The University of Central Florida (UCF) is seeking its inaugural Vice President of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity for one of the largest and best universities in the nation. The vice president will lead and organize an infrastructure to facilitate and encourage community engagement, develop partnerships to bring about transformative change and identify and support target areas to maximize inclusive excellence at UCF. They will develop an institutional framework for equity, inclusion, and diversity that supports the university’s mission and strategic plan, ensuring the pillars of equity, inclusion, and diversity are embedded at all levels.
With more than 68,000 students, UCF is one of largest universities in the United States. No public university in the U.S. confers more degrees annually. UCF is big because we believe in access and opportunity. We are big because we believe lifting the lives and livelihoods of more people results in a stronger community and a stronger society. Our strategic plan distills our approach to a simple formula: SCALE × EXCELLENCE = IMPACT.
UCF holds the Carnegie Foundation’s highest designation in two categories: community engagement and very high research activity. Kiplinger ranks us a national best-value university. At UCF, 44 percent of students graduate without any educational debt. Nationally, 34 percent of students graduate debt-free.
UCF and its 13 colleges offer 216 degrees from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, online and through our 10 regional locations. The university offers 95 bachelor’s and 87 master’s degrees, 28 research doctorates, three professional doctorates and three specialist degree programs. UCF’s fully online programs include bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees, graduate certificates and more.
Essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:
The vice president for equity, inclusion, and diversity provides strategic leadership and engagement on equity, inclusion, and diversity opportunities and challenges at UCF. The vice president reports directly to the president and works closely with UCF’s academic and administrative units and external partners to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion goals are met. The vice president represents the president in developing and implementing plans, in partnership with university colleagues, to ensure Collective Impact metrics for equity, inclusion, and diversity are met. The vice president will serve as a resource for the entire campus community encouraging conversations and initiatives for faculty, staff, and students.
The vice president will work with senior university leadership, students, staff, faculty, and key stakeholders to define, assess, and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. They will promote dialogue and action about the complex issues involved in creating and maintaining an equitable, inclusive, and diverse campus. The vice president will represent the university in local, state, and national leadership roles on boards, committees, and task forces related to this work.
The vice president will partner with Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions in recruitment and enrollment management; Financial Aid; Faculty Excellence; and diversity hiring, retention and employee recognition initiatives in Human Resources and across the colleges.
Provides leadership support to the Office of Institutional Equity, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Academic and Support Services, campus initiatives related to the transition to a minority-majority institution and a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, student services in Social Justice and Advocacy, and other offices to be determined. The office will share a position/funding with the Communications and Marketing division.
Strategic Campus Partnerships:
Faculty and staff with scholarship and expertise in areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion
Academic programs specific to cultural diversity (e.g., Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Studies)
UCF Global and Global UCF
Partnerships and Innovation
Student Development and Enrollment Services
Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
College of Graduate Studies
Alumni and Foundation Relations
A faculty appointment may be available to the individual possessing appropriate qualifications and credentials.
Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and eight years of appropriate experience, at least five of which were progressively responsible in equity, diversity and inclusion efforts; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and ten years of appropriate experience, at least five of which were progressively responsible in equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.
Additional Minimum Requirements
Demonstrated ability to build and lead effective, diverse management teams
Experience in hiring and budget management
Knowledge of historical and contemporary issues and trends in law, regulation, and policy related to equity and inclusion (i.e., Title IX, Title VI, EEO, ADA)
Superior communication, interpersonal and conflict management skills
Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree
Record of teaching, research, and public service in the area of equity, inclusion, and diversity
Demonstrated success leading large-scale change in a complex, decentralized, organizational environment with a record of strengthening equity, inclusion, and diversity
Demonstrated cultural competencies, including strong emotional intelligence, ability to engage and build relationships with university constituencies and underrepresented communities.
Knowledge of how varied forms of institutional data can be leveraged to benchmark and track accountability for the university’s equity, diversity, and inclusion mission
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting the University of Central Florida with this search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. Priority date of application submission for best consideration is November 23, 2018.
All application materials should be directed to:
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Marion Frenche, Team Leader and Managing Consultant
Kevin Bennett, Senior Executive Search Consultant
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: http://www.oie.ucf.edu/documents/PresidentsStatement.pdf. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.