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Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Fordham University
New York City, New York

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Four-Year Institution

Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Chief Diversity Officer, Rose Hill

Fordham University


Fordham University has an excellent reputation as a dynamic institution located in New York City.  Founded in 1841, Fordham enrolls more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students in its 9 Colleges and Schools. 


  • Fordham University offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to its employees, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. We offer tuition remission for employees and their dependents  A generous employer match towards a 403(b) retirement plan. As a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), Fordham is considered a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, a federal program designed to forgive student loan debt for employees of certain public and certain nonprofit employers. As part of its work-life balance program, the University provides generous PTO including 15 vacation days, 12 sick days, 2 personal days, 6 summer Fridays, and holidays that include paid time off between Christmas and New year.   University employees have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides no-cost, professional, and confidential services, to help employees and family members address a variety of personal, family, life, and work-related issues.


Hybrid Policy:       

Please review the Hybrid Policy here.


Position Summary

The Vice President for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (VPEI) is a vital member of Fordham’s senior leadership team– an expert, strategist, and change agent who helps the University achieve its Jesuit ideals: advance academic excellence through diverse perspectives; foster a culture where all feel welcome and cared for; promote equitable access to opportunities in which students and employees can thrive, and work for justice with a focus on those at the margins.


The VPEI provides a critical voice in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by serving on the President’s Cabinet, the President’s Advisory Council, and the University Council of Deans in helping senior leaders set the strategic priorities for the University, its major divisions, and schools.


The VPEI will report jointly to the Provost and the President.


About the President:

Tania Tetlow, the president of Fordham University, is a legal scholar who examines the intersection of equal protection and criminal law. With her deep Jesuit roots, Tetlow serves as the first layperson and first woman to lead the University in its history. She builds upon the University’s great strengths in the humanities, social sciences, business, and law, and its location

in New York.


Before becoming the 33rd president of Fordham in July 2022, Tetlow served as president of Loyola University New Orleans, where she oversaw the university’s successful recovery from the most challenging period in its financial history. She came to Loyola from Tulane, where she served as senior vice president and chief of staff to President Michael Fitts during a transformative period for the university. She began her academic career at Tulane Law School as the Felder-Fayard Professor. In addition to producing research on constitutional policing that helped persuade the Justice Department to broaden its investigations, she directed Tulane’s Domestic Violence Law Clinic, for which she raised millions of dollars in federal grant funds.


About the Provost:

Dennis C. Jacobs joined Fordham in July 2019 as the University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. As the institution’s chief academic officer, he works to enhance Fordham’s array of outstanding educational programs, promote high-impact research activities, and cultivate a community of distinguished teaching scholars across the University’s nine undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools.


Jacobs earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and physics from the University of California at Irvine in 1982 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University in 1988. From 1988 to 2011, he was a chemistry professor at the University of Notre Dame. From 2004 to 2011, Jacobs also served as Notre Dame’s vice president and associate provost for undergraduate studies and international studies. From 2011 to 2019, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit Catholic university situated in the heart of Silicon Valley.


Essential Functions        

  • Serve as a partner and trusted advisor to the President and her senior leadership team in coordinating and monitoring the university’s DEI strategy across Fordham.
  • Develop an up-to-date comprehensive DEI strategic plan that aligns and integrates with Fordham’s mission, values, and strategic priorities.
  • Advise senior leaders, faculty, and administrators as they develop and implement specific strategies and tactics to enhance DEI within their own divisions, schools, or units.
  • Partner with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment to analyze and regularly report a wide array of DEI metrics (including the demographic breakdown of Fordham’s student, faculty, and administrator populations; measures of constituents’ experiences on campus; and key outcome measures).
  • Sponsor academic programming (e.g., lectures, panel discussions, and workshops) to foster dialogue, cultural competency, inclusive pedagogy, curricular innovation, and relevant research to help Fordham educate for justice and recruit, retain, and support a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
  • Collaborate closely with the Vice President of Human Resources and the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion in support of their efforts to promote DEI goals across administrator/staff and student communities, respectively.
  • Co-chair and provide administrative support to the DEI Council as the Council works to identify and address systemic barriers to achieving Fordham’s DEI aspirations.
  • Consult regularly with the Offices of Human Resources and Legal Counsel to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations related to institutional equity in our employee recruitment and management practices.
  • Advance Fordham’s student pipeline and support programs by overseeing Fordham’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), College Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP), and Talent Search Program (TRIO).
  • Expand access and opportunity for highly talented lower-income students by leveraging Fordham’s membership in the American Talent Initiative.
  • Set budget priorities within the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and steward institutional resources strategically.
  • Expand partnerships with external organizations and community groups to enhance equity and inclusion efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Investment Officer and the Vice President of Finance to ensure that the University’s mission, values, and strategic priorities are considered in vendor evaluation and selection.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of Fordham’s equity and inclusion initiatives and make recommendations for their improvement to the President and Provost.
  • Stay current on research, best practices, and emerging trends in DEI within higher education.
  • Serve as a University resource person to the Mission and Social Justice Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the President or Provost.
  • Willing and able to work on all of Fordham’s campuses


Essential Functions Note

This list is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

The University may assign additional related duties as necessary.


Management Responsibilities  

Provides strategic leadership and supervises others who supervise. Responsible for hiring, training, developing, managing performance, administering corrective action, makes compensation decisions and for managing strategic views at a high level.


Required Qualifications: Education and Experience        

  • A graduate degree in a relevant field, such as higher education administration, law, or diversity studies.
  • Minimum ten years of experience in a senior-level leadership role focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, or mission.


Required Qualifications: Knowledge and Skills     

  • Experience in leading and supervising groups and individuals in managerial contexts.
  • Strong familiarity with and deep commitment to the goals of Jesuit education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with current diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and best practices in higher education.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to engage diverse stakeholders personally and facilitate public discussions on DEI issues within the University.
  • Adept at identifying and strategically applying an intersectional lens to the work.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with community members and leaders across many levels of the organization.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement strategic plans and initiatives.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience in designing, delivering, and measuring DEI training programs and initiatives.
  • Ability to analyze data and use metrics to assess the impact and effectiveness of equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Familiarity and experience with relevant federal and state laws and regulations, and trends related to legal and regulatory compliance with equity and inclusion in higher education.
  • Demonstrated experience developing crisis management protocols and leading crisis communications in response to social issues, protests, and legal actions.
  • Commitment to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment for all members of the Fordham community.
  • Successful candidates should have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit Education.


Preferred Qualifications 

  • A terminal degree in a relevant field, such as higher education administration, law, or diversity studies.


Minimum Starting Salary: $260,000


Maximum Starting Salary: $315,000


Note: Salary is commensurate with qualifications, experience, and skills.


FLSA: Exempt







Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering an exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 16,000 students in its 9 colleges and schools.  It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre in the United Kingdom. 


Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds.


Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories

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