Mar 10, 2020

Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Full-Time Other

Job Description

Search for the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

The University of California, Santa Barbara seeks a dynamic and visionary leader, strategic thinker, relationship builder, and outstanding communicator for the position of Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (VCDEI). The Vice Chancellor will join a highly successful public, research university committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at a moment of great opportunity to make lasting impact. Reporting directly to the Chancellor in a role newly elevated to the Vice Chancellor level, this person will reinvigorate and restructure efforts to build an even more inclusive and diverse campus community. Working across campus and with other leaders in the University of California system and across the nation, they will strengthen the University's inclusion and diversity mission, catalog the many ongoing efforts and initiatives around DEI, lead conversations across campus and identify opportunities to improve the campus climate, and further engage the community around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The successful candidate should have relevant experience in the academic community, both in administration and/or through scholarly work, and will demonstrate a keen understanding of issues inherent to inclusion, equity, and diversity within a complex institutional setting. The VCDEI must have extensive knowledge of existing research and best practices to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and a demonstrated ability to apply these best practices across a large organization. In addition to the ability to lead internally, the VCDEI will be a thoughtful leader in conversations about inclusion and diversity on the state and national levels. The VCDEI must have well-developed skills in facilitating inclusive dialogues that enable positive growth, the capacity to develop and translate strategic goals and set a course for implementation, and experience in institutional change management. The VCDEI must be able to work effectively with people all across the University, including senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the surrounding community.

UC Santa Barbara is a member of the 10-campus University of California (UC) system and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Over the last decade, UC Santa Barbara has made great strides in its regional, national, and international profile and impact, and is ranked #30 among “Best national universities” and ranked #5 among all public universities according to U.S. News and World Report. As the first AAU institution to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the campus takes pride in its student diversity, which includes the largest percentage of Latinx students in the AAU. It is also an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). The University serves approximately 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and employs more than 1,000 faculty members, and over 4,600 full-time non-academic staff members. Known for its highly dynamic intellectual community and beautiful natural setting, the University is an institution committed to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education and research.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

To be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will address a set of key opportunities and challenges, listed below. The Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will:

  • Develop a cohesive vision and plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion at UC Santa Barbara
  • Align, integrate, coordinate, and elevate DEI efforts across campus
  • Advance a culture of assessment and evaluation to enable data-driven decision-making and continuous improvement
  • Effectively advocate for and generate resources in support of DEI efforts
  • Serve as a visible and trusted member of the UCSB and UC communities on issues of inclusion and diversity

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged. The next review date for the role is April 30, 2020 and proposed start date is for the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year.

Julie Filizetti, Alanya Green, and Carley Davenport

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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