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Associate Vice President Equity, Inclusion, and Community Impact
University of Southern Maine

Date Posted Mar. 4, 2020
Title Associate Vice President Equity, Inclusion, and Community Impact
University University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME, United States
Department President
Application Deadline Mar. 22, 2020
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2020
  • Senior Executive Officer
  • Multicultural Affairs/Diversity
    Senior Administration

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is the intellectual, cultural and economic heart of Maine. Over 60 languages are spoken within an hour’s drive of our three campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston. Our faculty are dedicated researchers and experts in their fields, including multiple recipients of national grants, awards, and fellowships and state, national, and global partnerships are steps from our campuses. As such, our university provides a unique combination of academic excellence at an affordable price. We offer baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs that prepare students in areas of economics, policy, education, the arts, healthcare, business, and the environment.

In contrast to many colleges and universities, we have experienced positive growth in enrollment, giving has increased, and plans are underway for student dorms on our Portland campus.

Our promise to being Student Focused Every Day is directly connected to our Service Values of Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity, and Responsiveness. Our President has a stated institutional goal to Uphold the Principles of Equity & Justice with 5 commitments – and the creation of this position is in direct support of that goal.

Our fall 2019 enrollment was 8,172 students. This includes 6,675 (81.6%) undergraduate students, and 1,497 (18.3%) graduate students. Our student body comprised 5,099 (60.5%) female students and 3,330 (39.5%) male students; 3,771 (44.7%) were white females and 2,326 (27.6%) were white males; 1,328 (15.8%) were non-white females and 1,004 (11.9%) were non-white males.

We are excited to continue building on this momentum by seeking a transformative leader with a deep understanding and passion for equity and inclusion to help us strengthen our institutional culture as one that genuinely values, supports, and champions diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

Reporting to the President, the Associate Vice President Equity, Inclusion, and Community Impact (AVP-EICI)
will lead multiple inclusion initiatives and be responsible for the on-going education, engagement, assessment and improvement of these efforts. This senior position will help move the university forward by working closely with our university leadership team, students, staff, faculty, administration, organizations, and external constituencies, as well as the Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Committee (IDAC) and IDAC Subcommittees. We are preparing to launch an equity survey within a year and the results will help inform the work of this position.

The salary range for this position is $115,000- 130,000 annually.


● Master’s degree or higher.
● Significant, relevant professional experience focusing on intercultural competency and other issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
● Proven record of success and achievement of significant results including proven ability to achieve institutional change in a complex environment.
● Proven cross-cultural competencies, including strong emotional intelligence, influencing skills, and the ability to engage and build relationships with university constituencies and underrepresented communities.
● Strong communication, consensus-building and conflict-resolution skills needed to navigate sensitive and often highly-charged situations to resolve problems


  • PhD or terminal degree in a relevant field.

Other Information:

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: Paid Time Off (Holidays, Vacation, & Sick), Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance, Tuition Waiver Program for Employee & Dependents, a 403(b) Retirement Plan, and more.

Want to know more about employment, benefits and local resources? Our Employment webpage has additional information to help you become more familiar with developing a new career at USM as well as exploring everything the Greater Southern Maine area has to offer.

To Apply:
Apply online at:
You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of the names and contact information for three references.

All required materials must be submitted by March 22, 2020. We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1st, 2020.

  • The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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