Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Job ID 2021-1436
Job Locations
Academic Administrative Faculty
Budgeted Salary Range
$119,600 (minimum) - $155,400 (midpoint) per year

Location, Job Title, Benefits

Rocky Vista University in Parker, CO has an opening for a

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


To be considered for this position applicants should submit a resume/cover letter and salary requirements.




The posted salary range represents the minimum to the midpoint within RVU’s compensation plan.   RVU’s full compensation structure provides a minimum to a maximum range.  The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to skill, knowledge, experience, education, and credentials.


RVU offers a full benefits package that includes 401(k), Health, Dental and Vision insurance, paid vacation, sick and holidays.


RVU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Primary Purpose

The Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) reports to the President/CEO as a core member of the senior leadership team who will lead the development, implementation, and assessment of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that align with organizational strategy. The VP of DEI is a change agent who partners with top leadership and collaborates with students, faculty, staff and community members on organizational policies and practices to foster a diverse and inclusive university and workplace.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Establishes the university’s DEI function to align with our transformational growth, resources and capabilities.
  2. Serves as a key strategic advisor to the President and senior leadership on all matters related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  3. Leads the development and implementation of the university's diversity and inclusion vision, mission, strategy, initiatives and programs, providing impactful practices for DEI embracement and integration into the university’s values, culture, and processes.
  4. Develops a strategic DEI framework in collaboration with university leadership, faculty, staff and students to align and execute a shared approach across campuses while supporting unique localized needs to optimize resources and prevent incidents of bias or other unfair treatment within our community.
  5. Integrates DEI work and processes to support the university’s flexible workplace policy while monitoring and adapting to the evolution of work post pandemic so that all feel welcomed and a have sense of belonging.
  6. Designs, develops, implements and coordinates diversity, equity, and inclusion education/training programs and provide opportunities for open and insightful structured conversations to address concerns, complaints and issues that inhibit cultural harmony, equity and belonging.
  7. Develops and manages DEI budget along with communication strategies, plans and processes to align initiatives and optimize resources, while driving progress toward intended strategic outcomes.
  8. Provides leadership and support to manage incidents of discrimination, bias and/or micro aggressions involving faculty, staff, and students while providing useful guidance and compliance with policies, regulations and laws.
  9. Develops DEI relevant metrics, tools and analytics that enable leadership to evaluate the performance of efforts in talent and student recruitment and retention, DEI integration, workforce inclusion, equity and climate.
  10. Collaborates with students, staff and faculty in the development and assessment of processes and curriculum related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  11. Leads internal and external communications related to organizational DEI matters.
  12. Stays current with regulatory and policy developments related to employee DEI matters and stays abreast of best practices and trends in the field to update organizational DEI efforts.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Extensive demonstrated knowledge of diversity issues, current trends and best practices
  2. Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members
  3. Prior experience with building and implementing diversity and inclusion related education and training
  4. Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze and present data to assess programs
  5. Ability to listen, influence, show appreciation, and collaborate with stakeholders
  6. Experience leading or participating in significant organizational change and ability to affect positive change with measurable results
  7. Intermediate skills in common organizational and other computer software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite)
  8. Solid analytical/problem-solving skills to monitor and assess processes or services and make necessary improvements
  9. Advanced project management skills to complete projects within budget and time constraints
  10. Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes using strong organizational skills
  11. Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality
  12. Demonstrated ability to appreciate differences in perspectives and points of view and work collaboratively with colleagues toward strategic, shared goals and objectives
  13. Driven, action-oriented, able to make sound decisions under conditions of uncertainty including self-insight and acknowledging one's own biases for personal growth

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Human Resources, Business, Organizational Development, Employment Law, or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  2. 10+ years progressive experience working in DEI or related field
  3. A record of position(s) and/or leadership progress and experience addressing issues of equity, diversity, inclusion and/or social justice or related function(s)
  4. Track record of building partnerships and credibility with a diverse set of faculty, staff and/or students
  5. Collaborative and transparent leadership style with the ability to build trust and credibility while managing positive change throughout an organization
  6. Significant knowledge of DEI and social justice principles, practices, and theories, as well as AA/EEO, Title IX, and civil rights laws/regulations
  7. Demonstrated ability to manage change and conflict management while achieving ambitious goals throughout an organization
  8. Experienced implementing cross-functional and company-wide initiatives.
  9. Knowledge of national issues surrounding diversity and inclusion in academia

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s or Doctorate degree in Human Resources, Business, Organizational Development, Employment Law, or related field.
  2. HR certification (e.g. SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, PHR, SPHR).
  3. Multiple years of administrative leadership experience at an institution, preferably higher education or an institution with an academic medicine division, medical school, etc.
  4. Demonstrated research or other scholarly activity within the DEI Field



Final applicant will be required to pass background check and drug screening.


Rocky Vista University, on the recommendation of the COVID-19 Response Team (CRT), implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for all employees and students effective July 1, 2021


Qualified applicants will be contacted. There may be an additional video interview for you to complete.Please watch your email including spam and promotions folder.


Rocky Vista University is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary. The following are essential abilities and physical requirements for all positions at the University.


  • Ability to orally communicate effectively with others;
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, using the English language;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staffs at all levels;
  • May be exposed to short, intermittent, and/or prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing in performance of job duties;
  • May be required to accomplish job duties using various types of equipment/supplies to include, but not limited to, pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, electronic educational programs, software programs specific to medical practice and education, telephone, etc.;
  • May be required to transport oneself to other campus offices, conference rooms, and on occasion, to off-campus sites to attend meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.



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