Vice President for Inclusion

Texas A&M University Commerce
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Job location: Commerce TAMUC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-23
Req: R-038962
Job Title

Vice President for Inclusion


Texas A&M University - Commerce


President's Office

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

Commerce, Texas

Job Type


Job Description


The president of Texas A&M University-Commerce invites inquiries and nominations for the position of Vice President for Inclusion (VPI).


A&M-Commerce is a proud member of The Texas A&M University System. Located just east of Dallas, A&M-Commerce offers 130 affordable degree programs and serves 11,624 students. The university transforms lives through its mission to “Educate. Discover. Achieve.” Students work with world-class professors who dedicate themselves to excellence in teaching and research. The university maintains strong relationships with local industries to create relevant academic programs and valuable internship and networking opportunities that prepare career-ready graduates.


A&M-Commerce seeks a thought leader and trusted partner to ensure a campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This is an inaugural position and a unique opportunity to join the third-largest university in the A&M System (of 11 universities). Reporting to the university president, Dr. Mark Rudin, the Vice President for Inclusion (VPI) is responsible for supporting the university’s mission as the senior diversity, equity and inclusion officer.

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While this position is open until filled, it is preferred that candidate submissions are submitted by July 26, 2021.


During the application process you have one opportunity to upload documents as a combined PDF. The page “My Experience” has an area provided under Resume/CV to drop or upload the file.

This one combined PDF must include:

  • A letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile
  • Resume/CV
  • Five professional references with complete contact information (Unsolicited letters of recommendation will not be considered).
  • Transcripts (Unofficial will be accepted with application. Official transcripts are required at time of verbal offer).
    If transcripts are from an international institution, it is the responsibility of the prospective faculty member to have the transcripts translated and evaluated by an approved credential evaluator.

All documents must be electronically submitted through the Texas A&M Online Employment Services website to be considered. Incomplete or improperly submitted applications may be excluded from consideration.


The Vice President for Inclusion (VPI) is responsible for supporting the mission of the University as the senior diversity, equity and inclusion officer. The VPI works collaboratively with all components of the university to identify, evaluate and implement processes and strategies to meet the University’s commitment to a community that represents the diversity of Texas. The VPI provides vision and leadership to the Office of Student Disability Support Services, Military & Veteran’s Affairs and will provide direction in guiding policies, identifying resources, and inspiring action to ensure that our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is embodied in all aspects of the University. The VPI works collaboratively with other University senior executives, deans, faculty, staff, and students to develop and implement a comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic plan. The VPI partners with the Office of Intercultural Engagement & Leadership, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and Director of Title IX on compliance and investigations.


  • Lead the development of a strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion across the institution.
  • Develop an infrastructure to assess and evaluate diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies across campus and over time.
  • Serve as a thought leader and trusted partner, ensuring a campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and accountability.
  • Align, integrate, coordinate, and elevate diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across campus.
  • Advance a culture of assessment and evaluation to enable data-driven decision-making and continuous improvement.
  • Advocate for and generate resources in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts to impact recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students.
  • Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with students, staff, faculty, and administration.
  • Assess the campus climate and determine needs related to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.
  • Serve on the President’s Executive Team and Administrative Council in addition to various University-wide committees and councils.
  • Establish and enhance collaborative relationships with the community of Commerce and other off-campus locations, as well as alumni in support of the University.
  • Work beyond normal office hours and/or weekends. Reside within 45 miles of the Commerce campus.


  • Education: Terminal degree in applicable field required.
  • Experience / Knowledge / Skills: Eight (8) years of Director level professional work experience or equivalent. Five (5) years of managerial responsibility for developing, implementing and assessing metrics related to campus wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Ability to: Strong interpersonal, written and spoken communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment. Effectively supervise and motivate personnel.
  • Licensing/Professional Certifications: None.
  • Physical Requirements: None.


  • Demonstrated understanding of the lived experiences of the various diverse student, faculty, and staff populations in higher education or a similar setting.
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices and policies, and Title III, Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and other federal legislation concerning equity is preferred.
  • A track record of and deep commitment to developing effective diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for faculty, students, and staff.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills in handling and directing multiple and complex assignments and projects. Experience with affirmative action and equal opportunity regulations, as well as diversity issues and initiatives grounded in social justice issues.
  • Demonstrated experience of positive and proactive approaches in identifying problems, creating solutions, managing projects, leading teams ,and implementing technology.
  • A demonstrated appreciation of the mission of A&M-Commerce and a deep commitment to inclusion as part of its public mission.
  • A keen understanding of issues related to inclusion and diversity, and an appreciation for the values associated with them in higher education.
  • Well-developed skills in facilitating inclusive dialogues that enable positive growth.
  • A strong, detail-oriented leader with a demonstrated ability to manage complex and sensitive matters with cross-functional teams in a timely manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to listen, inspire and influence others.
  • Analytical skills and data-driven focus; ability to use data with deep knowledge of their contexts and leverage analytics to drive strategic planning and change management.


Director of Student Disability Support Services, Director of Military & Veteran’s Affairs and other staff.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.


We are Commerce. We are Lions!

Welcome! We are excited that you want to forge your future with a career at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  Our main campus is located in Commerce, Texas, at the eastern edge of North Texas with multiple instructional sites as well as a robust online presence.  We are proud to be one of the largest universities in the prestigious Texas A&M University System.

Since 1889 A&M-Commerce has educated the people of Texas and, ever increasingly, points beyond. We remain true to our founder William Leonidas Mayo’s creed of “ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others.”

Texas A&M University-Commerce is committed to and promotes equal opportunity for all. This commitment includes equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and program accessibility. It is also committed to make its workplaces, campuses, and programs accessible to all, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Furthermore, we encourage and foster a workplace community where individuals are valued for their diverse backgrounds.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to Diversity.

If you need assistance in applying for this job, please contact (903) 468-8741 or [email protected].

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