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Chief Diversity Officer

Company: Purdue University
Location: Fort Wayne
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Purdue University Fort Wayne is seeking to hire its first Chief Diversity Officer. The Chief Diversity Officer will serve as a leader in advancing a campus environment that inclusively exemplifies the unique, welcoming, and diverse synergies of Purdue Fort Wayne’s students, faculty, and staff. Reporting to the Chancellor and serving as a member of the senior leadership team, the Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for overall diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy and will play a major role in the conception, development, and implementation of strategies with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners for Purdue University Fort Wayne. The Chief Diversity Officer will consult with the Chancellor and senior leaders on the development of unit-level diversity plans; will facilitate best practices in fostering an affirming and inclusive campus culture; and will advance institutional shared responsibility for achieving the university’s strategic goals related to diversity, advocacy for affinity groups, equity, belonging, and inclusion.

Job Responsibilities

Strategic Leadership:

• Provides vision, leadership, and counsel on matters of diversity initiatives; strategic planning; training, education, and research; community relations; policy development; campus climate issues; communications; and implementation of high-impact efforts that safeguard diversity, equity, inclusion, and mutual respect for all students, faculty, and staff.

• Facilitates and shares best practices for enhancing inclusivity, open exchange, and cultural competency at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

• Serves as a strategic partner to senior administrators and campus leaders to support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in their areas, including unit-level diversity plans. The Chief Diversity Officer is the point person for senior administrators and campus leadership, raising the visibility of the institution's diversity efforts; clarifying goals and assessing progress; and providing expertise on issues of access, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

• Works collaboratively with the Office of Academic Affairs and faculty to facilitate curriculum and instructional transformation that advances diversity and inclusion.

• Works collaboratively with senior administrators and campus leaders to ensure the equitable and appropriate distribution of resources in support of goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

• Collaborates with Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity to ensure compliance with university policies, federal affirmative action, and EEO regulations.

• Facilitates and develops professional development and training opportunities to promote diversity awareness and advocacy for the campus community.

• Works closely with standing and ad-hoc system-wide committees, including student committees, hiring committees, Student Government, and Fort Wayne Senate leadership to advance diversity and equity to promote an inclusive climate.

• Engages with communities in Fort Wayne and beyond to foster engagement, build mutually beneficial partnerships, and create synergy. Leverages resources, insight, know-how, relationships, and data to ensure involvement, support, and success for initiatives and programs.

• Works collaboratively with internal constituents across the university to assess, report, and make recommendations on campus climate and diversity metrics.

• Advocates for an organizational culture that is sensitive to a wide range of disciplines, interests, and constituencies represented while maintaining a deep commitment to diversity as part of the university’s public mission.

• Works collaboratively with colleagues across campus to achieve representational diversity in recruitment goals in the appropriate regional and national markets, and to contribute to advancing diversity in enrollment management efforts and outreach events accordingly.

• Listens to and gives voice to emergent issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the university and local community, and nationally as it affects the university. Serves as the Ombudsperson and/or chief spokesperson on matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Serves as the Purdue University system liaison on diversity, equity, and inclusion on behalf of Purdue Fort Wayne.

Strategic Planning & Diversity Outcomes:

• Drives the strategic vision for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Leads staff in developing and implementing strategic priorities. Monitors and reports progress toward strategic goals and objectives.

• Builds bold, creative diversity initiatives that demonstrate leadership as an innovator, convener, ambassador, collaborator, partner, and catalyst in mobilizing leaders from various institutional and community sectors around diversity goals.

• Develops meaningful and appropriate metrics to measure success and gauge effectiveness of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

• Utilizes assessment information to innovate programs and services.

• Works closely with colleagues to recruit and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse populations by creating pilot initiatives, building collaborative relationships, helping to adopt national best practices, collecting and analyzing data, and developing communications and messaging.

• Partners with the Vice Chancellor for Financial and Administrative Affairs to review institutional efforts regarding supplier diversity.


• Oversees and provides leadership for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which includes the Center for Women and Returning Adults, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, TRIO Student Support Services, TRIO Upward Bound, and the LGBTQ+ Task Force.

• Oversees and provides coordination for the Chancellor’s Diversity Council.

• Supervises staff members and is responsible for making hiring and promotion decisions/recommendations, pay adjustments, and terminations.


•Master's degree or higher.

•Ten years of progressive leadership experience designing, implementing, and sustaining diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in a complex organization.

•Proven leadership, scholarly achievements, and aptitude for understanding and addressing affirmative action; equal opportunity regulations; and current theories of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to include written, oral, listening, and

presentation, and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a valued colleague, strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence all levels of the institution with charisma, mentorship and collaborative acumen that command the respect and involvement of colleagues and community members to improve climate and outcomes.

• Demonstrated aptitude with infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion practices, particularly adept at collaborating with others who have varying perceptions of diversity, equity, and inclusion with sensitivity to multicultural variances.

• Demonstrated ability to facilitate partnerships with and between campus and community constituencies and prior leadership in developing relationships as a leader or member of a team, task force, or committee, expand networks, and build consensus.

• Demonstrated ability to use discretion and good judgment in handling confidential information.

• Awareness of national and regional trends in higher education around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

• Proven leadership in change management, strategic planning, fiscal, development and/or grant management, and program sustainability.

• A strong work ethic, with a results-oriented philosophy and personal qualities of trustworthiness, openness, accessibility, kindness, flexibility, and a sense of humor.

• Demonstrated experience in delivery of high-quality diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives that achieved targeted goals.


Experience in higher education.

Find out why so many are taking advantage of a career at Purdue University Fort Wayne! Employees enjoy:

Free tuition through Purdue University Global

Fee remission for a traditional Purdue degree for yourself, spouse, and children

Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance

Paid Time Off

Additional Information: Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position

A background check will be required for employment in this position

FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime)

Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions Immediately

Purdue University Fort Wayne seeks to develop and nurture its diversity. Purdue Fort Wayne is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect. Purdue Fort Wayne is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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