Associate Dean for Organizational Performance and Inclusion

Clemson, SC
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Created: October 20, 2021


Clemson University Libraries seeks an experienced, dynamic leader to serve as our inaugural Associate Dean for Organizational Performance and Inclusion. This division supports the success of Libraries' employees and the well-being of the organization. The name of the position recognizes the importance of leadership in two key areas: supporting individual and organizational development, and sustaining a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. This position would also oversee the work of leaders in other administration areas:  information technology infrastructure, marketing and communications, facilities/learning environments, personnel, strategic planning, and assessment. 

This is a new position created as part of a recent reorganization, aligning Clemson with our R1 peers. The successful candidate would be one of three new associate deans who will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Libraries and setting the Libraries' strategic directions as a member of its Senior Leadership Team.  Clemson Libraries seeks to provide an inclusive environment for all members of the Clemson community and aspires to be a national leader in EDI.  Plans are also in motion for a renovation of Cooper Library, a campus centerpiece, in the next 5-10 years.

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, this is a 12-month administrative faculty position with faculty rank and status. As a member of the Libraries' faculty, the successful candidate will pursue an active and ongoing program of research, service, and professional development.


  1. Ensures a healthy work environment for all employees through the development of clear communication channels, an inclusive organizational culture, and a learning organization which encourages ongoing employee development.
  2. Leads and facilitates equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts with an emphasis on sustained action and cultural transformation. Includes oversight of the Libraries' EDI committee and its Library Resident program.
  3. Designs, implements, and evaluates recruitment, onboarding, and retention programs for employees and student assistants
  4. Leads Libraries' strategic planning efforts.
  5. Monitors trends and developments in organizational development and EDI, as well as other areas of oversight.
  6. With the Head of IT infrastructure, implements and manages library systems.
  7. With the Director of Marketing and Communications, fosters the development of the Libraries' brand and shares stories of the Libraries' impact on student success and faculty research.
  8. With the Director of Learning Environments, manages the Libraries' facilities, including space planning and renovations.
  9. With the Assessment Librarian, develops an ongoing assessment program for the Libraries.
  10. Manages and supports the development of 6 direct reports.
  11. Brings members of the new division together to create a cohesive team.
  12. Serves as a member of the Libraries' Senior Leadership Team.
  13. With the other associate deans, serves as the dean in his/her absence.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities:

  • Develops a focused program of high-quality research and creative accomplishments, consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries' mission and goals.


  • Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve the Libraries, University, profession, and community.

Required Qualifications/Experience:

  • ALA-accredited graduate degree
  • At least five years of management/supervisory experience in progressively responsible positions in an academic library
  • Demonstrated experience leading equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience in organizational development and change management
  • Record of professional librarianship, research/scholarship, and service that would merit tenure at the Associate Librarian rank or higher.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Record of involvement in national equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Experience with recruitment, onboarding, and retention programs
  • Experience with strategic planning and assessment
  • Experience managing complex projects
  • Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of collegiality, respect, trust, and teamwork
  • Second graduate or other advanced degree.

Salary and Benefits: Faculty rank and competitive salary based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Minimum $110,000.  Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity.

Location:  Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented Carnegie Research One university in a college town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive from Charlotte and Atlanta.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio:  Required materials include a cover letter, professional curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references. Review of materials will begin immediately. Applications received by Friday, November 19, 2021 will be guaranteed consideration.

University and Libraries Diversity statement: 

Clemson University Libraries seeks to best serve our community through creating a welcoming environment in which diverse ideas and perspectives come together to achieve common goals. We are committed to the practice of inclusion as it is essential to the continued success not only of Clemson University but of the library and information science profession. We embrace Clemson's core values of integrity, honesty, and respect, and add to those the ideals of compassion, dignity, and historical awareness so that Clemson Libraries' staff, collections, spaces, and services inform the interest, information, and enlightenment of all who we serve.

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 15:01 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 15:01 UTC