Department: Office of the Provost Salary/Grade: EXS/31
Northwestern University seeks to recruit its next Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) to collaboratively lead Northwestern’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and head the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Reporting to the Provost as a member of the Office of the Provost, the role serves as the senior administrator responsible for leading and coordinating efforts to create a diverse, inclusive, equitable, accessible, and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff, administrators, trainees, and alumni.
Articulate and implement a University strategy for diversity, equity, and inclusion. This will consist of a set of specific goals, plans for how to attain these goals, and metrics to measure success against the goals. This work will involve leveraging existing data and analyses toward the development of strategy and accompanying metrics as well as collaborating with key partners for execution.
Take a systemic approach to the University’s currently dispersed and disparate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts by unifying, coordinating, and strengthening existing programs in order to achieve significant gains.
Lead and support the University’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in partnership with key leaders across Northwestern’s three campuses to coordinate the institution’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and drive progress toward a set of clearly articulated priorities. The CDO will work closely with faculty, students, staff, academic units, Student Affairs, and Human Resources to maintain a cohesive diversity, equity, and inclusion framework for all constituencies.
Work with academic units and build effective partnerships within the Office of the Provost and with the academic schools and centers, as well as other critical stakeholders including the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Equity.
Direct and implement both proven and innovative programming, pedagogy, research, recruitment, and training. In particular, lead the University’s inclusive teaching efforts and develop a robust set of faculty programming in partnership with the Associate Provost for Faculty and others.
Convene partners from across the institution to coordinate, listen, and encourage productive collaboration toward a set of common goals. Build mutually supportive relationships across the institution through engagement with faculty, staff, students, and trainees.
Performs other duties as assigned
An earned terminal degree or a combination of experience and education comparable to a terminal degree is required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Demonstrated ability to deliver impact in a complex organization with a strong history of shared governance and decentralization.
Strategic expertise, knowledge of the domain, empathy, intelligence, flexibility, and collaborative instincts needed to partner with the entire Northwestern community in its aspiration to continue to increase diversity while continually evolving to become more inclusive and equitable.
Evidence of being able to successfully develop collegial relationships with multiple constituents and facilitate group dialogue, particularly around challenging issues.
Demonstrated ability to represent Northwestern University with a strong, thoughtful, and empathetic presence.
Demonstrated cultural competence, resourcefulness, creativity, and perseverance.
Demonstrated ability to effectively persuade and influence stakeholders and to form successful partnerships with a wide range of constituencies across the institution.
Depth of knowledge in the diversity, equity, and inclusion domain as well as an understanding of higher education culture and an ability to navigate a complex environment.
Capacity to lead strategic change management initiatives and an ability to leverage data to build the case for change.
Demonstrated ability to analyze data to understand areas of need and effectiveness of improvement strategies.
Demonstrated ability/aptitude to coordinate and lead a cross-functional team of professionals from different areas of the institution to advance efforts on behalf of equity, diversity, and inclusion; an instinct for working collaboratively while insisting on progress; ability to develop and drive toward metrics for success.
Demonstrated ability/aptitude to manage a budget, advocate for resources, and make strategic financial decisions.
Demonstrated experience creating and implementing comprehensive, meaningful educational programming for students, staff, and faculty around anti-oppression and social justice.
Experience collaborating across units and disciplines to implement targeted programming.
Demonstrated capacity to build relationships with key stakeholders at all levels across the University, to garner support and buy-in for broad diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
An explicitly anti-oppressive framework; the CDO must demonstrate a clear understanding of and commitment to practices and strategies which actively disrupt harm at individual and systemic levels.
Demonstrated willingness and ability to speak up in the face of injustice.
Demonstrated success in organizing and carrying out strategic initiatives and in leading a team in the execution of activities in alignment with established goals and metrics.
Patience when learning and impatience when trying to move the needle (i.e. taking the time to understand Northwestern, to hear concerns across our various populations, but then to act with diligence and speed when concerns need to be addressed and changes need to be made).
Possession of the full complement of leadership attributes, including motivation, resilience, confidence, wisdom, judgment, integrity, trustworthiness, accountability, diplomacy, warmth, courage of convictions, tolerance for ambiguity, a holistic view of human behavior and development, cultural competence, and a strong desire to engage with all members of the Northwestern community in support of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Doctoral degree in an academic discipline or the field of higher education is preferred.
Higher education experience that includes working with students and faculty is strongly preferred.
Experience teaching in a university setting preferred.
A minimum of ten years of experience or more of progressive levels of responsibility including managing others is strongly preferred.
Specific experience in promoting a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion is strongly preferred.
“Please see the full position description on the CDO Search webpage, https://bit.ly/CDOSearch. To apply, submit a letter of interest addressing the characteristics in the profile and a current curriculum vita via the Northwestern Careers webpage. To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by August 15, 2020.”
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 38957
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.