Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Compliance
Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, seeks an accomplished leader for the position of Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Compliance (CDO/AVC). With a direct reporting line to the Chancellor and functional reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, the CDO/AVC will be responsible for advancing an integrated vision and implementation strategies that demonstrate the University’s commitment to a welcoming, inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors.
The CDO/AVC will be responsible for the University’s compliance with laws, regulations, and guidelines related to affirmative action, equal opportunity and disability services; draft related University policies; and serve as the University’s contact with external state and federal civil rights agencies. The CDO/AVC works in close collaboration with many offices across Appalachian, including but not limited to, Human Resource Services, the Office of General Counsel, Public Safety, the Athletics Department, and Student Affairs, and will participate on University-wide committees related to compliance efforts as well as strategic diversity initiatives.
The new CDO/AVC will have the following experiences, capabilities, and attributes: a doctorate in a relevant field or Juris Doctorate; substantial experience in and familiarity with higher education, including conducting investigations of unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation involving faculty, staff, students, and contractors in the higher education setting; substantial experience overseeing Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity compliance regulations, policies, and practices; demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines related to affirmative action and civil rights enforcement; knowledge of major academic and diversity issues with a demonstrated clear understanding of the importance of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment in a public comprehensive university setting; demonstrated leadership in the cooperative creation and delivery of campus-wide diversity and cultural competency training programs; excellent oral and written communication skills, a collaborative communication style, strong interpersonal skills, and the proven ability to work with sensitive and confidential information; well-developed conflict resolution skills; an ability to work collaboratively and effectively with multiple units throughout the campus; strong organizational skills; and a sense of humor.
Nominations and applications, including letters of interest, may be submitted to:
Rebecca Kennedy, Principal
Mo Lashendock, Consultant
Brill Neumann Associates, Boston, MA 02116