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Associate Vice Provost for Educational Equity (Administrator)

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
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Aug 24, 2021

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Associate Vice Provost for Educational Equity (Administrator)

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution. We invite nominations and applications for the position of Associate Vice Provost for Educational Equity. Reporting directly to the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, the Associate Vice Provost will be an experienced and accomplished diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) professional who will assist with strategic leadership and consultation for the University's efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. This administrator-level position, located on the University Park campus, supervises seven full-time professional staff: three equity consultants, the director of assessment, a multimedia specialist, a computer programmer/analyst, and an administrative support assistant.

Established in 1990, the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus environment throughout Penn State's twenty-four campuses. The Office of Educational Equity serves as a catalyst and advocate for Penn State's diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives by providing University-wide leadership to increase Penn State's DEI efforts.

Job responsibilities:
  • Assist the Vice Provost with interpreting and operationalizing Educational Equity's mission and the University's diversity goals to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate Educational Equity's strategic planning and unit assessment processes.
  • Engage with senior leadership in critical functional areas including academic colleges; Commonwealth campuses; the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research; Human Resources; Student Affairs; Strategic Communications; and the Affirmative Action Office to guide the goals outlined in the University's Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Work collaboratively with the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research to implement DEI-focused strategic planning and to administer the University-wide climate survey.
  • Assist with the President's Commissions for Equity (the Commission for Women; the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity; the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity) and the Disability Access Initiative.
  • Assist with the Educational Opportunity Planning Committee seed grant program for the University's 24 campuses.
  • Work closely on equity-minded efforts with Educational Equity units:

Multicultural Resource Center, Office of Veterans Programs, Student Disability Resources, Office of Scholars Programs, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Migrant, Upward Bound Math and Science, Talent Search (University Park), Talent Search (Penn State York), and the Educational Opportunity Center (Philadelphia).
  • Attend Educational Equity's Campus Environment Team and Administrative Council for Equity meetings; and chair these meetings in the absence of the Vice Provost.
  • Assist with Educational Equity's professional development programs.
  • Assist Educational Equity's facilities renovations and space allocations, as well as technical support.
  • Work collaboratively with Educational Equity fundraising and development activities.

Required skills and knowledge:
  • Fluency with the scholarship around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Proven cultural competence and demonstrated knowledge and application of intersectional diversity principles and practices.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to facilitate nuanced conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion with all levels of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Awareness and understanding of the DEI-related national issues and emerging trends currently impacting higher education.
  • Experience in advancing equity-minded assessment.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent consultation and negotiation skills.
  • Experience in budget development and management.
  • Ability to build trust, create allies, and sustain mutually respectful relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and external collaborators.

Minimum qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate.
  • Ten years of experience in senior positions within higher education administration and/or public/private agencies.

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Final candidates for the position will be required to complete a full background check process, including education, employment, credit, and criminal as appropriate. For full consideration, please attach a resume/CV and a cover letter.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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