Missouri University of Science and Technology — Vice Chancellor for Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Chief Diversity Officer

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), one of the nation’s top technological research universities, seeks an influential leader to serve as the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). This individual will lead strategic initiatives that provide workplace and learning enrichment and broaden the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The successful candidate will collaboratively develop and enact a vision for DEI initiatives that further enhance the sense of belonging among Missouri S&T’s campus community and elevate the university’s reputation as an institution of choice. Related activities may include, but are not limited to, student, faculty, and staff recruitment and retention initiatives; educational programming; reporting and policy development; and the cultivation of supportive relationships among alumni, employer partners, and/or community stakeholders.

The CDO will advise the Chancellor and other senior campus leaders on strategies and tactics for integrating DEI priorities with the university’s broader strategic goals and take steps to engage all members of our diverse campus community in this mission-critical work. The CDO will provide executive oversight of diversity and equity policies, facilitate the utilization of key accountability metrics, and serve as an advisor, decision-maker, bridge builder, and strategic leader in engaging campus stakeholders to continuously improve Missouri S&T’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The CDO will work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop solutions to complex issues and will be a key leader in promoting Missouri S&T as an employer and university of choice by encouraging innovative recruitment methods.

Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Chief Diversity Officer leads the Office for Institutional Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and is a senior leader on the Chancellor’s Cabinet. The CDO will lead a team consisting of the Director of Equity and Title IX, the Assistant Director of Equity and Title IX, the Director of Student Diversity Initiatives, and several investigators, program coordinators, ADA professionals and administrative staff. The CDO provides executive administration over Title IX and civil rights initiatives, ensures compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, and drives strategic initiatives. The incumbent will collaborate with other CDOs across the University of Missouri System to implement enterprise-level initiatives, shape system-level policies and governance structures, and facilitate the exchange of best practices.

Qualifications

Candidates must hold a master’s degree in a relevant area and 10 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to foster principles of inclusion in a diverse environment and supervisory experience of small- to moderate-sized teams. Candidates with the following qualifications will receive preferred consideration:

  • Terminal degree (e.g., PhD, J.D.) and 8 years of related experience
  • Knowledge of best practices in DEI work/educational settings, DEI scholarship, and emerging trends in the field
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, cross-functional partnership development, and/or change management within complex institutional settings
  • Executive presence and relationship-building skillset commensurate with leading highly collaborative work in an institutional setting
  • Knowledge/understanding of specific needs, challenges, and opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion work in STEM-focused and STEM-adjacent educational settings
  • Current knowledge of federal employment laws and experience investigating civil rights complaints, managing an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP), or managing responses to federal (OCR, EEOC or OFCCP) audits or charges

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The deadline for priority consideration is Friday, August 5.

To apply, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and list of five professional references to: hrrecruit@mst.edu. Professional references will be contacted later in the process prior to any hiring decision and the university will not contact references without prior candidate authorization.

The full position profile is available at https://umurl.us/mst-cdo-profile

OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
At Missouri S&T our entire campus community benefits from a climate that respects individual needs, abilities, and potential, does not tolerate discrimination or harassment, and is characterized by equal access for all regardless of cultural differences. We expect every member of our academic family to support the underlying values of this covenant and to demonstrate a strong commitment to attracting, retaining, and supporting students, faculty and staff who reflect the diversity of our larger society.

Equal opportunity shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, and status as Vietnam era veteran.

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