Roger Williams University (RWU or Roger Williams) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of vice president for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.
Located on the coast of Bristol, Rhode Island, Roger Williams is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty, and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today’s employers demand. Since launching its signature Affordable Excellence initiative in 2014, the university has established itself as a leader in American higher education by confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families—increasing costs that limit access to college, rising debt, and the job readiness of graduates. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving University College based in Providence as well as Rhode Island’s only law school.
Reporting directly to President Ioannis Miaoulis, the vice president for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer (VPEI-CDO) is charged with shaping and articulating RWU’s strategies for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the university’s Bristol and Providence campuses. As a member of the president’s cabinet, this senior leader partners with and influences a broad range of internal and external campus stakeholders. The VPEI-CDO advises Roger Williams’ senior leadership and Board of Trustees on adopting strategies that actively support an anti-racist, diverse, and inclusive campus community. To this end, the VPEI-CDO works collaboratively with the cabinet to establish systems of accountability and evaluation, including the continuous monitoring and improvement of institutional DEI goals, using data-informed metrics to measure success and ensure that initiatives are substantively and authentically aligned with RWU’s mission and vision.
The VPEI-CDO’s portfolio is comprehensive and spans the entire university. This includes collaborating with the provost, school deans, academic and administrative departments, and student representatives on enhancing efforts across units of the university through the review and evaluation of current DEI strategies, programs, practices, and policies. The VPEI-CDO manages and provides leadership to a team of three direct reports (a director of institutional DEI, an administrative assistant, and a DEI graduate institutional research assistant) and six indirect reports.
Roger Williams University seeks candidates whose education, perspectives, and experiences have prepared them to serve in a role at the most senior level of the university with responsibility for driving the institutional change needed to create an increasingly diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. The successful candidate will have a nuanced and intersectional understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power, as well as the enthusiasm, emotional intelligence, tenacity, and acumen necessary to achieve ambitious goals.
The next VPEI-CDO will be a persuasive collaborator and inclusive convener with the ability to build bridges and consensus among faculty, staff, administrators, and students. Candidates will be evaluated based on their record of successfully initiating and leading large-scale DEI programs and projects; experiences in strategic planning, data-informed decision making, assessment, and talent development; and knowledge of best practices, laws, rules, and regulations that impact the work of a chief diversity officer.
A master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization, with a minimum of five years of experience leading DEI initiatives in higher education or mission-focused organizations is required; a terminal degree is preferred. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a substantive understanding of theories of DEI capacity building and strategy for organizations, as well as professional expertise gained through practice, advocacy, scholarship, and/or research. The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who have a track record of integrating their passion for DEI and leading organizational change in the context of a complex entity such as Roger Williams.
Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin Monday, February 22, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.
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. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel Frendian, Search Consultant, at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
Visit the Roger Williams University website at www.rwu.edu.
Learn about Roger Williams’ DEI initiatives at www.rwu.edu/who-we-are/diversity-equity-inclusion
Roger Williams University and Roger Williams University School of Law do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis in admission to, access to, employment in, and treatment in its programs and activities.
We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search advisory committee expects to conduct initial interviews via Zoom for the safety and well-being of all involved.