Barnard College, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the United States, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the inaugural position of vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion, the College’s chief diversity officer (vice president). This is an outstanding opportunity for a talented and experienced individual whose education, perspectives, and personal and professional experiences will provide a foundation for effective and collaborative leadership of the College’s efforts to translate the ideals and goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion into substantive and transformative policies and practices across the College community.
Barnard provides a singular educational experience: a world-renowned college for women with the academic resources of Columbia University and the experience of New York City as an extended classroom. Founded in 1889, Barnard was one of the few colleges in the nation where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men. Today, with an admission rate of 13.9 percent, Barnard is one of the most selective academic institutions in the country and remains devoted to empowering extraordinary women in the 21st century. The College graduates formidable students of imagination, ambition, and ability. Its eighth president, Dr. Sian Leah Beilock, joined the College in 2017. Under her leadership, Barnard provides an energized, integrated, and transformative learning environment.
Barnard aspires to be a leader among colleges and universities as a place where differing histories, experiences, and identities are understood and celebrated; where the ties that bind everyone together as a community are strong; where the ideals of inclusive excellence are wholly embraced; where discourse about issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion is engaged in a thoughtful and respectful manner, with an orientation toward social justice; and where robust and mutually beneficial partnerships are cultivated with diverse communities throughout New York City and beyond.
This position offers the right individual a truly unique and exciting opportunity. The vice president will serve as an important colleague and partner on the president’s senior team; create and lead Barnard’s office of diversity, equity, and inclusion; develop and implement an overarching plan for inclusive excellence and increased equity; serve as a well-connected campus-partner; lead cross-functional teams in a collaborative environment; and understand and improve the campus climate. The vice president will also reimagine and oversee how Barnard incorporates community engagement by initiating and continuing conversations and programming between the College and its community partners. The ideal candidate will be a visionary and transformative leader, as well as an accomplished strategist, administrator, and community builder who has significant experience and a track record of successfully advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and positive change in complex communities and/or mission-driven organizations with the ability to work within the stimulating academic environment of a top-tier institution of higher education.