Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Jan 05, 2021
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Employment Type
Full Time

Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) was chartered in 1789 and opened its doors for students in 1795. With lux, libertas – light and liberty – as its founding principles, the University has charted a bold course of leading change to improve society and to help solve the world’s greatest problems. UNC has been ranked as the fifth-best public university in the U.S. for 20 consecutive years, and UNC ranks 28th among all national universities according to the 2021 U.S. News and World Report. The University offers more than 70 majors and minors in 60 departments, and it is home to academic offerings that span more than 100 fields across the 14 schools and colleges.

At UNC, diversity and inclusion are about building understanding across differences, creating conditions to ensure the equitable educational and social benefits of diversity, and cultivating an inclusive and supportive environment for undergraduate, graduate and professional students, faculty and staff – where every person feels valued and has an opportunity to add value. Building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community is the key initiative in UNC’s current strategic plan: Carolina Next: Innovations for the Public Good. UNC is focused on creating a sustainable, diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff. The University believes that diverse experiences and differences strengthen its culture and expand its capacity for greatness. UNC is on its own journey to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus and experience at all levels of the institution. The University is engaged in the challenging, thoughtful, and rigorous work to reckon with its history, create sustainable solutions, and build a better future.

The Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (VP/CDO) will report to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, the University’s chief academic officer, with a dual reporting line to the Chancellor. The VP/CDO will serve on the Chancellor’s and Provost’s respective leadership cabinets and will be tasked with informing and implementing the institution’s strategy, processes, and infrastructure related to building the community. The Senior Director of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion will report directly to the VP/CDO, as the Office for Diversity and Inclusion seeks to build understanding across differences, promote the free exchange of ideas, and support the University’s provision of the educational benefits of diversity.

This leader will engage UNC’s students, staff, faculty, and stakeholders who represent the full spectrum of ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientation, gender identity, beliefs, religions and faiths, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, and levels of ability. This individual will be responsible for furthering a welcoming culture that values the richness of their lives and experience. This individual must be able to approach challenges with equity-focused, systems-level thinking to work towards institutional change rather than individual remedies. The ideal candidate will consider the cultural and historical context of the University and the broader environment, including the complexities of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the American South, to achieve a meaningful impact.

For more information, please access the full-length position specification. The review of nominations and applications for the position will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence. Qualified applicants should forward an electronic version (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files preferred) of their curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to:

Joi Hayes-Scott and Katherine Armstrong
Russell Reynolds Associates

 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.