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Chief Diversity Officer (Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion)

DePauw University is a top tier private liberal arts university dedicated to ensuring that its students achieve a life of meaning and means, and to fostering them to be the leaders the world needs. Founded in 1837, DePauw thrives on a beautiful and engaged residential campus that shares a dynamic, symbiotic relationship in the historic community of Greencastle, Indiana. The capital city of Indianapolis is just a 50-minute drive to the east on Interstate 70.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE:

Chief Diversity Officer (Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion)

REPORTS TO:

President

STAFF:

Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) Staff

LOCATION:

DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana

SUMMARY:

DePauw University seeks a dynamic and self-motivated Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) with a proven track record of advancing equity and inclusion in a university setting and inspiring others to new levels of inclusive excellence. The CDO will report to the President and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet, and as the senior administrator responsible for providing vision, strategic leadership and management for campus diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

This leader will work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external constituents to advance the institution's commitment to all aspects of diversity and inclusion. The leader will use his/her experiences and knowledge of best practices, coupled with inspired creativity, to develop, facilitate, and assess programs and campus-community wide initiatives with the primary goal of cultivating a more inclusive campus culture. An ideal candidate will be passionate about working with students to create an inclusive campus culture that ensures the success of each student.

The Chief Diversity Officer will have expanded responsibilities that include enhancing the diversity of the faculty through effective search procedures, faculty development and affirming the educational importance of diversity in educational programs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Provide strategic direction, leadership, and management oversight to campus inclusion efforts and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), the primary student-facing organization for these efforts;

    • Work closely with the President, members of the Cabinet and other senior administrators in institutional planning, developing short- and long-range strategies, policy development and problem-solving;

    • Oversee, develop and facilitate programming related to diversity and inclusion efforts, working collaboratively with other departments student groups, and University committees;

    • In collaboration with colleagues in academic affairs and human resources, the CDO will create, or seek to improve resources used by employee search committees, including guidelines and protocols that reflect current best practices and research in recruiting, hiring, and retention of a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff;

    • Contribute to the university’s strategic discussions and play a central role in advocating for and refining a comprehensive institutional strategy around all matters of equity and inclusion;

    • Collaborate with the dean of the faculty and other faculty members to foster research and expanded curricula on equity, diversity, inclusion, and related issues;

    • Work with the campus community, to identify strengths and opportunities, set priorities, create clear roadmaps to guide the work of divisions and departments, assess programs and adapt when needed, and make transparent and strategic choices that advance inclusive excellence;

    • Support data-informed decision making related to issues of access, retention, and equity for students, staff, and faculty and provide regular communication to the DePauw community about the University’s efforts, initiatives and progress related to diversity, equity and inclusion;

    • Assist in the identification and development of opportunities to support the career development of students, faculty and staff, with particular attention to those traditionally underrepresented in the university;

    • Identify strategies to strengthen effective mentoring practices, to facilitate networking, to foster the acquisition of skills, and to provide guidance to ensure an inclusive environment that supports faculty, administrator, and staff development;

    • Develop, implement, administer, and evaluate programs and policies consistent with the overall goals of the University;

    • Conduct presentations to staff, faculty, students and trustees on a variety of pertinent issues that impact the University’s diversity and inclusion efforts.

SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE:

    • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

    • Masters Degree required, Ph.D. or other terminal degree preferred;

    • History and record of successful leadership in diversity and inclusion management with demonstrable success in linking best practices to key university goals and objectives;

    • Strong commitment to mission, vision and values of university;

    • Demonstrated strategic vision and insight with the ability to conceptualize organizational issues and develop strategic plans at all levels;

    • Exhibited openness to exploring different ideas, creating solutions where all parties can see success and engaging colleagues across organizational lines;

    • Ability to lead and manage major institutional change initiatives and a demonstrated ability to understand and respond to the culture of a liberal arts college campus;

    • Transparent disposition and habit of collaboration; strong interpersonal skills and diplomacy; superb listening and influencing skills; flexibility and an ability to embrace ambiguity; ability to cultivate and sustain trust and credibility with colleagues;

    • Energetic leadership with high ethical standards and a commitment to excellence, honesty, and integrity;

    • Demonstrated ability to effect change, empower people, influence others and successfully manage challenge and conflict;

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

COMPENSATION:

    • Commensurate with experience

CONTACT:

Qualified candidates interested in this opportunity please submit a resume and cover letter with Chief Diversity Officer in the subject line to Marian Carrington at mcarrington@carringtonandcarrington.com and cc Willie Carrington at wcarrington@carringtonandcarrington.com.