Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Feb 10, 2021
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Bloomsburg University and Mansfield University, members of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, are together seeking applicants for a Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) that will serve at both institutions.
Reporting to the University Presidents, the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer provides vision, leadership and guidance on a full spectrum of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice matters for the universities.  This position maintains a critical role in meeting the goals and objectives of the universities’ strategic plans.
The CDEIO will practice cultural competence in all initiatives. The CDEIO will also be committed to work that focuses on the systematic and systemic impacts of racism, ethnocentrism, sexism, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, ageism, privilege, unconscious bias, macro- and micro-aggressions, and other social practices that widely affect people’s lived experiences.
The CDEIO serves as a member of the President’s cabinet, and collaborates with the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion at Bloomsburg University and the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Mansfield University, to drive progress in achieving the strategic priorities for each university.
The CDEIO will be involved at a policy-making level, as well as in setting the strategic direction of the institutions from a diversity and inclusion perspective.  By leveraging internal and external data, the CDEIO will make data-based decisions and help develop a strategic plan to shape diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence within the universities.

Examples of Duties

  • Synthesizes and integrates the university’s many diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts into a visible, innovative strategy in order to meet each university’s mission.
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures related to social equity.
  • Aligns the diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives focused on recruiting, retention, and leadership development with overall university goals.
  • Develops and implements diversity, equity, and inclusion programs that leverage trends, research, analysis, progressive practices, and benchmarks.
  • Champions the importance and value of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive college environment, and serves as a consultative change agent for the organization.
  • Establishes key metrics to assess, evaluate, measure, and track results of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives on campus.
  • Works with committees and search chairs to emphasize the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion within applicant pools.  Ensures that the recruitment and hiring process is equitable. 
  • Identifies areas where the university is lacking in diverse representation. Creates strategies to recruit and retain a diverse student body and workforce.
  • Responsible for cultivating work or learning environments that encourage and support diversity by developing and incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Investigates or rectifies any charges of discrimination, harassment or unequitable treatment.  Serves as university liaison with legal counsel on EEOC/PHRC/civil suits.
  • Interprets and administers Pennsylvania law, administrative rules, and university policy and procedures. Ensures university compliance with Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity.
  • Provides counsel to all University Presidents, Provosts, Vice Presidents and Deans on various diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.
  • Serves as a resource for other functional areas such as enrollment management, student success, and marketing and communications, to ensure that a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is incorporated into all initiatives.
  • Provides insight to university groups designed to support diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.  
  • Collaborates with external partners, including state legislatures, community-based organizations and other external entities. Represents the university at various community and civic engagements.
  • Develops and manages budgets, as well as solicits/secures external funding and develops new revenue streams to advance strategic initiatives. 


Qualifying Experience/Education

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree
  • 5 or more years of progressively responsible, current, diversity, equity, and inclusion related experience

 Preferred Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Doctoral degree
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion work experience in an academic environment
  • Demonstrated success leading transformational change initiatives in a collaborative environment
  • Successful record of experience in administrative leadership working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, students, governing boards, and other stakeholders to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in all aspects of campus life
  • Excellent interpersonal and public communication skills, including effective messaging to multiple and diverse audiences through multiple media formats (including oral presentation, written communication, digital communications, etc.); ability to present, write about, and discuss controversial topics and conflict in a way that results in productive discussion and meaningful outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to be a collaborator and a convener, to work judiciously and diplomatically, with the capacity to build bridges and consensus
  • Strong track record of recruiting talent and effectively leading teams of both direct reports and ad hoc working groups.
  • Experience with engagement in scholarly activities such as research, teaching, publishing, and assessment
  • Significant knowledge on how equity and inclusion impact the faculty life cycle, staff life cycle, and/or student experiences
  • Strong track record in effectively developing and managing budgets, as well as experience soliciting and securing external funding to advance strategic initiatives




Supplemental Information

A complete application includes a cover letter, CV/resume, list of references, and transcripts. Submit application materials online at full consideration, applications must be received by March 10, 2021 . Position will remain open until filled. Questions may be directed to the Search Co-Chairs, Dr. Shavonne Shorter, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Ms. Tena Maurer, Associate Vice President for Human Resources. Questions may be emailed to
Finalist(s) for this position must communicate well and successfully complete an interview process.
Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and criminal background. Completing this search is contingent upon available funding.
The Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer is a Bloomsburg University position that serves both Bloomsburg and Mansfield Universities. The selected candidate will work on-campus at Bloomsburg University with travel to Mansfield University as needed.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education provides a comprehensive package of employer benefits to eligible employees and their enrolled dependent(s), which include*:

  • Medical and prescription drug benefits.
  • Generous retirement plans, two options:
    • Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP)
    • State Employees’ Retirement System (SERS)
  • Tuition benefits for employees and dependents.
  • Paid time off (holidays, annual leave, sick leave, personal leave).
  • Employer-paid dental and vision benefits.
  • Employer-paid life insurance.
  • Voluntary insurances and additional retirement programs.


*Specific benefits may vary based upon university, employee group and/or collective bargaining unit. Visit for additional information regarding benefits.
The University prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital or family status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability in any decision regarding admissions, employment, or participation in a University program or activity in accordance with the letter and spirit of federal, state, and local non-discrimination and equal opportunity laws, such as Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendments Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
The University also complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act, as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Title IX prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination. VAWA imposes additional duties on universities and colleges to investigate and respond to reports of sexual assault, stalking, and dating or domestic violence, and to publish policies and procedures related to the way these reports are handled. The University has designated the Title IX Coordinator (Jennifer Raup, Elwell Hall, ORL, 570-389-4808, or, to coordinate the University’s compliance with Title IX and VAWA and to respond to reports of violations. The University has directed the Bloomsburg University Police Department to coordinate the University’s compliance with the VAWA-related Clery reporting requirements.   Additionally, inquiries concerning Title IX and its implementing regulation can be made to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Region III, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East - Suite 505, Philadelphia, PA 19107; Phone: (215) 656-6010; Fax: (215) 656-6020.