The search is now open for a leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Iowa!
The University of Iowa (UI), a comprehensive research-intensive university, seeks an Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (AVP-DEI) to lead the implementation of a 21st century vision for excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion at the university. Reporting to the Provost and serving as a member of the President’s cabinet, the AVP-DEI will be responsible for stewarding the campus-wide paradigm shift from narrowly defined compositional diversity to a holistic vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and operationalizing the university’s 2019-2021 Excellence through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan, a cohesive strategy to integrate and advance this critical work structurally across the University of Iowa.
A little about the position
The AVP-DEI will join the institution at an important inflection point. Under the leadership of President Bruce Harreld, the university has made significant institutional investment in DEI and seeks to prioritize several related initiatives in its forthcoming strategic plan. The AVP-DEI will help support this effort by providing strong operational expertise; facilitation and coordination skills; and a strong intellectual sense of how to prioritize and coalesce diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for meaningful impact. The ideal candidate will be an individual who is deeply engaged in thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and society at-large and who will bring innovative, creative thinking and a dedication to the needs of the community. As a transformational, results-oriented leader, the AVP-DEI will oversee the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI); drive progress in achieving DEI strategic goals; and serve as a connector between academic unit heads and faculty, students, staff, and the greater community to advance these goals. The ideal candidate will have a track record in leading through influence and collaboration and demonstrate a commitment to social justice and equity. In addition, they will have a passion for and experience in managing a diverse portfolio of DEI initiatives in a highly complex, decentralized institution.
A list of the desired qualifications and characteristics of the AVP-DEI can be found on this page, which was prepared by the search committee with the assistance of Isaacson Miller, a national executive search firm, to provide background information and detail the key opportunities and challenges related to the position. All confidential applications, nominations, and inquiries should be directed to the parties listed here.
A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Big 10 Academic Alliance, UI is a global, research-intensive university with more than 32,000 students, more than 279,000 alumni, and approximately 3,400 faculty and 16,000 regular staff. UI boasts academic strength across a comprehensive range of disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional schools, and the 2020 edition of the U.S. News & World Report ranks UI in the top 100 of public institutions in the nation. The university also has a large economic impact on the state, serving as one of the largest employers, attracting over 550 million dollars annually in contract and grant research funding, and operating the state’s only comprehensive academic medical center. UI has an enduring commitment to the state’s citizens, providing significant scholarship and financial aid to 72 percent of undergraduate students and 58 percent of graduate students, including 20 percent of students who received Pell Grants in 2019-2020. Despite its size, scope, and stature, the University of Iowa feels like a much smaller community where people know one another and collaborate extensively.