Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer - Office of the Chancellor - 13676


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks an inspiring and innovative leader to serve as Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CEDIO) to provide dynamic and visionary leadership to promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the institution, including but not limited to executive leadership; academic affairs; student affairs; administrative affairs; athletics; human resources; and campus programs, activities and events that establish UW-Whitewater as a model of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The CEDIO serves as an executive level, senior administrator who oversees the development and implementation of university policies and plans for promoting equity, diversity and inclusion and guides campus practice to promote a diverse and inclusive campus culture that aligns with University values, mission, vision and goals as described in the new Strategic Plan.

The CEDIO leads efforts to define, understand, assess, foster and cultivate diversity by working closely with administration, faculty, staff and students.

The CEDIO is responsible for the preparation and completion of federal, state and other compliance reports related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The CEDIO serves in a leadership and/or membership role on committees and working groups within the institution, UW System and the local community to promote the University’s diversity-related initiatives, vision, mission, values and goals.


The Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CEDIO) will report to the Chancellor and be a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet. The CEDIO will advise the Chancellor and senior leaders on issues of diversity and serve as an integral partner with campus leaders, students, faculty, staff, various university committees, and external constituencies to proactively develop and implement plans, programs, and activities that elevate equity, diversity and inclusion as core values to be collectively practiced in the university. Will be an active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • The successful candidate will be an experienced administrator with the vision, energy, and interpersonal and leadership skills to achieve ambitious goals.
  • Minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent level of education from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Significant experience in building and supporting initiatives that promote equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing best practices and leading organizational change with regard to equity, diversity and inclusion issues, including challenges and ways to overcome them.
  • Evidence of strategic leadership and implementation of successful programs in a culture of shared governance.
  • Demonstrated leadership as a convener, ambassador, collaborator, partner, communicator, and catalyst in mobilizing stakeholders toward reaching common goals.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a variety of individuals with differing cultural, socioeconomic backgrounds and experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate positive interactions and provide education for cross-cultural competency to a wide range of disciplines, interests and constituencies represented at UW-Whitewater.
  • Ability to engage in productive and respectful conversations with individuals on equity, diversity and inclusivity-related matters that encourage an awareness and understanding of the importance and value of diversity.
  • Strong administrative ability to articulate and realize concrete measures for implementing a strategic vision and operationalizing the plan, including a track record of evidence-based decision-making.
  • Working knowledge of federal and state laws related to discrimination, retaliation and affirmative action.
  • Strong work-ethic, dependable and reliable.
Highly Desired Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree
  • Work experience in higher education.
  • Experience in conflict resolution and/or mediation.
  • Knowledge of contemporary theory and research related to promoting academic equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Record of accomplishment related to an entrepreneurial and creative approach to program development and implementation.

Specific Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  1. Ensures timely preparation and completion of federal, state and other compliance reports related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Provides regular data and research-informed follow-up and progress reports.
  2. In partnership with offices across campus, increases employee and student awareness and understanding of issues of equity, diversity and inclusion through the development and implementation of programs that align with campus values, mission and priorities, including the annual campus Diversity Forum.
  3. Provides leadership for the development and implementation of a campus equity, diversity and inclusion plan that aligns with campus values, mission and new Strategic Plan. Responsible for evaluating progress and communicating results to the campus community.
  4. Works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to develop policy, processes, programs and measures to assess and address campus culture issues and concerns; Recommends policy and procedural changes as appropriate.
  5. Works with the Office of Human Resources and Diversity (OHRD) regarding the development and delivery of training programs and opportunities that address diversity, inclusion, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and compliance issues in hiring processes.
  6. Co-chairs the campus Inclusive Excellence Committee in collaboration with the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Diversity, Engagement and Success, among other campus leaders; works with other equity, diversity and inclusion-related committees and working groups on strategies that promote UW-Whitewater as a place of inclusion and equity. Collaborates with the Hate Bias Response Team.
  7. Provides leadership, collaboration and assistance to human resources professionals and other staff who work with employees at all levels of the institution to support strategies to successfully recruit, employ and retain a diverse workforce.
  8. Provides leadership, collaboration and assistance to hiring managers, faculty and staff to ensure search and screen committees and hiring managers receive appropriate training in diversity and inclusion hiring practices, and that screening procedures meet campus and legal requirements for equal opportunity and affirmative action.
  9. Develops working relationships with community, State, and regional organizations/offices focused on equity, diversity and inclusion to promote and achieve objectives of mutual interest.
  10. Serves as the liaison with State and University of Wisconsin System efforts related to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion, including the system-wide Inclusive Excellence initiative.

UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-W Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


Applications received by January 6, 2018 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Dr. Katy Heyning
Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies


Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating qualifications
  • 5 professional references with contact information including phone and email
This Job ID is 13676.

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