Chief Diversity Officer

Medford/Somerville, MA
Mar 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Tufts University seeks a creative, strategic and results-oriented leader to assume the recently vacated position of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). The ideal candidate for this position will have a broad vision for the role of diversity in achieving institutional excellence as well as a strong track record in managing change and building and supporting initiatives that promote diversity, equity, access and inclusion. With the strong support of the University's senior leadership, the CDO will serve as a catalyst to leverage best practices and resources across Tufts' campuses, schools and colleges to promote a culture of inclusion at the University.

The CDO will preferably possess an advanced degree (ideally, an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree); a track record of, and a deep commitment to, developing effective diversity and inclusion initiatives for students, faculty, and staff; excellent interpersonal and communications skills and abilities to inspire and influence others. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate cultural awareness and agility, exercise emotional intelligence, build trust and credibility, and the ability to collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders.

Reporting Relationships

The CDO reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President (Provost) with a dotted reporting line to the Executive Vice President. Additionally, the CDO advises and works closely with the President on a number of campus initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion including the campus-wide Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council.

Tufts University seeks an innovative and strategic thinker with a broad vision for the role of diversity in achieving institutional excellence. The CDO will preferably possess an advanced degree (ideally, an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree) and a strong academic sensibility; it would be desirable to have an accomplished record of teaching and scholarship that might warrant an academic appointment. The successful candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of theory and practice with regard to organizational diversity and inclusion, human development, training and change management; knowledge of the academy; an excellent track record in managing change, and proven experience as an organizational leader and program builder, particularly around initiatives that promote diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and dialogue around social justice. The successful candidate will demonstrate cultural flexibility, be comfortable building relationships of trust with the various communities and constituencies that comprise the University, and be astute at navigating a complex landscape.

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Submission Review Procedure for Candidacy

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 April 21, 2017. 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. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval from candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via While all application materials should be submitted via Interfolio, questions regarding the position can be directed to Tufts University's consultants electronically at