University of Iowa


Iowa City, Iowa

The University of Iowa (UI), a comprehensive research university, seeks a dynamic and creative leader to serve as its Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (AVP-DEI). The AVP-DEI will join the institution at a transformative time. Under the leadership of President Bruce Harreld, the University has included diversity, equity, and inclusion in its most recent strategic plan and is making a significant commitment to shifting the paradigm on our campus from one focused on diversity exclusively to one encompassing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The AVP-DEI will play a key role in setting an ambitious vision and strategy for the institution’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and in working with a range of committed and energized on- and off-campus partners to realize the University’s goals.

Reporting to the Provost and President, the next AVP-DEI will lead campus-wide efforts to develop a vision and strategy that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion at UI. The AVP-DEI will work with other campus leaders, faculty, staff, and students to identify and pursue opportunities to create and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within each division and foster a campus climate in which all community members are respected, valued, and supported.

While not solely accountable for all diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on campus, the AVP-DEI plays a critical role in developing networks across campus that link the significant diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives that are underway at UI.  The AVP-DEI advances diversity, equity, and inclusion issues as key institutional priorities and in coordinating and empowering the work of students, faculty, staff, and colleagues across campus and beyond.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience, terminal degree desirable;

• Demonstrated experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in complex organizations, preferably within higher education or related institutions.

Additional expectations, qualification and experiences for the AVP-DEI can be viewed by accessing  

Please direct inquiries, nominations, and applications to Isaacson, Miller, a national retained executive search firm. All replies will be held in strict confidence. Correspondence and applications, which should include a curriculum vita and a letter of interest, should be submitted electronically to:

Monroe “Bud” Moseley, Partner

Mary E. King, Consultant

Isaacson, Miller  

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preference, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual.