Director of Equity and Anti-Racism
Oak Park, IL
Full Time


The Oak Park Public Library is on a journey to become an anti-racist organization. Anti-racism is now one of the library’s four strategic priorities alongside engagement, learning, and stewardship.

The Director of Equity and Anti-Racism will be a member of the library’s leadership team, working under the direction of the Executive Director (and in collaboration with the library’s 7 other directors) to lead the library’s equity and anti-racism work and to engage in national, regional, and library-wide outreach programs and initiatives that advance the library’s equity and anti-racism strategic objectives and actions.

The Director of Equity and Anti-Racism will work in collaboration to improve the library’s service to the public and the library’s relationship with its staff members by ensuring our policies and practices are equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist. Additionally, the Director will assist in providing staff training on various topics, including anti-racism, equity, diversity, inclusion, and restorative practices.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with library service areas to ensure that library service models, partnerships, outreach efforts, collections, and programs are developed and assessed through an equity lens to enhance anti-racism and restorative efforts to meet the needs of our community
  • Mentors, coaches, and advises members of the leadership team, managers, and staff in matters related to equity, anti-racism, and restorative practices
  • Partners interdepartmentally across the library to identify and implement approaches that enhance staff, patron, and community involvement through communicating the progress and impact of this work and sharing pertaining to equity, anti-racism, and restorative practices
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications on messaging for all audiences, internal and external, and on how that messaging affects overall awareness, perception, and impact of the work
  • Builds external partnerships and networks for knowledge of and access to the latest research, practices, and resources in the equity, anti-racism, and restorative justice community
  • Supports and creates accountability around the effective implementation and operations of equity, anti-racism, and restorative practices through oversight of the anti-racism strategic plan, advises regarding budget administration and stewardship, and supports a culture of inclusion, teamwork, effective execution, and staff well-being
  • Uses observation and feedback information on equity and anti-racist practices, both formally and informally, to inform decisions in daily operations and patron services
  • Participates in the creation and implementation of innovative and engaging external-facing programs and initiatives in alignment with the library's strategic objectives
  • Partners with the library's Restorative Practices Coordinator and all library leadership on the library’s restorative practices approaches and initiatives
  • Partners with Human Resources to provide recommendations and support to ensure equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism is embedded in department processes such as recruitment, hiring, retention, career pathways, and talent development
  • Works with Human Resources and others to revise, coordinate, and deliver practical training and development opportunities to library staff to support equity and anti-racism initiatives and values
  • Develops, sponsors, and encourages staff resource or affinity groups
  • Implements library policies and procedures at the service area level. Participates in policy revision and the formulation of policies and procedures
  • Interprets library policies to staff with a patron and culturally responsive management perspective

Leadership Team Responsibilities

  • Works as a member of the Leadership Team
  • Creates strategies to implement library initiatives effectively and liaise among the leadership team, management team, service area teams, library staff, and the community
  • Contributes to the development of the strategic plan and participates in establishing strategic objectives and priorities
  • Brings service area expertise to the table and shares knowledge with the team
  • Models behaviors that promote excellent teamwork and collaboration
  • Represents the library everywhere with skill, knowledge, and professionalism

Required Experience and Skills

  • Seven years of progressive experience (paid or unpaid) in equity and anti-racism-related programs or initiatives
  • Clear evidence of leadership and management skills


  • Must be able to articulate lived experience associated with racism, anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, and restorative practices
  • Experience developing and managing equitable program budgeting and related resources
  • Experience and practical application in the implementation of restorative practices
  • Evidence of capacity to oversee the collection, analysis, and dissemination of quantitative and qualitative data and results
  • Evidence of capacity to work collaboratively while managing conflict and processing dissonance
  • Ability to design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive equity and anti-racism program
  • Excellent command of core equity and anti-racism concepts and best practices, as well as a strong capability in organizational change
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness, ability to foster a positive, inclusive experience for others
  • Ability to inspire trust and commitment to equity and anti-racism initiatives
  • Track record of fostering, driving, and implementing innovative ideas with broad impact
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with staff, members of the community, and local leaders
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and library policy clearly and informatively
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from staff, patrons, and members of the community individually and in a group setting
  • Ability to deal effectively with confrontational individuals or challenging situations


This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, and includes a flexible schedule, some remote work, paid time off, health insurance, pension plan, and other competitive benefits. Starting salary range: $82,000 to $96,000, depending on experience and qualifications. Please apply by Sunday, July 18, to be considered for this position.

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion.

The Oak Park Public Library is an equal opportunity employer. We work to create and support an environment of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism for the benefit of our staff, our collections, our programs and services, our patrons, and our community.

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