The Associate Chief Diversity Officer co-leads the university's commitment to provide culturally diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environments for the university's workforce, student body, learning spaces, programs, services and partnerships. The Associate Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for implementing the university's vision, strategic goals and objectives that integrate the educational value of a diverse and inclusive learning environment through collaborative engagement with faculty, staff and students. Additionally, with a strong focus on faculty development, the Associate Chief Diversity Officer will work to build relationships with deans and department chairs and develop a presence as a resource on campus. Serving as a resource, the Associate Chief Diversity Officer will consult and strategize with individual faculty and departments about climate goals and needs specific to their school, departmental and course contexts. The primary areas of accountability include management of office and staff, assessment, advocacy and education through research, programming, and student and workforce development. The Associate Chief Diversity Officer serves as chief advisor and subject matter expert to university management, staff, faculty and students in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity. The incumbent manages key diversity related staff departments to provide services and programming to students, faculty and staff. The Associate Chief Diversity Officer will possess an advanced degree (an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree); a track record of, and a deep commitment to, developing high impact diversity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, students, and staff; excellent interpersonal and communications skills; and abilities to inspire and influence others. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate cultural intelligence, intercultural agility, and emotional intelligence to cultivate trust and credibility through collaborating with a wide variety of stakeholders working in a robust organizational context in the midst of fluidity and change.
An earned doctorate or other discipline-based terminal degree such as Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D., or M.F.A. in the behavioral sciences, multicultural education, human relations, human rights, ethnic studies, intercultural communications, or other relevant discipline.
Minimum of five (5) years of experience in higher education administration, teaching, and/or leadership position.
Demonstrated leadership and experience in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion within a complex organization.
Demonstrated understanding of the elements and dynamics of organizational change.
Demonstrated success in developing educational programming with and for diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to research, identify and implement best practices of equity, diversity and inclusion.
Demonstrated ability to supervise staff and manage resources.
Must have strong understanding of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and other applicable laws.
Experience interacting with and incorporating the voices of students and student groups, particularly students of color, and other marginalized student groups, including students with disabilities.
Gonzaga University is a private four-year institution for higher education located in Spokane, Washington. Established in 1877, the university continues to use their education model of educating their students as a whole person- mind, body, and spirit. At Gonzaga, students discover how to integrate science and art, faith and reason, and action and contemplation. Gonzaga is a nationally ranked university and one of the top regional universities in the west. Home to over 7,800 students, Gonzaga offers a variety of undergraduate and master’s degrees, as well a Ph.D. and Juris Doctor through the school of law.