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Vice President for Access, Equity and Diversity Job Description

Position Title: Vice President for Access, Equity and Diversity (VPAED)
Department: Access, Equity and Diversity
Reports to: President
Supervisor Responsibilities:  The following positions report to the VPAED: Director of Multicultural Support Services and the Chaplain/Coordinator of Service.  The position may also supervise some student employees.

Position Summary: The VPAED serves on the President’s Cabinet and works in close collaboration with senior academic and administrative leadership. The VPAED leads the development and implementation of the College’s Diversity Plan, collaborates with departments college-wide to identify opportunities and barriers to the College’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse community of successful students, faculty and staff and leads and supports diversity-building programs across campuses.  The VPAED represents the College and its diversity programs to external audiences and collaborates with academic and administrative leaders to develop external community partnerships including global connections that serve institutional diversity goals. 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Lead the College’s mission, strategic plan and goals related to equity, inclusion, diversity and human rights by providing guidance to departments to develop and implement policies, proposals, programs and operating procedures that support diversity initiatives and global connections. Participate at a high level in the strategic planning efforts of the College.
  • Promote cultural and transformative change at Doane by leading the development and implementation of the College’s strategic plan for access, equity and diversity.
  • Work collaboratively with all stakeholders in an institutional culture of shared governance.  Develop strategic partnerships, alliances and collaborations with key constituencies.
  • Collaborate with departments, advise, coordinate and identify opportunities and barriers to the College’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse community of successful students, faculty and staff.
  • Generate external resources such as private gifts, grants and contracts to help drive and support the office’s and College’s overall impact and success.
  • Promote and support the College’s ongoing efforts to continue to improve access and college readiness of talented and qualified underrepresented students to the College.
  • Develop and expand strong collaborations with community colleges, career academies and pre-K-12 education and work with these schools to shape and support the aspirations and strengthen the skills of their students as well as work with our enrollment management team to ensure that admissions pathways to the College exist.
  • Encourage and assist with the infusion of equity and inclusion into the instruction and content of new and existing courses.
  • Supervisory duties including, but not limited to: hiring, training, staff development, performance appraisals, corrective action, workflow management and staff recognition.
  • Assume responsibility for financial planning, budgeting control, the development and monitoring of policies and procedures for the Access, Equity and Inclusion Department.
  • Collaborate with various offices to identify and develop opportunities for student, faculty and staff programming and training related to diversity and inclusion.
  • Develop and implement communication plans in collaboration with the Office of Strategic Communications that promote diversity and inclusion goals and initiatives.
  • With the approval of the VP for Academic Affairs, opportunities exist to teach one course per semester.
  • Provide reports and updates as requested by the president and the board of trustees. Track and demonstrate progress toward diversity goals.
  • Chair the Equity and Inclusion Committee and coordinate the efforts of the Advocacy Response Team (ART).


  • Successful track record in managing change along with proven experience as an organizational leader and program builder, particularly around initiatives that promote diversity, equity, access and inclusion in a higher education environment or other major organization.
  • Ability to facilitate connections and build partnerships and collaborations with internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Collaborative leader with the ability to exercise diplomacy to engage others in productive dialogues that advance diversity efforts. 
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills. 
  • Proven track record for effectively leading a team and/or staff.
  • Possess the understanding and ability to work effectively in a shared governance.
  • Knowledgeable of higher education compliance regulations, particularly Title VI, Title IX and Section 504 desired.

Education: Advanced degree required, earned doctorate or terminal degree preferred.

Physical/Environmental Requirements: Sedentary work primarily exposed to indoor elements, evening and weekend hours are necessary and will vary throughout the year.