FOUNDING VICE PRESIDENT FOR MISSION, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Alvernia University seeks an experienced, student-centered, courageous, and transformational leader as its founding Vice President for Mission, Diversity and Inclusion. In partnership with the other members of the University’s senior leadership team, the Vice President will ensure that mission, diversity and inclusion are central in all decision-making at the University, that Alvernia’s environment is welcoming and supportive for all students, faculty and staff, and that the culture of the University is one in which conversations about challenging issues are safe and educationally productive. The Vice President will be a visible leader on campus and in the greater Reading, Pennsylvania community, modeling Alvernia’s Franciscan core values and extending its mission of service to the underserved.
Alvernia University, a private Franciscan institution rooted in the tradition of Catholic higher education and located in Reading, Pennsylvania, combines a liberal arts foundation with a broad range of academic and professional programs. With an enrollment of nearly 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and adult students, Alvernia creates a learning environment that is meant to be formative and transformative, committed to service and ethical leadership and to doing well and doing good. Combining the personal touch and attention of a small private college with the opportunities of an outstanding university, Alvernia is thriving and poised for continued growth.
The founding Vice President for Mission, Diversity and Inclusion will be a member of the President’s Senior Leadership Team and will serve as a catalyst to leverage best practices across Alvernia’s campuses, to develop shared accountability, to introduce and measure new programs, and to promote a culture of inclusion at the University. Responsibilities include: develop, manage, implement, and communicate equity, diversity, and inclusivity policies and programs for students and employees; provide resources and training to promote a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion; provide visionary leadership and work with campus partners, committees and councils to implement the recommendations and set the tone for diversity and inclusion on campus; lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in support of the university's strategic plan to create a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed; lead the Mission and Ministry function for the university and support the efforts of the administration to advance the mission, values, Franciscan heritage and Catholic identity of Alvernia University.
To ensure full consideration, completed applications are due by September 27th, 2021. The search page, which includes the Executive Search Profile and application and nomination links, is located Alvernia University - RH Perry.
RH Perry & Associates, a national executive search firm, is assisting Alvernia University in this search. All confidential communications may be directed to our search team: Dr. Jean Scott, Senior Consultant, and Mr. Matthew Kilcoyne, Managing Partner, at [email protected].