Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Chapman University

Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 

Chapman University seeks a strategic, collaborative, and culturally sensitive leader to fill the newly created position of Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  A nationally ranked, mid-sized private institution with two campuses, Chapman’s mission is to provide personalized education of distinction that produces inquiring, ethical, and productive global citizens.  The campuses are home to more than 10,000 students from 49 states, two U.S. territories, and more than 82 countries.  Chapman has over 530 full-time faculty members.  The University embraces an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, learning, performance, scholarship, and research in its undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs offered through 11 schools and colleges.  Chapman University is located in the heart of Orange County, California, an exciting and ever–evolving hub of technology, business, and the arts.

The Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (VP) will serve as the University’s first chief diversity officer and a member of Senior Staff to provide vision, leadership, and counsel to the President, Provost, and executive leadership in the development and assessment of institutional goals regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.  The VP will build and staff the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at a time when there is tremendous enthusiasm and support for this role.

The VP will be an experienced and highly capable leader that engages the entire campus to impact change and will assume the following key responsibilities:  Develop a new Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, to include strategies to promote diversity in faculty hiring and professional development, and create an inclusive environment on campus for students, faculty and staff; Create, staff, and lead the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and develop appropriate budget; Collaborate with faculty to advance curricular initiatives; Partner with the Office of Research to advance diversity-related initiatives in research; Cultivate relationships with various community, civic, and professional organizations; and contribute critically with other campus departments on initiatives and issues related to DEI.

The successful candidate should possess a Ph.D. or other terminal degree; demonstrated and substantial expertise in promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in higher education or a comparable sector with a high level of administrative, budget management, and managerial and interpersonal skills; 10 years of experience in higher education or a large corporate/non-profit organization; teaching experience in a college or university; demonstrated skill in building relationships of trust with various communities and constituencies that comprise the university; and excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to inspire and influence others.

The full Leadership Profile and additional information about Chapman University can be viewed at:  Chapman University - Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Diversified Search has been retained by Chapman University to assist in this search process.  Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applications, nominations, and further inquiries should be directed to Euris Belle at ChapmanVP@divsearch.com. For best consideration, materials should be received by April 30, 2021.

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.