The Vice President for Inclusive Excellence reports to the President and is a member of the senior leadership team. The Vice President for Inclusive Excellence is VCU's chief diversity officer providing institutional leadership in the planning, promotion and advancement of a campus culture reflecting and embodying its deeply held values for equity, diversity and inclusiveness. The Vice President will have the opportunity to:
provide strategic and collaborative senior leadership that more completely and intentionally infuses and integrates VCU's commitment to inclusive excellence;
build on momentum and create new initiatives to activate institutional assets, including considerable faculty and student talents;
work with a deeply committed President, Provost, and Vice President for Health Sciences in the implementation, execution, support, and monitoring of the strategic plan for diversity and inclusion. She or he will advise the President and these senior leaders on all significant matters related to diversity, inclusion, and equity;
lead a division that supports VCU's diversity, equity and inclusion programs and services, including education, professional development, communication, and related campus engagement and coordination; and
develop best practices, policies, programs, and services at the institutional level that support the Division's efforts.
Plans, coordinates, engages, initiates and collaborates across the University with respect to equity and diversity issues and initiatives, and proactively promotes and ensures the collective accountability of University administrative and academic structures, operations, and systems in their support and fostering of student, faculty, and staff inclusion, diversity and equity.
Provides leadership and oversight for ongoing and regular development, updating, implementation and monitoring of VCU's 5-year Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. Coordinates the development of an annual report on the state of the 5-year diversity plan and all other internal and/or external initiatives sponsored by VCU to foster diversity and inclusion.
Collaborates on efforts to develop and execute a plan that enhances the effective recruitment and retention of an inclusive, excellent and diverse faculty and staff; including efforts that acknowledge, recognize and support the development of members of the university community who undertake this important work.
Collaborates on efforts to coordinate and build institutional access and capacity to provide high quality/effective education and professional development opportunities supporting inclusive excellence for faculty, staff, and students, and foster activities that provide and support cultural, social and intellectual diversity.
Creates and executes a multifaceted communication plan that promotes the mission of the Division and provides current and relevant information on institutional resources, data, and other information, to faculty, staff, and students.
Receives and advises on necessary and useful relevant institutional data and their reporting, in order to ensure the appropriate measurement of progress of diversity functions, services, and initiatives.
Provides leadership to promote, advocate, and assess the environment and climate at VCU, continuously, for demonstrated outcomes of a community that values diversity and inclusion, respect, civility and appreciation of culture, race, ethnicity, gender equality and difference, using metrics appropriate for measuring climate change.
Supports VCU's advisory bodies (e.g., the Council for Inclusive Excellence and Equity, the Inclusive Learning Council and the President's Action Group on Diversity and Inclusion) in their work to propose, implement, monitor and review programmatic initiatives, policies and practices that affect the University's ability to be inclusive, provide equal opportunity and treatment to faculty, staff, and students, and to provide a supportive, non-hostile environment.
Works collaboratively with university leaders and administrative units including Deans, Directors, Unit Heads, Human Resources, Student Disability Support Services, Multicultural Student Affairs, and other related offices/personnel in an effort to ensure cohesiveness of related functions and in the delivery of service excellence. https://students.vcu.edu/dss/, http://www.omsa.vcu.edu/, http://www.hr.vcu.edu/
Collaboratively fosters activities that provide and support cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.
Works collaboratively with the Offices of Human Resources and Equity and Access to ensure all underrepresented groups are included proportionately in candidate pools and on search committees. Equity.vcu.edu
Coordinates with VCU's Equity and Access Services to support compliance with applicable federal/state laws, policies, and procedures (e.g. Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, etc.). Equity.vcu.edu
Advanced degree or training and work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as an administrator at VCU
Seven or more years increasingly responsible experience in university, public agency, or business organization, including responsibility for the supervision of others;
Significant experience in developing and designing strategic plans, programs to address issues of culture, inclusion, diversity and/or equity and guiding the implementation of such plans and monitoring and assessing their effectiveness
Demonstrated ability to manage a high volume of work by balancing competing priorities and deadlines;
Ability to coordinate sensitive projects and timely information, evaluate options, and make recommendations concerning issues impacting the university;
Extremely strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with board members, senior state officials, and other internal and external stakeholders;
Strong organizational, analytical, and time management and report writing skills;
Ability to think strategically; plan and implement policies and procedures; and apply rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing;
Ability to handle information with utmost confidentiality and to appropriately represent a major university;
Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment in a variety of situations;
Ability to exercise professional discretion in the conduct of official duties and in the handling of communications in and for the Division and the University; and
Deep knowledge of higher education operations and governance issues in Virginia or other public environment;
Higher education leadership experience
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: www.vcujobs.comVirginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.
One of the nation's top research universities, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students on two Richmond campuses the Monroe Park Campus and MCV Campus. Situated in the heart of Richmond, the capital of Virginia since 1779, Virginia Commonwealth University serves an integral role in the economic health of the city educating the current and future workforce, reaching out to the community, advancing research and enhancing patient care.