Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia is seeking an Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
About the Role
The Executive Director of DEI is responsible for advancing the mission of Hollins University by fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence that reflects the university’s identity and creates a just community. This position advances the university’s commitment to DEI by promoting and supporting academic integration, development, and resilience for students and community for all campus constituents. The executive director reports to the Vice President for Student Success, Well-Being, and Belonging (SSWBB) and supervises the Chaplain and Director of Belonging; the Equity, Community, and Title IX Program Coordinator; the HU Safe Haven Program Director; and the Director of HU Connect.
Some key responsibilities of the executive director are to:
- Support and create spaces for dialogue on justice-related issues including facilitating the Inclusivity and Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC) meetings and supporting faculty, staff, and student affinity/ally groups.
- Build upon and further integrate the university’s inclusive excellence strategy and plans across all aspects of the university with students, faculty, and staff.
- Manage logistics, provide administrative coordination, and further the work and ideas of the DEI office.
- Prepare reports, updates, and other documents related to DEI initiatives, strategies, projects, programs, and policies while also developing metrics that incorporate qualitative and quantitative data.
- Work with division and office leadership and staff to ensure DEI priorities are aligned with campus community needs and priorities.
- In coordination with DEI staff members, increase outreach efforts to support student retention and success of historically marginalized student populations.
- Launch a consistent series of events and programs, including implementing signature events with specific focus on implicit bias, allyship, safe zone, disability, justice, and other culturally engaging programming.
- Serve as a point of contact for bias-related student-reported incidents, including investigations and rendering resolutions aligned with a restorative model.
- Provide tactical assistance for students, faculty, and staff seeking to incorporate inclusive excellence strategies, restorative conflict models, and anti-racist strategies into their areas of relevant advocacy.
- Develop a DEI dashboard that supports the university’s DEI benchmarks, data, and signature initiatives.
- Develop an affinity group alumnae/i database and develop communication and programming with alumnae/i to leverage bridge-building for students.
Candidates must have the following qualifications and experience:
- Master’s degree
- Minimum of five years of relevant, progressive DEI experience in higher education
- Experience leading DEI programs
- Experience with DEI policy development, communication, training, and administration
- Experience serving as a strategic advisor to a senior leadership team
- Supervisory experience
- Experience managing budgets
- Knowledge of laws, regulations, and guidelines related to nondiscrimination
- Knowledge of best practices around diversity, equity, and inclusion with a command of current DEI concepts
- Strong leadership, collaboration, organizational, project management, problem‐solving, change management, and influencing skills
- Exceptional analytical, interpersonal, and empathetic listening skills, as well as verbal and written communication skills, across all levels of an organization
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, administration, and the external community, including individuals of diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and abilities
- Ability to think qualitatively, as well as quantitatively, to produce high-quality work reflecting attention to detail and accuracy
- Advanced knowledge of analytical, statistical, and data visualization tools
- Ability to take initiative and willingness to be coached
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion
- Ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed
- Ability and willingness to travel as needed
Preferred candidates will have experience in grant writing and in a single-sex, residential, liberal arts higher education institution.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Candidates should comment in their cover letter on how their contributions will further the university’s efforts to ensure the success and inclusion of all members of its community. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Semi-final candidates will be asked to submit contact information for three references. Once the selected candidate accepts a contingent employment offer, criminal history and motor vehicle background checks will be conducted.
Hollins is an independent, liberal arts university offering undergraduate education for women and selected graduate programs for men and women. Founded in 1842 as Virginia’s oldest chartered women’s college, Hollins provides abundant opportunities to students for research, study abroad, and leadership training, and provides access to real-world experience through internships around the globe supported by an extensive alumnae/i network.
Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusiveness at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.
For more information about Hollins, please visit our website (www.hollins.edu).