Chief Diversity Officer
The University of Delaware seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as the Chief Diversity Officer (“CDO”). The CDO is a member of the President’s senior leadership team and provides strategic leadership, oversight, and vision in the administration of a range of services, programs, policies and procedures for faculty, staff, and students related to advancing the institution's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), as well as develop and administer ongoing DEI steering committees.
The CDO will be a leader, adviser, advocate, and catalyst for change and institutional resource focused on infusing diversity, equity and inclusion into all programs and activities, tracking progress toward these goals, and communicating progress to an engaged community. Moreover, the CDO will exercise strategic expertise, knowledge of the domain, and lead by collaboration to partner with the University of Delaware’s community in its desire to continue to increase its diversity while continually evolving to be more inclusive and equitable.
A research-intensive, technologically advanced university with global impact, the University of Delaware traces its roots to the founding of a small private academy in 1743. The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated in 1867 as one of the nation’s historic Land Grant colleges. The University offers a broad range of degree programs (three associate programs, 150 bachelor’s programs, 140 master’s programs and 60 doctoral programs) through its nine colleges: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Arts and Sciences; Earth, Ocean and Environment; Education and Human Development; Engineering; Health Sciences; Graduate College; Honors College; the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics and the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration.
The successful candidate will have at least 10-years of experience in higher education or within a comparable complex, with experience in leading organizational initiatives and promoting diversity and inclusion; exemplary knowledge of DEI theories and framework; and demonstrated success in analyzing data, understanding areas of need and implementing strategic initiatives. A bachelor’s degree is required.
Nominations and expressions of interest will be received until a list of candidates is put forward for final consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications and nominations should be submitted directly to Korn Ferry. Applicants should submit a resume and cover, addressing the responsibilities above, electronically to UD-CDO@kornferry.com
The University of Delaware is committed to assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, veteran or disability status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment practices as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes. The Career Center at the University of Delaware will work solely with employers that abide by the university’s equal opportunity standards.
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