Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The University of Virginia (UVA) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (VPDEI). As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the VPDEI will advance the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion by improving our institutional climate, culture, and capacity to attract, retain, and leverage the diversity in our community. Forging a shared sense of responsibility among faculty, staff, and students will be an essential element in realizing this larger goal. The VPDEI will report directly to the president, and be the primary architect devising and executing the University’s strategy for inclusive excellence as the institution’s Chief Diversity Officer.


Reporting to the President, and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will provide executive level leadership on inclusion, equity, and diversity efforts at the University. In addition to advising the President, the VPDEI will work closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, students, community members, and other external stakeholders to develop and execute strategies that advance the University of Virginia’s inclusive excellence. The VPDEI is responsible for directing the Office of Equity & Inclusion, which includes shepherding institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and supervising the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights.


The successful candidate possesses a demonstrated record of creative, inspiring, and accomplished leadership in complex environments with the highest level of commitment to advancing the organization’s inclusive excellence goals. In addition, he/she will have a professional record that includes:

  • Experience leading institutional initiatives, building programs, and promoting diversity in a complex, decentralized environment.
  • Successful track record in strengthening diversity and inclusion through proactive recruitment, training, and inspirational change management.
  • Experience administering legal and regulatory frameworks, including Affirmative Action, Title VI, Title IX, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), relevant case law, knowledge of Title VII, etc.
  • Demonstrated success in the areas of strategic planning, assessment, evidence-based decision-making, talent development, and budget management.
  • A supervisory record that demonstrates strengths in coaching and mentoring, managing project development teams, and improving productivity.
  • Nationally recognized body of research in the field of diversity and inclusion. Advanced degree required; terminal degree strongly preferred. Either a faculty or professional appointment is possible depending on qualifications.
  • Expertise in the science of diversity and diversity management as it relates to societally significant differences including, but not limited to, race and ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual-orientation, age, religion, disability, socio-economic status, political affiliation, country of origin, and immigration status.
  • Experience building consensus and fostering collaboration among members of a large organization and/or university to engage in collective action.


To Apply or Nominate: To view the full position description and to learn more about this opportunity, please visit Applications should include a resume and letter of interest. The search will be carried out with full confidentiality; candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

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The search is led by Nalini Turner, Managing Director – Washington, D.C. and Susan Gaines, Senior Search Consultant of the University of Virginia Executive Search Group.

For more information or to nominate a candidate, or express interest in the role, please contact Susan Gaines at


The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.