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Deputy Chief Diversity Officer

Johns Hopkins University
Job Location:
Baltimore, Maryland
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
EDI is proud to partner with Johns Hopkins University, one of the world’s distinctive institutions with a global reach and reputation, in search for its new Deputy Chief Diversity Officer (“DCDO”) to join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. This is an exciting opportunity to join America’s 1st research university, a place that has revolutionized higher education in the U.S. and continues to bring knowledge and discoveries to the world.

The university seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and influential leader with a track record of leading programs and initiatives and developing partnerships that reflect intersecting dimensions of diversity.

The university’s ten academic and research divisions and numerous centers, institutes, and affiliated entities nationally and abroad create a diverse academic community led by a President and Provost who have demonstrated their commitment to moving the needle on diversity, equity, and inclusion at Hopkins. The DCDO will join this supportive community of approximately 4,780 full-time faculty, 6,300 undergraduate students, and 20,800 graduate students in 325 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels.

In partnership with the Vice Provost/Chief Diversity Officer, the DCDO will help steward the next institutional diversity strategic plan by supporting the development of priorities and directions as the university charts a set of bold new initiatives. They will provide strategic leadership in collaboration with the divisional diversity deans, administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the greater Baltimore community to advance Johns Hopkins’ vision to expand and grow its diversity, inclusion and equity efforts.

The incumbent will bring cultural and emotional intelligence, strong communication, and organizational effectiveness skills to move the institution forward in its DEI ambitions.

If you are an exceptionally experienced and/or certified DEI practitioner with a demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence, then this is the right opportunity for you to join an institution that is charting the path for innovative DEI practices.

Department Name: Provost’s Office
Personnel Area: University Administration

Reporting directly to Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer Katrina Caldwell, Ph.D., the Deputy Chief Diversity Officer (DCDO) in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), provides leadership in support of the university’s commitment to developing a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all members of the community, including students, staff and faculty members, and alumni. This individual will assist in advancing the strategic direction for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and the university at large.

Additional priorities for the DCDO include assisting and providing support to diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioners already at the university. The DCDO will work with several offices to coordinate DEI efforts across the university, and deepening connections to diversity, equity, and inclusion work across the campus, with surrounding partners in the District of Columbia and around the globe.

  • A BOLD diversity practitioner and results-oriented leader.
  • A data-driven analytical thinker with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion programming.
  • A dynamic communicator, change-maker, and innovative problem-solver who champions diversity in all its dimensions.
  • A consummate DEI practitioner with deep knowledge and experience in advancing strategic institutional DEI goals.
  • A compassionate servant leader with high emotional intelligence and organizational/self-awareness.
Additionally, the ideal candidates will have demonstrated skills in collecting and using data to assess programs, a familiarity with and support of shared accountability in an academic setting, supervisory experience and demonstrated strengths in consultation and coaching, and the ability to organize resources in support of institutional growth and change. A terminal degree is preferred but not required.

  • As a member of the VPDI/CDO’s senior leadership team, the Deputy CDO will assist in developing, implementing, and assessing campus-wide vision for diversity and inclusion.
  • Draws on research, scholarship, and information on national and international trends to create and support innovative programs and policies relevant to campus diversity and inclusion.
  • Partners with divisional D&I Practitioners and other diversity leaders to share best practices and develop and coordinate diversity efforts across the university.
  • Monitors and tracks institutional trends to help units increase accountability through qualitative and quantitative assessments of programs, policies, and services.
  • Represents the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the VPDI/CDO at various community, civic, and professional meetings and conferences as requested.
  • Effectively manages resources to advance new and ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Works with the Office of Institutional Equity and Office of the Vice President and General Counsel staff to review and draft policies, procedures, and guidelines related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Alumni Relations to strengthen alumni affinity group relationships to support diversity offices, centers, and programs.
  • Oversee branding and communication strategies in collaboration with Marketing and Communications.
  • Develop clear pathways for affinity groups on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Oversee the development and execution of annual campus climate surveys.
  • Oversee diversity program development, assessment, strategic planning, and evaluation.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the VPDI/CDO’s senior leadership team to execute operational details.
  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance staff effectiveness, teamwork, communications, and professional development.
  • Supervise a staff of four (three professional levels and one support), including hiring/firing, professional development, and managing human resource challenges.
  • Conduct research and analysis; produce reports and correspondence, and issue briefings resulting from that research.
  • Represent the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on university and community committees.
  • Perform administrative assignments and special projects as directed by the VPDI/CDO in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, specifically those assignments and special projects addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.
  • Perform additional projects and other duties as assigned by the VPDI/CDO.
  • Master’s degree required in a related field within higher education.
  • Seven years of professional experience in the administration of a diversity program or combination of advanced degree work and professional experience.
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical, research, communication, and writing skills.
  • Ability to think critically, strategically, and address emerging diversity, equity, and inclusion trends and issues in higher education.
  • Experience overseeing departmental budgets and supervisory experience.
  • Evidence of proficiency in leading high-performance teams to advance a strategic diversity mission.
  • Evidence of experience and effective performance working with students, faculty, and staff at the post-secondary level.
  • Passionate about creating an inclusive climate for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to the importance of diversity in attaining divisional and institutional goals and objectives.
  • Record of working effectively to promote an environment of collegiality and diversity.
Johns Hopkins University has retained EDI to assist in this search. Screening for the DCDO will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Application materials should be submitted using EDI’s candidate portal. Applications should include, as separate documents, a DEI statement, a CV or resume, and a cover letter addressing the themes in this leadership profile. All communications will be treated confidentially and should be directed to EDI’s senior consultants Mohammed Ahamed and Jane Kelly, at (

Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All applicants are encouraged to apply.

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