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Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion (UPDATED)

Salem State University

Last Updated: 3/04/23

Job Description

The vice president for diversity and inclusion will elevate the important work of transforming the university into a learning community where diversity and inclusion are woven throughout the fabric of the institution, where responsibility for inclusiveness extends to everyone on campus, and where the definition of inclusion is rooted in equity and social justice. The vice president will also guide Salem State’s emergence as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The vice president will participate fully in the senior leadership of the university and serve on the President’s Executive Council; conduct an inventory of existing diversity and inclusion initiatives to identify strengths, gaps, and opportunities; craft and implement a strategic plan for inclusive excellence that coincides with the new university strategic plan (to be adopted in 2023); serve as a resource to schools, colleges, and divisions as they develop unit-level inclusive excellence strategic plans; develop and lead the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion; expand pathways for assessing, understanding, and improving the campus climate; and serve as an ambassador for the university and its commitment to diversity and inclusion externally in Salem, throughout the North Shore region, and beyond.

Salem State University values, celebrates and appreciates diversity in all its forms and endeavors to create a space that reflects the campus community population which it serves. Our students come to Salem State University from 38 states and 48 countries and reflect the demographics of the greater Boston community in which we live. We are passionate about providing an experience for them and our fellow staff and faculty, where everyone can feel supported while they explore, learn, and celebrate their identities, similarities, and differences. We welcome you to come celebrate with us and become a member of our community.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The vice president will serve as an ex-officio member of the university’s advisory committee on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The vice president will collaborate closely with the Office of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, which has responsibility for the university’s compliance efforts in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, harassment and discrimination prevention, and compliance with all applicable state and federal civil rights laws. The vice president will establish and convene a cabinet (coordinating council) of diversity, equity, and inclusion officers from across the campus to facilitate communication, collaboration, and sharing of ideas across divisions of the university; guide the implementation of inclusive excellence strategies and tactics; ensure the development and mobilization of initiatives related to each unit’s inclusive excellence strategic plan; and establish systems of accountability and assessment using data-driven metrics to measure progress toward goals.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a field supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in an institution of higher education (e.g., multicultural education, sociology, critical race and/or gender studies, disability studies, American studies, anthropology, public policy, etc.)
  • 2-3 years of experience in institutional leadership
  • Experience in community building and collaborative partnerships

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in a field supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership in an institution of higher education (e.g., higher education administration, multicultural education, sociology, critical race and/or gender studies, disability studies, American studies, anthropology, public policy, etc.)
  • Demonstrated deep and intersectional understanding of the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power
  • Successful experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in a higher education environment
  • Demonstrated experience leading institutional change
  • Demonstrated success at fostering dialogue with multiple constituencies, building coalitions, and achieving results
  • Bilingual or multilingual capacity

Working Conditions:

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For accommodation information or requests please email

Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5-10 pounds.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter.

Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to background check.

This position is not eligible for H1B visa sponsorship.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Salem State University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement.

EEO Statement:
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time and additional applications will not be accepted.

Company Details

Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Our Mission Salem State's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development. Our Vision Salem State University will be a premier teaching university that engages students in an inspi...