University of Wisconsin – Madison — Chief Diversity Officer

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Diversity Officer.  This position is appointed as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). The position also carries the endowed title of the Elzie Higginbottom Director of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement.   The CDO will be a proactive and strategic advocate, an enterprising and innovative partner, and an experienced and inspiring leader for the university’s efforts to create a diverse, inclusive, and successful work and learning environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other university stakeholders. The individual will possess organizational and political savvy, strategic diversity experience, a proven track record of successfully advancing diversity initiatives, and the energy, enthusiasm, drive, and gravitas necessary to achieve ambitious university goals.

University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) is a world-class teaching and research institution dedicated to advancing the public good, solving real-world problems, and cultivating the future leaders of tomorrow. Founded in 1848, UW-Madison is both the oldest and largest university in the state of Wisconsin as well as the state’s flagship public land-grant university. UW-Madison is home to a dynamic and diverse community of over 45,000 students and 20,000 employees who share a strong sense of school spirit, a commitment to both service and scholarship, and a deep appreciation for the institution’s academic rigor. With over 9,000-plus courses; 200-plus undergraduate majors and certificates; and 250-plus master’s, doctoral, and professional programs, UW-Madison offers students countless opportunities, in and out of the classroom, that reshape the way they view the world—and the impact they can have on it.

Given the collaborative decision-making approach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the CDO will have a dual-reporting relationship to the Chancellor and to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and will serve as a member of both the chancellor’s and the provost’s executive teams. This dual reporting relationship emphasizes the important role the CDO plays in shaping the overall institutional strategy around diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, as well as the CDO’s primary responsibility for providing leadership on diversity, equity, and inclusion activities and ensuring they directly connect with the academic mission of the university. 

It is strongly preferred for the individual to possess a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree from an accredited university.  In addition to being an experienced leader in the diversity, equity, and inclusion field, the individual must have a strong commitment to supporting the mission, values, and strategic goals of UW-Madison. The individual must possess excellent interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to inspire and influence others. The individual will demonstrate cultural awareness and agility, exercise emotional intelligence, build trust and credibility, collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders, and provide leadership to a vibrant environment that is in the midst of fluidity and change. 

For more information about this position, please visit the full position profile here. More information about UW-Madison can be found here.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Requested application materials include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references. Although applications will be welcomed until the time that a CDO is selected, for best consideration candidates should submit materials by April 9th, 2021, to

UW- Madison is being assisted in this search by Storbeck Search, a member of Diversified Search Group. Please submit inquiries, nominations, and application materials to: Professor Jerlando Jackson, chair of the search and screen committee c/o:

R. Thomas Fitch, Ph.D, Partner- Storbeck Search
Kim M. Morrisson, Ph.D., Sr. Managing Director- Diversified Search Group
Euris Belle, Managing Director- Diversified Search Group
Amanda Bennett, Sr. Associate- Storbeck Search

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that promotes excellence through diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply.