Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity

Providence, Rhode Island
Jun 02, 2017
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Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity

Brown University

Provdience, Rhode Island


Brown University seeks a strategic and collaborative leader to serve as the Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity (VPIED). The VPIED is responsible for oversight and coordination of the University’s effort to create a diverse and inclusive campus in which all of its community members—students, faculty, and staff—are treated with respect, and provided with equal access to the full array of employment and educational resources the University provides.

The VPIED will join Brown at an important time for our community. Brown’s strategic plan, Building on Distinction, includes an institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. The detailed vision and plan for realizing this commitment is articulated in Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University (2016). The VPIED will help lead our evolving efforts to pursue the concrete, achievable goals put forward in Pathways to make Brown a more fully diverse and inclusive community.


The VPIED is responsible for leading all aspects of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, which will be renamed the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED). The VPIED will oversee an office and collaborate with campus partners to achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide leadership, coordination and strategic direction for Brown’s numerous academic, co-curricular, and professional development programs and initiatives that, collectively, build and sustain the diverse and inclusive environment that is essential to the University’s mission. The VPIED will be the University’s senior leader in the area of diversity and inclusion, providing strategic direction, coordination and expert guidance to fellow vice presidents and deans and their staff members responsible for the implementation of programs and priorities in pursuit of the goals set forth in the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. With the support of an immediate office currently comprised of six full-time positions that is anticipated to expand to nine, the VPIED will be a critically important thought leader with University-wide purview and authority.



  • Coordinate educational and training efforts on equity, diversity and inclusion across campus to ensure that all members are educated about the community standards and understandings that characterize Brown; understand their responsibilities with respect to discrimination, harassment and sexual and gender-based assault; and know how to access resources related to equity, diversity and inclusion. This includes supporting and advising academic and non-academic units across campus on the conduct of searches and the development of professional development programs that promote the University’s diversity efforts.
  • Monitor, measure and report on progress on University initiatives related to equity, diversity and inclusion, including the 2015 Sexual Assault Task Force Report and the 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan. Oversee diversity-related reporting for the university to a variety of constituents, including to alumni and external agencies.



  • Oversee Brown’s full compliance with all federal and state laws related to equity, including those that protect equal opportunity in employment and access to educational resources, and prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics. Oversees a compliance staff responsible for the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action efforts (e.g., Affirmative Action Plan for Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans and Affirmative Action Plan for Women and Minorities). The University’s Office of Title IX and Gender Equity, which handles compliance with Title IX, VAWA and the Clery Act, is a sub-unit of the OIED, and the Title IX Program Officer reports to the VPIED.
  • Oversee the investigation and resolution of complaints related to equity, including complaints made by students, faculty and staff about discrimination or harassment based on the legally-protected characteristics noted above as well as concerns and complaints by faculty or staff alleging disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). Supervise the work of the Title IX Program Officer in the resolution of complaints of sexual and gender-based assault or violence that are handled by the Office of Title IX and Gender Equity. Work with collaborative partners across the institution to help them address pattern data as it emerges.

In addition, the VPIED will be a strategic and inspiring leader who oversees the development of University-wide policies and programs related to equity diversity, inclusion. The VPIED will:

  • Chair a newly-formed Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council that will be comprised of Brown administrators who work on diversity issues, including representatives from all major academic and non-academic offices, in order to align policies and programs on diversity and inclusion.
  • Serve as the key administrative contact for the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Board, a body comprised of students, faculty and staff.
  • Staff the Diversity Advisory Council, comprised of Brown University alumni.
  • Represent the University administration on issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion at meetings of the Brown University Corporation.
  • Serve on the President’s Cabinet and Executive Committee.

The VPIED will report to the President, with day-to-day reporting to the EVP for Policy and Planning.


  • Significant leadership experience in a similar or related position, ideally in a college or university setting.
  • The ability to work with high integrity on complex and sensitive issues.
  • Subject matter expertise in federal and state laws and regulations related to equity, including Title VI, Title VII and Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Acts; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Knowledge of best practices in education and training in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion in an academic setting.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and interact effectively with multiple campus partners, including faculty, students and staff, from diverse experiences and perspectives.
  • Outstanding management, planning and analytic skills.
  • The ability to mentor, develop and support the staff members who work in OIED.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

The candidate must have a B.A. and an advanced degree, ideally a Ph.D or a J.D., and at least 8 years of relevant work experience.

Applicants are required to use the Brown Career Site to apply for the position and to submit their resume, cover letter and any related documents.  Please check the status of your application through the account you create when you apply.

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Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, gender identity, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.