Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Librarian

at University of Florida Libraries (view profile)
Location Gainesville, FL
Date Posted June 20, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
Apply Here http://library.ufl.edu/pers/FacultyPositions.html



Minimum salary $60,365 at the Assistant University Librarian rank

Minimum salary $69,820 at the Associate University Librarian rank

Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials



The George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida seek an innovative, engaged individual to serve in the newly created Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Librarian position, focused on the development of a comprehensive and strategic DEI program. The Libraries are critical contributors to the University’s ambitions regarding diversity, equity, inclusion and awareness. We recognize DEI as guiding principles and understand differences between people from the full spectrum of human and social identities as assets. These values help sustain excellence and fairness within our workplace, and enhance the relevance and accessibility of our facilities, services and collections, for communities we serve.

Through a participatory Strategic Directions development process in 2018, the Libraries committed to better understanding and fostering a more inclusive workplace. As one element in our efforts, the DEI Librarian position will help the Libraries’ team members recognize, understand, value and embrace our differences as crucial to our communal work. As part of the development and implementation of a DEI program for the Libraries, the DEI Librarian will serve as the Libraries’ Campus Diversity Liaison (CDL), working within a network of peer positions from across the University as well as serving as a liaison within the Libraries. We seek a capacity builder who will create, in collaboration with people of diverse cultural backgrounds and origins, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and perspectives, meaningful dialogue and change.

The DEI Librarian will participate in national dialogues within the United States and globally that promote the establishment of professional practices in libraries and programs to enhance the opportunities of minority and underrepresented groups in the library profession. The DEI Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication and professional service activities in order to advance their field and meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.


  • Serves as strategic advisor to the Libraries’ leadership team and provides consultation to support administrators and library staff, groups and units as they work to increase inclusion, diversity, equity and awareness in their efforts, services and scholarship.
  • As the Libraries’ Campus Diversity Liaison (CDL), supports the work of the campus Chief Diversity Officer through impactful engagement, and collaborates with other CDLs to complement college programs and initiatives by increasing awareness of and fostering connections with the Libraries’ expertise, services and supports.
  • Leads the development of an implementation and assessment plan for the DEI program, in collaboration with other experts in the Libraries.
  • Provides leadership for, and supports the work of, the Libraries’ Diversity Committee.
  • Contributes to training and organizational development activities that lead to sustained individual, organizational and systems change, addressing topics such as cultural awareness, multicultural effectiveness and proficiency; humility; anti-racist practices; microaggressions and biases; power; privilege; and restorative justice.
  • Collaborates with the Libraries’ HR Office and hiring authorities to integrate best practices into recruitment processes, selection and onboarding for positions within the Libraries.
  • Provides leadership and works with managers and others to establish and maintain effective retention and professional development supports, with special attention to supports for members of historically underrepresented and excluded groups.
  • Contributes to the Libraries’ outreach and marketing activities to increase connections and standing as an important contributor to DEI at the University of Florida and beyond.
  • Pursues professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to contribute to the field and to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.




  • Advanced degree, which may be a master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Two years of directly relevant experience, including advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and/or awareness.
  • For appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank, eight years of relevant postgraduate degree experience.
  • Knowledge of effective program development, including goal setting and outcomes evaluation.
  • Experience discussing and presenting on sensitive topics to varied audiences; assessing training and support needs; developing training content and materials; and conducting workshops.
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion and awareness literature and strategies in the workplace and higher education.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations working with diverse audiences and colleagues throughout the Libraries and beyond.
  • Ability to advance multiple projects in a team environment, meet deadlines and prioritize work.
  • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/cdh).


  • Demonstrated experience with operations, services, and key issues and knowledge of trends in academic libraries and institutions of higher education.
  • Deep understanding of the challenges of diversity, equity and inclusion in academic libraries.
  • Experience in effective program development, including goal setting and outcomes evaluation.
  • Professional experience in a library.
  • Experience leading efforts to promote DEI in a library.
  • Experience applying for and administering grants and/or foundation awards.

Application Process

To apply, submit

  1. a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position;
  2. a written statement on the following topic: Discuss past activities and efforts to promoting diversity, equity and/or inclusion for which you had a leadership role (250 words);
  3. your current resume or CV
  4. a list of three references including their contact information (telephone number and email)

Apply by August 30, 2019 (applications will be reviewed upon receipt). Submit all application materials through the Jobs at UF online application system at Requisition 48263. 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 Bonnie Smith, George A. Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at bonniesmith@ufl.edu.