Job no: 231431-LI
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Dean, Director, Executive, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
Department: DEPT-A0205

Position Summary:

The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer provides overall leadership for the UW-Madison's efforts to create a diverse, inclusive, and excellent learning and work environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others who partner with the university. This work is accomplished through leadership, extensive consultation and collaboration. The incumbent is responsible for coordinating numerous institutional initiatives, while supervising the key diversity units that comprise the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement, a unit with approximately 80 FTE employees and an annual budget of $10 million. While the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer leads a number of institutional initiatives through the work of the division, this individual also provides leadership, coordination and support for the many efforts underway in schools, colleges, and other administrative units across the campus.The successful candidate will hold the title, Elzie Higginbottom Director of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achivement.

One of the primary responsibilities of the incumbent is to facilitate progress toward the university's strategic diversity priorities, which include: I ) Recruiting and retaining a more diverse faculty, staff and student community; 2) Preparing members of our campus community to thrive personally and professionally in a world that is diverse, global and interconnected; 3) Eliminating the achievement gap between majority and underrepresented students; 4) Increasing access, retention and achievement for underrepresented minorities and women in the STEM areas; and 5) Enhancing the campus climate for inclusion. The Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement forms partnerships across campus, including with shared governance bodies, to advance these priorities

Given the collaborative decision-making approach at the UW-Madison, the individual who holds this position will have a dual-reporting relationship to the Chancellor and the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and will serve as a member of both the chancellor's and the provost's executive teams. The dual reporting relationship emphasizes both the important role this individual plays in shaping the overall institutional strategy around diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, as well as a primary responsibility for leadership on diversity, equity and inclusion activitities as they directly connect with the academic mission of the university.

Position Duties:

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Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

PhD or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited university strongly preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Preferred qualities and relevant work experience:
- Strong history of academic and / or professional experience in administration at a complex institution, with increasing responsibilities
- An awareness of best practices around diversity, equity, and inclusion trends that impact higher education;
- The ability to provide intellectual and thought leadership around diversity, equity, and inclusion (in alignment with University objectives)
- Experience in effectively managing personnel, budget and office operations
- Knowledge of and commitment to the institutional vision for diversity and inclusion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Ability to oversee programs with a variety of constituents and missions
- Proven record of understanding and engagement with the scholarship, best practices and data-driven decision making related to diversity and inclusion efforts in their many forms
- Experience developing, implementing, and assessing strategic diversity initiatives with a focus on equity, climate, and recruitment and retention for students, faculty, and staff
- Experience in fundraising and fostering donor relations; ability to identify and secure new funding sources
- Evidence of skills in data collection and utilization to assess programs and increase shared accountability;
- The communication and conflict-resolution skills needed to navigate socially and politically-charged situations to resolve problems, build consensus, and reconcile competing interests.
- Ability to represent the university in community, public relations, alumni, business, and governmental settings
- Experience convening people from across a complex organization to create a culture of shared responsibility;
- Outstanding oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to engage diverse constituencies
(See Additional Information section for more preferred qualifications).

Additional Information:

Preferred qualities and relevant work experience continued:
- Experience in fostering a high-performing organization through coaching, mentoring, staff development;
- Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a shared governance environment
- Proven record of collaboration, empathy, innovation, and creative problem solving
- Familiarity with state and federal law related to diversity and inclusion
- Demonstrated understanding of and evidence of cross-cultural competence and anti-racist practice



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

Applications and nominations must be received by April 9, 2021 to ensure consideration. A letter of application describing interest in the position and how professional experience has prepared the candidate for this position should be accompanied by a resume and the names, addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of three to five professional references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. The search and screen committee will evaluate candidates' qualification and select individuals for interviews.

Please submit inquiries, nominations and application materials to: Professor Jerlando Jackson, chair of the search and screen committee, c/o Storbeck Search/Diversified Search Group, by April 9, 2021 to ensure consideration.


Jessie Beyler
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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Advertised: 09 Feb 2021 Central Standard Time
Applications close: 09 Apr 2021 Central Daylight Time

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