Founded in 1855, Butler University is a nationally recognized master’s comprehensive institution located in Indianapolis. Ranked #1 (tie) among Midwest Regional Universities, according to U.S. News & World Report, Butler was also ranked the #1 Most Innovative School among Midwest Regional Universities for the fourth straight year, as well as the top school for its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

The University’s six colleges offer more than 65 undergraduate areas of study, eight pre-professional programs, and 19 graduate programs. Around 4,800 students are enrolled at Butler, representing 45 states and 49 countries. Ninety-five percent of Butler students will have participated in some form of internship, student teaching, clinical rotation, research, or service learning by the time they graduate. This community-centered immersion is coupled with classroom learning that nurtures critical thinking, effective communication, cooperative teamwork, and ethical decision-making to prepare students for both professional success and to have lasting impact in their communities.

The Position
The Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (AVP) serves as an important collaborative partner with students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and external constituencies to proactively develop and implement plans, programs, and activities that educate and motivate members of the University community to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values to be collectively upheld in support of student learning and success.

With a primary emphasis on creating and sustaining an inclusive campus for Butler students, the AVP is a new position that reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs. The AVP serves as the institutional diversity officer and is a member of the Executive Council, along with the University’s vice presidents, academic deans and other administrative leadership, and has a secondary, dotted line reporting relationship to the President.

The AVP provides leadership for ensuring appropriate education, outreach, response, support, and communication regarding sexual misconduct. The Title IX Coordinator reports to the AVP and together they will support compliance, a safe and equitable process, and adherence to promising practices.

The AVP serves as the campus champion for inclusivity and diversity initiatives and oversees efforts to implement and assess the impact of these programs and activities for students, faculty, and staff. The AVP supervises the Efroymson Diversity Center, and also provides campus leadership for the Butler University Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series. The AVP works with senior administrative and academic leaders to make recommendations on how to maximize institutional strengths and respond to identified needs in order to maintain an intentional and sustained focus on achieving inclusive excellence.

This position is an exceptional opportunity for a collaborative, innovative, and action-oriented leader with a proven record of advancing inclusive excellence and supporting student learning and success. Butler seeks candidates whose education, perspectives, and personal and professional experiences have together prepared them to serve as an effective and collaborative leader of the institution’s efforts to foster a more welcoming, inclusive, and supportive climate for all members of the campus community.

Requirements include an advanced degree; an excellent command of contemporary diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts, issues, and best practices in higher education; substantial experience leading diversity and inclusion initiatives and achieving successful outcomes, preferably within residential and predominantly white institutions; understanding of Title IX and related best practices; proven ability to engage underrepresented populations, bridge differences through dialogue, and promote cultural competence across all constituencies; and demonstrated ability to facilitate partnerships and mobilize campus leaders around diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

Application and Nomination
Butler University has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Applications received by October 25, 2018 will be assured full consideration. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to Ellen Heffernan or Jim Norfleet at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body and our faculty and staff. In addition, hiring decisions are made on the basis of an individual’s qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. Butler University provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender identity, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.