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
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
An information-empowered world.
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.
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
What You Should Know
- 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
- Serves as a member of the Libraries’ executive leadership and
contributes to organizational planning, evaluation and resource
- 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
- 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
All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply
with the campus COVID-19 vaccine
. New employees must provide proof of vaccination
or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of
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 inclusive. Be inspired. Be Boulder.
What We Require
What You Will Need
- 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
What We Would Like You To Have
- 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
- Knowledge of DEI research and literature.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and cross-cultural
- Ability to successfully plan, manage, and complete
- Experience designing, developing, and conducting effective
- 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
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
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A current resume or curriculum vitae.
- 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: https://www.colorado.edu/odece/diversity-plan/campus-definition-inclusive-excellence
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.
For first consideration, please apply by Sunday, February 13,
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs
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