Vice President Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Description

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) seeks a dynamic, effective, and innovative leader to serve in the role of Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (VPDEI). The VPDEI will have the extraordinary opportunity to join TTUHSC at an exciting period of transformative growth. The position will be responsible for oversight and strategic management of TTUHSC’s efforts to create a diverse and inclusive university community in which all faculty, staff, and students are treated respectfully and provided with equal access to opportunities at TTUHSC. The VPDEI will cultivate a learning and working environment that encourages and supports diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the TTUHSC community in alignment with our values-based culture. The position will be responsible for developing strategies to advance and sustain the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion at TTUHSC to further enhance outstanding education, patient care and research in a complex, and large institution of higher education.

This position is responsible for the administration, management and planning of the University's policies, programs and services within the assigned area(s); work is performed under administration of the President.

Our team members consistently live our vision and mission at TTUHSC through our Values :

ONE TEAM              Unite and include diverse perspectives to achieve our mission

KINDHEARTED        Exceed expectations with a kind heart, helping hands and a positive attitude

INTEGRITY             Be honorable and trustworthy even when no one is looking

VISIONARY            Nurture innovative ideas, bold explorations and a pioneering spirit

BEYOND SERVICE  Create and deliver positive defining moments.

Major/Essential Functions

Serving as a key strategic advisor to the President on all matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion;

Collaborating with the TTUHSC community to set priorities and objectives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion;

Developing a university-wide action plan that outlines a specific set of achievable goals that will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within our university community;

Developing a strategic framework to prevent incidents of bias or other unequal treatment of faculty, staff, and students due to differences that include, but are not limited to, race, color, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic class, disability, religion, or veteran status;

Providing oversight and managing incidents of bias and/or overt aggressions involving TTUHSC faculty, staff, and students;

Implementing and coordinating diversity, equity, and inclusion education/training programs across the university including our clinical departments;

Identifying ways to collaborate with and share diversity, equity, and inclusion services with other components of the Texas Tech University System;

Working with programs and schools to enhance the climate related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and improving experiences and knowledge of DEI across programs;

Developing coaching strategies and forums for open and reflective structured dialogue to address specific concerns and issues;

Measuring and reporting progress toward diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives;

Assisting with recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students including serving as an ad hoc member of admissions selection committees;

Being a community leader for TTUHSC and helping identify barriers in our service area for members of our community that are underrepresented in the health professions and medicine (URiMs);

Pursuing and managing external funding sources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion programs;

Assisting TTUHSC and its divisions in complying with federal and state laws related to diversity, equity, and inclusion;

Participating in and providing routine updates to the President’s Cabinet;

Serving as Chairperson of the TTUHSC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee;

Representing TTUHSC with alumni and external stakeholders.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in appropriate field relating to area of responsibility plus ten (10) years of professional and management experience in similar area. Additional job-related education may substitute for required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Position Specific Qualifications

Successful candidate will have a master’s degree, doctorate preferred, in a relevant field and at least five years’ experience developing and implementing programs focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in large and complex organizations, ideally within healthcare organizations or institutions of higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

Significant educational, professional, and life experiences that have prepared the candidate to effectively lead diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at TTUHSC;

Extensive knowledge of diversity issues, current trends and best practices;

Demonstrated ability in managing change throughout an organization;

Prior experience with building and implementing diversity and inclusion related education and training;

Subject matter expertise in federal and state laws and regulations related to equal opportunity and affirmative action;

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders;

Demonstrated ability to collect and analyze data to assess programs;

The ability to listen, persuade, show appreciation, and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams; Excellent change management and conflict-resolution skills;

Demonstrated ability in building relationships of trust with groups or individuals with diverse backgrounds.

Excellent written and oral communication skills; Expertise in strategic planning and assessment.

Required Attachments

Cover Letter, Diversity Statement, Resume / CV, and Statement of Vision or Purpose for the Position

EEO Statement

As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

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About Us

Nationally recognized for innovative programs, academic achievement, cutting-edge research and exceptional patient care, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center aims to promote a greater health environment for West Texas and beyond. While our flagship campus resides proudly in Lubbock, Texas, TTUHSC operates five schools with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Lubbock, and the Permian Basin (Midland & Odessa).

As a university separate from Texas Tech University, we have been entrusted with a singular charge: to teach the next generation of researchers and health care professionals while simultaneously providing world-class patient care to the surrounding communities. We are both an institution of higher learning and a place where real people come for life-saving medical care.

Our Mission

As a comprehensive health sciences center, our mission is to enrich the lives of others by providing excellent patient care, advancing knowledge through innovative research, and educating students to become collaborative health care professionals.

Our Vision: “Transform health care through innovation and collaboration.” Here, everyone plays a vital role.

Our Values & Culture

Through our values-based culture, TTUHSC is committed to cultivating an exceptional workplace community with a positive culture that puts people first. Our five values guide our actions and principles: Beyond Service, Kindhearted, Integrity, One Team, and Visionary.

Compensation & Benefits

We are proud to offer many exceptional employee benefits, including a generous compensation package with comprehensive benefits, medical and dental insurance, paid time off and substantial automatic retirement contributions. Additionally, we invest in employee success by providing many resources designed to support your personal wellness and professional growth, including:
• Comprehensive Health Plans and Other Core Insurance
• State Retirement Programs and Pension Options
• Retiree Insurance for Lifetime Medical Benefits
• Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning Programs
• Tuition scholarships for employees and their dependents
• Leadership and Professional Development Programs
• Mental and Physical Wellness Programs
• Employee Recognition Programs and Longevity Pay

We are excited for you to consider joining our team at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Consistently ranked as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education, TTUHSC provides so much more than just a job!