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Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (38809)
Northern Illinois University

Date Posted Sep. 12, 2023
Title Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (38809)
University Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL, United States
Department Chief Diversity Officer
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate Vice-(Provost/Chancellor)
  • Multicultural Affairs/Diversity


The Assistant Vice President (AVP) reports directly to and works under the administrative supervision of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer (VP/CDO). Primary responsibility includes general oversight, development and execution of university diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts. This individual will engage with all levels of leadership to ensure long-term, sustainable strategies to meet university mission and goals. Provide optimal interaction with, and support of, students, larger university, DeKalb County community, and region. Advise the VP/CDO on strategic direction and promotion of DEI initiatives and efforts.

Position Summary

The AVP will serve as a key member of the division and institutional leadership. The individual will work through an equity minded approach to advance the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the scope of their portfolio and more broadly across the university and community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Program Development and Management
    • Serve as ADEI lead and supervise ADEI team working under the banner of the NIU Truth Racial Healing and Reconciliation Center (TRHTC). Work collaboratively with Student Affairs and ADEI team to facilitate and advance the work of the TRHTC at NIU.
    • Assist the VP/CDO and work across the university to advance institutional Hispanic Serving Institution designation
    • Supervise units within ADEI that include Social Justice Education, Prevention Education and Outreach
    • Support students, faculty, and staff by facilitating strategies and professional organization affiliations that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across institution
    • Coordinate intercultural student leadership opportunities
    • Assist the VP/CDO in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts throughout the institution
    • Oversee programs and events and represent the VP/CDO within campus and the DeKalb, Sycamore and surrounding communities and the Northern Illinois region; fostering collaborative relationships
    • Responsible for the management of the budget for all programs, projects and activities within areas of direct supervision and signature programs
    • Meet regularly with VP/CDO and Budget Manager for the VP/CDO portfolio


Communications and Outreach
  • Oversee Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion communication strategy in collaboration with Marketing and Communications
  • In consultation with the VP/CDO and the AVP of Institutional Communications/chief communications strategist to create and execute an overall communications and marketing strategy for the Division of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Research and create compelling and timely content that is culturally responsive, accurate, authentic, inclusive and accessible. Content will include but is not limited to news articles, community messaging, promotional materials, social media content creation and posts for use across multiple channels.
  • Collaborate, as appropriate, with campus directors and university officials as needed to identify and conduct professional development opportunities that includes but are not limited to various professional development topics that may include diversity/equity/inclusion, cultural competencies, trauma informed practices, Hispanic Serving Institution servingness/thrivingness approaches, social justice education, support for underrepresented population, first-generation college students, awareness programming. Campus partners can include, but are not limited to, working in collaboration with Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs and Human Resources Assessment and Evaluation.
  • Prepare annual reports and other reports as requested
  • Meet with other directors and university officials as needed
  • Serve on national and regional professional committees and organizations
  • Write speeches, written communications, key messages, talking points, web copy and presentations for the vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/chief diversity officer and all departments within ADEI as needed.
  • Work with each of the centers and offices within ADEI to promote initiatives and events that support student, faculty, staff and community engagement and action, in alignment with the university’s marketing and branding efforts.
  • Collaborate with NIU Foundation to develop, implement, and sustain ADEI development programs and activities
  • Collaborate with Undergraduate Affairs and the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) to advance student and faculty research opportunities
  • Serve as the division liaison to Enrollment Management, Marketing and Communications.
  • Work in partnership with the division’s Advancement officer and the NIU Foundation to support fundraising initiatives and goals through messaging, storytelling and coordinated campaigns.
  • Collaborate with institutional partners and stakeholders to conduct campus climate surveys in collaboration
  • Serve on university, national and regional professional committees, and organizations

Assessment and Evaluation
  • Assist the VP/CDO in implementing the vision for diversity and inclusion for the division and facilitate efforts for DEI across the university
  • Assist VP/CDO with drafting policies, procedures, and guidelines as they relate to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Supervise and evaluate professional and office staff, graduate students and work study, as necessary
  • Perform administrative assignments and special projects such as grant writing, as directed and on behalf of, the VP/CDO and work with university advancement and foundation to identify funding opportunity related to increase access and opportunities for success for diverse and underrepresented populations on campus. Serve as liaison for campus community to provide supplemental information in support of their fundraising efforts.
  • Responsible for planning and assessment procedures as well as preparing annual reports in accordance to university guidelines and procedures
  • Provide guidance, along with Undergraduate Affairs, to develop goals and initiatives to integrate diversity into the academic curriculum
  • Meet monthly with supervisor and regularly with Budget Manager for VP/CDO portfolio
  • Compile and manage relevant research and data to inform strategies, initiatives, content and messaging.
  • Provide support in the preparation of annual reports and other ADEI communications as requested
  • Maintain a database of local, regional and national awards or other opportunities (in higher education or otherwise) that recognize achievements in advancing ADEI’s goals and serve as ADEI lead in working across the university and community to submit entries/proposals as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned by the VP/CDO

Professional Development, and Diversity and Inclusion Education
  • Supervise ADEI units and staff that lead or facilitate social justice education or related cultural competency training within NIU and surrounding community.
  • Provide leadership for team members who facilitate and provide on-going university-wide social justice education, training and awareness programming in collaboration with Student Affairs, Faculty Affairs and Human Resources
  • Work with units within ADEI and across the institution to facilitate or develop intercultural/underrepresented student leadership opportunities
  • Support revenue-generating opportunities such as workshops and trainings for external constituents with marketing and publicity.

Perform Other Related Duties as Assigned
  • Perform administrative assignments and special projects as directed and on behalf of, the VP/CDO
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the VP/CDO

Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)


Specialty Factors (Civil Service)


Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)


Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)

  • An earned doctorate or currently in the process of earning an Ed.D. or Ph.D.
  • Seven years of increasingly responsible management experience in a leadership position with special attention to diversity and inclusion in a higher education

Additional Requirements (SPS)

  • Possess a leadership style that is collaborative, deliberate, and strategically decisive. The AVP must display the highest degree of personal and professional integrity, tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality, while managing a variety of high-level projects simultaneously.
  • A team leadership style rooted in mentorship, compassion, and a desire to foster an environment of excellence where everyone feels empowered to contribute authentically.
  • A persuasive collaborator and inclusive convener with the ability to build bridges and consensus among faculty, staff, and students. A genuine interest in empowering and engaging students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Demonstrated record of successfully initiating and leading large-scale DEI programs and projects; experiences in strategic planning, data-informed decision making, assessment, and talent development along with demonstrated knowledge of best practices, laws, rules,
  • Key leadership attributes, including but not limited to considerable emotional maturity, unimpeachable integrity, intelligence, exceptional judgment, creativity, diplomacy, humility, the ability to inspire, and gravitas necessary to achieve ambitious goals; a strong sense of optimism, entrepreneurship, and the willingness to explore innovative ways of creating change;
  • Ability to guide the development and implementation of strategic plans for diversity and inclusion, establishing metrics, measuring progress, promoting accountability, and ensuring continuous improvement while remaining compliant with state and federal laws
  • Excellent interpersonal and public communication skills, including effective messaging to multiple and diverse audiences, through multiple media formats; proven ability to establish rapport and credibility with a wide range of constituencies; students and the ability to connect with students one-on-one

Preferred Qualifications (SPS)

  • Demonstrated experience working at an HSI, building institutional buy-in and development of HSI programs and initiatives that engage stakeholders from across the university and community.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners and stakeholders; expertise in the areas of strategic planning, assessment, compromise, and evidence-based decision making. Additional evidence of successful grant writing.
  • Experience in leading, developing, or facilitating professional development, training, research, and/or program planning for diverse populations in complex organizations, including higher education.
  • A strong praxis approach for understanding and articulating issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as an ability to embed diversity into the academic enterprise and across the varied areas of the institution.
  • Demonstration of in-depth knowledge on issues of access, inclusion, diversity, equity and intersectionality/intersectional identity work.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing a diversity, equity, and inclusion communication focused materials. These can include various forms of marketing materials, website development, flyers, etc.

Physical demands/requirements

  • Availability to work some evenings, weekends, and off-campus assignments based on department operational needs
  • Regular office related duties
  • Sitting for extended periods of time
  • Using computer/electronic equipment for extended periods of time
  • Occasional lifting and moving items weighing up to 25 lbs.

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