The University of Louisville (UofL) is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area. Established in 1798, UofL has a diverse student body of more than 23,000 and an operating budget exceeding $1.3 billion, with an endowment of $800 million (FY 2021). The university has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses seven of the university’s 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville’s medical complex and houses the university’s health-related programs, as well as the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.

One of only 73 universities boasting both Community Engaged University and Research 1 – Very High Research Activity status from the Carnegie Foundation, UofL is growing as a pioneer in leading-edge research in areas ranging from medicine and engineering to social justice. Its student population, 38 percent Pell eligible and more than one-third first-generation students, competes with the nation’s best for prestigious national and international scholarships. Since 2003, UofL has produced more Fulbright scholarships than all other Kentucky public universities combined.

With a long-standing commitment to diversity as its foundation, UofL aspires to be the nation’s premier anti-racist metropolitan research university, celebrating diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and ensuring a community of care through thought and action. The Education Trust has recognized UofL as one of the nation’s top three schools for providing access to African American and Latinx students, and the university is cited as one of America’s top 40 LGBTQ-friendly institutions by the Campus Pride Index.

Louisville Metro is a progressive community of nearly one million people with a robust economy; a vibrant arts scene; renowned parks, museums and attractions; a nationally ranked public school system; and a rich history infused with Southern hospitality.

Position Description
The vice president for diversity and equity (VPDE or vice president) provides leadership to create and maintain a campus environment that reflects UofL’s mission, vision, and values as a premier anti-racist metropolitan research university. With the steadfast support of the president, provost, and other senior leaders, the VPDE will catalyze institutional change, particularly among students and staff, to ensure the university is fully living out its stated values to create inclusion and belonging for every member of the Cardinal family while driving closer to its Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) Diversity Plan goals.

The vice president’s priorities include: (1) Articulating a clear and common vision to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusion-oriented culture across the institution; (2) Leading and advancing initiatives and partnerships with administrative and academic units to build stronger relationships among key constituencies; and (3) Leading efforts to assess the impact, effectiveness, and efficiency of current and proposed diversity and equity programs. The VPDE reports directly to President Neeli Bendapudi and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet, Senior Leadership Team, and other key institutional committees.

Minimum requirements include a master’s degree and at least seven years of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) experience. Additional requirements include demonstrated experience driving DEI strategies; depth of knowledge and fluency in the principles and language of DEI, anti-racism, and inclusive excellence, with the ability to bring forth thought leadership internally and externally to effect positive change; and experience leading teams and influencing partners, peers, and constituents.

Application and Nomination
The University of Louisville has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Complete applications received by September 30, 2021, 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 should be directed to Jim Norfleet, Practice Leader and Senior Consultant, at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status.