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Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Denver, CO

The University of Denver (DU) seeks a dynamic, visionary, strategic, and inspiring leader to become its Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (VCDEI). The University of Denver values diversity in all of its forms (including diversity based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability or ability, religious or spiritual beliefs, veteran status, and political beliefs) and is committed to fostering inclusive excellence across its campus by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through curriculum, research, hiring, and service. This commitment is demonstrated in both its strategic plan, DU Impact 2025, and its intentional elevation in the status and responsibility of the previous senior diversity officer position. In their elevated role, the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will boldly lead the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as conceptualize and execute a strong vision to establish a central DEI unit at the university. The successful candidate must be a thought-leader, advisor, and advocate for campus diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The VCDEI will provide university-wide leadership and accountability in developing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment to ensure the well-being of all DU faculty, staff, and students. The VCDEI will report directly to Chancellor Jeremy Haefner, serve in his cabinet, and consult regularly with the Provost. Furthermore, the VCDEI will collaborate with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs to coordinate efforts to maximize the efficiency of campus-wide efforts to weave diversity and inclusion throughout all of DU’s programs, initiatives, policies, and practices.

As the leader of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the VCDEI will oversee the sustained effort to create a vibrant campus culture with a particular focus on academic affairs and community engagement. Working closely with faculty leadership, the VCDEI will strive to create a holistic approach to diversity and inclusion in hiring, research, creative works, and pedagogy in an effort to build a strong foundation from which every community member can thrive personally, academically, and professionally. The VCDEI will work in partnership with every division and major unit to identify and cultivate unit leadership that will serve as that division’s DEI thought leader while also holding the division accountable for their progress. Each unit will develop their action plan to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, so The University of Denver can progress in a unified and centralized way.

This position requires a seasoned, persuasive leader with vision, drive, and experience influencing cultural change in a complex environment. Candidates should have a history of success engaging, collaborating, and negotiating with diverse individuals, groups, and communities. They must have a minimum of ten years of progressive experience in diversity and inclusion or related fields and have excellent communication and listening skills, including a high degree of effectiveness in building trust, exerting influence, and achieving consensus from a broad range of internal and external constituents. Additionally, they must have the capacity to initiate the collection, analyzation, and presentation of data, demonstrating measurable metrics of change, which is important in implementing campus-wide policies and practices to advance principles of inclusive excellence.

Monroe "Bud" Moseley is leading this search with Donna Cramer and Andarla Hodge.


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