Director of Affirmative Action

Blacksburg, Virginia
Mar 27, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position of Director of Affirmative Action.

Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech is Virginia's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution as well as one of only six senior military colleges in the nation. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. With 1,520 full-time instructional faculty, Virginia Tech offers 280 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to 34,440 students on the main campus, and manages an annual research portfolio of $521.7 million. Its consolidated operating budget for 2017-18 is $1.5 billion, and its endowment is approximately $1 billion. Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Blacksburg is a college town that offers an intimate community environment, access to varied outdoor recreational activities, diverse cultural programs, and is within easy driving distance to metropolitan areas including Roanoke, Charlotte, and Richmond.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Equity & Accessibility/Title IX Coordinator, the Director of Affirmative Action provides leadership to advance the university’s affirmative action programs; implements monitoring and audit programs to ensure compliance with equal employment opportunities; serves as the campus expert with matters related to affirmative action within the university setting; works closely with university senior management implementing affirmative action plans and ensures university compliance with related regulations; and provides consultation on teaching/research faculty hiring and recruiting processes and procedures.

As a member of the AVP’s leadership team, the Director participates in strategic planning and university-wide initiatives; supervises and provides leadership to staff who impact affirmative action and equal opportunity programs; serves as point of contact for managing civil rights audits and reviews conducted by various federal agencies such as the OFCCP during federal compliance reviews; and oversees related compliance reporting such as the annual Vets 4212 reporting obligations.

Minimum qualifications – the successful candidate will have:

  • master’s degree or training and experience that equates to an advanced degree;
  • demonstrated experience designing, managing, auditing, and/or evaluating affirmative action programs;
  • demonstrated experience in monitoring and complying with Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action laws, policies, and regulations;
  • comprehensive knowledge of affirmative action legal requirements, trends, and issues;
  • experience addressing issues of a sensitive nature and ability to exercise discretion and good judgement appropriately;
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a diverse workforce and various stakeholders such as faculty, staff, students, administrators, external agencies and partners.

Preferred qualifications:

  • experience creating and administering affirmative action programs in a university setting;
  • experience providing supervision and leadership to an EO/AA team;
  • experience with EO/AA compliance as a federal contractor;
  • experience with faculty search/hiring processes to include recruiting, outreach, and/or equitable employment practices.

Virginia Tech has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by April 27, 2018 will be assured full consideration. A resume and cover letter explaining how the applicant meets the qualifications specified in this announcement may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to James M. Norfleet at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson

Virginia Tech – Director of Affirmative Action

James M. Norfleet, Search Associate


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