Austin Peay State University is a comprehensive university committed to raising the educational attainment of the citizenry, developing programs and services that address regional needs, and providing collaborative opportunities that connect university expertise with private and public resources. Collectively, these endeavors contribute significantly to the intellectual, economic, social, physical, and cultural development of the region. APSU prepares students to be engaged and productive citizens, while recognizing that society and the marketplace require global awareness and continuous learning.
APSU’s vision is to create a collaborative, integrative learning community, instilling in students habits of critical inquiry as they gain knowledge, skills and values for life and work in a global society. Austin Peay’s five core values, which set the tone for how the University works, are quality, innovation, collaboration, community and globalization.
Austin Peay State University is a vibrant, growing university, located on a beautiful campus close to downtown Clarksville and the Cumberland River. Clarksville, Tennessee, is the state’s fifth largest and youngest city. Austin Peay is a four-year public, master’s level university, which began offering its first doctoral degree fall 2018. Austin Peay’s strategic plan focuses on five goals that will guide the University through the next 10 years. The five goals are growing enrollment, building student success, sustaining University growth, expanding diversity and enhancing communication.
For more information about Austin Peay State University visit: https://www.apsu.edu/
Austin Peay State University (APSU) is seeking an experienced professional to lead the university’s diversity efforts. The Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator will report to the President and will be responsible to foster a positive, inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. This leader will oversee programming related to diversity in all areas of the university community, will facilitate a positive and supportive communication environment, and strive to be a credible and trusted resource for all members of the community.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator will work closely with the University Diversity Committee and will lead University-wide efforts to develop an implementation plan to advance access, diversity, equity, and inclusion as outlined in the University’s strategic plan, Leading with Excellence. In addition, this leader will oversee the Office of Equal Opportunity, which assists the University in achieving a diverse workforce and handles harassment and discrimination investigations.
Required Minimum Qualifications
The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker and leader who will build relationships with a broad constituency of University stakeholders. In addition, candidates should have a track record of success in diversity or Title IX work.
- Graduate level preparation (MA, MS, MD, JD, PhD, or other degree) with five or more years of experience in developing and implementing diversity programs, leading diversity activities in higher education, and experience with or deep understanding of Title IX requirements.
- Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
- Diplomatic communicator with emotional intelligence and the ability to positively represent the University with a broad group of internal and external stakeholders.
- A track record of leadership in advancing access, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Experience choosing, scheduling, promoting and evaluating diversity programming in a complex organizational environment.
- Proactive problem solver who can recognize, anticipate and address barriers and challenges to access, diversity, equity and inclusion.
- A background check will be required of the successful candidate.
Austin Peay State University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ethnic or national origin, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation/gender identity, religion, age, disability status, genetic information, and/or veteran status in its programs and activities. Inquiries or complaints regarding the non-discrimination policies, should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at Nondiscrimination@apsu.edu.
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