Human Resources


Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Chief Diversity Officer

Vacancy # 14E143
Position # 1141

The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief Diversity Officer. This position requires the knowledge and ability to cultivate a vision, strategy and organizational structure to enable achievement of the campus' strategic diversity efforts. The university believes that diversity, civility, and community are core campus values of a sense of place that enhances the academic environment and supports a robust educational experience for its students. UNCW seeks an individual who can lead its ongoing efforts to ensure that diversity is infused in all university actions and programs.

This position reports to the Chancellor and is a member of the Chancellor's cabinet. The Chief Diversity Officer will work to promote an environment that appreciates individual difference, values equal opportunity for all, and serves to eliminate barriers based on factors such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. UNCW is seeking experienced candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the university and community.

The position involves collaboration with the Chancellor; cabinet; deans; department chairs and heads; directors; and other campus leaders on all diversity-related matters. Acting in this capacity, the Chief Diversity Officer will share responsibility for implementing and managing diversity-related aspects of the university's strategic plan and leading the university in the development of a campus diversity and inclusion strategy, including a program of assessment of the goals and outcomes of that plan. Duties include identifying, promoting and executing best practices for the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff; working with academic and non-academic units to increase the enrollment and retention of diverse undergraduate, graduate and professional students; establishing systems of accountability throughout the university, advising campus leaders regarding communication strategies related to values of diversity and inclusion and engaging in a very high level of community engagement.

The successful candidate will lead the new Office of Diversity and Inclusion and be responsible for all diversity programming on campus and manage the various Centers and its personnel. The Chief Diversity Officer will collaborate with the Provost and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs with this endeavor.

The Chief Diversity Officer will evaluate UNCW's assets and challenges with regard to underrepresented groups, community support and cultural awareness and work with the leadership team to foster a climate of support and inclusiveness. The Chief Diversity Officer will work with the chancellor and the leadership team to develop accountability measures pertaining to diversity and inclusion and recommend and implement policies and programs and advocate for ownership throughout the campus of quantifiable progress at every level.

Other key elements include:

  • Demonstrated extensive, progressively responsible experience related to contemporary issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience with and knowledge and advocacy of diversity issues such as Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, LGBT issues, and inclusion, particularly in higher education or similarly complex organizational structures.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive professional and interpersonal relationships with diverse population groups.

Organizational and leadership experience includes:

  • Significant supervisory, budget management, strategic planning, and program implementation experience required.
  • Visionary leadership and management skills necessary to enhance diversity and equity issues in a scholarly setting.
  • Demonstrated involvement in national associations and conferences related to the promotion of diversity and inclusivity related issues through attendance and participation.
  • Ability to foster an appreciation of the unique characteristics, traits and skills of others by supporting cross cultural dialogue and interaction.
  • Broad experience in encouraging mutual respect, inclusivity and enlightenment.
  • Understanding of the value of the educational benefits that stem from preparing students' cultural competencies in a multicultural workforce, global economy and world.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, to both internal and external audiences, to represent the university's need for, and commitment to, a diverse student, faculty and staff population.
  • Demonstrated ability to ensure the campus is able to strive for a comprehensive range of programs and services that sustains and promotes an environment of inclusiveness.
  • Ability to work closely with the Chancellor and cabinet members in a team atmosphere to ensure that the missions of diversity and academic excellence within the institution support each other.
  • Proven development, implementation and evaluation of strategic initiatives that strengthens recruitment of a diverse student, faculty, and staff population.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualifications: Ph.D. or terminal degree and faculty experience preferred; in the absence of a doctorate, a Master's degree is required.

To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to Chair - Chief Diversity Officer Search Committee, and attached to the online application - not emailed or mailed. Attachments must be either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF documents. For questions regarding the online application process, please contact Human Resources at (910) 962-3160. Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release. Priority consideration will be given to online applications received by July 31, 2014, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

UNC Wilmington actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal-opportunity employer. Qualified men and women from all racial, ethnic or other minority groups, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.