Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President

College Park, Maryland
Feb 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Maryland, College Park seeks nominations and applications for the opportunity to lead the institutional efforts to advance its work on diversity and inclusion. Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Provost with a dotted line reporting relationship to the President, the Chief Diversity Officer/Associate Vice President (CDO/AVP) will work closely with senior leaders, faculty, staff, and external constituencies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion as core institutional values, central to the University’s mission of teaching, research, service, and community engagement.  The CDO/AVP will also work closely with students and student groups to foster dialogue and encourage participation towards a diverse and inclusive campus culture.

The University of Maryland (UMD) is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities with 37,500 students in 12 schools and colleges, 9,000 faculty and staff and a $1.9B annual operating budget, including $500M in external research funding. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, UMD is ranked No. 19 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and No. 16 among public universities by Forbes. The 1,250-acre campus is designated as an arboretum and botanical garden. Its location, eight miles from Washington, D.C. in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. corridor, offers unparalleled proximity to cultural, government and entertainment venues.

UMD is guided by the ambitious vision of its strategic plan Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations that seeks to build on existing momentum and catapult the University to the ranks of the very best universities not only in the U.S., but in the world.  In that plan, UMD recognizes the vital and strategic role that inclusive excellence plays in achieving that outcome. The strategic plan for diversity clearly sets forth the aspiration and the determination to become a model diverse community of learning, exploration and self-examination whose impact will be felt across the state of Maryland and the nation. UMD is committed to creating an educational and work environment that is rich in diversity as well as inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty and staff.

The ideal candidate for the CDO/AVP position will be nationally recognized and steeped in the research and literature of diversity science; will have substantial administrative and program-building experience; and will have demonstrated leadership as an innovator, convener, ambassador, collaborator, partner and catalyst in mobilizing leaders from various institutional and community sectors around diversity and inclusion goals.  Candidates must demonstrate sensitivity to a wide range of disciplines, interests and constituencies represented at the University of Maryland and have proven success in – or aptitude for – external relations, communications and development; and a distinguished record of thought leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion.  Applicants should have a terminal degree in their discipline and at least five years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating diversity programs.  Either faculty or professional appointment is possible depending on candidate qualifications.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  For full consideration, applicant materials should be received by April 14, 2017.  Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae or resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile (available upon request), and the names and contact information of five references.  Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.  Materials should be sent or requests made via e-mail to the Search Committee’s consultants Oliver B. Tomlin III and Jennifer G. Bauer at  The consultants can be reached by phone through the office of Angela Bettis at (301) 654-5070.


The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.