Chief Diversity Officer

Chief Diversity Officer - 12716


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks an inspiring and innovative leader to serve as Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) to provide dynamic and visionary leadership in the development of plans and implementation of programs that promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the institution, including but not limited to executive leadership; academic affairs; student affairs; recruitment and retention of faculty and staff; recruitment and retention of students; and campus programs, activities and events that establish UW-Whitewater as a model of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
The CDO serves as a senior administrator overseeing the development and implementation of university strategic plans for diversity and inclusion and guides campus practice to promote a diverse and inclusive campus culture in alignment with University values, mission, vision and goals.

The CDO coordinates and guides efforts to define, understand, assess, foster and cultivate diversity as a fundamental institutional and educational resource.  The CDO works closely with administration, faculty, staff and students to create programs and a climate that recognizes commonalities while understanding, engaging with, and celebrating differences.

The CDO serves in a leadership and/or membership role on committees and working groups within the institution, UW System and the local community to promote the University¿s diversity-related initiatives, vision, mission, values and goals.

The CDO will report to the Chancellor and be a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet.  The CDO will advise the Chancellor on issues of diversity and serve as an integrating partner with campus leaders, students, faculty, staff, various university committees, and external constituencies to proactively develop and implement plans, programs, and activities that educate members of the university community about diversity and inclusion, and promote accountability for diversity and inclusion as core values to be collectively practiced in the university.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
Serves as a resource for diversity-related initiatives, activities, materials, advice and guidance across campus.

Provides leadership for the development and implementation of a campus diversity plan that aligns with campus values, mission and strategic plan. Provides follow-up and regular reports on progress.

Serves as the liaison with State and University of Wisconsin System efforts related to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion, including the system-wide Inclusive Excellence initiative.

Develops working relationships with diverse and/or marginalized groups on campus, in the local community, region and State to promote and achieve objectives of mutual interest.

Leads the campus Inclusive Excellence efforts in collaboration with other campus leaders and works with equity, diversity and inclusion-related committees and working groups on strategies that promote UW-Whitewater as a place of inclusion and equity.

Stays updated and informed on research and best practices in employment trends, human resource planning strategies, and diversity strategies in learning environments. Prepares recommendations for improvement in employment and educational policies, practices and environments.

Training, Education and Assessment:
Ensures the development and delivery of training programs and opportunities that address diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and compliance issues in ways that meet the needs of employees, administrators, students and partners.

Increases employee awareness and understanding of issues of diversity and inclusion through the development and implementation of professional development programs that align with campus values, mission and plans.

Provides leadership and coordination for university educational and assessment initiatives related to diversity and inclusion.  Provides regular data and research-informed follow-up and progress reports.

Recommends processes through which UW-Whitewater can instill a collective understanding as to how the presence or absence of inclusion and equity impact the lives of all our students, not just in terms of campus climate and co-curricular activities, but also in terms of the classroom dynamic and curricular initiatives.

Campus Climate:
Works closely with administration, faculty, staff and students to create a climate that recognizes commonalities while understanding, engaging with, and celebrating differences.

Develops processes, programs and measures to assess campus culture issues and concerns.

Works closely with administration to communicate diversity and inclusive mission, values and goals of institution, internally to students, faculty and staff, and externally to community and stakeholders.

Serves on campus committees as the lead representative for diversity and inclusivity.

Recruitment and retention of faculty and staff:
Collaborates with the Provost and OHRD staff to ensure search and screen committees and hiring managers receive appropriate training in diversity and inclusion hiring practices, and that screening procedures meet campus and legal requirements for equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Reviews candidate pools to assure diverse candidates are appropriately represented and have been considered fairly and without bias.

Provides leadership, collaboration and technical assistance to human resources professionals and other staff who work with employees at all levels of the institution to support innovative strategies to successfully recruit, employ and retain a workforce reflective of changing state and national demographics.

Provides leadership for continuing efforts to maintain applicant tracking capabilities and activities that enable collection, analysis and dissemination of data that contribute to the improvement of recruitment and selection processes for all categories of employment.

Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting & Compliance:
Collaborates with the Provost's Office, Institutional Research, and OHRD to collect and analyze data that provides relevant and useful information to support and enhance equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.  Shares information with stakeholders as appropriate.
Recommends policy and procedural changes as appropriate.

This is a limited appointment pursuant to Wis. Stat. Ch. 36.17 and UWS Ch. 15 that serves at the pleasure of the Chancellor.

Competitive and based on knowledge, experience, and education.

Required Qualifications:
- The successful candidate will be an experienced higher education administrator with the vision, energy, and interpersonal and leadership skills to achieve ambitious goals.
- Master's degree or equivalent level of education from an accredited institution.
- Minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional work experience.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Knowledge and experience in the promotion and continued efforts for diversity and inclusion in various settings at a higher education institution.
- Working knowledge of federal and state laws related to discrimination, retaliation and affirmative action.
- Excellent skills in team-building and interpersonal communication.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a variety of individuals with differing cultural, socioeconomic backgrounds and experiences.
- Ability to engage in productive and respectful conversations with individuals on diversity and inclusivity-related initiatives that encourage an awareness and understanding of the importance and value of diversity.
- Excellent organizational and informed decision-making skills.
- Strong work ethic, dependable and reliable.

Desired Qualifications:
- Terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D. or J.D.)
- Prior experience with creating institutional goals and objectives to create positive change and practices related to diversity in higher education.
- Experience analyzing research and data related to strategic priorities and programs related to diversity.
- History of effective leadership in a culture of shared governance.
- Experience in conflict resolution and/or mediation.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is a regional comprehensive university with an enrollment of more than 12,000 students. UW-Whitewater has reached record enrollment four of the last five years and offers 50 majors in four colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 15 master's degree programs and recently added a Doctorate of Business Administration. UW-Whitewater students achieve excellence in the classroom and on the playing field. In the 2014-15 Academic Year, UW-Whitewater was the first university in NCAA history at any level to win national championships in football, basketball and baseball in a single year. The campus offers more than 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. UW- Whitewater is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. - See more at:
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and all veterans.

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants for positions may indicate in writing that his or her identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statutes 19.36 (7)(a).

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

UW-Whitewater conducts criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

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Applications received by February 2, 2017 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Erica Johnson
Program Assistant Advanced Confidential
(262) 472-1051
A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:
Cover Letter;
Philosophy Statement of goals and objectives;
3 Professional References with contact information.

The job ID is: 12716

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