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Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Belonging

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Work type: Full Time Administrative
Location: Systems Office - Indianapolis, IN
Categories: Administrative/Professional

General Description of Position:

The Vice President leads the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and belonging strategies in support of the College’s mission and strategic plan to create a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed. The Vice President champions a diverse and inclusive college environment, and actively engages students, faculty, and staff to advance behaviors, attitudes, and policies that increase awareness and commitment to eliminating student success and employment equity gaps. Serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Serves as a key advisor to the President and senior leaders on internal and external matters that impact the ability to advance diversity, equity, and belonging throughout the system.
  • Leads the College in implementing strategic initiatives, including the creation of a culture for equity, diversity, and belonging. Partners with campus leaders, faculty, students, staff, and external constituencies to promote and advance diversity, equity and belonging and ensure these efforts support the College’s values and strategic goals.
  • Works in collaboration with the College’s procurement office to establish pathways for minority-, women- and veteran- owned businesses.
  • Facilitates dialogue and partners with campus diversity leads on complex issues, current events and trends.
  • Fosters a college-wide culture where one’s identity and sense of belonging are supported for all students and employees.
  • Works collaboratively with Systems Office, campus leadership, and diversity leads to develop engagement opportunities that will proactively impact recruitment, retention, engagement, and persistence of under-represented students.
  • Collaborates with Human Resources, Systems Office and campus leaders, in the development of strategies to attract, employ, and retain a diverse and talented workforce.
  • Serves as a liaison and representative for the President with communities, organizations, and agencies.
  • Expands the College’s reach into the community with a particular focus on the development and support of underserved communities.
  • Develops, tracks, analyzes and reports data regarding the impact of the institution’s community development and engagement efforts on enrollment for underrepresented and underserved students.
  • Develops and/oversees system-wide policies and practices that impact compliance (i.e., Title IX, Affirmative Action, EEO).
  • Leads the work of the statewide Diversity Council. Ensures all campuses and Systems Office has representation.
  • Supports the Ivy Tech Foundation and Grants Department in the fundraising and grants development efforts that align strategic needs to prospective donors and grantors.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of diversity, equity, and belonging strategies. Manages and communicates broadly college diversity, equity and belonging metrics. Modifies strategies and tactics accordingly.
  • Manages budgets and other resources to accomplish identified strategies.
  • Directs the work of department staff. Hires, evaluates, and trains with regard to diversity, equity and belonging.

This is not to be construed as an exhaustive list. Other duties logically associated with this position may be assigned. All responsibilities will be conducted within the parameters of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), other applicable regulatory requirements, and professional standards. 

SUPERVISION GIVEN: Assistant Vice President of Student Advocacy, Executive Director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging, and Executive Director of Student Diversity, Equity and Belonging.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree required.

Demonstrated senior level leadership and experience advancing diversity, equity and belonging in a complex organization. Three to five years of management or supervisory experience. Experience in a post-secondary institution is a plus.

Must be able to:

  • Understand, be sensitive to, and respect the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, cultural backgrounds, disabilities, gender identity and sexual orientation of students, faculty and staff
  • Lead and develop policy and procedure related to program initiatives
  • Effectively communicate both in writing and verbally
  • Maintain a professional demeanor during emotionally charged, difficult, or high pressure conversations and situations
  • Demonstrate ability to promote an inclusive environment that reflects the broad diversity and backgrounds represented by our students and employees and which every individual feels respected and valued.
Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree.

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