Clemson University — Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusive Excellence

Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusive Excellence
Clemson University: Office of Inclusion & Equity
Location: Clemson, SC

The Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence is an executive leader who catalyzes, fosters, and promotes a university-wide culture of inclusive excellence where individuals from all racial and ethic identities, ages, nationalities, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious, political, and ideological perspectives, veteran status, and physical and mental abilities are able to thrive and be engaged. The Vice President provides strategic and programmatic leadership for diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and initiatives that advance diversity and inclusion as a critical component of social, academic, and intellectual life at Clemson University.

Clemson University is seeking a Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence to fulfill the following duties:

  • Serves as the senior advisor to the President on diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Serves on the President’s Executive Leadership Team.
  • Develops a clear direction and vision for an integrated program of efforts that advance diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence to enhance Clemson University’s mission, goals, and strategic plan.
  • Supervises the team within the division that plans, leads, and implements, in collaboration with university partners, institutional and divisional change actions and initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence throughout all facets of Clemson University.
  • Coordinates leadership efforts for inclusive excellence institution-wide. Guides efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, and cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence as an institutional and educational resource.
  • Works across the academy, and with a particular emphasis with (a) Finance and Operations, (b) the Office of the Provost (c) the Division of Student Affairs, (d) University Relations, (c) and Development and Alumni Relations.
  • Serves as a catalyst to leverage best practices and resources across the University’s divisions, campuses, and innovation sites to promote a culture of inclusion and equity.
  • Collaborates with critical stakeholders and constituents in surrounding communities, in the state of South Carolina, regionally, and nationally.
  • Provides oversight, management, and stewardship for the Division of Inclusion and Equity.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Strategic Leadership:
Develops and implements strategic leadership for CU diversity plan, diversity programs, and policies that result in a learning and workplace environment that is welcoming and supporting for all students, faculty and staff. Supports the strategic importance of a broadly inclusive campus community that will prepare all students for success in a diverse world. Leads the development of new initiatives to provide focus, accountability for equity, and inclusive efforts across the university while encouraging collaboration and cohesion among existing efforts and programs. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Serves as an institutional thought leader and leading voice on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.
  • Collaborates with university senior leaders to shape and implement investments, plans, approaches, and assessments aligned with university priorities and goals.
  • Partners with senior leaders to identify policies and practices that support the recruitment, hiring, retention, and advancement of faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented and historically excluded backgrounds.
  • Develops resources for division leaders that reflect best practices and current research in supervision and mentorship to ensure an inclusive environment that supports faculty and staff development and career progression.
  • Works with senior leaders, deans, and faculty to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the curricula, in high-impact experiences, and through pedagogy to contribute to an academic culture that embraces inclusive excellence.

Collaboration & Advisement:
Coordinates and supports the work of all university commissions and other inclusive-focused groups and committees as needed. Advises the president, administration, faculty, staff, and students on diversity issues. Provides key input and leadership for efforts focused on historically underrepresented and historically excluded students, faculty and staff. Collaborates and serves as a resource for colleges and administrative units as they establish, coordinate, and assess contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence goals. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Co-Chairs Clemson University’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion with the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
  • Provides direction and guidance for seven Clemson University Commissions, including the Commission on the Black Experience, the Commission on Latino Affairs, the Commission on Women, the Accessibility Commission, the Veterans Commission, the LGBTQ Commission, and the Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans.
  • Works closely with inclusive excellence leads across divisions and within the broader community to create a culture of equity and inclusion.
  • Proposes and/or develops institutional programming, including employee developmental programs that foster intercultural competence and cultivating equity-minded leaders.

Outreach & Representation:
Fosters community outreach. Responds to public inquiries and provides education about the university’s diversity and inclusion goals and efforts. Leads the university’s effort to be a national leader in the development of a diverse campus community, which includes ensuring a diverse student body, faculty and staff, as well as a vibrant, inclusive, and rich intellectual environment.

  • Plans and hosts university and public events about diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.
  • Facilitates group discussions and town hall meetings in response to campus, national, and global events related to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.
  • Deploys and measures initiatives aimed at diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence in the workplace.
  • Maintains strategic relationships with the community, alumni, corporate donors, benefactors, industry, and local, state, regional and national organizations focused on diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.

Develops critical metrics of success that will measure improvements in climate, recruitment, and retention of a diverse student body, faculty and staff workplace.

  • Creates a culture of assessment and evaluation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence initiatives.
  • Facilitates learning opportunities with key stakeholders to make sense of data through an equity-minded lens to inform future action and strategic planning.

Provides policy expertise and accountability on all aspects of inclusion and diversity for the university, including Title IX, non-discrimination and sexual harassment, and Americans with Disabilities. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Advises and serves as a resource for policy-making bodies on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Works with the Office of University Compliance and Ethics, Human Resources, and the Office of General Counsel to guide, develop, and communicate administrative policies.

Education – Bachelor’s Degree

Work Experience – A Bachelor’s Degree may be substituted for 7+ Years of work experience in a leadership role within Higher Education DEI practices.

Education – 2nd Doctoral / Professional Degree – JD, Ph.D. – Law, Sociology, Psychology, Higher Ed Leadership

Work Experience – 10+ years

Comprehensive Job Knowledge – Comprehensive knowledge of theories and practices and the ability to use them in complex, difficult, and/or unprecedented situations

Manages Work of Others – Manages work of others, including hiring, terminating, training and developing, reviewing performance, and administering corrective action for staff. Plans organizational structure and job content.

Provides Budget Input – Provides input into the budgeting process, and oversees fund allocation.

Communicate, converse, give direction, express oneself
Recognize or inspect visually

Overnight Travel

Standard Hrs: 37.5; Expected Salary Range ($ 178,482.00 – $ 272,841.00)

Normal Operations

Required to follow emergency facility closure directives, and not normally expected work on-site during emergency situations.

Clemson University is proud to allow educational equivalency for military technical certifications and trainings that directly relate to the job duties.

South Carolina is making our Veterans a priority for employment in state agencies and institutions.

The Search Committee invites nominations, applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of five or more references, and a diversity statement) to be submitted to the search firm assisting Clemson University. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The Search Committee prefers that all nominations and applications be submitted to the search firm prior to October 14, 2022.

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Senior Principal

Ally DeLucia, Executive Recruiting Coordinator

Parker Executive Search
Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2875

Atlanta, GA 30328
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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.