AVP of Inclusive Excellence & Chief Diversity Officer

Seaside, California
Feb 19, 2018
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Associate Vice President of Inclusive Excellence & Chief Diversity Officer

(Administrative IV)


Priority Screening Date: March 19, 2018

Apply Today!  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Office of Inclusive Excellence advances excellence at CSUMB through inclusion and equity.  It promotes diversity in all of its identities and ideas as an asset that enhances student learning and employee effectiveness.  The Office of Inclusive Excellence focuses on promoting a campus environment where all students, faculty and staff feel a sense of belonging, are able to fully engage in campus life, and are able to achieve their academic or professional goals.


Reporting to the President, the Associate Vice President of Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) provides strategic, transformational leadership in building an equity-minded, student-ready, inclusive institution that welcomes and supports diverse students, staff, and faculty, whereby diversity is inclusive of a broad range of identities and their intersections, i.e., gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, etc. The position reports to the President, is a member of the President’s Cabinet and co-chairs the President’s Committee on Equity & Inclusion. The position advances an equity, social justice and inclusive excellence mindset in all college-wide initiatives, including strategic planning, budgeting, and resource allocation.

In support of the University’s senior leadership, the CDO provides thought leadership in identifying pedagogical strategies for leveraging the diversity of our student body as an educational asset and to advance a culture of equity and inclusion; supporting equity and inclusion objectives in faculty and staff hiring and development; and developing student support programs that enhance students’ multicultural competence. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Leads diversity- and equity-related Institutional planning, delivery and assessment efforts in support of the vision, mission, values and strategic priorities of the University; coordinates cross-campus initiatives  and promotes a living, learning and working environment where all have equitable opportunities to grow, advance, thrive, succeed, and fully pursue educational and professional goals
  2. In collaboration with  campus leadership, students, staff, and shared governance entities, leads, coordinates and assists with the development of a cohesive, comprehensive and strategic diversity plan and ensures that initiatives in the plan are prioritized, operationalized, and assessed 
  3. Keeps abreast of current research and trends, and best practices in diversity and inclusion, and brings that knowledge to inform policy and program development work.  Serves as a central resource and point of coordination and communication for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and programs
  4. Ensures ongoing attention to student, faculty and staff satisfaction, using benchmarking and periodic qualitative and quantitative methods with respect to campus climate.  Prepares periodic and special reports for presentation to senior leadership and the campus. Provides leadership and/or partnership at all levels of the university to promote and evaluate progress and impact of efforts to be an inclusive and welcoming environment.
  5. Oversees the staff, operations and budget of the Office of Inclusive Excellence in support of the University’s diversity and inclusion agenda
  6. Collaborates with others to create and deliver co-curricular programming and initiatives designed to enhance and expand recruitment, retention, and graduation of geographically underrepresented and underserved students
  7. Represents the university on matters related to inclusion and diversity, and at various community, civic, and professional meetings and conferences as required
  8. Serves as a member of the President’s cabinet. Collaborates with senior leadership, including the Provost, vice presidents, deans and directors 
  9. Communicates and consults on an ongoing basis with the Title IX Coordinator/DHR Administrator  to identify systemic problems related to equity, inclusion and campus climate that are surfaced through the CSU Executive Order 1095/1096/1097 complaint process; coordinates efforts to develop responsive interventions, outreach programs, and educational workshops to more proactively redress and ameliorate identified challenges; facilitates conflict resolution/conflict de-escalation and crisis management/crisis intervention processes as appropriate; assists with the identification and development of longer-term strategies to address catalyzing factors for conflict or crisis situations
  10. Works closely with the Director of Sustainability to align and leverage their respective work on environmental and social justice 
  11. Serves on a variety of campus committees including the Policy Facilitation Team, Readiness Team, Sustainability Committee, and the President’s Committee on Equity & Inclusion (Co-Chair)

Other Functions:

Perform other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


  • In-depth knowledge of theory and current research with regard to student and  organizational diversity and inclusion, educational equity, social justice, human development, training and change management
  • Technical mastery of diversity issues in a complex organizational setting, including proven experience as an organizational leader and program builder, particularly around initiatives that promote diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and dialogue around social justice, senior level recruitment and retention, managing change, identity development, curriculum diversification, training, ability to assess the educational impact of diversity, assessing campus climate issues, policy and legal dynamics of affirmative action, and employment strategies designed to foster workplace and workforce diversity
  • Demonstrated experience effectively working and establishing rapport with diverse populations inclusive of gender, race/ethnicity, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation, class, veteran status, and disability
  • Skill at navigating the institution’s political landscape, and responding to politically charged or sensitive situations. The CDO must have finely developed problem and conflict resolution skills and be adept at finding win-win solutions to difficult problems, building consensus and support, and reconciling competing interests
  • A track record of collaborative engagement with a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders, including a commitment to working collaboratively with students and colleagues to craft a common vision and direction. Must be able to coach, mentor, and inspire colleagues
  • Demonstrated track record of collecting and using data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives and achieve measurable results
  • In-depth knowledge of organizational change dynamics, with experience in leading large-scale change projects in a multiple-stakeholder environment
  • Sophisticated relational abilities and influencing skills, strong emotional intelligence, and superior communication skills, both verbal and written. The CDO must have a track record of fostering relationships and be comfortable crossing organizational boundaries, adapting language and delivery to different audiences
  • An understanding of the culture of higher education, including shared governance, tenure and promotion, multiple and competing goals, the nature of campus politics, and the unique needs of different constituencies
  • A results-orientation that focuses on achieving the shared university agenda of diversity and academic excellence, while being an open-minded active listener, able to offer alternatives and consider diverse opinions
  • Commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive university and willingness to challenge and engage with all constituencies.
  • Creativity, resourcefulness, resiliency, trustworthiness, and a sense of humor.


Graduate degree in a related discipline (Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies, LGBT Studies, Disability Studies, Counseling, Higher Education, etc.)

Three years of senior experience designing, delivering, evaluating and/or leading activities, programs and services related to institutional access, diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and/or social justice in a higher education setting.


  • Possession of a terminal degree in a related discipline (Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies, LGBT Studies, Disability Studies, Counseling, Higher Education, etc.)
  • Accomplished record of teaching and scholarship that could warrant an academic appointment
  • 3-5 years experience working within university shared governance and collective bargaining environment


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check)

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083  as a condition of employment.

This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.

This position is a designated position in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority, will be required to participate in annual training, and to immediately forward to the Clery Compliance Officer all reports of Clery Act crimes brought to their attention.

This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.

May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.

Sensitive Positions - This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:

  • responsibility or access/possession of building master or sub-master keys for building access
  • access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards)
  • control over campus business processes, either through functional roles or system security access


Office environment with standard equipment and tasks. Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time. 


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a management level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes:  a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; an excellent choice of medical, dental and vision insurance; long term disability coverage; life insurance; educational incentives; and retirement benefits. For further information, please visit: Management Personnel Plan. The University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing, Employee Housing.


For full consideration, submit the required documents to include a cover letter, current Curriculum Vitae/Resume and three professional references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-3389.  For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library (map).  Please check the links provided for the respective hours.

CSU Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to: Age, Disability, Race or Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Identity or Expression, Nationality, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Genetic Information, Veteran or Military Status.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.