Bradley University seeks a dynamic and transformative leader,
skilled administrator, and collaborative campus partner to serve as
its inaugural vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion
and chief diversity officer.
Bradley University is a top-ranked, private university in
Peoria, Illinois, offering nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate
students opportunities, choices, and resources to build their
futures. Innovation, action, and collaboration drive Bradley
students to generate ideas and create solutions that remake the
world around them. The university’s comprehensive array of
undergraduate and graduate academic programs includes business,
communications, education, engineering, fine arts, health sciences,
liberal arts and sciences, and technology.
Reporting to President Stephen Standifird, who joined Bradley as
its 12th president in May 2020, the vice president for diversity,
equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer (vice president)
will serve as principal advisor to the president on diversity,
equity, and inclusion (DEI), be a valued member of the university’s
senior leadership team, and provide strategic and programmatic
leadership for initiatives—including student, faculty, and staff
recruitment, retention, and pipeline initiatives—that advance
inclusive excellence as a part of Bradley’s core values.
The vice president will: (1) establish and oversee the Division
of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; (2) lead the development of a
unifying strategic vision for DEI at Bradley; (3) guide the
development and implementation of an overarching DEI strategic
plan; (4) expand pathways for assessing, understanding, and
improving Bradley’s climate; (5) establish and maintain a culture
of assessment and evaluation in relation to DEI; and (6) serve as
an ambassador for the university and its commitment to DEI
externally in Peoria, central Illinois, and beyond.
While the role has a campus-spanning sphere of influence over
many aspects throughout the Bradley community, there is
acknowledgement that creating a more inclusive environment is not
the responsibility of one person or one office alone. The vice
president will collaborate with campus leaders and internal and
external stakeholders, and establish a DEI advisory committee, to
envision and pave the way toward a future for Bradley that is more
diverse and inclusive, and actively working to eradicate racism and
exploring intersections with gender, class, and other aspects of
identity and positionality.
Bradley University seeks candidates whose professional,
educational, and lived experiences have prepared them to serve as
an effective and collaborative leader of the university’s efforts
to create a community that is actively committed to DEI and
anti-racism. Requirements include a master’s degree and at least
five years of experience advancing DEI and positive change in
complex communities and/or mission-driven organizations.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to communicate
and work effectively with internal and external constituencies;
expertise in the areas of strategic planning, assessment, and
evidence-based decision making; knowledge of best practices in
diversity education and training; a deep understanding of the
dynamics of difference, privilege, and power; and the vision,
emotional intelligence, fortitude, and gravitas necessary to effect
change and achieve ambitious goals.
Review of applications will continue until the position is
filled; complete applications received by September 17, 2021, will
be assured full consideration. A resume with a cover letter that
addresses the responsibilities and requirements outlined in the
position specification may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson
website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions.
Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim
Norfleet, Practice Leader and Senior Consultant, at email@example.com.
Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the
application process should contact Spelman Johnson at
Visit the Bradley University website at www.bradley.edu
Bradley University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff are
committed to attracting qualified candidates from underrepresented