Salem State University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of vice president for diversity and inclusion, the university’s chief diversity officer.
Located just 15 miles north of Boston in Salem, Massachusetts, and enrolling 8,500 students, Salem State has enjoyed a remarkable trajectory from its origins as a normal school focused exclusively on teacher preparation to a comprehensive public university with an array of undergraduate and graduate programs. The university provides a diverse community of learners a high-quality, student-centered education that prepares them to be leaders within their chosen professions and to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society. Salem State serves as an important partner in the economic, cultural, and intellectual vitality of the state’s North Shore region.
Recognized as having the most diverse student body of the nine state universities, Salem State is deeply committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging while achieving greater diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The vice president for diversity and inclusion will build on efforts already underway to catalyze transformational change and further the university’s vision of a vibrant community characterized in all it does by a central commitment to inclusive excellence. The new vice president will find support structures and a community of students, staff, and faculty of diverse backgrounds and identities that are devoted to the urgency of the task. Salem State currently enjoys energetic student groups and active employee resource groups (ERGs) that promote diversity, openness, understanding, and inclusiveness, as well as regional and national affiliations in organizations such as the National Coalition Building Institute and the Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium.
This position offers the right individual a truly unique and exciting opportunity. The ideal candidate will be a strategic leader, skilled administrator, collaborative partner, convener, and community builder who has experience advancing inclusive excellence and positive change in complex communities. This person will be adept at fostering dialogue with multiple constituencies, building coalitions, and achieving results through influence, force of intellect, and dynamism of personality. The successful candidate will have an advanced degree; a deep and intersectional understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power; and the energy, enthusiasm, drive, emotional intelligence, and gravitas necessary to achieve ambitious goals.