Director of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion (DEAI)
University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Preferred Education: Master’s
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 22004397_1662643224
University of Iowa Libraries Director of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI)
The University of Iowa (UI) Libraries seeks to hire a Director of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) who will provide leadership within the UI Libraries around all aspects of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) on workplace culture as well as services and collections. Reporting to the University Librarian (UL), the Director of DEAI ensures alignment with university and organizational core values and leads the implementation of the comprehensive Libraries' DEAI Strategic Plan and manages the change process necessary to improve DEAI in the Libraries. The Director of DEAI seeks to help all people feel welcome and valued, and to ensure that employees of all backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities are able to come together for the common purpose of advancing the mission of the Libraries.
The UI Libraries is committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and social justice (IDEAS). We recognize the legacy of inequity and oppression for those holding historically marginalized identities and pledge to counter those legacies through our organizational mission and strategic priorities. We draw from the American Library Association's Key Action Areas and Code of Ethics. We are dedicated to the ongoing work of combatting racism, hate, and discrimination and believe it is each person's responsibility to work towards removing barriers in order for everyone to succeed.
To fulfill this commitment, we strive to:
Provide a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment
Promote student success through outreach and instruction
Develop inclusive collections, programs, and services
Recruit and retain a more diverse staff
Facilitate Libraries' staff IDEAS development
Collaborate with campus constituents in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Serving as an expert liaison with the UL, AULs (Associate University Librarians), Libraries' leadership groups (including the Executive Team, Leadership Team, and others) for matters related to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, including policy development and implementation, and interpretation of University policies, processes, and procedures
Leading as strategic advisor to the Libraries' leadership team and provides consultation to administrators and library staff, groups, and units to increase awareness and accountability for diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in programs, services, and scholarship
Chairing the Libraries Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Social Justice (IDEAS) Council formed to advance the Libraries' comprehensive DEAI Strategic Plan, and represents the Council on the Leadership Team
Sharing in Libraries-wide planning, policy development, and resource allocation as a member of the Leadership Team; contributes to the development of strategic initiatives; and employs evidence-based decision making
Cultivating relationships with partners, professional associations, and peer institutions, and network to identify, develop, and implement leading practices that enable the Libraries to develop and retain highly qualified and diverse talent
Representing the Libraries on the campus-level DEI Success Collaborative; collaborating with campus partners and units on responses to emerging local, national, or global events that affect the experience of students, faculty and/or staff from historically marginalized groups and populations; and stewarding relationships with communities and organizations on which the Libraries depend
Partnering with related staff development activities in the Libraries and with campus partners to foster connections with Libraries' expertise, services, and resources in developing training programs with a DEAI-focused curriculum for individual, organizational, and systems change, addressing topics such as: unconscious bias, anti-racism, microaggressions, social justice, and evidence based diversity best practices and behaviors that reinforce the diversity mission of the Libraries and the university
Helps design a long-term DEAI staffing plan
Serves as a member of the Residency Library Leadership Team
Participates in national and global dialogues about professional practices in libraries/library science that help to enhance opportunities for underrepresented individuals to be aware of the library profession
Collaborates with Libraries Human Resources and hiring authorities to integrate best practices into recruitment processes, selection, and onboarding for positions within the Libraries
Contributes to the Libraries' outreach and marketing activities to increase connections and standing as an important contributor to DEAI at the University of Iowa and beyond
Establishes DEAI metrics and creates an assessment plan
Master's degree or equivalent combination of education and related experience
Demonstrated experience (typically 3-5 years) in supporting diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in a visible leadership role in a professional setting
Demonstrated success and commitment to discussing, integrating, and promoting diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion through a complex and dynamic organization
Proven ability to be a visionary change agent to transform, align, and inspire across all levels within an organization
Demonstrated understanding of the intersectionality of difference, privilege, power, and other social justice dynamics for establishing and engaging ongoing collaborative communication structures with interdisciplinary partners across the organization that ensure an inclusive environment
Demonstrated excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills with experience in facilitation and presenting to groups
Demonstrated ability to successfully plan, manage, and complete projects
Experience (typically 3-5 years) in supporting diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in a visible leadership role in a professional setting with specific responsibilities for leading strategic projects and/or programs
Experience working on DEAI initiatives in a higher education institution
Experience translating data and analytics to develop insights, drive decision-making, and measure impact
In order to be eligible for interview, applicants must upload the following and mark them as "relevant files" when you upload the documents:
Cover letter that clearly addresses how you meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.
Statement regarding diversity, equity, access, and inclusion. The University of Iowa Libraries welcomes and serves all, including people of color from all nations, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and the most vulnerable in our community. We safeguard the human right to access information. We offer educational resources that promote diversity, equity, access, and inclusion, and we strive to build collections that reflect all points of view on current and historical issues. Include an applicant statement to include examples of ways you have advanced diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the workplace or community or provide other evidence of your demonstrated commitment to diversity.
The starting salary is $90,000 to commensurate with experience.
This position will be posted through at least September 26, 2022 for priority consideration and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and degree verification.
Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process. For questions, contact Andrea Rost at Andreafirstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.