The University of Connecticut (UConn), the flagship public university of the State of Connecticut, seeks nominations and applications for a new Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.
Founded in 1881, the University spans 4,109 acres at its main campus and four regional campuses, and an additional 209 acres at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. The main campus, located in Storrs, Connecticut, enrolls over 32,000 students. The State of Connecticut has invested over $4 billion to renew, rebuild and enhance University facilities, and UConn is ranked by U. S. News & World Report as one of the top 25 public universities in the nation. The institution is in the midst of a profound period of growth and development and is firm in its standing as one of the finest public universities in the United States.
This is an opportunity for an experienced diversity leader to join an institution that has been on an impressive trajectory. The VP/CDO will be a strategic leader, thought partner and implementer who will connect the dots between diversity and inclusion efforts across the university. Early in their tenure, the VP/CDO will develop a comprehensive university-wide strategic diversity and inclusion plan; develop training programs for faculty, staff and students; review and assess the impact and effectiveness of diversity and inclusion programs; and serve as a leader on the campuses, in the media, and throughout the State of Connecticut.
The ideal candidate will have a documented history of successfully developing and advancing diversity and inclusion programs in a matrixed organization coupled with in-depth knowledge of theory and practice. Additional qualifications include experience advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through successful strategies and initiatives and the use of data and research to inform strategic analysis, assessment and measurement of effective diversity and inclusion programs. UConn seeks candidates whose personal and professional experiences reflect a commitment to and knowledge of the higher education landscape. A terminal degree is preferred, but not required.
For full consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 6, 2020
. Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile at www.wittkieffer.com
. These materials should be sent via e-mail to UConn's consultants Charlene Aguilar and Christine Pendleton at UConnCDO@wittkieffer.com
. The consultants can be reached by telephone via the desk of the executive search coordinator supporting this search, Candice Jones at 630-575-6929.