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Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

University of California Santa Barbara
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 13, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Opportunity and Challenge Profile
Search for the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is excited to invite nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (VCDEI). The incoming VCDEI will be a proactive strategic thinker who will help shape the future of one of the nation's premier public universities. They will do so by working alongside passionate administrators, faculty, staff, and students who embrace and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion across the campus. As a lead strategic advisor, the VCDEI will serve as an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on campus by expanding the current operations of the office and further aligning resources, conversations, and partnerships throughout the university. Overall, the VCDEI will be an accessible and visible leader within the institution as well as more broadly throughout the University of California system. They will lead to collaboratively create a lasting legacy of excellence and equity at UC Santa Barbara by fostering a campus culture where every voice is heard and valued.

The successful candidate will have relevant administrative experience in the academic community and a strong record of scholarship that bears out a keen understanding of issues inherent to inclusion, equity, and diversity within a complex institutional setting. The VCDEI must have extensive knowledge of existing research and best practices to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and a demonstrated ability to apply these best practices across a large organization. In addition to the ability to lead internally, the VCDEI will be a thoughtful leader in conversations about inclusion and diversity on the state and national levels. The VCDEI must have well-developed skills in facilitating inclusive dialogues that enable positive growth, the capacity to develop and translate strategic goals towards a course for implementation, and experience in institutional change management. The VCDEI must be able to work effectively with people all across the University, including senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, as well as the surrounding community.

In 2015, UC Santa Barbara was designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution, the first AAU institution to receive this designation, and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. In 2017 it was ranked second for economic mobility in the New York Times list of “Top Colleges Doing the Most for the American Dream.” UC Santa Barbara consistently ranks among the top public universities in the nation according to U.S News and World Report with many of its graduate programs ranked among the top 50 in the nation, and departments in the top 10. In addition, the University is home to 11 national centers and institutes, eight of which are sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In the 2023-2024 academic year, UC Santa Barbara enrolled about 22,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students. With only five colleges and professional schools, it offers the benefits of a premier research university and an intimate undergraduate learning experience.

To be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will address a set of key opportunities and challenges listed below and detailed in this document. The Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will:
  • Further develop a cohesive vision and plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion at UC Santa Barbara;
  • In collaboration with campus leaders and the Academic Senate, align, integrate, coordinate, and elevate DEI efforts across campus;
  • Advance a culture of assessment and evaluation to enable data-driven decision-making and continuous improvement;
  • Effectively advocate for and generate resources in support of DEI efforts;
  • Serve as a visible and trusted member of the UCSB and UC communities on issues of inclusion and diversity.
UC Santa Barbara has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with a cover letter, including a statement of research and a statement of contributions to diversity should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

Julie Filizetti, Kathy Martinez, and Katie Pusecker Kilcawley
Isaacson, Miller
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.655.4900

The anticipated annual compensation range for this position is $250,000 - $430,000. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


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