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Location:Bosler (Laramie), WY
Company:University of Wyoming
First posted:November 15, 2016

Job Description

Job Title: Chief Diversity Officer
Job ID: 8406 Location: Main Campus

Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
FLSA Status: Exempt
Department: 10001 Office of The President Date Opened: 11/14/2016

Please Note

The President of the University of Wyoming announces a search for the position of Chief Diversity Officer to lead efforts to continue to make UW a welcoming and supportive place for all members of the diverse university community, recruit and retain the best students, staff and faculty, be competitive and nurturing as an institution in an increasingly global and diverse world, and graduate students who are prepared to lead, to understand and appreciate cultural differences and to be successful and contributory in our world.

The Chief Diversity Officer will report directly to the President of the University and will have staff and budgetary resources to direct university initiatives.  Sitting on the President's executive council, this new position leads diversity efforts in collaboration with the Vice Presidents and will exercise authority regarding diversity efforts for the University.  The Chief Diversity Officer will oversee the development of the UW's Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement that includes implementing and assessing the UW's short-term and long-term goals.

This is an at-will position.

The University of Wyoming invites diverse applicants to consider our employment opportunities.  We are also especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and/or diverse initiatives.

Essential Duties

The Chief Diversity Officer will:

  • Provide leadership and vision for the UW's diversity, inclusion and community engagement initiatives.
  • Provide leadership in assessment of the UW's status in the areas of diversity and inclusion.
  • Establish and chair a UW Diversity Council.
  • Report on the UW's progress in achieving the goals/objectives of its Strategic Plan for Diversity.
  • Provide consultation to campus constituencies in evaluating, designing and implementing institutional policies and practices to ensure diversity, equity and respect for all students, faculty, and staff in institutional settings, employment and workplace practices.
  • Provide leadership and foster collaboration related to diverse populations across the state of Wyoming.
  • Work to develop faculty, staff and student opportunities to enhance diversity in curricular and co-curricular activities across the university.
  • Partner in academic curriculum efforts facilitating curricular inclusion and teaching.
  • Research and secure grant opportunities and external funding to support inclusion, diversity and equity initiatives.
  • Provide input into diverse employee and student recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Perform and coordinate with other university resources in regards to training and educational strategies related to inclusion and diversity.
  • In collaboration with the University's Human Resources Department and the Equal Opportunity Report and Response unit, analyze and document institutional progress for the following programs:  Title IX, ADA, and Affirmative Action.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree required
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience working with inclusion, diversity and equity initiatives in higher education or comparable organization.

Desired Qualifications

The University is seeking outstanding candidates who also possess:

  • Extensive knowledge of inclusion, diversity and equity issues, laws, regulations, policies and trends in higher education.
  • Experience developing, leading and evaluating comprehensive education or training programs.
  • Successful grant writing experience.
  • Effective written, interpersonal and collaborative communication skills.
  • Motivation, professionalism and integrity to advance the University's diversity initiatives.
  • Experience with budget and personnel management, strategic planning and program assessment.
  • Experience leading collaborative institutional projects and programs.
  • Master's degree required, earned doctorate preferred.  For candidates who hold a doctoral degree and tenure at another institution, a tenured position is negotiable. 


Required Materials

The Search Committee will begin to review applications after January 15, 2017, but will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled.  

  • Applicants must complete an online application including uploading a resume, a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position, and a list of three professional references -  these should be uploaded as one document .

All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence until the selection of the finalists, whose names and application materials will be made public.

Position inquiries and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

David L. Jones

c/o The President's Office

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University

Laramie, WY 82071


Hiring Statement

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. To review the EEO is the Law Poster and its Supplement , please see The Diversity & Fairness page

We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment.  Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.

Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.

Welcome to Laramie

Founded in 1886, UW is the only public university in Wyoming, providing baccalaureate, graduate, and professional education, research, and outreach. It enrolls more than 13,500 undergraduate and graduate students, employs over 2,800 benefitted faculty and staff members, and has an annual operating budget of $523 million. In the fall of 2015, Wyoming's ethnic/racial diversity is 15.9% and UW's student diversity is 11.6% (undergraduate is 13%, graduate is 6.8% and new freshmen is 16.4%) with another 6.4% international students.

UW combines major-university benefits and small-school advantages, offering 200 programs of study, an outstanding faculty, and world-class research and teaching facilities, all set against the backdrop of Wyoming's beautiful landscapes. The main campus is in Laramie, a community of approximately 31,000 sandwiched between the Medicine Bow and Laramie mountain ranges two hours north of Denver.

The University's policy has been, and will continue to be, one of nondiscrimination, offering equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without regard to such matters as race, sex, gender, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political belief, or other status protected by state and federal statutes or University Regulations. Veterans and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The University of Wyoming is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, employment and motor vehicle history. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.

The University of Wyoming is located in Laramie, a town of 30,000 in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West. Wyoming is investing in its university, helping to make it a leader in academics, research and outreach.

The university has state-of-the-art facilities in many areas and is a cultural center for the state. Located on a high plain between the Laramie and Snowy Range mountain ranges, Laramie has more than 300 days of sunshine a year and is near year-round outdoor activities that include skiing, hiking, camping, bicycling, fishing and climbing. 

The community provides the advantages of a major university and a distinctive identity as an important city in a frontier state.  Laramie is near many of Colorado's major cities and university communities (Fort Collins: 1 hour; Boulder: 1.5 hours; Denver: 2 hours; Colorado Springs; 4 hours).

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