Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
Ball State University
Founded in 1918, Ball State University (BSU) is recognized for embracing beneficence and the enduring values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity, inclusiveness, social responsibility, and gratitude. Located in Muncie, Indiana, with satellite campuses in Fishers and Indianapolis, BSU is committed to providing an innovative, learner-centered learning experience in a welcoming, collaborative culture that inspires passion and purpose for a fulfilling career and a meaningful life. Ball State University currently enrolls over 22,500 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate, certificate, and specialist programs, and BSU prides itself on maintaining a welcoming environment for a diverse population of students of all ethnicities, genders, identities, faiths, and backgrounds. As a public research institution, BSU offers 120 undergraduate majors and 94 graduate disciplines, and boasts a 16:1 student-faculty ratio. Ball State is ranked #1 in the country in College Magazine’s "Top 10 Campuses for Students with Physical Disabilities,” and, for the fifth year in a row, has earned the “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award” from Insight into Diversity.
Reporting to the chief strategy officer in the President’s office, the office of inclusive excellence seeks an exceptional associate vice president for inclusive excellence (AVPIE) to lead all campus-wide efforts to develop a vision and strategies needed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The AVPIE will be a seasoned leader with substantial knowledge and experience in developing systems of accountability that ensures successful implementation and outcomes of initiatives related diversity, equity, and inclusion. The AVPIE should have knowledge of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE)’s Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education 2.0. Working with other campus leaders, faculty, staff, students and alumni, the AVPIE will create a positive learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed. The AVPIE will engage the university community in order to foster a campus climate focused on ensuring all members feel respected, valued, and supported. The AVPIE plays a critical role in developing networks across campus that integrate and align campus and community DEI planning, programming, and other strategic initiatives. The AVPIE must demonstrate evidence of successful strategic planning, program development, supervision, and budget management. This leadership position must consistently contribute to the understanding and appreciation of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and display evidence of advancing inclusive excellence through collaboration and partnership. It is anticipated that the efforts led by the AVPIE will position the University for local, regional, and national recognition in the field.
At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.
Position Function: Lead campus-wide efforts to develop a vision and strategies that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and a system of accountability that ensures successful implementation and outcomes.
Work with other campus leaders, faculty, staff, students and alumni to create a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed and to foster a campus climate in which all community members are respected, valued, and supported.
Play a critical role in developing networks across campus that integrate and align campus and community DEI planning, programming, and other strategic initiatives and positions the University for local, regional, and national recognition in the field.
Report to the Chief Strategy Officer in the Office of the President and has university-wide responsibilities that require regular interaction with the President’s Cabinet.
Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. At least seven (7) years of demonstrated experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in complex organizations, preferably within higher education or related institutions. Experience in institutional leadership at the college, division, and/or university level. Exceptional ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form. Experience with developing or delivering events or programming related to inclusive excellence.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
Preferred Qualifications: Earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Demonstrated evidence of successful strategic planning, program development, supervision, and budget management. Consistent contribution to the understanding and appreciation of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Evidence of advancing inclusive excellence through collaboration and partnership.
Application and Nomination: Review of applications will begin Friday, April 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Roxanna P. Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org and Quincy Martin III at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at [Register to View] or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.
The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.
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Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.
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