Job Posting: Director, Inclusion, Diversity and Organizational Development (Virginia Tech)
Director, Inclusion, Diversity, and Organizational Development
The University Libraries of Virginia Tech is hiring its inaugural Director of Inclusion, Diversity, and Organizational Development. In alignment with the university-wide InclusiveVT initiative, and the University Libraries’ Diversity and Inclusion Statement, the Director reports to the Dean of University Libraries and is responsible for the strategic direction of the Libraries’ diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) activities and promoting an organizational climate where we build and maintain enduring climates of mutual care, respect, and responsibility. The position’s activities focus on overseeing the Libraries’ DEI programming and advising library departments, committees, councils, task forces, working groups, and individual employees to optimize organizational culture and foster continuous learning in support of inclusiveness. The director also collaborates with colleagues from other university units, serves as the Libraries’ InclusiveVT representative, and liaises with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity.
Virginia Tech University Libraries serves a vibrant, diverse community. We passionately strive to embody the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and to live the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). We are deeply committed to mentoring, serving our community, and establishing safe spaces where our staff from current and historically underrepresented groups can thrive.
- Advanced degree, or Bachelor’s degree plus advanced experience, in a field related to the position or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Deep and broad understanding of core concepts related to diversity and inclusion.
- Demonstrated experience providing training and education related to diversity and inclusion.
- Ability to develop and manage programs, practices, and processes that connect diversity, equity, and inclusion with organizational culture and success.
- Strong understanding of all aspects of diversity and the ability to leverage the value of diversity’s importance within a complex organization.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing. This includes hands-on experience presenting in workshops, classes, and/or group meetings.
- Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and effectively with diverse groups of people within a complex organization and fast-paced environment.
- Demonstrated ability to lead, advise, counsel, coach, and mentor individuals as necessary.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively network and build relationships with various stakeholders and exercise judgment on all matters with discretion.
- Experience in organizational development and/or change management.
- Demonstrated experience in successfully planning, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, events and/or services.
- Experience in counseling, education, and/or conflict resolution.
- Familiarity with the higher education environment and/or academic and research libraries.
The preferred qualifications are not required. We are committed to helping the incumbent develop their skills. We encourage those people who are passionate about bringing inclusive and diverse organizations to fruition to apply.
25% – Libraries Leadership:
Contribute to the development of the Libraries’ overall vision and strategy as a member of the senior leadership team. Raise DEI concerns and assist with integrating related best practices and principles into library-wide planning and program assessment, strategic development and priority-setting, resource allocation and budgeting, policy development, communications, organizational development, recruitment and hiring, and intra- and extra-university relationships.
Develop and maintain effective communication channels and interactions with university community members and external organizations; collaborate with them on projects of interest to the Libraries and the University. Represents the Libraries and/or the university in meetings, groups, and forums. Serves actively on the appropriate library, university, and professional committees.
75% – Inclusion and Diversity Program:
Actively lead and support the University Libraries’ programmatic efforts to provide an inclusive and diverse work environment committed to Virginia Tech’s Principles of Community. Advance organizational development efforts and engage in shaping a supportive, constructive organizational climate and culture.
Incorporate university DEI best practices and principles into library services, collections, outreach, and other initiatives. Plan for and manage library DEI programs and facilitate new initiatives and activities that promote DEI. In partnership with the Libraries’ Chief Strategy Officer, monitor, measure, and evaluate the DEI outcomes identified in the strategic plan. Serve as a resource to the University Libraries Diversity Council. Represent the Libraries in the InclusiveVT program.
Advise library departments, committees, councils, task forces, working groups, and individual employees on DEI practices, principles, and goals. Guide search committees, oversee, and report on progress to increase the diversity of the faculty, staff, and students working in the University Libraries.
Maintain current awareness of DEI issues in the library and information science profession and related fields. Conduct research on topics of interest to the Director and that will help support library progress with DEI.
Serve as the library liaison to the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Represent library services to OID, such as reporting on the work of building awareness of information resources and tools, developing library resources to support research and teaching in DEI, and leveraging other library programs such as data, publishing, and repository services.
Additional Position Information:
Monday-Friday from 8am – 5:00pm or assigned
- The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
A/P Faculty, Non-Continued Appointment Track. Lecturer rank
Regular, Full-time calendar year
$80,000 minimum dependent on education and experience
Application Package Information:
The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, and names of three (3) references and their contact information.
University Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Statement
The members of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech strive individually and collectively to create, sustain, and share inclusive ways of knowing in conscientious community with each other and all the people we serve in every space we shape. In keeping with our Aspirational Identity and the Virginia Tech Principles of Community, the University Libraries commits to build and maintain enduring climates of mutual care, respect, and responsibility.
About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.
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