Westerville Organizations Announce Diversity Inclusion Equity Positions

City of Westerville, Westerville Public Library, WeRISE for Greater Westerville recruiting professionals

(Westerville, Ohio) --- Westerville organizations are recruiting diversity, inclusion and equity professionals to advance community efforts that promote gender, generational, racial, religious and ethnic diversity. Westerville’s intent to be a leading community of inclusion and equity in Central Ohio will be led in part by the individuals who hold these positions. They are also expected to provide a level of coordination among the programs and services provided by the City of Westerville, Westerville Public Library, Otterbein University, Westerville City Schools, Westerville Area Chamber and other nonprofit and service organizations.


In its municipal government capacity, the City of Westerville adopted a diversity action plan more than 10 years ago to build public awareness, staff support and opportunities in recruitment, partnerships and public spending. In the last three years, work was paired with legislative action, including Non-Discrimination and Ethnic Intimidation and Source of Income Discrimination Ordinances adopted by Westerville City Council. A Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Director will operate as part of the City Manager’s Office. The job description and application process may be found at www.westerville.org/jobs, opens a new window.


The Westerville Public Library is committed to a truly inclusive workplace and strategic, deliberate recruiting to attract a diverse staff. This position will build upon the Library’s innovation in programming, collections, policy and service with a focus on addressing challenges in inequity, racism and bias. "Hiring a dedicated staff member who has the expertise to tackle racism and inequity head-on is going to allow the Library to make changes more quickly and more effectively than ever before. From our customers to our staff to our community, we want to identify and address barriers to access that are negatively affecting those around us. The person we hire for this position will help us analyze where we stand today and what we need to reach our goals for diversity and equity within our organization and our community," said Erin Francoeur, Executive Director of the Westerville Public Library. The job description and application process for the Equity & Development Specialist may be found at www.westervillelibrary.org/careers


WeRISE - or Westerville for Racial Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Engagement - for Greater Westerville was established earlier this year to shape and centralize existing and new community programs in diversity, inclusion and equity. "WeRISE is a non-profit organization created to advance anti-racism work in the greater Westerville community. We are looking to hire someone who is committed to racial justice, to shape and lead this organization at its infancy. Someone with the passion and capabilities to build and sustain initiatives for racial equity in Westerville by empowering individuals, nurturing grassroots mobilization, and encouraging city leaders and organizations to make tangible policy changes to eradicate racism in our community, " said Dr. Tiyi Morris, WeRISE Board of Directors and founding Launch Team member. The job description and application process for the Equity & Development Specialist may be found at https://impactopportunity.org/job/1038/executive-director/, opens a new window

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About the City of Westerville | www.westerville.org

The City of Westerville, Ohio is home to more than 40,000 residents, making it one of the largest suburban communities in the state. Located in the northeast corner of Ohio's fastest-growing region (northeast Franklin County and southern Delaware County), Westerville is a leader in job creation and widely known for its nationally recognized parks system and award-winning public services. Situated just 10 miles from the airport and the state capital of Columbus, Westerville is also within 500 miles of more than half the United States and Canadian population. A rich heritage, Westerville was world headquarters to the Prohibition movement in the early 1900s, and in 1916 became the third municipality in the United States and first village in Ohio to adopt a Council/Manager style of government. More information on its position is available HERE.

About the Westerville Public Library | www.westervillelibrary.org

The Westerville Public Library’s mission is to create a bridge to opportunity through open access to information, inspiration, and understanding. From complimentary wi-fi to study space, homework help to home delivery, you can level up your life with your library card. Unlock an expansion pack of tools and services to boost your energy, improve your odds, and reboot your life. Take advantage of computer labs, technology training, learning kits, language learning software, and more. Choose from a collection of over 400,000 items including ebooks and streaming movies. Place requests online then pick up through the convenient drive thru. Located in the heart of Uptown Westerville near the Ohio to Erie recreational trail. All Ohio residents are welcome to apply for a library card.

About WeRISE for Greater Westerville | https://werise.networkforgood.com

WeRISE for Greater Westerville was formed in 2021 with the mission to eradicate individual and structural racism in the greater Westerville community. In support of this mission, we will lead collaborative anti-racism efforts, driving meaningful, lasting and equitable change. We will form relationships with underrepresented communities, build equitable partnerships, make concrete changes to policies and programs, and increase public accountability, relevance, and value. We exist to enable community organizations to share power with people who they may previously have excluded or ignored.

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