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Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

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The Opportunity

Marquette University (MU), a coeducational, Catholic, Jesuit institution and the largest private university in Wisconsin, seeks a creative, collaborative, strategic, and visionary leader to serve as the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence. This is a great opportunity at a pivotal time when diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is fueling transformation for our students, faculty, and staff; our community; and society at large.

We seek a bold, purpose-driven influencer. Relationship-builder. Energetic pathfinder. This is an opportunity for a seasoned leader who believes in the power of both a cohesive DEI strategy and skillful implementation of programs and initiatives to help advance the growth, innovation, and impact of Marquette. This is an invitation to be a catalyst, further cultivating a culture of inclusion and diversity, and amplifying Marquette’s drive to Be the Difference.

The Role

The Vice President for Inclusive Excellence reports to the Provost and is a member of the University Leadership Council and the Provost’s Cabinet. This senior leader will shepherd A Culture of Inclusion – one of the six themes of the university’s strategic plan Beyond Boundaries. As a connector and consensus builder, they will work with administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community stakeholders. The charge is to translate Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission into a campus culture that is enriched by and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The time is now. Momentum is building as we welcome increasingly diverse students, faculty, and staff. In 2021, Marquette earned the federal designation of Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Indeed, the face of the student body is changing – 58% of Marquette’s first-year students are women, 34% are students of color, and 24% are first-generation college students.

Ignited by a charge to further Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission through concrete initiatives, this leader will have the following opportunities and challenges:

  • Set visionary strategic goals for creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.
  • Coordinate and collaborate on existing DEI initiatives across the university to elevate these efforts and align them to the university goals.
  • Increase recruitment, retention, and support for students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the academic community by working with students, faculty, and staff to foster rich knowledge related to teaching and research on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Maintain a visible, active campus presence.
  • Supervise and develop the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion staff.

Why Marquette University

Marquette University, in Milwaukee, Wis., is a highly ranked destination university, renowned for academic rigor, innovation, and the achievements of its community of scholars. Founded in 1881 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a group of priests and lay brothers in the Catholic Church, Marquette has grown to be a major private research university grounded in its Guiding Values: Excellence, Faith, Leadership and Service.

Marquette has been consistently ranked in the top 100 of national universities by U.S. News & World Report and, in 2021, was rated #83 among national universities and #53 for undergraduate teaching.

At a Glance:

  • 11,000+ students (7,600+ undergraduate; 3,600+ graduate)
  • 2,265+ employees
  • 11 nationally and internationally recognized academic divisions
  • 167 majors and minors and more than 68 doctoral and master’s programs
  • 64% of undergraduate students come from outside of Wisconsin and hail from every state in the U.S. and represent 80+ countries

The campus community rallies behind 16 NCAA-Division 1 athletic teams that compete in the Big East conference. The university offers state-of-the-art facilities for competition on campus and off, including Fiserv Forum, home of the 2020-21 NBA World Champion Milwaukee Bucks.

Marquette is located on a 98-acre campus alongside downtown Milwaukee, the largest city in Wisconsin and the 23rd largest city in the U.S. Set on the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is one of America’s great cities, combining a dynamic urban community with a rich cultural heritage.

The population is approximately 600,000, and approximately 1.4 million people live in the metropolitan area. Milwaukee is highly diverse, with about 39% African American, and 19% Hispanic/Latinx residents. Milwaukee is prized for its vibrant array of attractions – including professional sports teams, world-renowned arts and performing arts, global cuisines, cultural and music festivals, parks, rivers, and outdoor recreation. Neighboring cities of Chicago and Madison are within 90 miles.

To learn more about Milwaukee, see: https://www.visitmilwaukee.org/

Qualifications and Characteristics

The university seeks a proven strategic leader with a distinctive record of achievement. The successful candidate will bring most, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, skills, experiences, and personal qualities:

  • A terminal degree in a relevant field is preferred, but not required. Candidates with a deep working knowledge of issues and trends in DEI, especially as they relate to higher education, are encouraged to apply.
  • Three to five years of increased administrative experience, with preference given to candidates with a demonstrated record of leadership in a university setting.
  • Strategic thinker excited to deepen the relationship between Marquette's Catholic, Jesuit mission and DEI work and to translate this relationship into innovative practices.
  • Experience in planning and implementing initiatives, managing resources, and working across organizational structures.
  • Demonstrated decision-making abilities and political and financial savvy.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and communicate with sensitivity, cultural awareness, agility, and emotional intelligence to a wide audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate a wide variety of stakeholders to work toward and achieve a common goal; strong interpersonal and consensus-building skills; ability to build trust and credibility.
  • Familiarity with Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.
  • Strong management skills with the ability to leverage the expertise of and heighten the visibility of their team.
  • Ability and fortitude to engage in complex conversations involving matters of diversity, equity and inclusion.

To learn more: Visit the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence search website is: Search for Vice President of Inclusive Excellence // Office of the Provost // Marquette University

To apply: Resumes with cover letters should be attached via the Employment at Marquette website for this position at https://employment.marquette.edu/postings/15896.

It is the policy of Marquette University to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other applicable federal or state-protected classification.

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