Vice President for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Washington, United States
$120,000.00 - $130,000.00
Jan 24, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Tacoma Community College

Since opening its doors in 1965, TCC has provided a high-quality, affordable education to more than 500,000 people. Serving Tacoma, Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula, online students, and the women’s prisons, TCC educates about 12,000 students annually. Many TCC students are the first in their families to attend college, more than 33 percent are students of color, 51 percent are preparing to transfer, and 25 percent are enrolled in workforce training programs.

TCC is committed to student success and promotes innovation to help students. Since launching its Open Educational Resources initiative in 2011, the college has saved students collectively more than $5 million on textbooks. TCC is also one of 67 colleges selected nationally to participate in the Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell pilot program, providing access to education for incarcerated individuals. Designated a Military Friendly College®, TCC is proud to serve Pierce County’s military community. In fall 2018, the college opened a food pantry on campus to support students experiencing food insecurity and was recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School for its College Housing Assistance Program, a community partnership that helps our students access affordable housing.


The Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (OEDI) at TCC is a multi-functional team working to support and equip the TCC family as we embrace the responsibility of upholding equity, diversity, and inclusion as everyone’s work, every day.  The team includes professionals in Institutional Research and Planning, Institutional Assessment and Accreditation, Strategic Planning, Professional Development, and innovative EDI action and research.  The OEDI, in the words of TCC’s Strategic Plan, recognizes historic inequities and seeks to empower our community to challenge and overcome systemic barriers to create a campus and society where all people can be their authentic selves and are welcomed, heard, known, represented, and successful.


Responsibilities of the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential values of TCC, and one of the central themes of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan is to advance this crucial work and move the college to be more engaging and effective in this space.  The college seeks a strategic, forward-thinking, and dynamic visionary leader to serve as the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  Reporting directly to the President and serving on the college’s Leadership Team (executive cabinet), this Vice President position will lead the college in its efforts to understand and dismantle systemic racism and create an environment where socio-demographic factors will no longer be the primary determinants of success and inclusion at our college.  The position will be responsible for developing, aligning, and/or integrating a range of new and existing initiatives, policies, and procedures into a cohesive platform that will foster a more inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and diverse college community.  Understanding that this critical work is the responsibility of everyone at the college, this position will guide the college community in expanding and extending the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion through collaboration, teaching, scholarship, and broad engagement of students and employees.  

The Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, in collaboration with various employees and departments, will lead the college in an examination of current practices, policies, procedures, programs, structures, and campus climate. The successful candidate will expand, strengthen, and operationalize TCC’s comprehensive, college-wide plan to create and sustain a vibrant learning and working environment that is welcoming and supportive of all and support the eradication of equity gaps in student participation and achievement.  

The Vice President for Equity Diversity and Inclusion will advise the president, vice presidents, and college community as a whole on matters related to equity, diversity, and inclusion and its impact on the college community.  Also, this position provides direct supervision to the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team.  The successful candidate will have experience in leading organizational change, particularly as it relates to equity, diversity, and inclusion.  The candidate will have a strong theoretical and working knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and can translate that knowledge to others, as well as possess the ability to put their experience and knowledge into practice.  The candidate will have significant knowledge and experience in addressing matters such as, but not limited to: (a) recruiting and retaining employees and students of color, (b) creating welcoming environments for all people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, non-native English speakers, immigrants, and people with disabilities who historically experience barriers to opportunities and resources, (c) addressing inequities and conflicts related to race, power, societal or social white privilege, institutional racism, and implicit bias.  The candidate will have experience developing, implementing, and successfully facilitating productive discussions and learning opportunities regarding issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.  The successful candidate will be highly collaborative and possess a keen ability to effectively communicate and connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds both inside and outside of the college community.  

  The Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will
  • Provide vision, leadership, management, direction, and strategic planning for equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives that are transformational, data-driven, and support TCC’s mission and long-term strategic goals.
  • Guide and coordinate across divisions, collaborative governance bodies, and a broad range of stakeholder groups that include the Board of Trustees, employees, students, alumni, and administrators to deepen the institution’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as an educational and institutional priority. 
  • Lead changes in policy, process, practice, and campus climate to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion and prompt systemic change. In conjunction with the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and faculty, develop and implement inclusive curricula and pedagogical practices.
  • Partner with Human Resources to develop strategies and opportunities to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is reflective of the diversity of the student population and surrounding community.
  • Create a culture of continuous improvement and accountability through planning and assessment for equity, diversity, and inclusion. This includes working closely with Institutional Research to develop metrics and dashboards to ensure accountability, tracking, and monitoring of equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.  Work closely with relevant College offices in the use of data tools (i.e., campus climate survey, demographic data, student completion, and employment data, etc.) to compile reports that create benchmarks and assess institutional progress regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Develop dynamic and intentional equity, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives for employees that adequately address the educational and social needs of our campus community.  
  • Develop and implement employee professional development to support equity and cultural competencies, and an ability to work and thrive in an increasingly diverse college community.  
  • Identify, develop, and maintain active partnerships with community-based organizations to collectively advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
  • Responsible for compliance and associated reports related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. 
  • Serve as a member of the Leadership Team (executive cabinet) responding to emerging issues, ideas, and challenges impacting the college’s ability to effectively move forward with equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. 
  • Oversee the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council (EDIC) and participate in college councils and committees as appropriate. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the President.


Qualifications for the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution or within one year of employment.
  • Minimum of 5 years of direct experience in the development, implementation, and assessment of equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. 
  • Minimum of 2 years of leadership and supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices, and literature regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion. 


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a higher education setting,
  • Experience in student and staff recruitment, retention, training, and employment strategies that foster workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the unique culture in higher education, including shared governance and respect for diverse views and opinions.
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and supporting continuous improvement principles and utilizing a systemic approach and data for decision-making.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively across multiple internal and external offices.
  • Experience in effectively facilitating challenging conversations that produce effective outcomes.  

A Successful Candidate will be:

  • A leader and role model dedicated to collaborative problem solving, relationship building, and to the OEDI team’s professional development.
  • An innovative idea generator and problem solver.
  • A positive and engaging motivator for the TCC community (students and employees)
  • An effective, efficient, and empathetic communicator, decision-maker, and administrator.
  • A collaborator with the ability to create and maintain strong relationships and build trust and consensus with College and community constituents.

Special Requirements, Licenses and Certifications

  • Pass a Criminal Background check.

Application Process

Complete application packages must include the following: 

  1. Tacoma Community College online application.
  2. Resume & cover letter describing how your educational background and experience align with the responsibilities and qualifications.
  3. Copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended.
  4. Tacoma Community College is committed to eliminating barriers and systems of oppression so we may serve all learners AND support each other as colleagues. We strive to be an anti-racist institution and value compassion, respect, and continuous improvement. A critical component of this is the understanding that the work of establishing, cultivating, and championing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) belongs to all employees. Please share with us, in an attached statement (maximum two pages), how your experiences and understanding of EDI will contribute to, foster, and support this crucial work here at TCC.
Compensation and Timetable

This is full-time professional administrative position contracted on an annual basis. The salary range for this position is $120,000 to $130,000 annually DOE/DOQ. The salary will be prorated to reflect the actual number of contract days worked in the remainder of the fiscal year. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet the needs of the department. The College offers a generous benefits package. Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by National Student Clearinghouse.



Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title VII and Title IX, 253-566-5055; Dolores Haugen, Section 504 Officer, 253-566-6090. 
Tacoma Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.
This recruitment announcement may not reflect the entire job description and can be change and or modified at any time.
Tacoma Community College
6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA  98466



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