Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Student Success Librarian

Salary: 78,000-85,000
Created: May 31, 2023


The Robert E. Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in beautiful San Luis Obispo, California, seeks a motivated, creative, collaborative, user-focused professional to join us in the tenure-track faculty position of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Student Success Librarian.  We are looking for someone who will bring creativity and passion to developing and delivering outreach, instruction and programming designed to engage our under-represented student populations in support of Kennedy Library’s DEI Action Plan, Cal Poly Student Diversity and Belonging, and related campus partners.

In support of this new position, Kennedy Library is adopting the highly successful cluster-hire approach used by the Cal Poly colleges for our current recruitments.  This is one element of a multifaceted strategy for intentional increase in expertise related to diversity and equity across the university, and part of a comprehensive effort to support inclusion.  This approach has been chosen as an intervention because it will both enhance inclusive library service knowledge and practices among new hires and provide a supportive community for those invested in DEI-related work.  It will be the library’s organizational responsibility to ensure that the cluster has opportunities to build community with other DEI-related cluster hires across the university and each other.  Enhancing our existing processes for onboarding, mentoring, and balance of research and service will contribute substantially to the cluster’s experience and success.

Salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. Anticipated hiring range: $78,000 - $85,000 per year.

As part of the library’s 2023 cluster hire, and under the direction of Kennedy Library’s Associate Dean of Academic Services, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Student Success Librarian develops and leads highly collaborative efforts across the library and campus to support the student experience. Employing a “whole student” approach, this new position will strengthen outreach, instruction, programming and campus partnerships to effectively support a range of students, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color), LGBTQ+, transfer, international and first-generation students. Through the creation of critically informed instructional and engagement programs, this role positions the library as a partner in building community and developing lifelong learning skills for traditionally underrepresented and marginalized populations, contributing to student success both at Cal Poly and beyond.  In coordinating the library’s DEI initiatives, this librarian contributes to student and faculty success by fostering collaboration and innovation through the application of critical librarianship practices, working closely with library colleagues and campus partners, including the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion and Student Diversity and Belonging.  The DEI Student Success Librarian also works collaboratively to contribute to and operationalize the library’s DEI Action Plan in ways that align with divisional and university-wide values, commitments, and goals.

For more information:

Robert E. Kennedy Library DEI Action Plan

Robert E. Kennedy Library Vision and Values

DEI-Focused Cluster Hire Faculty in the Cal Poly SLO College of Liberal Arts

This position will be filled at the Senior Assistant Librarian rank. 


Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 22:20 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 22:20 UTC