Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Organizational Excellence

Connecticut, United States
13 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
13 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

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 as a Librarian 3 to 5 or as a Managerial & Professional Staff Employee (Grade 26). Librarian ranking information can be found at:

Essential Duties

  1. Lead and collaborate with colleagues in the development of Library strategy for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging  in alignment with the university’s Belonging at Yale initiative.
  2. Collaborate with managers to assess, identify, and address opportunities in library services to strengthen equitable access and accessibility to services for library users. In collaboration with subject specialists and other leaders, develop strong relationships and effective communication with faculty, student advisory groups, and campus partners to ensure that the voices of all constituents are represented in the development and assessment of the library’s work for equity and inclusion.
  3. Convene colleagues to identify, design, and implement diverse and accessible programs (e.g., events and exhibits) for library users and community members. Partner with Yale colleagues and in local communities, as well as external experts, to develop programs that reflect the Library’s commitment to building  an equitable and inclusive community for faculty, students, visitors, and staff.
  4. Collaborate with the Director of Collection Development, collection managers, and special collections leaders in their efforts to evaluate and strengthen equity, diversity, and accessibility in library collections. Work with library managers, curators, and subject specialists on diversity and equity-related outreach efforts with the goal of expanding accessibility and inclusive engagement with library collection materials.
  5. Provide leadership for staff to continue to develop a strong culture of equity and inclusion in the library. Develop and lead strategies and programs to advance institutional change, foster a positive and inclusive work environment, and ensure that DEI considerations are incorporated into the everyday work of the library at all levels. Lead and oversee initiatives across the library system to improve retention and recruitment of a diverse workforce, including managing and leading specific initiatives.
  6. Assess organizational and individual staff needs and match those needs to learning opportunities offered at Yale and beyond. Arrange for design of training roadmaps for different staff development paths, working collaboratively with Yale HR and other partners. Work with the Library’s Assessment & User Experience team to gather and analyze data in support of effective decision making. Coordinate and execute training for the Library as needed.
  7. Provide guidance, structure, and tools to library groups to foster connection and maximize effectiveness. Support group leaders by providing  leadership, administrative guidance, and facilitating cross-communication. Be the service owner and a key stakeholder in development and implementation of tools and infrastructure for supporting teamwork.
  8. Provide leadership, management, analysis and advice in other areas as needed in support of the effective operation of Yale University Library.
  9. On behalf of the library, participate in and contribute to initiatives and partnerships at Yale, in the community, and with other institutions to advance equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Required Education and Experience

  1. 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.
  2. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications and analytical ability.
  3. Demonstrated problem solving skills.
  4. Demonstrated experience designing and coordinating projects and bringing them to a timely conclusion.
  5. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and independently with various groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing team environment.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

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.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

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.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

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.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

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.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

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, Experience and Skills:

Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school.

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The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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