • Experience building relationships with and creating pathways for growth for students, employees, or colleagues from underrepresented groups.

To qualify for the title of Associate Dean and a faculty appointment the following are required:
  • A terminal degree from an accredited University in a relevant field.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

Please see the campus definition of inclusive excellence: .

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

For first consideration, please apply by Sunday, February 13, 2022 .

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs , posting number 36283.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email:

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