Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer

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Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer

Job Profile Title
Director D

Job Description Summary
Reporting to the Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) will lead the development and implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and resources. This leadership position will support the School's strategic goal to proactively foster an inclusive learning and working climate where all staff and students have an opportunity to succeed. The Chief DEI Officer (CDEIO) will engage students and staff to advance policies and promote mindsets and behaviors that value and support diversity, equity, and inclusion. The DEI Officer will also collaborate with stakeholders to drive training with outcome assessments of cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, and other areas designed to increase awareness of and support for equity and inclusion values.

Job Description


-Drive action-oriented strategic planning and serve in an advisory role to the Dean and senior leadership on diversity, equity, and inclusivity matters.

-Develop evaluation tools and outcome metrics to assess DEI programs.

-Promote environments and develop relationships that foster safe conversations, trust, and respect within the Penn Vet community.

-Serve as the main point of contact and central resource for students and staff on DEI matters.

-Collaborate and communicate with the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Diversity.

-Advise the Associate Dean of Education on core and elective curricula.

-Provide strategic input to the Office for Students to increase recruitment of and provide support for underrepresented students.

-Strengthen and operationalize existing and new diversity programing, including but not limited to: training, seminars, onboarding, social events, and alumni engagement.

-Collaborate with the Director of Shelter Medicine & Community Engagement on community outreach and pipeline programs.

-Work with the Communications team to communicate and promote DEI priorities and programs both internally and externally.

-Lead the School's Diversity Council and leverage this group to advance School-wide goals.

-Maximize collaboration with DEI leaders from other Penn schools, peer veterinary schools, and veterinary DEI affinity organizations.

-Develop and strengthen relationships with the University's cultural centers and resources.


Masters or PhD or other advanced degree and 7 to 10 years of experience required preferably in social justice, education, sociology, public administration, human resource management, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Goal-oriented individual with experience in strategic planning, implementation, and outcome assessment of diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives and programs in a complex organization. Ability to build relationships and inspire others to share in a commitment to social justice and community building.

In order to be considered for this position a cover letter must be included along with your resume.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Veterinary Medicine

Pay Range
$88,861.00 - $168,837.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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Posted: 9/2/2020
Application Due: 11/1/2020
Work Type: Full Time