Central Michigan University
The Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer (VP and
) leads the institutional efforts to create opportunities and implement strategies to define, promote and evaluate institutional diversity, inclusion and cultural competency. This position reports to the President and is a member of the executive cabinet. The VP and
will serve as the senior administrator responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan for furthering diversity across the campus and by leading efforts to create a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners. In addition, the VP and
provides strategic leadership and management in policy development for the operation of programs, training, and engagement in order to achieve institutional diversity and cultural competency goals.
Master’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
At least five years of increasing responsible leadership experience, which includes instruction and/or responsibility for activities related to diversity and inclusion.
Demonstrated experience in strategic planning.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion that includes working with individuals from diverse communities, specifically with historically disadvantaged communities.
Ability to build strong positive relationships with others in an environment committed to shared governance.
Demonstrated experience with grant writing, reporting, and program assessment.
Demonstrated experience developing and providing diversity and inclusion curricular and co-curricular programming and services, including workshops and/or trainings.
Demonstrated experience creating and implementing communication strategies to support diversity education, advocacy and engagement strategies.
Demonstrated budget and financial planning experience.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Teaching experience in higher education.
History of obtaining external or internal financial support.
Demonstrated experience in a collective bargaining environment.
Demonstrated experience as an executive-level diversity strategist.
Experience developing and implementing a strategic plan with established metrics to measure the plan’s effectiveness.
Duties & Responsibilities
Provides counsel to the president and senior leadership on creating opportunities and implementing strategies to define, promote and evaluate diversity, inclusion and cultural competency.
Plans, executes and coordinates strong visible leadership for promoting an Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Institutional Strategic Plan.
Develops and communicates metrics of the effectiveness of the Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Institutional Strategic plan to senior leaders and the campus community.
Initiates and champions diversity and inclusion efforts related to curricular and co-curricular programs.
Oversees the development and implementation of education and programming that aids in the functioning and/or meets the goals of the Office of Diversity Education.
Provides leadership and education to promote a climate conducive to the expansion of diversity, inclusion and cultural competency.
Researches agendas that include topics directly related to diversity, inclusion and cultural competency.
Represents the Office of Institutional Diversity on university-wide and community committees.
Develops and monitors a budget related to the Office of Institutional Diversity.
Creates mechanisms to ensure input, participation and support of directly affected groups.
Collaborates with administrative, academic and student leaders to prioritize, implement and promote diversity projects.
Generates report to senior management regarding the status of diversity projects.
Schedules and holds regular information gathering, problem solving and updating meetings with key constituents.
Develops partnership with constituents outside of
to assist in strengthening diversity, inclusion and cultural competency within the community.
Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. The Leadership Standards define how we lead and treat others in our teams. As leaders, it is our responsibility to seek input from our teams to continuously improve leadership abilities and demonstration of the standards. Additionally, it is our responsibility to encourage and support the growth and development of those whom we lead. At
, we encourage employees to grow both personally and professionally, and thus advance CMU’s culture of excellence.
Message to Applicants
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 29, 2018. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae or resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the posting, as well as the names and contact information of five references. These materials should be sent via e-mail to the Search Committee’s consultants Jennifer Bauer and Oliver Tomlin at CMUCDO@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by phone through the office of Angela Bettis at 301-654-5070.
Staff Pay Level
Position End Date
Weekly Work Schedule
Typically Mon-Fri 8-5; evenings and weekends as necessary
Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department
Founded 125 years ago, Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide.
offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online
and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders, are nationally ranked.
Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences.
The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.
Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.
With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field,
is a member of the
Division I Mid-American Conference.
Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling.
Central is located in a quaint, tight-knit community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Our community offers a robust mix of outdoor opportunities, family attractions. and restaurants and brew pubs. Mount Pleasant’s small-town life is complemented by cultural activities on campus, including concerts, plays and guest speakers. Mount Pleasant is an hour or two from most Michigan destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor, as well as the state’s sunset beaches, golf and ski resorts, and our famous “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.
, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community.
does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity/gender expression, genetic information, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight (see http://www.cmich.edu/ocrie
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