The American Library Association is seeking a Director for the
Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS).
ODLOS drives and supports activities around three focus areas
which collectively support equity and inclusion through a lens of
social justice as fundamental values of the Association: diversity,
literacy and outreach to underserved populations.
Relationships and major initiatives across these three areas help
ensure the inclusion of diverse perspectives within the profession
and the Association and support equitable access to
information. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is also a
strategic direction for ALA.
- The Director of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy &
Outreach Services (ODLOS) has both an external and internal
- Principal representative of ALA to individuals and institutions
addressing diversity (through recruitment, education and
professional development, and organizational change), equity of
access, and adult and family literacy.
- The Director supervises a staff of 5 FTE and a total budget of
$425,488 (excluding grants), plus several grant programs and
special projects (including some revenue generation).
- Responsible for advising on ALA plans and preparing
recommendations on priorities, programs and other issues; meets
regularly with other ALA managers; and
- Communicates, cooperates and coordinates the activities, as
well as related ALA committees and groups to which it has
- ODLOS works closely with the ALA ODLOS Advisory Committee and
- ALA Committee on Diversity and related subcommittees
- ALA Committee on Literacy
- ALA Committee on Education and
- ALA Committee on Rural Native & Tribal Libraries of All
- ODLOS provides liaison to three ALA Round Tables:
- Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table
(EMIERT) which includes the Coretta Scott King Book Award
- Rainbow Round Table and
- Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT).
- ODLOS works with several external ALA-affiliated
- American Indian Library Association (AILA)
- Asian-Pacific Library Association (APALA)
- Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA)
- Chinese American Library Association (CALA)
- The National Association to Promote Library and Information
Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA)
- Association of Bookmobiles and Outreach Services and
- Association of Rural and Small Libraries as well as the Board
of Directors of the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color.
ODLOS participates in the National Coalition for Literacy, the
National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education,
the National Council on Disability and the National Scholarship
- Spectrum Scholarship, which currently awards 50
scholarships/year, and the Spectrum Leadership Institute.
- Diversity Research Grants program and Honoree in Diversity
- Grant-funded American Dream @ your library literacy
- EMIERT Distinguished Librarian Award,
- David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award.
- National Bookmobile Day.
- Coretta Scott King Book Awards.
- GLBT Book Month.
- Stonewall Book Awards.
- Rainbow Books and Over the Rainbow Book List; and,
- Amelia Bloomer Project, among others.
The Director ODLOS position is based in Chicago, Illinois. The
selected candidate will need to live in the area. Relocation
assistance can be provided.
Salary: Negotiable from mid-90s, based on
relevant experience and qualifications. ALA offers a
comprehensive and valuable benefits program, plus generous paid
vacation and retirement annuity.
Closing Date: Review of candidates will begin
on or around Dec 1, 2020 and continue until the position is
In addition to sending your resume, you must
include a cover letter outlining the strategic value that
you will bring to ALA, drawing upon your successes with issues
related to diversity, adult and family literacy (including
English-language learners), equity of access, and
Apply online including cover letter, resume and salary
Send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations to:
Sr. Human Resources Manager
American Library Association
225 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
Fax: (312) 280 5270
The American Library Association is an equal opportunity
Required Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is
preferred. MLIS degree a plus
- Seven years’ experience, preferably in a nonprofit and/or
- Three years’ experience managing staff
- General knowledge of issues related to diversity, adult and
family literacy (including English-language learners), equity of
access, and inclusion.
- Collaborative management skills and strong written and verbal
communication skills are required.
- Core Competencies/Skills:
- Effective leadership—ability to foster a team environment and
work collaboratively with a wide range of people
- Strategic, innovative, creative, future-oriented thinking
- Ability to work collaboratively within a complex organization,
and to engage effectively with members and staff with diverse
perspectives (i.e., strong interpersonal skills)
- Strong organizational skills, including the ability to
effectively manage competing priorities
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to
influence at various levels