Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Inclusion and CDIO 999125
Xavier University seeks a Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. As a Jesuit Catholic and liberal arts university, Diversity and Inclusion is central to our mission. We are deeply committed to our ongoing campus-wide efforts to build a community where all individuals feel a sense of belonging, are supported, and can thrive. Our commitment extends to valuing members of all identity groups as we proactively focus on knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and policies that remove barriers based on categories of group membership. We extend this commitment to all people regardless of race, ethnicity, age, nationality, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, political perspective, physical and mental ability, and other categories of group membership.
The Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is the senior leader who serves as a catalyst to leverage best practices and resources across the campus for promoting a culture of equity and inclusion. The Vice President provides strategic and programmatic leadership for initiatives that advance diversity and inclusion as core values of Xavier’s Jesuit Catholic mission and identity.
The Vice President works across the campus community but with a particular emphasis with 1) the Associate Vice President for Human Resources on employee recruitment, retention and institutional equity; 2) the Provost and Chief Academic Officer and the academic organization on faculty development, academic support and curricular issues; and 3) the Associate Provost for Student Affairs and the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success on student recruitment and retention, student development and student success.
The Vice President reports directly to the President and serves as the senior diversity and inclusion advisor to the President and University leadership. The Vice President is also a member of the President’s Direct Reports and the President’s Cabinet and staffs the Board of Trustees Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The Vice President leads an office with three full-time members and has oversight of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) with a staff of six full-time members.
Strategic Leadership (40%)
The Vice President provides vision and leadership to effectively weave equity and inclusion into the fabric of Xavier University by facilitating strategic planning and coordination of diversity and inclusion efforts. Working closely with senior leaders, the President's Diversity and Inclusion Action and Advisory Council and other campus members, the Vice President creates and oversees the implementation and assessment of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, the Cabinet’s Anti-Racist Action Plan and other strategies aligned with the mission, vision and institutional goals.
Other specific responsibilities include:
- Participate in setting annual institutional diversity and inclusion goals and support the development of corresponding divisional and departmental initiatives and strategies.
- Serve on the Climate Survey Leadership Team to conduct regular climate surveys, disseminate the findings, and assist the development and implementation of initiatives that address the findings and advance a climate of equity and inclusion.
- Collaborate with senior leaders to integrate inclusive and equitable practices and policies into institutional operations and workplace practices.
- Chairs the President’s Diversity and Inclusion Action and Advisory Council, a broadly representational Council that ensures Xavier’s diversity and inclusion work is owned across the University.
Education and Communication (15%)
The Vice President collaborates with the Office of Marketing and Communications to establish effective modes of communication about ongoing diversity and inclusion at Xavier University. In addition the individual will work with departments and offices to create content for webpages, social media and print materials on diversity and inclusion-related initiatives.
The Vice President coordinates a broad variety of diversity programming at the university and community level that address all dimensions of diversity and inclusion. Among the duties are:
- Create special formation opportunities each semester for University leaders and managers to further their capacity to ensure an inclusive work environment.
- Work closely with the Center for Teaching Excellence to create faculty development opportunities to more deeply and effectively integrate issues of diversity in the classroom and ensure an inclusive learning environment.
- Collaborate with the Office of Human Resources to deliver staff development workshops and courses aimed at promoting inclusion, equity, and cultural competence in the workplace.
- Facilitate conversations and discussions in response to campus, national and global events related to diversity and inclusion.
External Partnerships (15%)
The Vice President serves as an ambassador for the University by promoting its work externally, developing relationships that can buttress the University’s efforts and seeking resources to broaden and deepen work within the University.
Specific responsibilities includes:
- Partner with the Community Building Institute, the Eigel Center for Community Engaged Learning, the Provost's Office, and other offices to engage faculty, staff, and students in community partnerships that foster learning, equity and social justice.
- Work jointly with Financial Affairs and specifically the Office of Purchasing to implement policies, processes, structures and initiatives to enhance engagement with diverse suppliers of goods and services to meet the University’s supplier diversity goals.
- Actively engage in local professional networks and organizations whose missions are aligned with Xavier’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and social justice.
Advising, Reporting, Guidance and Supervision (30%)
The Vice President serves as the senior advisor to the President and University leadership on initiatives and issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion and the campus climate as perceived or experienced by students, faculty and staff, and identifies opportunities for institutional improvement. The individual serves as an advocate, mentor and resource for concerns and issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
The Vice President works with Institutional Research, the Office of Human Resources, the Office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer, and Student Affairs to collect, analyze, monitor and disseminate institutional data and findings to benchmark and promote accountability for diversity and inclusion at the University.
Additionally, the Vice President provides operational and strategic leadership to the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) and has oversight of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI). Specifically, the individual will:
- Supervise and develop the OIDI office staff including the Associate Director and Administrative Assistant.
- Supervise the Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, working collaboratively with the Associate Provost of Student Affairs, to ensure the Center’s contribution to institutional efforts to develop and align student socialization, learning experiences and support services that result in an inclusive living and learning environment and the success of all students.
Qualifications/Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The successful candidate will be an innovative, strategic and results-oriented leader with a broad vision for the role of diversity in achieving institutional excellence. Furthermore, this candidate will be adept at facilitating difficult conversations, leading change, creating and strengthening partnerships, and aligning various efforts across the University.
Desired qualifications/knowledge, skills, and abilities are:
- Appreciation of and commitment to Xavier’s Jesuit Catholic mission and the synergies between diversity and inclusion efforts and that mission.
- A master’s degree from an accredited institution, although a terminal degree or doctorate is preferred.
- Demonstrated success as a collaborator and relationship builder, with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build coalitions and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups, including senior executives, to achieve results.
- A strong track record in managing change with an understanding of the contexts, cultures and politics within institutions that impact the implementation of effective diversity change efforts.
- Demonstrated cultural awareness and agility and ability to build trust, credibility and navigate a complex landscape.
- Demonstrated success in identifying and implementing diversity and inclusion best practices and an excellent command of current diversity and inclusion concepts and issues in higher education.
- Demonstrated success in working collaboratively to develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies focused on building a diverse workforce and student body.
- Demonstrated success in partnering with faculty in curriculum development efforts that advance diversity, inclusion and social justice.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills with the ability to articulate the importance of inclusion and diversity to the mission of Xavier University.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines related to diversity, inclusion and nondiscrimination in higher education
- Proven analytical skills and ability to provide oversight for assessments related to campus climate, diversity, and inclusion.
- A history of effective leadership in a culture of shared governance.
- Strong management skills and the ability to lead and develop a team.
Xavier offers a comprehensive benefits package. Details of benefit offerings can be found on the Office of Human Resources website https://www.xavier.edu/hr/benefits/.
To ensure consideration qualified/interested candidates must submit a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional references on Xavier University’s website by March 18, 2021.
The preferred start date for the position is July 1, 2021.
Xavier University is an Equal Opportunity Employer