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Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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The University of Iowa (UI), a comprehensive research university, seeks an Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (AVP-DEI) to lead the implementation of a 21st century vision for excellence through diversity, equity, and Inclusion at the University. Reporting to the Provost and serving as a member of the President’s cabinet, the AVP-DEI will be responsible for stewarding the campus-wide paradigm shift from narrowly defined compositional diversity to a holistic vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and operationalizing the University’s 2019-2021 Excellence through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan, a cohesive strategy to integrate and advance this critical work structurally across The University of Iowa.

Position Overview: The AVP-DEI will oversee the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI); drive progress in achieving DEI strategic goals; and serve as the connective tissue between academic unit heads and faculty, students, staff, and the greater community to advance these goals. The ideal candidate will have a track record in leading through influence and collaboration and demonstrate a commitment to social justice and equity. In addition, they will have a passion for and experience in managing a diverse portfolio of DEI initiatives in a highly complex, decentralized institution.

Key areas of responsibility include (but are not limited to):

  • Manage the Center for Diversity and Enrichment; Diversity Resources; and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
  • Oversee, coordinate, and collaborate with campus leaders on the development of the University DEI Action Plan that will also inform the University’s Strategic Plan 2021-2026.
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to administrative and academic units to help to ensure a culture of equity and inclusion, paying special attention to systematic inequity and its implications in research, service, teaching, recruitment, persistence, and retention.
  • Partner with both academic and administrative units across the campus to further integrate DEI into numerous facets of campus life and strengthen a campus-wide DEI infrastructure in relationship to diversity leaders and councils in the colleges and divisions to enhance the coordination of efforts to advance DEI throughout the institution.
  • Help identify policies and practices that support the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

*For a full position description, including institutional and location information, please email the contact listed or visit: http://www.imsearch.com/7492  or https://provost.uiowa.edu/active-jobs-psmerit-org-02-or-35


Education and Experience Required

  • An advanced degree, Ph.D., M.A., M.F.A.
  • Demonstrated success leading transformational change initiatives in a collaborative environment; Successful record of experience in administrative leadership working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, staff, students, board, and other stakeholders to advance diversity and inclusion initiatives in all aspects of campus life.

Competencies Required

Demonstrates an Expert/Leader proficiency level in:

  • Familiarity with, or engagement in, scholarly activities, such as research, publishing, and assessment, and significant knowledge of issues of how equity and inclusion impact the faculty life cycle
  • Excellent interpersonal and public communication skills, including effective messaging to multiple and diverse audiences through multiple media formats (including oral presentation, written communication, digital communications, etc.); ability to present, write about, and discuss controversial topics and conflict in a way that results in productive discussion and meaningful outcomes
  • Strong track record in effectively developing and managing budgets, as well as experience soliciting and securing external funding to advance strategic initiatives;
  • Ability to be a collaborator and a convener, to work judiciously and diplomatically, with the capacity to build bridges and consensus
  • Strong track record of recruiting talent and effectively managing teams of both direct reports and ad hoc working groups
  • Effective data analysis, problem solving, and reporting skills; expertise in identifying, collecting and analyzing data necessary to assess institutional priorities and develop key strategies.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Effective data analysis, problem solving, and reporting skills; expertise in identifying, collecting and analyzing data necessary to develop and assess progress toward achieving institutional priorities and develop key strategies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state EEO and civil rights laws/regulations/guidelines (e.g., Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, Section 503/504 of the Rehabilitation Act, VEVRAA, EEO/affirmative action) as they apply to higher educational institutions and knowledge of how these laws interact with up-to-date concerns of marginalized groups.
  • Intellectual depth and breadth that will command respect and establish credibility in all areas of an academic setting.

Application Details

Please direct all applications (including a letter of interest and curriculum vitae), nominations, and inquiries electronically to:


Donna Cramer, Principal

Andarla Hodge, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Additional Posting Information

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal and credential background checks. At least (5) professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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