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Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

California State University, Sacramento
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Oct 18, 2021

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Vice President for Inclusive Excellence & University Diversity Officer (Administrator IV)

Classification Title: Administrator IV

Job Summary:
The Vice President for Inclusive Excellence (VPIE) reports directly to the President. The VPIE will provide counsel to the President on diversity and inclusion issues; provide leadership for the University's diversity and educational equity initiatives; collaborate with the administrative council, deans and other university offices to advance the diversity and educational equity efforts; provide leadership and management of Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX enforcement, and, coordinate and assess the efforts of various campus units to increase pathways of success for all students, faculty, and staff, especially those from underrepresented populations.

The VPIE must be an experienced leader, as well as a change agent, able to foster a diverse, inclusive and welcoming campus, and align and integrate a wide range of existing and new initiatives in order to build on a culture of equity and inclusion. The VPIE participates in all aspects of institutional planning in support of the mission and goals of the university, including meeting the needs of the diverse student, faculty, and staff populations and creating a learning, and working environment where all have the opportunity to succeed. In addition, the VPIE, in consultation with the President, will appoint and lead the Diversity Council. Additionally, the VPIE will sit on the President's Cabinet and report on diversity initiatives while working with the Cabinet.

FLSA: MPP - This position is defined in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP) of the California State University. It is excluded from the collective bargaining process and is exempt from overtime provisions of FLSA. This position is covered by health benefits.
Classification Salary Range: $9,167 - $27,500 monthly
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience
Salary Grade/Range: 1
Step: N/A
Is this position Hourly or Intermittent? No
Regular or Temporary: Regular
Full Time or Part Time: Full Time
Pay Plan: 12
Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Department Information:
The Division of Inclusive Excellence (IE) is responsible for ensuring that Sacramento State’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and societal justice is both evident throughout our University and communicated to the larger Sacramento community. Inclusive Excellence partners with stakeholders across the campus and in the community to embed an equity-minded and inclusive approach to Sacramento State’s practices and its pursuit of academic excellence and student success. Sacramento State defines Inclusive Excellence as the ongoing and active process of ensuring our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are integrated into the core functions and operations of our University in order to realize educational equity and the full benefits of having a diverse, inclusive, and caring campus. As such, Inclusive Excellence is embedded in our institutional mission and commitments to academic excellence and student success. Four years ago, Sacramento State created the Division of Inclusive Excellence to help lead the campus-wide commitment to transformational change.
To ensure that the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is embedded throughout all aspects of the University and its operation.
A Sacramento State that is welcoming to all of our students, faculty, staff, and community members and where each person feels they are valued and belong.
Collaboration, transparency, and accountability and is committed to engaging with our community with empathy, mutual respect, and appreciation.

The Division of Inclusive Excellence includes the following four areas, all of which will report to the new Vice President.
Inclusive Excellence Learning
Inclusive Excellence Learning (IEL) is a functional area in the Division of Inclusive Excellence that works to provide learning experiences and coordinate campus activities related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism competency development at Sacramento State. Faculty Diversity and Inclusion
Faculty Diversity and Inclusion (FDI) is an area dedicated to centering and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment, development, and retention of teaching faculty and college administrators.

Bias Response Director The Bias Response Director serves as a resource and facilitator of students, staff, faculty, and members of the campus community to respond to incidents of bias; support the respect and appreciation of personal identities; respond to and assist in resolving bias-related conflict; and promote a positive and inclusive campus climate environment. The Office for Equal OpportunityThe Office for Equal Opportunity’s (OEO) mission is to support and promote the University’s commitment to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, harassment (including sexual harassment) and retaliation, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. To learn more about the division, visit -

Minimum Qualifications:

Required Qualifications:
1. Master’s degree, JD, or a terminal degree from an accredited university.
2. Five (5) years of leadership experience related to access, diversity, inclusion, or education, including fluency and currency with respect to the current best practices in these areas.
3. Experience in working with diverse populations in a leadership role, including but not limited to, race, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and physical abilities.
4. An excellent record in managing change along with proven experience as an organizational leader and program builder, specifically around initiatives that promote diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and belonging in a professional environment.
5. Knowledge of contemporary issues of social justice, inclusion, diversity, access, and equity, including the current scholarship and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues.

6. A demonstrated cross-cultural competencies, including strong emotional intelligence and the ability to engage and build relationships with university constituencies and underrepresented communities.
7. A demonstrated ability to lead and cultivate a common vision and collaborative culture to achieve institutional goals.
8. A demonstrated ability to effectively problem-solve and lead others through transformational change.
9. A demonstrated track record developing effective diversity and inclusion initiatives.
10. A demonstrated ability to build strong alliances internally and externally with a broad range of individuals to bring the university community together around shared goals.
11. A demonstrated ability to articulate in written and verbal form the range of evidence for the educational benefits that accrue to students through diversity, inclusion and equity in higher education.
12. Experience working collaboratively with colleagues at all levels in a large, complex institution, as well as with diverse external communities, to facilitate positive, collaborative, and inclusive processes and initiatives coupled with measurable programmatic deliverables.
13. Evidence of strong decision-making and administrative skills.
14. Demonstrated ability to envision and conceptualize the diversity mission of an institution through a broad and inclusive definition of diversity.
15. Excellent conflict-resolution skills needed to navigate politically-charged situations to resolve problems, build consensus, and reconcile competing interests.
16. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, through written as well as interpersonal and group communication skills.

Ability to pass a background check

Preferred Qualifications:
17. An earned doctorate from an accredited university.
18. Experience working within academic shared governance and collective bargaining environments.
19. Experience in personnel and budget management.
20. Experience with crisis management.
21. Experience in grant writing development, obtaining grant funding, or other source of fundraising experience.

Physical Demands:

Required Licenses/Certifications:
Valid driver’s license and maintenance of safe driving record required.

Is Background Check Required: Yes

Background Check Disclaimer:
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

Eligibility Verification:
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, 

Hiring Preference:
Not Applicable

Conflict of Interest:
The duties of this position include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest when they first occupy the position, an on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act:
The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in the California State University Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification. For additional information, visit

Posting Number: AS0948P
Number of Vacancies: 1
Open Date: 07/09/2021
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Priority Application Deadline: 08/27/2021
Special Instructions to Applicants: Application and Nomination ProcessThe Vice President for Inclusive Excellence Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit: a current resume or curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and a one-page diversity statement. Nomination letters should include contact information for the nominee. All applications and nominations will be handled in confidence. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted by email to: Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Emy Cruz, Partner
SP&A Executive Search
6512 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA 90601
Refer to code “SacState-VPDO” in subject line

Recruitment is open until filled. Priority deadline for applications is 8:00am on Friday, August 27, 2021.

Contact Name: CSUS Human Resources - Employment Services
Contact Phone: 916-278-6326
Contact Email: (SP&A Executive Search)

To apply, visit

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