The University of Southern California (âUSCâ or the âUniversityâ) seeks a Vice President,Â âChief Inclusion and Diversity Officer to be located at our University Park Los Angeles campus. USC is an equal opportunity employer.
VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY OFFICER
The Vice President,Â Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer (VP, CIDO) provides strategic leadership to cultivate a University climate that prioritizes and champions inclusion, diversity, equity,Â belonging, and anti-racism. The VP, CIDO will be a leader, advisor, advocate, catalyst for change, and institutional resource focused on infusing these objectives into programs and activities across the University, tracking our progress, and communicating that progress to an engaged community. The VP, CIDO will direct assessments to evaluate and advance the effectiveness of institutional diversity goals and outreach efforts and will lead the University toward sustained measurable improvements in the educational and organizational environment, in addition to the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The VP, CIDO will foster bold change by developing and implementing the Universityâs inclusion and diversity vision and strategy and engaging the entire USC community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and neighbors. The VP, CIDO reports directly to the President with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Provost, serving on the Presidentâs Senior Leadership Team and leading the Diversity Council, comprising Diversity Liaisons from across USCâs schools and units.
Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Lead, develop, and advance a holistic organizational strategy that articulates the institutional commitment and imperative for inclusion, diversity and belonging to the overall mission, vision, and purpose of the University.
Develop and recommend criteria to guide the Universityâs allocation of resources to support institutional inclusion and diversity plans and initiatives, including plans to improve faculty composition, faculty teaching and research, senior administrator and staff composition, and student and staff inclusion programming.
Approve faculty and senior administrator search committees and diversity of pools. Conduct exit interviews with faculty and senior administrators who depart for other academic institutions.
Provide or ensure the provision of expert and strategic guidance on training programs or initiatives for faculty, staff, and students related to inclusion, diversity, and bias mitigation.
Recommend and develop policy improvements that remove barriers to student success for marginalized and underserved populations at the institutional, divisional, and departmental levels.
Create a process for ongoing evaluation of institutional structures, programs, policies and procedures, and for the communication of results.
Collaborate with campus leaders and stakeholders to evaluate, revise, and/or remove institutional policies, procedures, and norms that erect differential structural barriers to the access and success of students, faculty, and staff who belong to marginalized and underserved populations.
Work closely with relevant University offices to periodically conduct a rigorous assessment of the impact of campus inclusion and diversity efforts, including by implementing campus climate surveys for faculty, staff, and students.
Ensure that inclusion and diversity programs and services comply with relevant state and federal laws, regulations, and college policies. Actively engage in relevant University-wide initiatives and meetings to promote inclusion and diversity and champion access, equity, and social justice.
Report directly to the President and with a dotted line to the Provost to ensure elements of inclusion, diversity and equity are imperative to the Universityâs mission, vision, and strategic plan.
The ideal Vice President,Â Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer demonstrates:
Passion for the development and implementation of proactive and robust inclusion and diversity initiatives in support of the Universityâs academic mission;
Appreciation for the Universityâs important role in the local community and region, especially as a role model;
Creativity, including the ability to generate new ideas, approach situations analytically and factually, and to exercise good judgment about which creative solutions work;
Flexibility and comfort in dealing with nuanced situations involving a variety of stakeholders;
The ability to engage internal and external stakeholders in a manner that fosters respect, builds productive relationships, and creates alignment behind the inclusion and diversity goals of the University;
Openness to collaborating with student, academic, and administrative leaders and the ability to build consensus to address challenges and opportunities; and
The ability to build trust and credibility with marginalized communities among USC students, faculty, staff, as well as communities throughout Los Angeles.
The successful candidate must have the following minimum credentials:
Masterâs degree in Social Sciences, Communications, Organizational Design and Development, Human Resources, Business Administration, Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender, Race, and Sexuality Studies, or another related field.
Fifteen years of experience in the inclusion and diversity field, with strong scholarly visibility.
Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines related to affirmative action and civil rights enforcement.
Successful record of influence, community building, networking, and deploying effective programs for the advancement of inclusion and diversity practices.
Ability to approach inclusion and diversity through an intersectional lens, understanding how multiple statuses (e.g., race, gender, class, sexuality, nationality, religion, abilities, etc.) intersect to affect the experiences of students, faculty, and staff.
Ability to communicate effectively, through written as well as interpersonal and group communication skills, at all levels of the university, with administration, faculty, staff, students, and external constituents including alumni and potential donors.
Demonstrated knowledge, skills, awareness, and commitment to championing actionable solutions to contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity, including the current scholarship and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across divisions, bridge silos, and cross boundaries to achieve inclusion and diversity goals that support and strengthen the universityâs commitment to affect positive and visible changes.
Experience in employing effective problem solving, critical thinking, and leadership skills to achieve transformational and lasting change.
Exceptional client-relationship management skills, along with demonstrated experience in building trust and credibility with top stakeholders and business leaders.
Excellent leadership skills, including emotional intelligence capacity.
Proficiency with customary office technology (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
The following are preferred candidate credentials:
Advanced degree such as Doctorate in Education (EdD), a Doctor of Law (JD), a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or another similar degree.
Extensive experience in higher education, preferably at a research university.
Seventeen or more years of experience leading inclusion, diversity, and equity work with evidence of increasing responsibility.
Ten or more years of experience in management positions.
Five or more years of experience in a senior administrative or executive role for an organization; proven experience in a management role.
Experience serving as a faculty member or researcher at a higher education institution.
Significant history of scholarship in fields including, but not limited to, diversity, equity, race, implicit bias, and affirmative action.
Experience with budget development processes, budget management, and securing funding for diversity initiatives through creative resource acquisition.
Experience serving on a search committee ideally for faculty and senior administrative roles.
Multi-industry experience at a large and reputable matrixed organization known for operational excellence.
Demonstrated ability to independently develop, drive, and contribute to comprehensive strategies and business plans in a rapidly changing environment.
Excellent judgment and demonstrated courage to take calculated risks that improve business performance.
Additional inclusion and diversity certification(s).
Minimum Education:Masterâs degree Minimum Experience:15 years
Internal Number: REQ20090734
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.