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Senior Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida seek an innovative, engaged individual to serve as the Senior Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI Senior Director). This 12-month tenure-track position provides strategic vision, expertise, and leadership in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) values in the Libraries. The Libraries are critical contributors to the University’s commitment regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. These values help sustain inclusive excellence within our workplace and enhance equitable access to the libraries within the communities we serve.
The DEI Senior Director uses evidence-based practices in leading the Libraries to collectively identify the systems, structures, policies, practices, and behaviors that perpetuate inequity; develop a roadmap that articulates measurable goals in addressing inequities; and implement and iterate on programs and initiatives to achieve those goals. The Director leverages existing and new opportunities to ensure the Libraries’ spaces, programs, and services are a supportive and welcoming learning environment for all users and potential users. In addition, the Director also represents the Libraries in campus DEI initiatives, building strong connections with related campus representatives and offices and engaging in cooperative efforts to enhance diversity efforts. 
The Libraries are committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment and have numerous long-term and recent initiatives focused on this goal. We seek a capacity builder who will work collaboratively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and origins, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and perspectives, to create meaningful dialogue and change. The Libraries recognize DEI as guiding principles and are committed to assuring that our spaces, collections, services, and library workspaces reflect campus values of inclusive excellence.
The Smathers Libraries is committed to creating a thoughtful, equitable, and inclusive culture that provides space for innovation and creativity. We support that commitment by offering a fulfilling work experience that allows for collaboration, growth, and development as well as shared perspectives.
To support all colleagues, students, faculty, and staff and foster excellence in a diverse and collaborative society, the libraries welcome candidates who bring their own lived experiences to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and perspectives.
The Libraries encourages broad participation in reaching decisions; consequently, the DEI Senior Director will contribute to discussions and provide input, and serve on various committees and teams.
The DEI Senior Director will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.
  • Serves as a strategic advisor to the Dean of the Smathers Libraries and its senior leadership team in all areas of inclusion, diversity and equity and serves as a member of the management team of chairs and unit heads throughout the Libraries.
  • Engages library staff and the university community in the planning, implementation, and assessment for the Libraries’ DEI program.
  • Provides consultations to library personnel, teams, and units as they work to increase inclusion, diversity, and equity in the Libraries programs and services, with an emphasis on expanding and providing access to collections that reflect the diversity of the individuals we serve and represent information by and about indigenous people and historically underrepresented and excluded groups.
  • Serves as the Libraries’ Campus Diversity Liaison (CDL), a network of peer positions from units across the University, and represents the Libraries in campus DEI initiatives, including those led by the Chief Diversity Officer - https://cdo.ufl.edu/ , prioritizing impactful engagement and connections with the Libraries’ expertise, services, supports and collections.
  • Leads training and organizational development activities that support sustained individual, organizational, and systems growth in alignment with DEI goals, addressing topics such as cultural awareness; multicultural effectiveness and proficiency; anti-racist practices; microaggressions and biases; power; privilege; and restorative justice.
  • Partners with the Libraries’ HR Office and hiring authorities to integrate best practices into the recruitment, selection, and onboarding processes for faculty and staff positions within the Libraries.
  • Guides the work of the Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Committee, coordinating DEI initiatives across the organization and promoting an inclusive, equitable experience for library users. This position also contributes to the Libraries’ outreach, marketing, and student success activities to increase connections to underserved student communities.
  • Contributes through membership on University and Library committees and other consultative bodies as appropriate.
  • Pursues professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities to contribute to the field and meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.
Application Process
To apply, submit
  • a cover letter detailing your interest in, and qualifications for this position
  • your current resume or CV
  • a list of three references including their contact information (telephone number and email address)
  • a written statement (250 words), “Discuss your strategies for successfully implementing organization change initiatives here at the George A. Smathers Libraries”. 
Apply by 11:55 pm (EST) on January 16, 2023. Applications will be reviewed as received. Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 524839. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please contact Joe Piazza, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at jpiazza@ufl.edu.
Position: Senior Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Organization: University of Florida, George A Smathers Libraries
Location: Gainesville,  FL 
United States
Salary: $93,625
Posting Start Date: 12/7/2022
Date Posted: 12/7/2022
Requirements Research indicates that applicants from underrepresented groups are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all the required and preferred qualifications.[1] We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop their skills. Additionally, applicants are encouraged to communicate how their work and other experiences satisfy the required qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.
  • Advanced degree, which may be a master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or graduate degree in Organizational Development or other related disciplines.
  • For appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank, eight or more years of postgraduate work experience with at least two years of directly relevant experience, such as advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and/or awareness.
  • For appointment at the University Librarian rank, eight or more years of postgraduate work experience with at least four years of directly relevant experience leading and evaluating diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility work in mid-size to large organizations.
  • Knowledge of current trends and research related to DEI in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power in a workplace setting.
  • Experience discussing and presenting on sensitive topics to varied audiences.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish productive collaborations working with diverse audiences and colleagues throughout the Libraries and beyond.
  • Experience in effective program growth and implementation, including goal setting and outcomes evaluation
  • Demonstrated ability to assess training and support needs; develop training content and materials; and conduct trainings and workshops.
  • Ability to appropriately prioritize and make progress on multiple projects in a team environment.
  • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, and perspectives in research, teaching, service, and other work
  • Strong potential to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion outlined in the departmental by-laws
  • Experience in organizational development and change management
  • Certified Diversity Professional (CDP); Certified Diversity Executive (CDE); Cornell Certified Diversity Professional (CCDP) or other related certification
  • Familiarity with higher education environment
  • Familiarity or experience with compliance related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, such as equal employment opportunity law.
[1] Schmaling, K. B., Blume, A. W., & Baker, D. L. (2017). Characteristics of Faculty Position Advertisements Associated with Applicant Diversity. Journal of Higher Education Theory & Practice, 17(8), 10–17.  Collier, D., & Zhang, C. (2016). Can We Reduce Bias in the Recruiting Process and Diversify Pools of Candidates by Using Different Types of Words in Job Descriptions? Mohr, T. S. (2014). Why Women Don’t Apply for Jobs Unless They’re 100% Qualified. Harvard Business Review, 25.
Status: This listing expires on: 2/5/2023
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University of Florida, George A Smathers Libraries
1545 W University Avenue

Gainesville,  FL 32611
United States
(352) 273-2601
Joseph Piazza