Vice President Institutional Diversity

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Vice President Institutional Diversity

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Lexington, KY

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Physical Requirements:

May require some lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 lbs. and sitting for long periods of time.

The essential job functions of this position require the Vice President for Institutional Diversity to: communicate and build working relationships with students, staff, faculty and other individuals from diverse backgrounds; abide by University regulations and guidelines; maintain confidentiality; prioritize and manage work effectively; provide exceptional customer service, and positively represent the university; ensure work is detailed and accurate; perform work in a sedentary position; report to meetings at different locations both on campus and off campus; interact with individuals from various levels throughout the university, and within the local community and state; and work successfully in a team as well as independently. This position will require occasional travel as needed per business requirements.


Typically Monday through Friday, additional hours as necessary.

Job Summary:

As a direct report to the President of the university, the Vice President for Institutional Diversity leads the Office of Institutional Diversity to implement diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to ensure alignment with the university’s strategic plan. This position will serve as an integrating partner with campus leaders, faculty, staff, students and external constituencies. The Vice President for Institutional Diversity will proactively design and implement plans, programs and activities that provide rich diversity-related experiences to ensure university members hold diversity, equity and inclusion as core values to be collectively practiced. This role is responsible for leading a continuing change where understanding and acceptance of all individuals will be deeply embedded throughout our campus culture.

Role of the Vice President for Institutional Diversity:
• Ensure diversity and inclusivity objectives align with and are in support of the university’s strategic plan
• Develop, communicate and implement action plans to achieve strategic initiatives
• Set clear expectations and metrics; provide appropriate support; and create opportunities to define, assess and promote diversity and inclusive excellence in education, employment, student experiences and campus culture
• Act as a visionary agent in the development and implementation of innovative and effective initiatives that foster an inclusive and diverse campus community and culture
• Create a more fully integrated collaborative effort among the areas within the Office of Institutional Diversity
• Utilize knowledge and expertise gained in historical and contemporary research and scholarship in issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in application of best practices
• Establish productive working relationships with senior executives to lead, collaborate and implement the institutional vision for diversity and inclusion – key executives include: Provost, Vice President for Research, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, and the Vice President for Student Success
• Work with academic units, college Diversity and Inclusion Officers, councils and committees, and other key stakeholders to advance diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the campus community
• Collaborate and act as a creative resource throughout the institution for diversity-related initiatives, activities, materials, advice and counsel
• Serve as an expert resource and consultant to students, employees and partners at all levels of the institution for equity, diversity and inclusion-related initiatives
• Provide oversight on innovative inclusive excellence programs that foster collaborative programming and partnerships among groups, centers, programs, and/or initiatives
• Ensure the office fosters a community of belonging and engagement that meets the needs of leadership, faculty, students and staff
• Foster and maintain collaborative partnerships with external stakeholders, such as local and state legislatures, nonprofit organizations and community organizations
• Implement campus climate surveys to assess the overall impact of all initiatives that address campus climate, and use the results of the survey to develop programs and initiatives to positively impact the campus community

A faculty appointment may be considered if the selected candidate’s prior work history, skills and qualifications are such to warrant this consideration.

Application review will begin on March 14, 2021. This search is being led by UK’s Executive Search Service. For more information about the position, or to nominate an outstanding candidate, please contact Mary Beth Bracken at 859-257-3348 or via email at [email protected]

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:

The Vice President for Institutional Diversity will possess experience developing effective diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, students and staff, and have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills and abilities that inspire and influence others. The ideal candidate will be a proven diplomatic and collaborative leader who will bring relevant knowledge, expertise and experience to the academic community and have a demonstrated commitment to valuing and respecting diversity in administration, through scholarship or from work experiences that demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of how to navigate issues inherent to inclusion, equity and diversity within a complex institutional setting. The Vice President for Institutional Diversity must show evidence of being a visionary leader that is outcome and assessment-oriented with a keen focus on strategic management and program development, along with extensive knowledge about academic life, institutional diversity action plans, and campus climate surveys. This individual must consistently demonstrate and encourage a commitment to inclusive excellence, quality, exceptional service, productivity and continuous improvement. We are seeking a confident, highly motivated individual with a strong critical and analytical mindset and a demonstrated ability to influence change, make decisions and build collaborative partnerships and productive relationships.

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Preferred Education/Experience:

Terminal degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience working in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion or inclusive excellence across various constituent groups within a complex higher education institution.

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University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Posted: 2/20/2021
Application Due: 5/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time