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Chief Diversity Officer

Sam Houston State University

Last Updated: 10/07/21

Job Description

Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas

To apply for this position, please visit https://shsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/29055

Educational and Experience Requirement

Master’s degree with a minimum of five years of demonstrated work experience and expertise in advancing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a leadership role. Prior experience in a higher education administration setting preferred.

Nature & Purpose of Position

Provides strategic leadership for placing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the center of institutional planning and decision-making. Advises, advocates, acts as a catalyst for change and serves as an institutional resource focused on infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion into all campus programs and activities. Tracks progress toward goals and communicates advancements to an engaged campus community.

Primary Responsibilities

The University seeks the service of a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) to advance, advise, advocate, and act as a catalyst for change. The CDO will be an institutional resource and change agent focused on infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion into all campus programs and activities. Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is a minority-serving institution providing excellence through education, scholarship, and service to a highly diverse student body. Our motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among our 22,000 students, eight colleges and well beyond our historical roots through research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.

Develops and leads implementation of the long-term vision, goals, and plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Serves as a key advisor and collaborates closely with leaders in developing and implementing academic, operational, employment, and extracurricular initiatives to advance diversity and promote an inclusive culture for all members of the campus community including students, faculty, and staff. Responsible for the infrastructure that supports the design, development, and execution of ongoing evaluation of campus climate, as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion programs. Monitors complaints of bias or discrimination and reports environmental trends to the President’s Cabinet. Represents the University at Diversity Officer events. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Works closely with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Position requires in-depth knowledge and experience regarding the culture of higher education, to include shared governance, tenure and promotion, multiple goals of varied units, and the unique needs of students, faculty, staff, and administrators with respect to diversity and equity. Must have a demonstrated commitment to and excellent command of all aspects of diversity issues in higher education, including faculty recruitment and retention, access and equity, assessing the educational impact of diversity, measuring the campus climate, and, social, policy and legal dynamics of diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action in higher education. Position requires professionalism, excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication skills, quantitative reasoning skills, solid visioning skills, organization, and the ability to:

  • collaborate, build consensus, work through competing interests, and find mutually agreeable solutions;
  • coordinate, facilitate, and chair meetings for the purpose of resolving differences and working towards institutional goals;
  • encourage and enable change to achieve results, and connect diversity as a component of the achievement of the institutional mission; and
  • understand and articulate institutional and national trends and best practices. This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).
Other Specifications

Review of applicants will begin November 8, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

About Sam Houston State University

For more than 140 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. SHSU is an inclusive institution whose mission is to provide high quality education, scholarship, and service to students. With over 90 bachelor’s degrees, 50 master’s, and 11 doctoral programs—including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science and a College of Osteopathic Medicine, SHSU provides an exceptional college experience for every student – traditional, non-traditional, first generation, international, or online. Service to self and others is paramount at SHSU and reflected in all university organizations and programs. In 2020, the university was named to USA Today’s Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness,” in addition to being classified a “Community Engaged Campus” by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. The “Community Engaged Campus” honor, bestowed to only 311 public institutions nationwide, acknowledges the university’s significant commitment to service. Most recently, SHSU’s support for our diverse and economically disadvantaged student body was recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s ranking the university as the No. 1 school in Texas for Social Mobility of our graduates. SHSU has a small town feel with large scale opportunities. Located in the Piney Woods region of East Texas and just an hour drive north of Houston, Huntsville provides area residents with a sense of community and belonging. As an agency of the State of Texas, SHSU offers a superior benefits package and competitive salaries.
EEO Statement


Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.



Company Details

Huntsville, Texas, United States