Associate Vice President for Equity

Northwestern University invites applications for the inaugural Associate Vice President for Equity (AVPE). Reporting to the Provost, the AVPE will have primary responsibility for providing inspirational and operational leadership to sustaining a diverse and inclusive climate and culture at Northwestern, in which there is a rigorous awareness of and response to discriminatory behavior.

The successful candidate will be a seasoned leader with experience in executing and presenting significant university wide programs, integrating programmatic responses into a complex and decentralized organization, and managing a strong, highly competent team working in evolving and important areas of compliance. The AVPE ensures integrity, fairness and effectiveness in programs that manage prevention and responses to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and retaliation. This senior leader will bring together the program areas working with all members of the Northwestern community – students, faculty, and staff to ensure a consistent and well-designed set of principles and practices across the University.

The AVPE is responsible for creating at Northwestern an exemplar for collaboratively working with other University leaders to achieve the goal of increasing campus diversity and awareness while also managing the response to any behaviors that may ultimately be contrary to the principles of diversity and inclusion that Northwestern holds dear.

Please see for the complete prospectus describing this opportunity.

This search is assisted by Carlos Hernandez, senior search consultant with AGB Search. Confidential inquiries and nominations may be made by contacting Dr. Hernandez at or at 201-850-7881.

To apply, please send a letter of interest, a curriculum vita, and the names, phone numbers and email addresses of five references along with a description of your relationship to each reference. References will not be contacted without the permission of the candidate. Please submit this information in MS Word or PDF format to To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 3, 2017.        

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.