Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 08, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The university seeks candidates with the education and experience to collaborate with all campus constituency groups on matters of diversity and inclusion, and to provide the leadership required to promote a vision that will encourage a culture of inclusion. Additionally, the position is responsible for the management of the University Affirmative Action Office, the Office of Equity and Compliance, and the Student Multicultural Resource Centers.

Founded in 1869, SIU Carbondale is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University System. With more than 11,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and staff, the Carbondale campus offers a full range of doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees in addition to professional degrees in law and medicine. It is a diverse, student-centered, research-intensive university that has earned national recognition for its teaching, research, service, civic engagement, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Diversity is an integral part of our legacy dating back to its earliest classes. Today, minority students make up 28% percent of our total enrollment. Additionally, international students comprise more than 8% of our student body. SIU Carbondale continues to rank among the nation’s top colleges and universities in the number of degrees awarded to students in ethnic and racial minority groups.

The physical beauty of the region is a major attraction to students, faculty and visitors. Sixty miles to the south of Carbondale is the historic confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, the two forming the border of the southern tip of Illinois. Just six hours south of Chicago and within easy driving distance of St. Louis, Memphis, Nashville and Indianapolis, SIU Carbondale draws students from the Midwest but also from nearly every U.S. state and nearly 100 nations.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Report to and advise the Chancellor as the university’s senior level diversity and inclusion strategist, helping set the vision and goals for diversity and inclusivity initiatives across campus.
  • Serve as a Title IX Officer for the university, including having oversight of the administration of the Office of Equity and Compliance and ensuring the university's compliance obligations under a variety of federal and state laws, as well as university policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation.
  • Responsible for the administration of the University Affirmative Action Office to ensure compliance with university policies and state and federal AA/EO regulations and reporting requirements in relation to the hiring of faculty and staff.
  • Manages the Student Multicultural Resource Center, which provides support to various student constituency groups including Black, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ and Women.
  • Serve as a collaborative partner with campus leaders and internal and external constituencies to promote and build understanding for the university’s values associated with diversity and inclusion through training, education, research and policy review and development.
  • Lead and direct efforts to ensure that diversity is a top priority while growing and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment that underscores mutual respect for all students, faculty and staff.
  • Work closely with the Chancellor’s Task Force on Diversity and Equity with the responsibility for building campus relationships, implementing and overseeing the campus diversity plan and ensuring the campus maintains an awareness of and commitment to best practices in diversity and inclusion matters.
  • Work with senior university administrators and campus leaders to create and implement unit-level diversity plans that align with the university’s goals.
  • Engages the southern Illinois community and university alumni to foster greater communication and engagement with the university on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or higher with at least seven years of progressive responsibility in higher education administration and at least ten years of working with diverse populations.
  • Commitment to cultural diversity and equal opportunity through demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities in diversity and cultural competency.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and coalition building skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership in successfully developing and implementing diversity and inclusion training at a higher education institution.
  • Strong problem solving and decision-making skills.
  • Budget and personnel management experience.
  • Experience in effectively using institutional data to assess and measure diversity efforts.
  • Background in creating and implementing institutional programming to support the diversity mission of the university.
  • Understanding of current and historical issues, and policies and laws, as they relate to access and inclusivity in higher education.
  • Understand state and federal compliance requirements, including Title IX

Preferred Qualifications:

  • There is a preference for the successful candidate to hold a PhD or terminal degree.

For fullest consideration, please submit your application by February 8, 2021.

All applications must be received through the university's Hire Touch employment system, which can be found through the "Apply" button on this page or by going here:  Please do not send materials by email.  This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background investigation.

For more information contact Matt Baughman, SIU Carbondale Chief of Staff, at or 618-453-2341.

SIU Carbondale, a member of the SIU System, is an anti-racist community that opposes racism, discrimination and inequity in any form, and embraces diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice for all people.  SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.