Associate Vice President/Campus Diversity Officer

Arcata, California
Sep 09, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Humboldt State University (HSU) is pleased to invite inquiries, nominations and applications for its associate vice president and campus diversity officer. The new AVP reports to the provost and vice president for academic affairs and serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and Provost's Leadership Team to provide strategic direction and vision for equity and inclusion efforts across campus.

Founded as a teacher's college in 1913, over the last century, HSU has grown from an institution focused solely on teacher education to an accredited university with extensive research facilities. Today, HSU has over 73,000 alumni and offers a wide array of academic opportunities with three colleges, 51 majors, 12 graduate programs and 14 credential programs and enjoying a student to faculty ratio of 20:1. Designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) in 2013, HSU is also a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) with a thriving community composed of 534 faculty and 7,774 students at this northern-most of the 23-campus California State University system.

Humboldt State strives to foster an inclusive and equitable community to support its students of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Students enjoy an extraordinary university experience, with the opportunity to take many small classes taught by professors who know them by name. Located 275 miles north of San Francisco in the city of Arcata, recognized as one of the West's best college towns, Humboldt State sits in the northwestern portion of Wiyot ancestral territory - near ancient redwood forests, mountains, and Pacific coast beaches. In Wiyot, Arcata is known as Goudi’ni, meaning “over in the woods.” Wiyot territory is surrounded by the traditional, ancestral, and present homeland of several indigenous nations including the Hupa, Karuk, Mattole, Tolowa, Wailaki, and Yurok that make up what we now call Northern California.

The new associate vice president and campus diversity officer (AVP/CDO) will play a crucial and strategic university-wide role by providing support, organization and education to foster and promote a campus culture that minimizes bias and recognizes and addresses systemic inequities. To that end, key among the associate vice president’s responsibilities will be:

  • Implement the Diversity and Inclusion/Campus Climate Plan & Initiative Development
  • Educate campus stakeholders engaging them in Professional Development and Diversity Programs, Awareness Campaigns and Events
  • Assess Campus Efforts to Meet Diversity Goals
  • Collaborate on Special Projects Across Campus and serve on the President's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
  • Management The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – people, program and budget

The successful candidate will be a skilled and committed leader, with expertise in practices to drive and principles to support diversity, equity and inclusion. Demonstrated experience collaborating effectively with diverse stakeholders in a higher education setting. This AVP/CDO will be a self-starter, eager to bring new and innovative ideas to the table and dedicated inclusive dialog when developing strategies and initiatives.  The incoming associate vice president and campus diversity officer must also have an earned Master's degree. Exceptional leadership, vision, communication, and cultural competency skills are essential for success, as is the ability to work collaboratively throughout the institution to foster a culture of mutual trust, respect, openness, and transparency.

A detailed leadership profile is available at

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a letter of interest addressing the themes in this profile and a CV or resume. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by October 16, 2020. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Nominations and inquiries can be directed to consultants Charlene L. Aguilar and Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. at [email protected].


Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status. If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or [email protected].