Chief Diversity Officer

Job description

Chief Diversity Officer

Posting #: 2301
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Office of the Vice President and Provost, Administrator

Position Title & Department:

Chief Diversity Officer; ProvostPosting #


University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) will play a vital role in developing an institutional framework to aid USD in accomplishing our Envisioning 2024 goals with a particular focus on Goal 2: “Strengthening Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice: Justly represent the breadth and beauty of God’s creation in our own community and transform the campus culture to ensure that all community members thrive.”

While this position is envisioned to be full-time within the university administration, should the CDO have academic credentials and scholarly accomplishments that warrant a tenured appointment, the possibility of tenure will be considered at the time of appointment.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The Chief Diversity Officer for DEIA is an inaugural position responsible to the Provost for providing vision, leadership, and counsel in the creation of a welcoming and respectful environment that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and access as dimensions of academic excellence. This is an exciting opportunity to shape a proactive leadership role within academic affairs in accordance with national best practices, institutional needs, and changing demographic realities. The CDO will work collaboratively with DEIA leaders in all the academic Units and administrative areas to advance USD’s mission and strategic DEIA goals. The CDO is also expected to be a thought leader and community convener on issues relating to DEIA. While this position is envisioned to be full-time within the university administration, should the CDO have academic credentials and scholarly accomplishments that warrant a tenured appointment, the possibility of tenure will be considered at the time of appointment.
Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD or terminal degree
  • Relevant experience working in diversity-related positions in a higher education environment with a demonstrated record of progressively responsible leadership in, and provide strategic direction of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access efforts.
  • Record of teaching and research in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
  • Proven track record of creating and administering DEIA policies, initiatives, and training with a strong knowledge of contemporary discourses, issues, pedagogical practices, curricular development, fundraising practices and principles, research methods, student development theory and practice, and survey development.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing budget proposals, budget management, hiring, staffing, supervising, and evaluating employees.
  • Proven success in recruiting and training a diverse pool of faculty, students, and staff and building an inclusive, professional environment.
  • Outstanding advocacy and diplomatic skills that demonstrate commitment to equity, fairness, and transparency.
  • High-level verbal and written skills with an ability to communicate effectively at all levels throughout the organization, including trustees, executives, faculty, administrators, staff members, students, and outward facing to the broader community.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of federal, state, and local legislation related to harassment and issues related to protected class discrimination, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Ethics and Values: Honors the core values and beliefs of the organization in their choice of behaviors; consistently embodies appropriate behavioral choices in both stressful and non-stressful situations; practices behaviors they advocate to others.
  • Process Management: Good at figuring out the process necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities; understands how to separate and combine tasks into efficient work flow; knows what to measure and how to measure it; can see opportunities for synergy and integration.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Generates new ideas; makes new connections among existing ideas to create fresh approaches; takes acceptable risks in pursuit of innovation; learns from mistakes; has good judgment about which creative ideas and suggestions will work.
  • Influencing Others: Encourages others to cooperate, participate, provide resources or make decisions, in service to the work at hand; uses verbal and non-verbal skills to communicate respect for others, and to generate energy, passion, and commitment to an idea; creates an environment that others want to participate in.
  • Integrity and Trust: Is seen as trustworthy by others; practices direct, honest, and transparent communication; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t operate with hidden agendas, responds to situations with consistency and reliability.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all others who are relevant to the completion of work; works well with people at all levels of the campus community; builds appropriate rapport; uses diplomacy and tact; avoids communication triangles.
  • Conflict Management: Understands the dynamics of negotiation among conflicting interest groups and how to achieve mutual agreement; reads situations quickly; can find common ground and get cooperation with minimal anxiety.
  • Hiring and Staffing: Identifies new talent; attracts and hires the best people; clearly defines the essential functions and core competencies of a role before hiring; is not afraid or intimidated of selecting strong people.
  • Team Building: Blends people into teams when appropriate; leads the team successfully through difficulties and challenges; creates strong morale and spirit in their team; shares wins and successes; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging and pride in the team.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:

For preferred consideration, applications should be received by March 6, 2020; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Applications and expressions of interest should be accompanied by a cover letter, curriculum vita, and the names of five references. Cover letters should address how the candidate’s experience and qualifications have prepared them for the role. Nominations, applications, and inquiries of interest may be sent in confidence to the University’s executive search firm:

Martin M. Baker, Managing Partner
[email protected]

If you have any technical questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected]

Additional Details:

Hours per week: 37.5

Closing date: For preferred consideration, applications should be received by March 6, 2020; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

Advertised: February 05, 2020 Pacific Standard Time
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Posted: 2/7/2020
Application Due: 7/11/2020
Work Type: Full Time