Ohio State University Libraries — Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

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
  • 3-5 years of professional experience working with equity, diversity and inclusion programming and initiatives 
  • Demonstrated experience in 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

Discover Ohio State
For over 150 years, The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. The university’s main campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State also includes a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

About The Ohio State University Libraries
The Libraries promotes innovative research and creative expression, advances effective teaching, curates and preserves information essential for scholarship and learning at Ohio State, and shares knowledge and culture with the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world. Libraries faculty and staff live these values in all that we do: Discovery, Connection, Equity, Integrity, and Stewardship.  Learn about our strategic directions here https://library.osu.edu/strategic-directions. 

The Libraries’ greatest resource is our faculty and staff. Their expertise produces value beyond the collections and their commitment to continual improvement and innovation is one of the most significant ways the Libraries meets the diverse and evolving information needs of university students, faculty, and staff, alongside scholars throughout Ohio and the world. 

As a global leader, the Libraries is actively engaged in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives to help shape the future of academic research libraries. These activities and the innovations that result enhance our ability to acquire, manage, and preserve emerging information resources, support knowledge creation, and enable its effective transmission to future learners. Information about the Libraries is available at https://library.osu.edu. 

The Libraries strives to provide welcoming, supportive environments for all to pursue and share knowledge. The Libraries is guided by our strategic priorities that facilitate, celebrate and honor diversity, inclusion, access and social justice. All positions are expected to contribute to building and advancing this environment, and we encourage candidates to apply who share these values.

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: https://hr.osu.edu/new-employees/benefits-overview.

Please submit cover letter and resume with online application at http://go.osu.edu/ADforEDI.  Application review will begin on September 13, 2021 and all applications must be received by September 22, 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.