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Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

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Ohio University

Athens, OH

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Job Title

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Applications Accepted From

University Wide, Public: Open to the public

Special Instructions to Applicants

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date for this inaugural role is summer 2018. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by noon on April 12th. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information of five references. This search will be conducted with great respect for confidentiality, and references will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the Ohio University's consultants Charlene Aguilar, Khalilah Lawson, and Christine Pendleton at Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Witt/Kieffer, 2015 Spring Road, Suite 510, Oak Brook, IL 60523. The consultants can be reached by telephone at 630-575-3706.

Please note that this process is subject to the Ohio Public Records Act. Please contact the consultants at Witt/Kieffer for additional information.

This position is eligible for the following benefits:

Level 1 - Medical/Rx, Vision, Dental, Ortho; Winter Break Closure; Holidays Paid; Basic/Supp/Dep Life; Educ. Benefits; Sick Leave; Vacation; Retirement

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Job Description

Ohio University invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. This senior position will serve as the chief diversity officer of the main campus in Athens, Ohio, its five regional campuses, and its three extension campuses. Reporting to President M. Duane Nellis, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will serve as a member of the President's Council and will work with that group to expand and strengthen diversity initiatives and programs to advance the mission of Ohio University.

Established by the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and chartered in 1804, Ohio University is the state's first institution of higher education and one of America's oldest public universities.

Collectively, the full-time, part-time, and continuing education enrollment for Ohio University across all of its campuses is nearly 40,000.

Ohio University is known for its nationally ranked academic programs, its strong commitment to the liberal arts, and the quality of its faculty and their effectiveness in helping students of all backgrounds to achieve their promise. While focusing on providing a unique educational experience for its students, with the leadership of President Nellis, Ohio University is building a new model for a public research university centered on excellence and access.

The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will have an opportunity to create a unique environment for manifesting a commitment to diversity and inclusion; collaborating in the development and execution of university-wide diversity initiatives; and highlighting the value of diversity throughout the University as it relates to underrepresented and marginalized populations.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced diversity leader who has a documented history of developing, advancing, and measuring the impact of diversity programs that serve faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of the culture of the region and be willing to truly engage and invest in the Athens community.

Additional information about Ohio University is available at (please use the apply button below). Recruitment will continue until the position is filled with an anticipated start date of summer 2018 for the candidate of choice. Information about how to nominate someone or to apply for this opportunity can be found in the section titled Special Instructions to Applicants.

The Role of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion:

The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will have responsibility and resources for enhancing the university environment by facilitating a process that will provide a welcoming and supportive community for students, faculty and staff, regardless of personal experiences and world views that arise from differences of perspective, race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, ability, or veteran status. Success will be measured based on the improvement of campus climate as well as the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.


Lead and direct the units and centers that offer diversity and inclusion programs and provide equity services: Office of Multicultural Student Access and Retention (


), Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender (


) Center, Multicultural Programs and Center, and the Women's Center.

Serve as a member of the President's Council that leads the institution and addresses university-wide dimensions.

Advise and collaborate with academic deans and other campus leadership groups regarding the development, communication, and implementation of Ohio University's diversity vision and plan.

Advance a campus climate that respects, values, and supports the academic, social, and personal development of all students, faculty, and staff.

Support OHIO's advisory bodies including the University Diversity and Inclusion Committee (


) as well as Diversity and Inclusion related entities.

Ensure OHIO's active participation in the Interlink Alliance.

Manage the Opportunity Hire Program in conjunction with Human Resources and University colleagues.

Establish and maintain relationships between the university community and underserved populations, leadership groups, and K-12 school systems throughout the state of Ohio and the nation to advance diversity initiatives and access opportunities within higher education.

Work collaboratively with key stakeholders including: Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Global Affairs, Equity and Civil Rights Compliance, Veterans and Military Student Services Center, Student Accessibility Services, and Human Resources.

Ensure a strong relationship with College based diversity efforts including committees, program initiatives and strategic planning processes.

Provide leadership, strategic planning, and thoughtful development of procedures and policies to ensure that institutional processes are in keeping with a goal of equity and access for all, as well as responsive to institutional goals for affirmative action and equal employment opportunities.

Provide leadership in fostering an inclusive, discrimination/harassment-free environment for the campus community.

Actively solicit and manage new funding to support diversity and inclusion initiatives through grants, fundraising and other third-party funding sources.

Provide strategic direction in recruiting, attracting, and retaining diverse students, faculty, and staff.

Collaborate with campus academic departments in developing initiatives to assist with the recruitment and retention of all students.

Collaborate with campus academic departments to support diversification of the curriculum and educational research related to diversity and inclusion.

Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership:

The new Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will be asked to address the following critical leadership issues, among others:

Centralize diversity and inclusion efforts: During his inaugural address, President Nellis announced the decision to elevate the Chief Diversity position at Ohio University from Vice Provost to the Vice President level. While this will be the university's first Vice

President for Diversity and Inclusion,


has a history of implementing diversity efforts on its campuses, which have yielded very valuable ideas and positive steps. The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will work collaboratively to build on, modify, and/or create the structures needed to accomplish efforts to advance diversity and inclusive excellence.

Develop a vision and sustainable infrastructure for diversity and inclusion at


: While there are many programs, initiatives, and efforts happening across the campus which are focused on diversity and inclusion, there does not yet exist a unified vision for diversity and inclusion at the university. The new Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will work with the multiple constituencies and stakeholders to build relationships, share resources, and help create a clear, unified vision to move the needle and take diversity and inclusion to the next level at


with an eye towards the future.

Use data for decision-making around diversity and inclusion efforts and to create a culture of accountability: The Vice President will be expected to collect and analyze data to understand climate at the university and use this data to support informed and collaborative decision-making and implement interventions based on best practice. The Vice President will also be charged with creating, developing, and implementing a university-wide comprehensive diversity plan consistent with OHIO's Strategic Pathways ((please use the apply button below)). It is also expected that there will be consistent reporting of data and of diversity efforts to not only hold the Office of Diversity and Inclusion accountable, but also hold other leaders across the university accountable.

Develop diversity training and programs: The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will work to design, develop, and deliver training and professional development programs that support faculty, staff, and students. Key areas for training and programming include supporting conversations around diversity issues in the classroom; recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students; and curricular reform, among others.

Serve as a leader on campus, in the media, and throughout Southeastern Ohio: In addition to having a strong, visible presence on campus, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion must be willing to serve as the public face of the campus on matters of diversity and inclusion and have the skill to collaborate with the office of University Communications and Marketing to provide expert consultation for the president in responding to media issues.

Additionally, it is expected that the Vice President have a high level of involvement and visibility in the Athens community and in Southeast Ohio.

Minimum Qualifications

A proven track record in advancing diversity and leading with integrity and honesty.

Preferred Qualifications

Extensive experience in the field of diversity and equity in higher education and a demonstrated ability to mobilize that expertise into highly effective practical applications and outcomes

Visionary leadership with an entrepreneurial approach to program development and establishing dynamic relationships with students, faculty, university staff, corporations, government officials, foundations, and community leaders

Experience and understanding of the structure, history and dynamics of higher education and the complex resultant challenges

Results oriented with an in-depth understanding of organizational change and transformational leadership

Extensive experience in monitoring compliance with federal and state compliance regulations and legislation as well as institutional policies that promote equal opportunity and affirmative action

Demonstrated experience in investigating and resolving grievances related to discrimination, including harassment

Proven experience in meeting the specific needs of populations that are chronically underrepresented in higher education

Exceptional communication skills and facility in understanding a wide variety of constituent groups for building consensus and support for innovative solutions

Terminal degree (preferred) with the option to pursue tenure after appointment.

Demonstrated budgetary management ability and a record of grant-writing success

Proven results in fostering an inclusive, diverse environment

Demonstrated record of effective community service and promotion of social justice initiatives


Diversity and Inclusion

Pay Rate

Commensurate with education and experience

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Posting Close Date


Job Category

Administrative - Exempt-Salaried



Planning Unit

Office of the President

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Expected duration of assignment


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Charlene Aguilar, Khalilah Lawson, and Christine Pendleton at

Diversity Statement

Ohio University is committed to creating a respectful and inclusive educational and workplace environment. Ohio University is an equal access/equal opportunity and affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to building and maintaining a diverse workforce. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Ohio University is a member of the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium. (please use the apply button below)

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AEP Ohio has recognized Ohio University for its commitment to energy efficiency, the environment and taking part in AEP Ohio’s savings incentives programs for businesses in 2015. The University worked closely with AEP Ohio energy outreach advisors to maximize savings through energy efficient facility and equipment upgrades and new construction projects throughout the year. As a result of the University’s leadership and participation in the AEP Ohio Business Incentives Program, OHIO will avoid the usage of 531,064 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity and emissions of 399.63 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, according to a certificate presented to Ohio University by AEP Ohio. This energy savings is equivalent to getting 84.32 cars off the road per year; the annual CO2 generation of 36.37 single-family homes; or the CO2 absorbed by 10,230.53 tree seedlings grown for 10 years. The University pays $.065 per (kWh) for its electricity, so the reduction of 531,064 kWh results in a savings of $35,000 per year. According to Claire Naisby, building systems integration manager, energy efficiency upgrades on existing buildings and new construction projects help contribute to Ohio University’s Sustainability Plan. The Sustainability Plan, which was adopted in 2012, outlines the University’s sustainability-focused priorities including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing energy intensity. Campus building systems involved in energy efficiency upgrade projects include heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, controls, and lighting. Upgrading these systems in existing and new buildings generates more efficient usage, which results in energy savings. In addition to equipment upgrades, lighting upgrades help the University save energy and money as well. Naisby explained that OHIO receives a small rebate on the purchase of energy as a result of upgrading to LED lighting. “Not only do the upgrades help the University with saving energy, they help qualify OHIO for rebates,” Naisby said. She likened the energy rebates to an energy efficiency revolving fund, explaining that the rebates OHIO receives for completing energy efficiency upgrades help to fund additional projects of the same kind. Facilities Management will soon complete implementation of EnergyCAP, an online software that is used for tracking, managing, processing, reporting, benchmarking, and analyzing utility bills as well as energy and sustainability information. “This software will allow us to better manage and measure energy efficiency projects on campus, which will in turn increase further savings,” said Naisby. Additionally, the University’s new building management systems have begun to help the University save money. These systems enable facilities management to program summer or nighttime setbacks, so that buildings are not cooled as much during evening times when they are not occupied to manage buildings more efficiently and effectively. “We are always looking for ways to save the University energy and money. Energy efficiency and management is one of the most cost-effective way for OHIO to be a leader in sustainability,” said Steve Wood, associate vice president for facilities management and safety.

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