The newly created Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion position will report to the President and will serve as a key member of the President’s cabinet to develop, implement and assess initiatives and programs that will provide focus and accountability for equity, inclusion and diversity across UCF. The position will provide vision and leadership to facilitate an integrated approach and shared responsibilities that will advance a culture of inclusive excellence across the institution.
The Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be responsible for collaborating across the institution to:
remove structural barriers to access and success for students, staff and faculty;
promote and implement evidence-based practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion;
partner with faculty and staff to diversify curricular and co-curricular delivery;
promote educational and organizational responses to bias incidents;
assess and improve campus climate; and
engage student activism through a framework of dialogue, discourse and civic engagement.
The position will organize institutional accountability for advancing and measuring the success and sustainability of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, projects, initiatives, offices and activities with attention to measurable outcomes and impact. Using a data-driven approach, the Vice President will be responsible for evaluating the institution’s infrastructure, capacity and operational activities for diversity, equity, and inclusion to work toward the optimal balance of centralized and decentralized efforts.
The Vice President will also be responsible for leading the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). The office strives to make diversity and inclusion visible with critical elements that permeate the life and values of the UCF community. ODI offers education, training and support services to build an inclusive culture for all students, faculty and staff. The ODI Workshop program engages thousands annually. The office also provides professional development programs to engage under-represented faculty, staff and students.
In January of 2019, UCF was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. UCF can now compete for federal funding to improve the educational programs for Hispanic and low-income students. To become a qualifying institution, Hispanic enrollment must be at least 25 percent of full-time-equivalent undergraduate students. The Vice President will be responsible for providing leadership to initiatives that will strengthen institutional capacity and provide educational opportunities for Latino and low-income students.
The Vice President must partner effectively and build working relationships with people across the institution, including students, staff, faculty, senior administrators and the surrounding community. This role will be critical to advancing the President’s goal of becoming an example for how a community fully commits to inclusive excellence in addition to building a culture of trust, engagement and accountability.
The Vice President will be asked to chair and serve on institutional committees in addition to identifying best practices for policies and procedures that promote inclusive excellence across all functional areas of the institution. In addition to the ability to lead internally, the Vice President will facilitate conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion on the state, national and possibly international level.
The Vice President must have extensive skills in facilitating difficult dialogues that enable civic engagement and development, the ability to promote and advance strategic planning and facilitate implementation, as well as experience in institutional change management.
The successful candidate should be prepared to demonstrate the following qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field; master’s or terminal degree is preferred; and
At least 10 years of demonstrated progressive leadership in developing and implementing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and programs in an academic setting.
Demonstrated understanding of the opportunities and challenges surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion work within higher education;
Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, assess and cultivate inclusive excellence as a campus value;
Demonstrated understanding of the lived experiences of the various diverse student, faculty and staff populations within a major metropolitan university setting;
Experience facilitating inclusive enterprise-wide strategic planning and communications around equity, inclusion and diversity;
Deep knowledge of the historical and social context of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, including the language/terms that have evolved and the complexities of the intersection of these communities as evidenced by a demonstrated ability to translate that knowledge into practical applications;
Commitment to high standards of ethical conduct, transparency and accountability within a large institution;
Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions across a large, complex organization;
Success implementing change across an organization that has a diverse set of stakeholders, including institution- and state-level governing boards;
Success building effective teams, developing and retaining talented staff and leading a diverse organization;
Experience working within a system of shared governance that encourages participation in the decision-making process and administrative accountability;
Ability to formulate and articulate sound policies and identify, resolve and consult on a wide range of administrative issues with a clear sense of institutional needs and priorities; and
Experience working with external entities to identify mutually beneficial partnerships that will advance the University’s focus on inclusive excellence.
The successful candidates should possess the following qualities and characteristics:
Proven commitment to transparency, integrity and demonstrated values that align with those of UCF;
Demonstrated ability to foster a community with a culture of inclusiveness that holds all of its members accountable for creating, supporting and championing diversity and the expansion of opportunity and a commitment to equity;
Inclusive, collaborative and transparent approach to decision-making that engenders trust;
Desire to listen to stakeholders and understand the mission, vision, values and history of UCF;
Successful record of enabling and encouraging innovation;
Proven ability to ask challenging questions followed by effective decision-making and action;
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills; and
Ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
Additional Application Materials Requirements:
A resume or CV with an accompanying cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the position specification may be submitted directly via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
UCF has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; complete applications received by Monday, April 12, 2021, will be assured priority consideration.
As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.
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About University of Central Florida
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