The Harvard Library seeks a collaborative, strategic, and results-oriented leader for the newly created position of Associate University Librarian for Antiracism.
The ideal candidate for this position will have a broad vision for the role of antiracism in shaping the future of research libraries and achieving institutional excellence, as well as a strong track record in managing change, building and supporting initiatives that promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and a sophisticated understanding of anti-racism philosophy and resources. With strong support of the library's senior leadership, the AUL for Antiracism will help synthesize, integrate and further catalyze the library's equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and antiracism efforts across all aspects of the library's mission.
Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on December 13, 2020.
Reporting to the Vice President (VP) for the Harvard Library and University Librarian and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Antiracism is a collaborative leader whose primary focus is the development of the Harvard Library as an exemplary antiracist research library. The AUL serves as an active member of the VP's senior team, sharing in responsibility for library-wide planning and resource allocation, and providing vision and advice on organizational development, diversity and social justice matters, communication strategies, and crisis management. The AUL engages as a thought-leader with colleagues across the Harvard Library and faculty, students and staff across the university in advancing strategies for an inclusive library climate and all aspects of equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and antiracism in the library's workforce, services, collections and spaces. This includes developing and implementing measurable goals and metrics, and using data, research and evidence-based practice to identify and change systems, structures, policies, practices and individual behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism. The AUL's direct reports are individuals on the library's new antiracism team, which will include librarians with roles such as collection development and research services as well as the Harvard Library Human Resources team's diversity specialist. The AUL builds collaborative relationships with diversity leaders across the university and represents the library on related university councils, and coordinates library responses to emerging local, national, or global events that affect the experience of students, faculty and/or staff from historically marginalized groups and populations.
Collaboratively lead in the development of Harvard Library as an exemplary antiracist research library.
Serve as an active member of the Vice President's senior team, sharing in responsibility for library-wide planning and resource allocation, and providing vision and advice on organizational development, diversity and social justice matters, communication strategies, and crisis management.
Engage as a thought-leader with colleagues across the Harvard Library and faculty, students and staff across the university in advancing strategies for an inclusive library climate and all aspects of equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and antiracism in the library's workforce, services, collections and spaces.
Develop and implement measurable goals and metrics, and use data, research and evidence-based practice to identify and change systems, structures, policies, practices and individual behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism.
Establish and provide leadership for the library's new antiracism team, which will include librarians with roles such as collection development and research services as well as the Harvard Library Human Resources team's diversity specialist.
Lead a library-wide antiracism council comprising representatives of libraries across the Harvard Library to inform the work of the antiracism team and facilitate the sharing of best practices.
Represent the library in campus equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives and develop collaborative relationships with associated officers in Schools and other units.
Work with campus leaders to ensure integration of the library's strategies with the university's and all federally mandated civil rights, anti-discrimination and equity policies and laws.
Identify and pursue opportunities for the library to support education, reconciliation, restoration, and cultural transformation with regard to bias and discrimination against any group or people, including racism in all its forms.
Represent the library's priorities, values, and projects to peer institutions and beyond in national and international venues dedicated to addressing higher education's role in social justice, antiracism, anti-discrimination, restoration, reconciliation, and accessibility efforts.
Coordinate library responses to emerging local, national, or global events that affect the experience of students, faculty and/or staff from historically marginalized groups and populations, and steward relationships with extra-academic communities on which the library depends.
About the Harvard Library and our Commitment to Antiracism
Harvard University aims to be the world's recognized leader in sustainable inclusive excellence by fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. Working in close collaboration with offices across the university, the Harvard Library is becoming one of the campus leaders in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and antiracism. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success. As well, we believe that our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world's most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also advance our diverse society.
Harvard Library's core values are the foundation upon which our antiracism agenda is being developed. Our values emphasize that we lead with curiosity, seek collaboration, champion access, aim for the extraordinary, and cultivate and celebrate diversity in our collections and our community to construct a more inclusive and just world. Our focus on antiracism is a commitment to live our values. It is about building not only a better organization, but a better research library – an exemplary antiracist research library. We aspire to be global leaders in expanding world knowledge and intellectual exploration, and that starts on our campus, where we are a center for knowledge supporting our faculty and students in pursuing antiracism through their research, teaching and learning.
Our commitment to antiracism is a commitment to addressing other forms of discrimination as well, such as those based on gender, sexuality, religion or ability. Our antiracism work will continue a strong record of diversity initiatives, ranging from targeted collection development and the design of inclusive spaces to a learning journey for staff and a focus on employee recruitment and retention. We are deeply committed to increasing diversity in the profession, through activities such as our longstanding membership in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.
Harvard Library is the world's largest academic library. Established in 1638, we are the oldest library system in the United States. We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members across 28 libraries. Our collections number over six million digitized items, 20 million volumes, 400 million manuscripts, one million maps, and tens of millions of digital images, and our rare and special collections are amongst the most remarkable in the world. We collect collaboratively with peer institutions and facilitate international open access, multiplying our users' access to materials and advancing equitable models of scholarly communication.
Demonstrated success in developing and implementing a broad range of diversity initiatives in a complex university environment, or leadership experience gained in another service-oriented or higher education organization requiring coordination and strategic leadership of a diverse range of stakeholders
10 + years of relevant experience
Graduate degree, ideally in Library and Information Studies or Organizational Development, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience
Direct experience with systemic challenges faced by underrepresented groups, and ability to quickly display credibility and gain trust
Strong leadership and administrative skills
Ability to think strategically and develop and communicate a shared vision
An understanding of how to build productive relationships with administrative leaders, faculty and staff across multiple organizational elements and academic disciplines within a university
Track record of and a deep commitment to shaping services or initiatives in libraries, higher education or comparable organizations, developing effective and measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives for students, faculty and staff
Knowledge of key aspects of the library profession such as collection development, discovery and access, or research, teaching and learning services
Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills, and ability to influence and inspire others
Strong data gathering, data analysis, and analytical skills
Demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power, and ability to foster constructive dialogue with different groups across campus, establish ongoing communication structures, and work in collaboration with others to ensure an inclusive environment
Ability to demonstrate cultural awareness and agility, exercise emotional intelligence, build trust and credibility, collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders, and manage change in a complex organization
Ability to work effectively in a decentralized and matrix environment
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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About Harvard University Library
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.