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Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

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Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)

UNC Charlotte invites nominations and applications for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the CDO will be a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and serve as a thought leader and trusted advisor on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across the University. 

Founded in 1946 as the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina, UNC Charlotte is the second largest institution within the University of North Carolina system. This fall, during a global pandemic, UNC Charlotte enrolled 30,146 students and experienced record growth with its incoming first-year class and graduate programs. UNC Charlotte is also the fastest growing institution in the UNC System, comprising seven academic colleges offering 171 undergraduate majors in 77 programs leading to Bachelor's degrees, 65 Master's degrees, and 24 Doctoral degrees. UNC Charlotte is proud to have 3,545 passionate and committed faculty and staff members and more than 120,000 living alumni. For additional information about UNC Charlotte, please visit:

The CDO will champion the importance of DEI and will provide vision, leadership, coordination, and strategic planning to ensure a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus. The CDO will actively engage and collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to further actions that support a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus, as well as identify and address potential barriers and institutional systems that may foster systemic inequalities. The CDO will be responsible for the operation and strategic direction of the recently created Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The successful candidate with exhibit the following leadership attributes: strategic and visionary leadership; experienced diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner, student-centered leaders; exceptional communicator and strategic collaborator and community-builder.


  • Earned doctorate or terminal degree
  • Minimum of five years executive leadership experience in higher education or a comparable industry advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and fluency with the scholarship around diversity, equity and inclusion, or related disciplines.
  • Understanding of scholarly publications and academic philosophies related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to engage in data-informed strategic analysis of opportunities and challenges and to assess the effectiveness of D&I initiatives and programs.
  • Ability to create allies and build trusting and mutually respectful relationships with students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as with civic and professional organizations in the Charlotte region and beyond.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and knowledge of group dynamics.
  • Ability to facilitate nuanced conversations when convening multiple constituencies around diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to navigate political landscapes and respond appropriately to sensitive issues.
  • Experience in financial planning, budget development, and allocation of limited resources in ways that are fair and transparent and that reflect clear priorities.
  • Personal and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact, and sound judgment.
  • Understanding of the elements and dynamics of changing an organizational culture.
  • A sense of humor.

For full consideration, applications should be received by August 2, 2021. The committee will review application materials until the position is filled. The application must include a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three recent professional references.

Inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF format) to: [email protected]. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted without the applicant’s expressed permission.

For further information and instructions to applicants, please review the prospectus available on the AGB Search website.

Rod McDavis, Ph.D.                                      Kim R. Bobby, Ed.D.                        
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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.


About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link:

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link:

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:


    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.


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