Chief Diversity Officer

Syracuse University, a private, international research university, invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief Diversity Officer.

Founded in 1870, Syracuse University is a private, co-educational research institution with a proud tradition of providing an environment in which students from diverse backgrounds come together. Over 21,000 students are enrolled in nationally ranked undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the university’s 13 schools and colleges. The university has approximately 1,700 full- and part-time tenured or tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty.

Reporting to Chancellor Kent Syverud, the Chief Diversity Officer will serve on the Chancellor's Executive team and provide executive leadership, oversight, and vision in the administration of a range of services, programs, policies, and procedures for faculty, staff, students and administrators related to advancing the institution’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The University seeks an experienced diversity leader who will accentuate Syracuse University’s commitment to access, opportunity, and inclusion on the basis that the university aspires to provide an education informed by multiple points of view, life experiences, ability, ethnicities, cultures, and belief systems, and undergirded by a shared commitment to excellence. The Chief Diversity Officer will be expected to develop a clear vision of diversity and inclusion for the campus that addresses intersectionalities; create a sustainable infrastructure around current diversity and inclusion initiatives; develop and implement a university-wide strategic plan for diversity and inclusion; and establish a system of accountability using data and reporting.

Candidates should have a minimum of five years of experience as a senior-level leader in a higher education institution or equivalent field. Candidates should possess a demonstrated track record of successfully engaging with communities surrounding issues of diversity and inclusion. Experience managing financial and human resources is highly desired. Candidates who have scholarly credentials that would merit a faculty appointment in one of the university's schools or colleges will be at marked advantage.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by no later than February 15, 2019. Candidates should submit, as three separate documents a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile found at, and the names and contact information of five references. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to Syracuse University's consultants Charlene Aguilar and Christine J. Pendleton at The consultants can be reached by telephone through the desk of Candice Jones at 630-575-6929.

Syracuse University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.