Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Serving approximately 1,400 students, Centre College, located in Danville, Kentucky, stands as a distinguished institution with a rich history and a commitment to academic excellence. Established in 1819, Centre College has cultivated a vibrant learning community that fosters intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. Known for its small class sizes and dedicated faculty, the college provides a personalized education that allows students to engage deeply with their chosen fields of study. Centre College's picturesque campus, marked by historic architecture and a close-knit community atmosphere, enhances the overall collegiate experience. The college places a strong emphasis on global awareness, encouraging students to participate in study abroad programs and engage in meaningful community service. With a proud tradition in the liberal arts and sciences, Centre College continues to shape the next generation of leaders and thinkers, preparing them for success in a rapidly changing world.
Reporting to the president, the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion plays a pivotal role in actively championing a diverse, inclusive, and equitable learning, living, and working environment within the college. The incumbent will collaborate with senior leadership, staff, faculty, and students to foster a comprehensive and collaborative approach, integrating inclusion and equity practices into every effort, aspect and level of the institution. As the leader of the college's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, responsibilities encompass the supervision and mentorship of staff, providing a visionary direction for the Office's work. Close collaboration with senior staff is essential to ensure a coordinated and cohesive institutional approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence, involving partnerships with various offices such as student life, human resources, and academic affairs. The role extends to providing strategic leadership in implementing the diversity, inclusion, and equity strategic plan, working closely with campus leaders and internal/external constituencies. Collaboration on recruitment efforts to enhance diversity among faculty, staff, and students is a key focus. Additionally, providing leadership and supporting capacity-building to execute critical diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives, programming, and projects, including grant writing and collaborating with the Office of Development, contribute to furthering the work of the college and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Regular evaluation of the college's diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts, including climate surveys, equity audits, and listening sessions, is also a critical aspect of this pivotal role.
A terminal degree is preferred and a minimum of five years of combined leadership experiences in diversity and inclusion education is required. The ideal candidate for this role possesses extensive experience in supervising, managing, developing, and motivating a diverse team. They should demonstrate a strong alignment with and support for the mission of a selective liberal arts college. The candidate must exhibit proficiency in verbal, written, technical, fiscal, interpersonal, and collaborative skills, displaying confident leadership in matters pertaining to staff, training, budgeting, operations, and project assignments. Additionally, the candidate should bring expertise in current national best practices, along with a track record of experience in strategic planning and implementation efforts. Excellent communication skills are crucial, extending to interactions with diverse audiences such as students, faculty, staff, and external constituents. The ability to thrive under pressure, coupled with adept problem-solving and time-management skills, is essential, as is the competency to prioritize among the multiple and often competing needs of a dynamic office. Exceptional organizational prowess and superior judgment skills are required to execute work with accuracy and meticulous attention to detail.
Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin Monday, March 4, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Leos at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hiring salary range is $160,000-$180,000 annually, commensurate with experience.
Visit the Centre College website at https://www.centre.edu/
As a fundamental policy, Centre College hires and promotes its employees and admits its students on the basis of merit, qualification, and character and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information in the administration of any of its education or employment policies.