THE OPPORTUNITY

Portland State University (PSU), Oregon’s preeminent public urban research university, invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion. This is an outstanding opportunity for a talented, experienced, and collaborative leader whose education, perspectives, and personal and professional experiences have prepared them to lead the university’s vision of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

 

The Position

ROLE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR GLOBAL DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion (VPGDI) will be a respected leader with a strong commitment to the mission of an urban public university and to the educational value of inclusive excellence. The VPGDI will promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across the campus and in the greater community through strategic planning, collaboration, and innovation. The VPGDI will lead the Global Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) division; provide strategic and visionary leadership in promoting an institutional culture that values diversity and supports inclusive excellence; partner with campus leaders, students, faculty, staff, and external constituencies to create and facilitate cultural change and transformation; proactively develop and implement policies, plans, programs, and activities that both educate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values of the institution; and lead Portland State’s efforts in realizing its bold ambition to become a national model for inclusive excellence and community engagement.

The overarching goal of the VPGDI will be to cultivate an environment in which all members of the university will feel a sense of belonging and can thrive as individuals and as a community. The VPGDI will serve as a valued member of the President’s Executive Council and lead the 80-member President’s Diversity Action Council (DAC). The VPGDI will be responsible for an administrative division comprised of four pillars: (1) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advocacy; (2) Diversity Education & Learning; (3) Equity & Compliance; and (4) Diversity & Multicultural Student Services. This position will manage a $6-million dollar budget and supervise 45 full-time employees, including five direct reports, and over 70 student employees.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Oversight

  • Develop a comprehensive plan to foster diversity, equity, and inclusiveness across the university.
  • Lead the Global Diversity and Inclusion division in carrying out its mission.
  • Identify key strengths and areas for improvement and establish the framework for a comprehensive strategic vision to guide the university’s diversity efforts forward by using data and metrics.
  • Seek to identify the barriers and challenges to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as establish strong coalitions within the university through advocacy, to work toward a more diverse and inclusive community.
  • Initiate broad conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion at the university.

Management

  • Serve as budget authority for the reporting units’ complex budgets (includes Education & General funds, student fees, grant funds, foundation accounts, and auxiliary funds).
  • Manage complex budgets in an environment with limited resources; allocate resources and empower entrepreneurialism with a high level of transparency and fairness across the division.
  • Explore external funding sources and oversee grant and program proposals to increase resources and programs.
  • Participate in fundraising efforts to support diversity initiatives, scholarships, and key events.
  • Work with the division’s fiscal personnel and the Executive Assistant to the Vice President in managing the budget.

Community Engagement

  • Serve as one of the ambassadors and liaisons for the university in its engagements with diverse communities across Portland and the state of Oregon, and serve as the university’s primary voice on matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Supervise the Director of Community Outreach and Engagement, who conducts outreach to community organizations of color and the state’s PreK-12 schools, to develop a pipeline of future students of color who could attend PSU, particularly from Oregon’s rapidly growing Hispanic population and the region’s Black/African American populations.

President’s Diversity Initiatives & Programs

The VPGDI oversees the President’s Diversity Initiatives & Programs and supervises the Executive Assistant to the Vice President who coordinates them. These initiatives and programs include:

  • President’s Diversity Action Council (DAC) – commissioned by the President and VPGDI, DAC’s role is to foster equity and advance the institutional diversity goals.
  • President’s Equal Access Scholarship Program – supports underrepresented and first-generation students from diverse backgrounds.
  • President’s Diversity Incentive Funds – supports the recruitment and retention of faculty of color at PSU with a primary focus on professional development activities that will assist with a successful third-year review on the path to promotion and tenure.
  • President’s Diversity Awards – recognizes honorees for their outstanding accomplishments in making PSU a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable university.
  • President’s Diversity Mini-Grants Program – supports the development of diversity-related curricular development projects, diversity programming, and events.
  • Signature Diversity Events – MLK Tribute Keynote Event, Multicultural Graduation, Culturally Responsive Symposium and other campus-wide diversity events which GDI co-sponsors.

Diversity and Multicultural Student Services

  • Supervise the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Diversity and Multicultural Student Services (DMSS), who oversees the Cultural Resource Centers, TRIO Pre-College and TRIO Upward Bound, Multicultural Retention Services, Disability Resource Center, Student Legal Services, and Veteran’s Resource Center.
  • Provide guidance to the AVP-DMSS and the divisions within DMSS to advance the success of PSU’s diverse and underrepresented students.
  • Create initiatives to support PSU’s multicultural and underrepresented students.
  • Provide leadership in advancing the institutional climate for PSU’s diverse student body.

Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Faculty, Staff, and Students

  • Assist with developing systems to support recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students, including: developing resources and systems, facilitating connections between diverse communities across Oregon, and assisting with outreach to diverse communities that are underrepresented on college campuses, including Black/African Americans, Native Americans, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islanders, LGBT, immigrants, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and women.
  • Provide leadership in developing programs to serve PSU’s diverse communities, including Black/African Americans, Native Americans, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islanders, LGBT, immigrants, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and women, in welcoming and integrating members of these groups.
  • Work closely with university colleagues, including the Director of Affirmative Action, Human Resources, Office of Academic Affairs, and Graduate Studies to help recruit diverse faculty and senior administrators who can serve as role models and mentors for students from underrepresented groups.

Diversity Education & Learning

  • Cultivate relationships with deans, department heads, and other academic leaders within the PSU community to help them understand how a coordinated effort to build diversity into academic programming can help advance the quality of their work.
  • Provide guidance to the Director of Diversity Education and Learning, who is responsible for the development of diversity training, workshops, and other co-curricular and educational programs.
  • Encourage and support faculty to enrich service-based learning with direct engagement with some of Portland’s most diverse communities.

Equal Opportunity/Compliance and Affirmative Action

  • Supervise the Associate Vice President of GDI, who oversees Equity and Compliance, and provide guidance on addressing individual complaints of discrimination and harassment as well as systemic concerns.
  • Complete professional development in Title IX, Title VII, Title VI, Americans with Disabilities Act and its amendments, as well as Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, and other federal and state laws to assist with monitoring PSU’s policies and to ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations to keep abreast of constantly changing laws and regulations.
  • Provide advice on Equity and Compliance investigations and trainings.

Service to the University

  • Serve on various university and community committees and assist with event planning.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the university and region to stay updated on practices, research, and opportunities that serve the department and university mission.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

Among the many opportunities and challenges to be addressed by the Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion, the following have been identified by the search committee as being of special importance (listed in no particular order):

Serve as a trusted member of the university’s senior leadership team

The successful candidate will report directly to the President, join the senior leadership team, contribute to the university’s strategic decisions, and earn the trust and respect of colleagues across the campus community. In collaboration with colleagues on the President’s cabinet, the VPGDI will ensure that inclusive excellence is interwoven throughout Portland State’s policies and strategic initiatives as a core value of the institution. The VPGDI will be expected to pose challenging questions and suggest insightful solutions on difficult topics in order to stimulate the very best thinking among PSU’s leadership.

Lead, represent, and advocate for Global Diversity and Inclusion (GDI)

Lead, represent, and advocate for GDI within the university context. Serve as the primary liaison between GDI and the university community, including students, faculty, staff, and senior leaders. Develop and communicate the mission and vision of GDI as a resource for the campus community. Provide leadership and direction in the implementation and administration of the university’s efforts to prevent, as well as respond to, harassment and discrimination. Guide the design and delivery of educational and training programs to support diversity, inclusiveness, equal access, equitable treatment, and cultural understanding and competency.

Create pathways towards a more inclusive campus community

The VPGDI will be a connector and communicator across campus, building bridges between staff, faculty, and students as well as breaking down silos between and within each group. The VPGDI will have a creative and entrepreneurial perspective, and will take advantage of the strong culture of self-assessment and data-gathering at PSU. The successful candidate will generate ideas and initiatives for assessing, understanding, and improving the campus climate. To this end, the VPGDI will work with campus partners in the offices of Academic Innovation and Student Success to refine tools and surveys to undertake a holistic review of the campus climate and the effectiveness of campus programs and initiatives. The VPGDI will use this information to determine what resources are needed to create a more equitable and inclusive community.

Develop and implement a comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) plan

Building on the current draft of the DEI plan, the VPGDI will lead and oversee the further development, adoption, and administration of a DEI plan that complements PSU’s current strategic plan, Let Knowledge Serve the City. The DEI plan should incorporate the African American/Black/African Student Success and the Asian American, Pacific Islander, Asian Student Success task force reports.

Strengthen public awareness, communication, and community engagement

The VPGDI will serve as an ambassador for PSU, facilitating communication with internal and external stakeholders regarding the messaging of the mission, initiatives, and strategies employed by the university in relation to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The VPGDI will create mechanisms for communicating PSU’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and its use of an equity lens in strategic planning and decision making. A critical part of the VPGDI’s role will be to enhance community engagement and be seen as a thought leader on diversity, equity, and inclusion locally in the Portland metro area, across the state, and nationally.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

The Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion will work with Interim President Steve Percy to determine specific measures of success and their respective timetables. The search committee offers the following general metrics for the position:

  • good working relationships with key partners across campus;
  • evidence of campus partners’ greater awareness and understanding of equity and the university’s equity lens;
  • adoption and implementation of a comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion plan;
  • increased awareness among the campus community of GDI’s services and the many ways the office supports the university and its constituencies;
  • positive relationships with all GDI staff members and reinforcement of a shared identity, common purpose, and positive team culture within GDI;
  • development and implementation of process improvements to enhance efficiency and effectively manage GDI’s workload; and
  • effective representation and advocacy for GDI within the university context and with external stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

The ideal candidate will be a visionary and transformative thought leader, strategist, administrator, community builder, and collaborative campus partner who has a track record of successfully advancing inclusive excellence and positive change in a complex environment. This person will be adept at fostering dialogue with multiple constituencies across and beyond the campus, building coalitions, and achieving results through influence, empowerment, and competence. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of and expertise in the issues of race, sexuality, gender, disability, indigeneity, class, and the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power. This person will also possess the energy, enthusiasm, drive, emotional intelligence, and gravitas necessary to achieve ambitious goals.

Requirements include a minimum of a master’s degree; five years of experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and achieving successful outcomes within a complex academic environment or mission-driven organization; an understanding of the policy and legislative landscape, including federal and state anti-discrimination laws; strong strategic and tactical skills to develop and execute plans, and manage the day-to-day work of an administrative division; ability to build strong relationships and rapport with students, faculty, and staff; expertise to initiate assessment tools, evaluate data, and make evidence-based decisions and recommendations; and a talent and enthusiasm for fundraising.

Preferred qualifications include an earned doctorate or other terminal degree; experience working at a large, public urban campus; experience implementing an equity lens to promote inclusive excellence; and a credible record of academic teaching and research.

DIVISION OF GLOBAL DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

The following profile of the Division of Global Diversity and Inclusion is available at https://www.pdx.edu/diversity/home.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion is not only a value and a mission of Portland State University, it is the essential framework of who we are and what we do as an institution and community. Global Diversity and Inclusion is the central division that leads and facilitates the continuous quest for Inclusive Excellence. We structure our ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion journey through four pillars.

Diversity Education & Learning

Global Diversity and Inclusion offers diversity, equity, and inclusion education addressing a variety of topics, needs, and experience levels. We provide a body of learning opportunities of breadth and depth, from beginner to advanced.

Equity & Compliance

To learn to teach, to generate new knowledge for the benefit of humankind… To Let Knowledge Serve our city, our region, our state, and our world. This is the purpose of Portland State University. To achieve our purpose requires that together we, each of us, take responsibility for and guard against discrimination and harassment, and their pernicious effects.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advocacy

Diversity, equity, and inclusion advocacy requires the ongoing examination of all endeavors, activities, practices, structures, and systems of Portland State University. We seek to identify the barriers and challenges to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We advocate for any and all needed changes that aid in making every person feel welcome, wanted, valued, and partnered with for their success.

Partnerships & Engagement

Portland State is fortunate to be part of a community recognized worldwide for its leadership on issues of sustainability and social justice. PSU commits to inclusion of historically marginalized communities and those underrepresented in higher education. The institution recognizes that it cannot meet these commitments without the rich partnerships and full engagement with all communities in the city and region.

Leadership

Julie Caron – Interim Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion

Julie Caron is currently the Interim Vice President for Global Diversity & Inclusion at Portland State University. She oversees a wide range of diversity and equity-related programs and initiatives at PSU, including Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advocacy, Diversity Education and Learning, Equity & Compliance, and Diversity and Multicultural Student Services. Julie has been with PSU since 2011. She is concurrently serving as the Associate Vice President for Global Diversity & Inclusion. Her role as AVP includes being Portland State’s Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Julie works to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and works with community partners on programming and initiatives. Prior to joining Portland State, Julie practiced law, with a focus on employment law, and was a law clerk in the U.S. Federal District Court. She received her JD from Lewis & Clark School of Law in Portland, and her BA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Organizational Charts

Global Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Multicultural Student Services

Institution & Location

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY: AN OVERVIEW

About Portland State University

Over the last 73 years, Portland State has developed from a temporary extension center to its position today as a nationally recognized urban research university, the largest and most diverse in Oregon. The institution was first established as the Vanport Extension Center in June 1946 to satisfy the demand for higher education in Portland for returning World War II veterans. Following the Vanport Flood of 1948, the college became known as “the college that wouldn’t die” for refusing to close after the flood. In 1952, the School moved to downtown Portland and occupied the vacated building of Lincoln High School on SW Broadway Street. In 1955, the School changed its name to Portland State College to mark its maturation into a four-year degree-granting institution, continuing to grow with graduate programs added in 1961 and doctoral programs added in 1968. The institution was granted university status by the Oregon Legislature in 1969, becoming Portland State University (PSU).

In recent years, PSU programs have attracted national attention. When PSU replaced its traditional undergraduate general education distribution system and adopted a new interdisciplinary program, University Studies, in 1994, it received national press, and institutions all over the country visited the PSU campus. For the ninth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has recognized University Studies and on multiple occasions has listed it as a “Program to Look For.” PSU programs continue to garner national recognition and rankings. The University has been named one of the top ten most innovative universities in the country (U.S. News and World Report 2017-2018) and as a Community Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Most recently, in 2019, Portland State was named as one of the top ten colleges that leads to student success. To see an up-to-date list of the outstanding PSU rankings and references by Princeton Review and other nationally respected organizations, please visit the following link: http://www.pdx.edu/profile/portland-state-university-rankings-and-references.

Student diversity and engagement with diverse communities have increased with the expansion and development of academic programs gathered in the School of Gender, Race and Nations, including Black Studies; Indigenous Nations Studies; Chicano/Latino Studies; and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In addition, students are supported by a number of resource centers, including six cultural resource centers: La Casa Latina Student Center; Multicultural Student Center; Middle Eastern/North African/South Asian (MENASA just opened this year); Native American Student & Community Center; Pacific Islander, Asian, and Asian American Student Center; and Pan-African Commons.

A seminal moment for the institution occurred in September 2008, when the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation awarded PSU a ten-year, $25M challenge grant to enhance and expand its sustainability efforts. Both the $25M Miller grant and the funds raised to match it are being used exclusively for the advancement of sustainability in program offerings, including research and engagement with community partners. In 2014-15, the university was awarded a $24M grant from NIH to promote the training of traditionally underrepresented undergraduate students for graduate studies and research careers in health and biomedical fields—a grant which was renewed in 2018 due to its continued success (Build EXITO). PSU is also the recipient of about $29M in federal funding for its Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), which supports students through research projects and fellowships, develops innovative transportation-related curriculum, and conducts research on multi-modal transportation solutions, including accessibility.

Portland State, with the leadership of the Provost, launched a new Student Success Effort in the fall of 2019. The Provost outlined a strategic framework for organizing and coordinating a campus-wide focus on its shared Student Success Effort. This framework includes executive support from Interim President Percy for the Leadership Council that will be responsible for steering, coordinating, and assessing PSU’s commitment to improving student success outcomes. The Student Success Effort is divided into four pillars or focus areas. These include Persistence, Academic Success, Affordability, and Student Experience, all supported by the strategic use of data. The Student Success Effort will pay careful attention to the institutional data it uses to define its metrics, set explicit targets, and put powerful data tools in the hands of the people best positioned to act on that data. The effort is committed to using an equity lens throughout all areas of work.

PSU Today

Portland State University has approximately 28,000 students – roughly 22,500 undergraduates and 5,500 graduate students. About 62 percent of students are full time, approximately 78 percent are residents of Oregon, and 70 percent are transfer students. The University employs approximately 4,135 employees, including 1,853 research and instructional faculty, 2,399 academic professionals, managers, and staff, and 92 administrators. The faculty and most of the staff, including graduate assistants, are represented by various collective bargaining units. Collective bargaining plays a strong role in the university’s governance.

PSU employs adjunct faculty and researchers throughout its academic units who bring diversity and broad experience to their work at PSU. Adjuncts at PSU often teach the same courses as full-time faculty and teach a large share of the total credit hours.

PSU offers over 200 degree programs: 88 bachelor’s, 88 master’s, and 37 doctoral programs. Over the past 20 years, PSU has added doctoral programs and grown into the comprehensive urban research university operating today. Doctoral programs include community health, health systems policy, mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, applied psychology, engineering and technology management, mechanical engineering, and sociology.

PSU’s research funding has grown steadily from about $5M in 1990 to more than $65M in 2018-19. In addition, PSU’s Business Accelerator has fostered the growth of 38 businesses, 35 percent of which work directly with PSU’s faculty experts. Research synergies in areas such as medical devices and instrumentation, computer science, urban design and transportation, automation and artificial intelligence, and sustainability, support private-sector innovation and improve the quality of life of all Oregonians while helping attract members of the “creative class” to Portland. Social work research and evaluation have led to significant changes in national and state policy relative to child welfare, disability services, and youth service integration.

PSU drives its academic agenda in accordance with the following mission statement:

  • We serve and sustain a vibrant urban region through our creativity, collective knowledge, and expertise.
  • We are dedicated to collaborative learning, innovative research, sustainability, and community engagement.
  • We educate a diverse community of lifelong learners.
  • Our research and teaching have global impact.

Entering its 25th year, the University Studies (UNST) general education program is a nationally recognized four-year program designed to provide students a well-balanced educational foundation, which helps them become successful, thoughtful, analytical thinkers. The program provides learning environments and opportunities known to enhance learning, satisfaction, and retention for all students. PSU’s four-year general education program is required of all students, with the exception of those enrolled in Liberal Studies or the Honors Program. University Studies begins with Freshman Inquiry, a year-long course introducing students to different modes of inquiry and providing them with the tools to succeed in advanced studies and their majors. At the sophomore level, students choose three different Sophomore Inquiry courses, each of which leads into a thematically linked, interdisciplinary cluster of courses at the upper-division level. Finally, all students are required to complete a Capstone course which consists of teams of students from different majors working together to complete a project addressing a real problem in the Portland metropolitan community.

Leadership and Governance

Stephen Percy – Interim President

In July 2019, Stephen Percy, formerly Dean of the College of Urban & Public Affairs and a professor of political science, was selected to serve as PSU’s Interim President. Percy is expected to serve as interim through the 2020-21 academic year while the Board of Trustees conducts a search for a permanent leader.

At Portland State, Percy headed the campus-wide strategic planning effort that identified priorities and goals for PSU from 2016-2020, and has served on the Diversity Action Council. As a Dean, Percy worked to expand academic programs and student enrollment, and advanced a diverse set of centers and institutes that promote civic engagement, support community problem solving, and advance community and regional planning. The College of Urban and Public Affairs includes the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Urban Planning, and the Departments of Economics and International & Global Affairs.

The co-author of six books and one textbook, Percy was Founding Dean of the College of Public Affairs and a professor of public and international affairs at the University of Baltimore. He also served as an administrator and a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Hamilton College and his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University.

Governance

In 2014, PSU became an independent public body governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor, with the approval of the Oregon Legislature. The state appropriation and all major academic policies and program changes at PSU are coordinated through Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission. PSU has a strong tradition of shared governance, of which the Faculty Senate is an essential component.

University Organizational Chart

 

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Strategic Plan

Let Knowledge Serve the City

Portland State University occupies a unique position in Oregon and plays a crucial role in the metropolitan region which it serves. As the state’s premier urban research and teaching university, PSU has a well-defined mission to positively impact Portland and the broader community through educational access, engagement with local partners, and the expertise of its top-quality faculty and staff. The institution’s new strategic plan is based on five strategic goals that will ensure the PSU will remain a vital place of learning, creativity and progress.

Read the full plan.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Globalization

Since its founding, Portland State University has embraced a mission of access to higher education for students across the state. Throughout its growth and development, PSU has remained committed to providing access and opportunity to students from regional, national, and international communities in their pursuit of lifelong learning and diverse educational goals. The PSU student body is the most diverse in the state. To this end, PSU has utilized an equity lens in its strategic plan and in the development of policies and procedures. PSU values diversity and fosters a climate of mutual respect and inclusiveness that celebrates the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff, and supports different points of view and the open exchange of ideas. CLAS faculty have led in securing institutional awards to support equity and inclusion in the sciences, including a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Education Initiative Grant, and National Science Foundation awards including a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) award alongside several REU SITE and S-STEM awards. The University is also committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff to enrich the educational experience of students both inside and outside the classroom and give them the skills they need to flourish and succeed in a diverse global society.

PSU has distinguished itself regionally and nationally by refining and expanding its focus on equity, and this commitment is demonstrated throughout the strategic plan and throughout the planning process itself. The Strategic Planning Project Support Team created an Equity Lens panel that reviewed and made recommendations on the strategic planning process and drafts of the plan. In order to design and implement this lens using best practices and the most current thinking on the subject, PSU enlisted the help of a small group of experts from within the PSU community and the Metro region. In the development of the Strategic Plan, Equity Lens questions were asked to consider answers from two perspectives: through the lens of race and ethnicity and through the lens of marginalized communities including (but not limited to) persons with disabilities, women, transgender and gender non-conforming persons, and those in the LGBTQ community.

Since 2000, internationalization has been a central theme of PSU, and the university has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to globalization as part of its mission. PSU’s future is guided by the belief that its students will be leaders in an emerging global community. To help achieve this, it strives to weave global thinking seamlessly into everything that it does. Today, PSU has grown to become a university of distinction that attracts students and faculty from around the world, with international students enrolled from over 80 countries. Additionally, the university hosts approximately 200 international visiting researchers and scholars who contribute their knowledge and expertise to the PSU community. The University also sponsors more than 140 study abroad programs in over 38 countries, and the number of students who study abroad has increased 58 percent since 1999.

Campus Development and Community Partnerships

Portland State has a long history of collaboration with public and private sector partners to make the metro region stronger and more resilient. PSU remains committed to the further and ongoing evolution of a dynamic, energetic, and inviting University District. To this end, it has partnered with the City and private interests to develop a 50-block, mixed-use campus that strengthens the fabric of surrounding neighborhoods. It also invests in infrastructure improvements – such as the streetcar and light rail systems – that enhance the quality of the urban experience.

The PSU campus consists of 49 acres and 50 buildings, including 11 residential student-housing properties. Since 2000, PSU has added more than one million square feet of new space through real estate acquisitions, and has plans for new capital investments. The university’s emphasis on the values and practices of community engagement reinforces the potential for successful economic-development partnerships, and makes PSU a catalytic institution with a sphere of influence that expands well beyond its contributions to a vibrant and active downtown. For more information about Portland State University, click here: http://www.pdx.edu/aboutpsu.

About Portland, Oregon

Big-city excitement and small-town charm make Portland, known as “the City of Roses,” one of the most popular cities on the west coast. Situated where the Columbia and Willamette Rivers meet, and approximately 70 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Portland enjoys a magnificent setting, combining sparkling waterways with lush greenery rarely found in urban settings. Portland is home to approximately 647,800 residents and the population of the surrounding metropolitan area is approximately 2.6 million. Portland is widely recognized in national surveys and rankings as one of America’s most livable cities, and is ranked #1 as the most desirable city for career development and entrepreneurship.

Portland’s historic old town, many galleries and museums, Saturday Market, Waterfront Park, and an abundance of fine restaurants keep residents and visitors busy and satisfied. The performing arts in the area offer classical music, jazz and blues, as well as theater and dance. Portland is just a short distance from the spectacular Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls, windsurfing at Hood River, valley wineries, skiing at Mt. Hood, and the drama of the Oregon coast.

Portland is known for its extensive park system of more than 200 parks. These encompass such areas as the elm shaded South Park Blocks in the downtown area, and Washington Park, home of the Rose Gardens and the Japanese Gardens. Portland’s Forest Park, at nearly 5,000 acres, is the largest park within a city in the U.S. and has nearly 50 miles of walking trails. Portland’s award-winning mass transit system is one of the most extensive and advanced in the U.S. and includes buses and the MAX, an urban light rail line, as well as a downtown transit mall. Relocation information can be found at http://www.portlandreloguide.com/

Benefits Overview

The following benefits are available to Portland State University employees:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Retirement Plans
  • Supplemental Retirement Options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Leave Options
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Discounts

https://www.pdx.edu/hr/benefits

Application & Nomination

Portland State University has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will begin immediately and will 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. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Jim Norfleet at jmn@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodations to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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