Director, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Executive Director/President/CEO

Full time

Aug 1

The newly created position of Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (IDEA) reflects Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s commitment that our services, policies, processes and culture are fully aligned with IDEA principles and CLP values. The successful candidate will be critically important in ensuring that IDEA is at the center of the work we do both internally and in service to our patrons. As a 125-year-old institution, the Library wants all organizational structures, policies, procedures, programs and services to be as inclusive as possible. We aspire to be a true community builder that is responsive to the information needs of all people.  

Job Summary:   

The Director, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access (IDEA) is responsible for the development, implementation and management of strategies to align CLP services and practices with our stated mission, values and IDEA principles. Reporting to the Library’s President & Director, the Director -IDEA will provide dynamic leadership to ensure the effectiveness of these strategies, including appropriate training and other activities that advance these organizational goals. The primary focus is to foster and continually improve an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible culture for Library staff and patrons. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Leads the design, development and collaborative implementation of programs, policies and strategies aimed at achieving diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible experiences for Library staff and patrons; 
  • Serves as primary advisor to the President & Director and Senior Leadership Team on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access; 
  • Maintains updated knowledge of diversity-related issues, policy, legislation and best practices; 
  • Researches, develops and/or recommends training to improve IDEA knowledge and understanding for all CLP staff; 
  • Identifies professional associations and/or best-practice resources that may help support organizational goals; 
  • Develops coaching and mentoring strategies and programs to support continuous learning and improvement for all staff; Promotes dialog that addresses specific concerns and issues; 
  • Leads the facilitation of CLP’s EDI Committee; 
  • Provides support and guidance to Board of Trustees’ IDEA Committee; 
  • Functions as liaison across all related staff and board committees and work groups to ensure alignment of goals and strategies; 
  • Provides leadership and support to CLP Affinity Groups as necessary; 
  • Directs the work of associated support staff and/or related roles to ensure coordination of activities and the best outcomes for CLP. Engage volunteers and committee members to increase involvement; 
  • Remains engaged and informed on CLP programs, services, campaigns and events to proactively identify opportunities to provide additional guidance and assistance; 
  • Develops organizational accountability measures around IDEA, leading monitoring efforts toward achieving goals and holding CLP accountable to its commitments; 
  • Works collaboratively with other CLP functions and departments to improve system wide efforts in areas such as recruiting and retention, marketing campaigns, public service programs and services, etc.;  
  • Manages overall IDEA budget and provides input to other related activities’ budgets;   
  • Performs related responsibilities as assigned. 

 Competencies and Qualifications:   

  • Demonstrated knowledge of core IDEA and anti-racism concepts; 
  • Experience in the development and presentation of results-oriented IDEA organizational initiatives; 
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations and relationships; 
  • Effective and engaging presentation skills, with ability to foster participation; 
  • Ability to effectively lead, facilitate and/or inform groups and committees of staff, board or others;  
  • Excellent priority setting, organizational, project and budget management skills; 
  • Must be self-motivated, proactive, and able to set and work toward goals; 
  • Must understand and seek to positively influence organizational environments, culture and interpersonal relationships; 
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Office suite of programs, with ability to learn and apply other related software tools. 

  Education and Experience:  

  • Bachelor’s degree, 
  • Five years of organizational change experience including leading IDEA initiatives, advocacy work, training and related work, 
  • Or, equivalent combination of training, education, and lived experience considered; 
  • Proven record of progress in advancing IDEA and anti-racism programs and practices within an organization from strategy development to implementation. 

Physical and Environmental Conditions:   

  • Must have ability to travel locally and regionally on independent schedule as required. 
  • Must be able to work full-time hours on site with occasional travel and/or evening or weekend hours as needed. 

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts, which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, libraries or meeting rooms, e.g., use of safe workplace practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls. Also may include other venues or spaces which may present different hazards and risks, such as stairs, stages, sloping or uneven ground, etc. 

 Pre-Employment Requirements:  

  • PA State Criminal Record Check 
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance 

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