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Portland State University DIV UU Vice President for Global Diversity & Inclusion in Portland, Oregon

Position Number: D93843

Description:

Portland State University (PSU) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion.

Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion (VPGDI) will be a respected leader with a strong commitment to the mission of an urban public university and to the educational value of inclusive excellence. This senior officer will promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across the campus and in the greater community through strategic planning, collaboration, and innovation. The vice president will lead the Global Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) division; provide strategic and visionary leadership in promoting an institutional culture that values diversity and supports inclusive excellence; partner with campus leaders, students, faculty, staff, and external constituencies to create and facilitate cultural change and transformation; proactively develop and implement policies, plans, programs, and activities that both educate and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values of the institution; and lead Portland State’s efforts in realizing its bold ambition to become a national model for inclusive excellence and community engagement.

The overarching goal of the VPGDI will be to promote and implement PSU’s strategic plan by intentionally incorporating an equity lens into the working fiber of the institution that will cultivate an environment in which all members of the university will feel a sense of belonging and can thrive as individuals and as a community. The VPGDI will serve as a valued member of the President’s Executive Council and lead the 80-member President’s Diversity Action Council (DAC). The VPGDI will be responsible for an administrative division comprised of four pillars: (1) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advocacy; (2) Diversity Education & Learning; (3) Equity & Compliance; and (4) Diversity & Multicultural Student Services. This position will manage a $6 million dollar budget and supervise 45 full-time employees, including five direct reports, and over 70 student employees.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary and transformative thought leader, strategist, administrator, community builder, and collaborative campus partner who has a track record of successfully advancing inclusive excellence and positive change in a complex environment. This person will be adept at fostering dialogue with multiple constituencies across and beyond the campus, building coalitions, and achieving results through influence, empowerment, and competence. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of and expertise in the issues of race, sexuality, gender, disability, indigeneity, class, and the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power. This person will also possess the energy, enthusiasm, drive, emotional intelligence, and gravitas necessary to achieve ambitious goals. Requirements include a minimum of a master’s degree and five years of relevant experience.

Portland State University has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; complete applications received by December 6, 2019, will be assured full consideration.

A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website CLICK HERE

Minimum Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree or higher. • Five or more years experience in leading, facilitating, creating, implementing, and monitoring a higher educational institution’s initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. • Ability to lead and collaborate across divisions to foster a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community, while demonstrating a successful record at previous institutions. • Superior communication skills; the ability to communicate a powerful diversity message to all audiences; clarity, crispness, and effectiveness in written and oral presentation. • Demonstrated understanding of the policy and legislative landscape, including current knowledge of federal and state anti-discrimination laws and executive orders relating to affirmative action and equal opportunity. • Ability to be a progressive and creative thinker who is not afraid to try new ideas, take strong positions and calculated risks, with evidence of engaging others to do so and bringing others along as ideas develop. • Willingness and ability to be a team player; ability to work effectively and collaboratively with people of all levels within an organization. • Experience in managing complex budgets in environments with scarce resources, allocating resources and empowering entrepreneurialism with a high level of transparency and fairness to members of GDI. Demonstrated fundraising ability. • Experience working with various communities outside of the institution.

Preferred Qualifications:

• PhD or terminal degree. • Experience working at a large, public urban campus. • Experience in implementing equity lens. • A credible record of academic teaching and research.

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