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Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity & Belonging

Wheaton College of Massachusetts
Massachusetts, United States
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Aug 26, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Business & Administrative Affairs, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Executive, Chancellors & Presidents, Other Executive
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Wheaton is a leading private, coeducational, liberal arts college of 1800 students located in Norton, MA and within easy commuting distance of Boston and Providence.

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Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity & Belonging


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Wheaton College invites nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity & Belonging. Reporting to the President and in partnership with the President’s Council, the Associate Vice President ( AVP ) for Institutional Equity & Belonging will be the senior administrator responsible for leading and overseeing the College’s institutional efforts, priorities and vision around equity, diversity, belonging and their connection with student success. The AVP will co-chair DEAL (Diversity, Equity and Access Leadership), charged with ensuring Wheaton is making progress on the campus’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

With oversight of the newly created division of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, the Associate Vice President will: ● Lead institutional efforts to shape the College’s policies and systems about equity and belonging, and work to ensure they are widely used and understood in collaboration with the President, vice presidents, and other institutional leaders, including the Board of Trustees. ● Lead and support institutional efforts to establish and maintain a culture of assessment, metrics, and benchmarks in relation to equity and belonging, partnering with the Office of Institutional Research and other campus resources, as appropriate. ● Lead and support institutional efforts to build the capacity of Wheaton’s administration, faculty, staff and students to work toward an anti- oppressive community and develop accountability mechanisms to measure progress over time. ● Lead and support efforts to foster and build an inclusive campus community and the engagement and retention of students, faculty and staff, partnering and collaborating with the Office of Human Resources, the Center for Collaborative Teaching and Learning, the Office of the Provost and the Dean of Students Office in these efforts. ● Collaborate with Advancement and Finance and Administration to promote and link equity and belonging efforts to the financial priorities of the institution. ● Collaborate and provide support to the Office of the Provost and other academic areas to support diversity components of the Compass Curriculum and support the development of programs, structures and outreach for faculty engagement. ● Serve as a liaison or appoint a liaison to oversee campus-wide structures that coordinate and institutionalize equity and belonging efforts, including DEAL, the First-Gen and Low-Income Task Force, and the Network for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Support and Advocacy. ● Oversee and execute Wheaton’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan and ensure progress of its stated goals. Conduct regular review and assessment of the plan on an ongoing basis to ensure that it is updated, relevant and that it continues to serve as a comprehensive, unified, and integrated framework for the College’s institutional DEIB efforts. ● Lead and oversee the College’s efforts to improve transparency and regular communication around the College’s DEI goals and priorities in collaboration with Marketing and Communication. Host town halls or community forums, and create newsletters, and/or social media messaging to increase transparency about the progress Wheaton is making in addressing campus DEI, accessibility, and social justice concerns. ● Lead and support the College’s efforts to respond to bias or other equity related incidents. Collaborate with Legal Affairs, the Title IX Coordinator and Bias Incident Response Officer and Bias Incident Response Team to improve policy and procedure alongside restorative justice and accountability efforts. ● May serve as a liaison to the Educational Quality and Student Experience ( EQSE ) Committee of the Board of Trustees or other committees, as suggested by the President and Board Chair. ● Oversee the rigor and coherence of the College’s DEIB programming efforts to educate students, faculty and staff in all areas of DEI by collaborating on training and development opportunities, workshops and guest speakers, and other signature events including the Otis Social Justice Award, Community Conversations, International Women’s Day Luncheon, MAP Day, MLK Legacy Program and Creative Showcase and other programs. ● Champion institutional efforts that support the development of Wheaton as an anchor institution that benefits the local community and promotes community engaged scholarship. ● Supervise the Dean of the Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning, Director for the Centers of Social Justice and Community Impact, and Religious and Spiritual Life, and support staff with the goals of building belonging and retention, supporting student success, and integrating academic and developmental support for BIPOC and all students. ● Manage and oversee departmental and reporting budgets.

Sage Search Partners is assisting Wheaton College with this search. Confidential nominations, applications (cover letter and CV) and expressions of interest can be submitted to: Paula Fazli at

Minimum Qualifications:

● A Master’s Degree is required. A doctorate in a relevant field, for example, Higher Education, Cultural Foundations, or Organizational Development, is preferred ● A substantial record of accomplishment as an organizational leader with at least seven years’ experience in the fields of social justice, accessibility, diversity, equity and inclusion, preferably in a higher education setting ● A deep understanding of the importance of equity, inclusion, and diversity to the broader educational mission of higher education institutions, and the integral role equity practices play in the success of the institution ● A deep understanding of, and expertise in, the issues of race, nationality, sexuality, gender, disability, indigeneity, class, and the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power ● Awareness and understanding of the various laws, regulations, and policies related to equity and diversity in the workplace and higher education is preferred ● Knowledge of emerging best practices in DEIB, accessibility, and social justice, including the Standards of Professional Practice for Campus Diversity Officers ● Ability to lead assessment initiatives, use data to improve DEIB programs, practice, and policy, and manage information systems ● Experience in managing people and overseeing budgets ● Ability to clearly communicate complex and nuanced information across diverse audiences, including students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni and community partners ● Ability to discuss controversial topics and address conflict in a way that results in productive discussion and meaningful outcomes ● Ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion ● Proven success in building coalitions and achieving results through influence and collaboration ● Evidence of exceptional time and project management skills ● Evidence of exceptional presentation and facilitation skills appropriate for different campus stakeholders ● Evidence of strong skills in problem-solving, mediation, and conflict management ● Evidence of strong verbal, written, and analytical skills ● Proven success collaborating with student leaders invested in institutional equity and inclusion ● Proven success in working with faculty and senior-level college officials

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Individuals must possess these knowledges, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Eeo Statement

Wheaton is a private coeducational liberal arts college within easy
commuting distance of Boston and Providence. We have nearly 1,700
undergraduates from 40 U.S. States and more than 70 countries. Nearly 23%
of our undergraduates are U.S. students of color and 11% are international
citizens. Wheaton College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action
employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the
basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age,
race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic
information, or disability. In a continuing effort to maintain and enrich
an intellectually diverse learning environment, the Department and the
College actively encourages applications from women and members of
underrepresented groups.

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To prevent the infection and spread of COVID -19 and as an integral part of our public health and safety measures, Wheaton College requires that all successful applicants hired provide proof of full vaccination and booster for COVID -19 at the time of employment, unless an exemption from this policy is requested and approved. Applicants believing that they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, medical condition, or sincerely-held religious belief should inform the Office of Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended.

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