Greenville University invites applications and nominations for the Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer. The VP/CDO is a cabinet-level position and reports to the President, leading institutional change and educational effectiveness by cultivating organizational capacity for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The VP/CDO will cast a strategic vision (in collaboration with university leaders, faculty, students, and staff) for institutional thriving utilizing the indicators of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The VP/CDO will have oversight of creating policies, overseeing programming, and fostering an inclusive campus atmosphere in which everyone can thrive. This will be accomplished in partnership with various campus constituents to cultivate and strengthen an inclusive and equitable campus environment.
Greenville University’s philosophy on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
As a Christ-centered educational institutional in the Wesleyan tradition, Greenville University believes that every person, without exception, carries the image of God and it is our sacred duty to treat people accordingly. The University approaches diversity and inclusion from this biblical perspective, believing that the diversity we find in our natural world and in human society are a rich gift from God; a gift that helps us to experience God’s great love and mercy in new ways. Greenville University is inspired by the renewed urgency within the Free Methodist Church, with which the university is affiliated, to live out the freedoms that led to the denomination’s establishment in 1860. In particular, the freedom of all people to worship together in unity; the freedom of women and men to be treated respectfully and use their gifts equally in the church, home and world; and the freedom of the poor to be treated with dignity and justice in the world, are particularly pertinent to our work of diversity and inclusion. These freedoms help shape our distinctive approach to diversity and inclusion.
To advance the university’s long standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, Greenville University seeks to appoint a Chief Diversity Officer to lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive diversity plan with specific goals and measurable outcomes. The Chief Diversity Officer is a senior leader reporting directly to the president and serving as a member of the president’s cabinet. The Chief Diversity Officer will work with faculty, staff and students to champion the importance of diversity and inclusion at Greenville University and assist Greenville University to become an institution of inclusive excellence.
Candidates with an earned doctorate (EdD or PhD) in higher education, the social sciences, or related field from an accredited institution are invited to apply. The ideal candidate should have a minimum of five years of diversity education including working with budgets and managing staff in an institution of higher education. A commitment to the spiritual mission of Greenville University, specifically as this relates to diversity and racial reconciliation, is essential. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a strong personal commitment to following Jesus Christ, including active church membership.
A successful candidate should also demonstrate cultural humility along with being comfortable in building relationships of trust with various communities and constituencies that comprise the university. He/She understands the contexts and cultures within the institution that impact the implementation and management of effective diversity change efforts. Candidates will exhibit excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to inspire and influence others. Assessing well developed problem-solving skills and be adept in finding win-win solutions to difficult problems, building consensus and support, and reconciling competing interests. Further, a passion for creating a diverse and inclusive university with a willingness to challenge and engage in weaving a web of support for all constituents should be evident.
Additional vital elements of this strategic role include:
• Represent the president and university on diversity matters, internally and externally;
• Cultivate an interactive and accessible relationship with Senior Administrative Leadership team (SALT), Dean’s Council, Community Life, Athletics, Student Government and other governing bodies at the institution.
• Support and encourage strategic diversity goals for the university;
• Develop a strategic framework to prevent, reduce, and respond to any incidents of bias or hate;
• Chair the Diversity Council and serve on other relevant councils;
• Oversee periodic university-wide diversity campus climate studies and other assessment of diversity initiatives;
• Engage with students, staff, faculty, administration, board members, and external constituents;
• Pursue and manage relevant outside funding/grants for university diversity programs; and
• Meaningfully engage the board of trustees on issues of nondiscrimination, institutional data, access, and equity in higher education institutions. The VP/CDO also provides diversity resources/trainings for the board.
About Greenville University
Greenville University (formerly Greenville College) is located 45 miles east of St. Louis in an attractive residential community of approximately 7,000 people. Greenville University was founded in 1892 and is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, yet draws students from 40+ denominations. The university provides a distinctive, Christ-centered university education for men and women. The university's first president, Wilson T. Hogue, used the motto "education for character" to describe the university's purpose. Its mission 125 years later - empowering students for lives of character and service - echoes that purpose. Greenville University provides a quality liberal arts education for over 1,200 students. We offer over 40 undergraduate majors as well as adult and graduate programs available online or at partnership locations. Our distinguished academic programs, caring faculty, and genuine Christian community are transforming the lives of students from around the globe.
For additional information, please visit our website: www.greenville.edu
About Greenville University
Greenville University (formerly Greenville College) was founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church with the intent to provide a distinctive, Christ-centered university education for men and women. The university's first president, Wilson T. Hogue, used the motto "education for character" to describe the university's purpose. Its mission 125 years later - empowering students for lives of character and service - echoes that purpose.