Founding Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

California State University, Stanislaus

Founding Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer


Academic Career & Executive Search is pleased to assist California State University, Stanislaus (CSU, Stanislaus) in its search for their founding Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDEI).


 For full consideration, please apply by May 29th.


This is an incredible opportunity for a strategic thought leader, advocate, collaborative campus partner, and proven administrator with an innovative, consistent track record of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice efforts to serve as founding Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDEI) at CSU, Stanislaus.


The inaugural CDEI will serve as a member of the cabinet, with strategic responsibility for promoting and enabling inclusive excellence for students, faculty, and staff. The position reports directly to the president, with close working relationships with the Division Vice Presidents. The position serves as an advisor to the president and the president’s cabinet on matters related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice.


The CDEI serves as a highly influential leader focused on deepening ongoing efforts to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community for all faculty, staff, and students. Priorities for this role are strategy and engagement; coordination and alignment; communications and issues management; implementation and success metrics.


The ideal candidate will be a transformational leader who is collaborative, approachable, responsive, and who will have:

  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to develop and nurture strong working partnerships across the university environment and external systemwide CSU community.
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to apply data and utilize institutional benchmarks to program and operational design, promote accountability for the diversity mission and inclusive excellence values, and strategically drive organizational change.
  • Strong demonstrative experience in practical problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively as a member of a senior leadership team.
  • Proven experience in building strong, collaborative partnerships across the organizational community.
  • Demonstrative experience applying inclusion, equity, civility, and access in an organizational setting.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion.
  • Ability to examine and develop operations and procedures and formulate policy.
  • Demonstrated intercultural competency skills and knowledge of contemporary issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and providing an equitable and inclusive working and learning environment.



  • Provide strategic leadership in the development of a comprehensive and integrated framework for diversity, equity, and inclusion, synchronizing and leveraging current efforts and initiatives, and introducing emerging practices in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment. 
  • Facilitates sharing of best practices and identify opportunities for greater alignment and more unified efforts across campus. 
  • Provide leadership, expertise, and vision for the implementation of the university’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of DEISJ initiatives in alignment with our overall University Strategic Plan and make recommendations for improvement. 
  • Serve in a collaborative and coordinating role with division, college and department units who are responsible for diversity and inclusion to develop (and where appropriate coordinate) programmatic activities that support the achievement of the strategic commitments. 
  • Chair the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (PCDI).  
  • Collaborate across campus and with the Human Resources, Equal Opportunity & Compliance and Faculty Affairs departments to identify and address systemic barriers to diversity in recruitment and retention efforts for race and gender underrepresented staff, management, and faculty. 
  • Foster an inclusive campus culture that supports and values diverse perspectives and experiences. 
  • Provide guidance and support to employee resource groups and affinity networks. 
  • Serve as a thought leader, advocate and resource to the campus and community regarding diversity, equity and belonging, including building skills and capacity and be available for problem solving, training, facilitation, mediation, and consultation. 
  • Coordinate with student support services related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Work in conjunction with faculty, staff, and students to address equity and inclusion within the classroom and the campus community and to encourage the development of curricula that are appropriately inclusive in content and method.  
  • Gather and analyze data to identify issues, increase transparency, propose solutions to issues, and establish metrics to gauge progress. Present data to the President, cabinet, and other on and off campus constituencies. 
  • Forge strong working relationships with colleagues across the CSU system in similar roles to create a network, leverage resources, and engage the broader community through engagement. 
  • Participate in various campus committees. 
  • Develop and oversee annual and multiyear budgets to support DEI operations and initiatives. 
  • Seek diversity-related funding through private, local, state, and federal sources with the assistance of the University Advancement division. 
  • Develop and maintain active external partnerships with advocacy groups, community-based organizations, foundations, and alumni affinity groups to build and strengthen relationships that advance DEISH initiatives. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned. 


Core Values and Beliefs

The faculty, staff, administrators, and students of California State University, Stanislaus are committed to creating an inclusive learning environment which encourages all members of the campus community to expand their intellectual, creative, and social horizons. We challenge one another to realize our potential, to appreciate and contribute to the enrichment of our diverse community, and to develop a passion for lifelong learning.


To facilitate this mission, we promote academic excellence in the teaching and scholarly activities of our faculty, encourage personalized student learning, foster interactions, and partnerships with our surrounding communities, and provide opportunities for the intellectual, cultural, and artistic enrichment of the region.


California State University, Stanislaus strives to become a major center of learning, intellectual pursuit, artistic excellence, and cultural engagement for California's greater Central Valley and beyond. We serve our diverse student body, communities, and state by creating programs, partnerships and leaders that respond effectively to an evolving and interconnected world.


To achieve our mission and vision:

  • We inspire all members of the campus community to demand more of self than we do of others to attain new knowledge and challenge assumptions.
  • We challenge one another to be fully engaged, responsible citizens with ethics, knowledge, skills, and desire to improve self and community.
  • We value learning that encompasses lifelong exploration and discovery through intellectual integrity, personal responsibility, global and self-awareness, grounded in individual student-faculty interactions.
  • We embrace diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice as vital components of educational quality.
  • We are a student-centered community committed to a diverse, caring, inclusive, respectful learning-focused environment that fosters collegial, reflective, and open exchange of ideas.
  • We, as students, create the collegiate experience through initiative, participation, motivation, and continual growth to meet the demands of self and others.
  • We, as faculty, elicit, nurture, and enhance the different voices of ourselves, students and communities through deliberate engagement, continual discovery, and ongoing transformation.
  • We, as staff and administrators, contribute to an inclusive learning environment by demonstrating the knowledge, skills and values that serve and support the University's mission.



  • A master’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited institution.


  • 5 or more years of experience in higher education administration. 
  • Success in working with diverse constituents on complex issues and a high level of cultural awareness, sensitivity, empathy, and discretion. 
  • A passion for the work, an ability to challenge and motivate, be welcoming of a wide variety of perspectives and modes of action and the ability to lead conversations about difficult topics. 
  • A deep commitment to the university’s mission. 
  • Knowledge of research, trends, and best practices as they relate to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, facilitation, and presentation skills to engage key stakeholders in on and off campus initiatives. 



  • Terminal degree or doctorate preferred.
  • Familiarity with the California State University system.
  • Experience gained in a college or university of comparable size and complexity, state or federal government agency is preferred.


About the Institution

California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six-county region of approximately 1.5 million people. The University is fully committed to creating a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which every person in the University community feels safe expressing their views without fear of reprisal. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and 662 faculty members. 94 percent of full-time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors, 16 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, a doctorate in education and serves more than 10,000 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts.


Stanislaus State continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 384 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks Stanislaus State in its top 10 among public universities in the West, while Washington Monthly honored Stanislaus State as the West’s No. 1 university for the money. Stanislaus State also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education.


Learn more about Stanislaus State:


Total Rewards

Stanislaus State offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, participation in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), and educational benefits for eligible employees. A complete summary of benefits can be found at:


Starting Annual Salary $189,904 - $200,000 (Actual compensation paid within the range will be determined by factors such as the education, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.) 


The benefit package will include:


Health and Wellness

  • Medical: employer contribution to CalPERS medical insurance with automatic enrollment into the Tax Advantage Premium Plan with a variety of medical plans to choose from.
  • Dental: Employer paid with the option of two plans through Delta Dental.
  • Vision: Employer paid with automatic enrollment for the employee and dependents through VSP.
  • Flex Cash of $128 monthly upon waiver of medical coverage.



  • Participation in the CalPERS Retirement Plan
  • PEPRA – 2% at 62.
  • Classic (CalPERS member between January 15, 2011 – December 31, 2012) – 2% at 60.
  • Classic (CalPERS member prior to January 15, 2011) – 2% at 55.
  • Additional voluntary retirement savings plans available.


Leave Programs

  • Holidays: fourteen paid holidays each year, thirteen scheduled days, and one floating holiday.
  • Sick leave: eight hours of sick leave per month with no maximum accrual.
  • Vacation: begins with two vacation days (16 hours) per month up to a maximum of 384 hours.
  • Additional paid leave programs such as bereavement leave, catastrophic leave, parental leave, jury duty leave, and organ donor leave.


Additional Benefits

  • Fee Waiver Program: This benefit waives specific fees for up to two courses, or six units, whichever is greater, per term, transferable to an eligible dependent.
  • Voluntary Legal Plan, and accident and critical illness insurance.
  • Voluntary life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance.
  • Flexible benefits plans such as health care reimbursement account, dependent care reimbursement account, pretax parking deduction plan.
  • Empathia Life Matters Employee Assistance Program.


About the Community

California State University, Stanislaus serves a diverse student body of more than 10,000 at two locations in the Central Valley — a beautiful 228-acre campus in Turlock and the Stockton Campus. Widely recognized for its dedicated faculty and high-quality academic programs, the University offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, along with a doctorate in educational leadership.


The University is a proud member of the 23-campus California State University system — the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. CSU campuses emphasize access to quality public higher education and workforce preparation responsive to regional needs.


Our community is more than a collection of bright minds—CSU has attracted people with ambition, dedication, and passion. The CSU Employee Profile tells the story of CSU’s workforce – arraying demographic data and celebrating great achievements from throughout the system.


Living in the Area

The university enjoys an ideal location in the heart of California's Central Valley, which is a short distance from the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey, Big Sur, Yosemite National Park, the Sierra Nevada, and the governmental hub of Sacramento. The California state legislature established Stanislaus State College in 1957 as the fifteenth campus of the California State University (CSU) system. Classes commenced in September 1960 in temporary quarters located at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock. The college moved to its permanent 228-acre site in 1965. Stanislaus State now offers two campuses, one in Turlock and one in Stockton.


To Apply 

For full consideration, please apply by May 29th.


Please apply through the application link and do not email applications:


Applications will be reviewed as they are received and should include a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Ideally cover letters should not exceed two pages. All applications are treated confidentially.


Inquiries, referrals, and nominations are also treated confidentially.


Inquiries and questions: Please send to


Nominations and referrals: Please send the nominees’ name, title, and contact information if available to


Institution’s EEO Statement

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.  The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/17, as a condition of employment.


Applicants requiring the necessary accommodation to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351.  California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD.  As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool. 


CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.