Franklin Pierce University — Chief Diversity Officer

Chief Diversity Officer
Franklin Pierce University
Rindge, NH

Franklin Pierce University seeks an outstanding and experienced professional to serve as Chief Diversity Officer. This is a new, full-time position, reporting directly to the President of the University and will be responsible for establishing the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Our University community believes that diversity, equity and inclusiveness are fundamental to our institutional excellence.

Since 1962, Franklin Pierce University has empowered thousands of undergraduate and graduate students to achieve academic excellence and lead meaningful, successful lives. Drawing from our strong foundation in liberal education, we offer programs and educational experiences that develop essential intellectual and professional skills; promote close connections between students, faculty members and staff; and position our students to realize their potential through highly personalized, financially accessible academic offerings.

The University encompasses a far-reaching geographic and virtual network educating a diverse population of students. The diversity of our student population has grown every year for the last five years: 20% of our undergraduate students and 13% of our graduate students come from diverse backgrounds (IPEDS 2014-19). We educate residential undergraduates, online learners and full-time graduate students through our main campus in Rindge, NH and online and graduate centers in Manchester and Lebanon, NH and Goodyear, AZ. As one University with boundless opportunity, we continue to explore new educational models and programs that build on our legacy of excellence and help students expand their knowledge, direct their passions, and graduate as qualified, engaged leaders.

Franklin Pierce University evolved from being a college that lived and survived on educational experimentation to a University that is actively involved in building on its many successes while strategically mapping out its future. With the appointment of Dr. Kim Mooney on August 1, 2016 as its sixth president, the University is demonstrating a commitment to balance openness to growth and creativity with serious strategic analysis and management. Spearheading the development of the University’s new strategic plan, she is inculcating the work of diversity, equity and inclusion as a priority in this strategic plan. 

Job Summary:
Reporting to the President, this is an ideal opportunity for a highly skilled professional to work with the University and establish our first Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The role of Chief Diversity Officer will engage with all areas of the University including human resources, academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment management, communications and marketing, and advancement. To that end, we are clear that this work is not the work of one person or one office. This position will lead the creation of a comprehensive and integrated framework for diversity, equity and inclusion, through leveraging current efforts and envisioning new initiatives. The Chief Diversity Officer will be charged with developing and introducing practices, educational programs and resources to move the University forward and to strengthen a welcoming and inclusive learning and working environment where all are treated with compassion and respect.

Serving as a results oriented strategic partner and member of the senior staff, the CDO shall proactively and collaboratively lead the strategic direction for the University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Using skills and experiences as a change administrator, the CDO will conduct thorough and ongoing analyses of our cultural, academic and student programing and produce recommendations in support of social justice principles.

Through the establishment of our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Chief Diversity Officer will work closely with senior leadership to both revise and develop University policies and procedures and craft a multi-year plan to measure key indicators of success. The role of the CDO includes advising and holding our leadership, staff and faculty accountable for our progress within functional areas through the development and deployment of strategic benchmarks and key performance indicators. 

As the Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and as the Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, the CDO also holds responsibility for identifying ongoing opportunities to achieving institutional diversity, equity and inclusion goals and advising on strategy and commitment to overcoming barriers to them.

Candidate Experience and Qualifications:
The Chief Diversity Officer is an organizational leader and strategic manager who has a demonstrated record of successful accomplishments and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion work throughout an organization.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Five to seven (5-7) years’ experience as a CDO or related position in higher education.
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree; terminal preferred.
  • Experience in budget management and staff supervision.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local legislation related to Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities to include:

  • Ethics and Values: Record of functional diversity role and a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion. Embraces the mission, vision and diversity, equity and inclusion values of the institution. 
  • Process Management: Record of policy development and implementation. A record of success in support for recruiting and training a diverse pool of faculty, students and staff and building an inclusive, professional environment.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Ability to make connections among existing ideas and create fresh approaches. Pursues innovation for new solutions. Employs an entrepreneurial nature.
  • Influencing Others: Ability to listen carefully, coach and mentor others. Collaborates with leaders and managers to generate an energy and commitment to change. Creates an open environment that welcomes others to participate.
  • Integrity and Trust: Demonstrated commitment to equity, fairness and transparency. Has a well-developed emotional intelligence and model collegial behavior.
  • Strategic Thinking: Possesses acute sense of strategy, as well as significant experience in facilitating nuanced cultural shifts. Knowledge and experience of the culture of higher education.
  • Thought Leader: Demonstrates an excellent command of diversity and social justice principles, language and policy within higher education. Previously published or has presented at conferences. 
  • Interpersonal Skills: Committed to the compelling personal qualities of integrity, leadership, collaboration and outstanding communications skills. Relatability to our students.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage women and minorities to apply for our open positions, and welcome enquiry from qualified applicants for this position. Confidential review and screening of applications and nominations will begin immediately and continue until filled.

For further information, contact the Director of Human Resources & Risk Management at (603) 899-4075 or via Please apply online (click here).