Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/ Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)

Lawrenceville, NJ
Mar 18, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors, Vice Presidents
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Position Title:

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/ Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)

Position Description:

Rider University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the inaugural position of Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO).

Rider University is a vibrant, student-centered community of learners and scholars regionally recognized as a top-tier institution. With a beautiful suburban campus located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (conveniently between New York City and Philadelphia), Rider is an independent, residential university with undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional students from around the country and around the world. Rider’s total student body now consists of about 40% of students who are underrepresented. This is in addition to the representation of other diverse identities, including 27% first-generation, 35% low-income, 16% with disabilities, a diverse representation of religious affiliations and a significant presence of students who identify as LGBTQ+, among other identities.

This new senior University officer will have the opportunity to inform priorities and directions at a time when the University is moving forward ambitiously and supported by a President and campus community deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Reporting directly to President Gregory Dell’Omo, this leader will serve as a key strategic advisor to the president and as a vital member of the University Cabinet.

Rider University Inclusive Excellence Plan

Among other exciting campus efforts aligned with the Strategic Plan, Our Path Forward, Rider launched the with full campus leadership endorsement in the fall of 2019, underscoring Rider’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion and outlining comprehensive strategic commitments to advance Rider as an inclusive community. The Plan is a product of the year-long work of the President’s Council on Inclusion, a group of committed faculty, staff and students who facilitated a comprehensive process engaging more than 100 faculty, staff, student, and alumni members of the University community.

For more information on the campus, please visit Rider University online at and

Position Requirements:

The successful candidate will:
•hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D, or other terminal degree.
•have a minimum of 4 to 6 years of successful and increasingly responsible senior-level administrative experience in a role related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

About Rider University:

The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.

Rider University has been included as one of the nation’s best universities by US News & World Report and remained in the top tier in the Regional Universities – North category. Additionally, The Princeton Review named Rider among its “Best 386 Colleges” in the nation. Both publications have ranked the University favorably in their respective surveys for more than a decade

Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity.


Lawrenceville, NJ

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President's Administration

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12 months

Work Schedule:

8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, 37.5 hours

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Special Instructions to Applicants:


The Search Committee will begin a review of applications immediately and continue its work until an appointment is made. To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by April 23, 2021 and include a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three current professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without prior authorization of the applicant. For further information and instructions to applicants, please review the prospectus at

Application materials and nominations should be sent to: [email protected] Alternatively, direct inquiries can be addressed to Rider University’s executive search consultants:

Kim R. Bobby, Ed.D., Executive Search Consultant, [email protected] / (253) 861-7738

Concetta M. Stewart, Ph.D., Principal, [email protected] / (908) 341-2178

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