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Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA
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Job Details

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: Full-time 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plays a critical role in the life of the College providing leadership and guidance of the College’s anti-racism action plan with specific accountability measures for resolving systemic inequities at Mount Holyoke. Reporting to the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, the Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will serve as a senior administrative leader to the Vice President for Equity and inclusion and will play a crucial role in developing organizational capacity and effectiveness across the institution.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • As a senior leader, the AVP will provide strategic leadership and vision with oversight of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The AVP will work with key constituencies across campus to design policies, strategies and programs with goals of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through coordinated and consistent engagement. As a thought partner and collaborator, the AVP will work with the College’s senior leadership team along with the Alumnae Association.
  • The AVP will assist with the development of criteria to assess DEI initiatives, co-lead the Bias Education Support Team and support the creation of campus-wide diversity action plans. Their focus will be on overseeing strategies for communication, the delivery and quality of programs, initiatives and projects led by the DEI Office.
  • With an advanced knowledge of the challenges and contemporary issues that impact the campus climate, the AVP will be instrumental in responding to the needs of the community. A focused effort on developing curricula, training programs and workshops that will enhance learning and engagement to foster a more inclusive campus community. Knowledge of federal and state guidelines related to equity and compliance of Title VI, Title VII, Section 504 and Title IX is critical to serving in this key role.
  • The AVP will collaborate with multiple internal and external stakeholders and provide project management to ensure the implementation of key initiatives. Along with preparing presentations, documenting activities and supervising the day to day operations of the DEI Office, the AVP will serve as a central contact for key campus constituents on key priorities related to the anti-racism action plan and the strategic plan of the College.
  • The AVP will meet regularly with the Alumnae Association Executive Director to ensure that the vision for DEI extends to the more than 38,000 alum of Mount Holyoke College.

Strategic Vision and Operations

  • Responsible for the day to day operations of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion supervising two key staff directly in the department and supporting all training, management and development for the team.
  • Monitors progress and provides reports to the Vice President on the strategic indicators, existing sources and oversight of data collection efforts to evaluate the experiences of historically excluded, underrepresented and affinity based groups including alum, students, faculty and staff.
  • Leads strategic campus-wide data collection efforts working collaboratively with the Office of Institutional Research and departments and divisions across campus to support strategic diversity action plan development.
  • Co-chairs the Bias Education Support Team (BEST) and serves on the Title IX Team with key responsibilities for supporting hearing boards/panels related to equity and compliance.

Staff Development and Support

  • Co-creates the vision for the DEI Office with the VP/DEI and DEI team, determining the key structures that are needed for the department to excel in providing support to the wider campus community.
  • Collaborates with other senior leaders at the College intentionally to work on recruiting more BIPOC faculty, staff and students to Mount Holyoke along with supporting BIPOC alum.

Campus-wide engagement, education and programming

  • Provides oversight of educational programming, training and bias protocols to address campus climate concerns including initiatives focused on responsiveness to contemporary issues.
  • Supports the development of a strategy for communications and the dissemination of information related to DEI.
  • Leads, advances and creates initiatives related to the support for students who are members of historically excluded, underrepresented and targeted groups including specific initiatives of the College inclusive of the Posse Scholars program, the First Generation and Low Income Partnership (FLIP), etc.

Thought Partner and Collaborator

  • With 25% of the role specifically being focused on alum, the AVP will work closely with the Executive Director of the Alumnae Association to identify key strategies for advancing the vision for DEI within the association.
  • Collaborates with the Alumnae Association staff and Board of Directors supporting the development of a strategic plan for diversity with a specific aim of engaging diverse alums and building capacity among staff and volunteers across departments who work closely with alumnae.
  • Works closely with key staff on supporting alum from historically underrepresented, marginalized and targeted groups.
  • Supports key initiatives and collaborations with special projects related to the College’s anti-racism action plan including key assessments, oral history projects and affinity support efforts across campus and with the Alumnae Association.
  • The AVP will be a strategic communicator instrumental in developing messages, and chair of key committees working in an advisory capacity as needed to key leaders who have diversity initiatives they seek to implement.
  • Supports the development of curricula and training sessions focused on providing a robust education program to challenge bias in support of the Bias Education Support Team.
  • Co-chairs key committees, working groups and task forces that support the operationalization of DEI initiatives.
  • Supports strategic search committees across the College to ensure DEI is imbedded in the structural efforts to diversify the campus community. 


  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. preferred
  • Master’s degree with at least 7-10 years of experience working in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Preference given to those candidates with experience in an academic institution of higher education.
  • Comprehensive understanding of state and federal laws and regulations around protected class discrimination or harassment including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA/504, and procedures of government entities such as the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the Department of Education (DEO), and the Department of Justice pertaining to Title VI, Title VII, Title IX and ADA/504.
  • Extensive training to oversee and conduct formal investigations, reviews and/or internal audits relating to discrimination or harassment.
  • Experience in a senior leadership level position (either as a director, executive director or assistant dean) within diversity, equity and inclusion; multicultural affairs or cultural programming is required.
  • Strong relationships with alum communities will be an asset to anyone interested in this position.
  • Experience serving as a strategic thinker, partner and leader is desired.
  • Advanced knowledge of analytical, statistical and data visualization tools as well as strong budget management skills.
  • Strong leadership, demonstration of collaborative decision making and project management are required.
  • Must be organized, have exceptional attention to detail and possess effective communication and project management skills. Must be able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality at all times.
  • Thrive in a professional and fast-paced work environment. The ability to handle multiple projects and tight deadlines.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal, verbal communication and customer service skills. Must be able to work as a team player and use good judgment.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor at all times, along with exhibiting tact, grace, discretion and a sense of calm.

Preferred Qualifications:


Compliance Requirements:

  • Title IX Hearing Board Training

Physical Demands: 

  • Requires the exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work, ability to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force to move objects.
  • Requires high level of social contact and communication with students, staff and faculty daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person.
  • Requires performing activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; and operating a computer terminal.
  • Mostly an indoor work environment.

Working Conditions:   

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include:

1) a cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications

2) a complete resume or curriculum vitae

3) contact information for 3 professional references

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective liberal arts institution with a long tradition of educating women for active engagement in the world. A diverse community of approximately 2000 students (13% international, 17% U.S. women of color), the College is committed to the creation of a powerful learning environment which seamlessly links the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of campus life in a way that affirms identity, builds community and prepares women for leadership in a pluralistic world.mount_holyoke_college1.jpg

Mount Holyoke is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The College, which has just completed the third year of an ambitious six-year strategic plan, is committed to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke is in a particularly strong position having received the highest numbers of applications in its history. Mount Holyoke is a member of the Five College Consortium (along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

mount_holyoke_college2.jpgAs the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of:

  • academic excellence in a global learning environment
  • a tight-knit, diverse, and international community
  • a worldwide network of alumnae
  • the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.

Mount Holyoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review Guide's 2010 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Mount Holyoke rates highly in a number of categories, among them "best classroom experience" (#6), "best college library" (#12), and "dorms like palaces" (#13).

Our 2,200 students hail from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. One in three students is an international citizen or African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial. Sixty-two percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.



  • 49 departmental and interdepartmental majors
  • Option to design your own major
  • 33 percent of all majors are interdisciplinary
  • Majors of current MHC students: humanities, 32 percent; social sciences, 42 percent; natural and applied sciences, 26 percent

Class Size

  • 15 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students
  • 64 percent have 20 or fewer
  • 82 percent have 25 or fewer

Student-to-Faculty Ratio
9 to 1

After College
Six months after graduation, 86 percent of the class of 2008 were working or in school. Of those students, 16 percent were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Typically, 75 percent of MHC graduates enroll in graduate/professional school within ten years.

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