Grinnell College — Chief Diversity Officer / Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Senior Advisor to the President

POSITION TITLE: Chief Diversity Officer/Associate Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Senior Advisor to the President 

REPORTS TO: Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs 

STAFF: Two Direct Reports 

LOCATION: Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa 


Institutional and Strategic 

  • Work closely with the President as a member of the Senior Staff, in institutional planning, developing short- and long-range strategies, policy development and problem-solving 
  • Serve as co-convener, with the Deputy CDO for Student Affairs and the Deputy CDO for Employee Relations, of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, which is charged with the task of developing and sustaining an inclusive campus community, evaluating practices, monitoring campus climate, and updating the Diversity and Inclusion Plan annually 
  • Co-ordinate directly with the President on an institution-wide annual audit of the Diversity and Inclusion Plan implementation in every division of the College 
  • As Senior Advisor to the President, discuss and recommend policies, structures, research, and practices that further diversity and inclusion throughout the institution 
  • Work with over fifteen diversity professionals across the College in admissions, athletics, development and alumni relations, human resources, academic affairs, and student affairs. Meet frequently to lead diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs 
  • Support data-informed decision-making related to issues of access, retention, and equity for students, staff, and faculty. Align objectives and strategic plans with the College mission and organizational goals 
  • Contribute to strategic discussions and play a central role in advocating for and championing a comprehensive institutional strategy around all matters of equity and inclusion. Provide leadership, management, and strategic planning for diversity and inclusion initiatives across campus 
  • Work with the campus community to identify strengths and opportunities, set priorities, create clear roadmaps to guide the work of divisions and departments, assess programs and adapt when needed, and make transparent and strategic choices that advance inclusive excellence 

Oversight of Training and Faculty Hiring 

  • Oversee, develop, and facilitate institutional programming related to diversity and inclusion efforts, including implicit bias training and inclusive teaching, working collaboratively with other departments, students, and committees 
  • Represent the Dean of the College on the assessment committee and work with the Personnel Committee to ensure personnel procedures accurately reflect contributions to a culture of diversity and inclusion 
  • Ensure the development of delivery of key diversity training programs and opportunities and oversee training and development to educate faculty, staff, and students on how to recognize and appreciate individual differences 
  • Oversee hiring procedures and guidelines for faculty searches 
  • Oversee and develop training on best practices for recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, as well as providing implicit bias training for new employees and Student Educational Policy Committees (SEPCs), whose members serve on faculty
    searches and contribute to tenure and promotion processes

Communication and Outreach 

  • Provide regular communication to the Grinnell Community about efforts, initiatives and progress related to diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Represent the College at various community, civic, and professional meetings and conferences as requested 

Teaching and Learning 

  • Identify strategies to strengthen effective mentoring practices, to facilitate networking, to foster the acquisition of skills, and to provide guidance to ensure an inclusive environment that supports employee development 
  • Lead faculty development programs and help faculty develop inclusive pedagogies. Collaborate with academic department chairs and faculty members to foster research and expanded curricula on equity, diversity, inclusion, and related issues 


  • Doctorate degree or terminal degree equivalent required
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in a diversity and inclusion leadership role in an educational institution
  • History and record of successful leadership in diversity and inclusion management with demonstrable success in linking best practices to key institutional goals and objectives, with a strong commitment to its mission, vision and values 
  • Demonstrated strategic vision and insight with the ability to conceptualize organizational issues and develop strategic plans at all levels 
  • Exhibited openness to exploring different ideas, creating solutions where all parties can see success and engaging colleagues across organizational lines
  • Ability to lead and manage major institutional change initiatives and a demonstrated ability to understand and respond to the culture of a liberal arts college campus 
  • Transparent disposition and habit of collaboration; strong interpersonal skills and diplomacy; superb listening and influencing skills; flexibility and an ability to embrace ambiguity; ability to cultivate and sustain trust and credibility with students, staff, faculty 
  • Energetic leadership with high ethical standards and a commitment to excellence, honesty, and integrity 
  • Demonstrated ability to effect change, empower people, influence others and successfully manage challenge and conflict 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience 

CONTACT:  Qualified candidates interested in this opportunity please submit a resume to with JB CDO in the subject line and cc Willie Carrington at