Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.
The Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (VPEDI) is the Chief Diversity Officer responsible for the executive leadership, strategic planning and administrative oversight for institutional equity and diversity. Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the President's Cabinet, the primary purpose of the position is to fulfill the educational mission of the institution by developing, coordinating, implementing, and assessing operational and strategic goals related to equity, diversity and inclusion. This VPEDI is uniquely positioned to identify and implement an organizational office structure that best aligns available resources with university and legislative initiatives.
As SOU seeks to strengthen its commitment to racial and social justice and to make the university a better and stronger environment for members across all spectrums of identity, the VPEDI will promote deep, structural institutional reforms and foster a culture of self-examination, healing, and constant improvement to achieve an understanding of institutional equity and diversity integral to the institution's culture and values. The role will build internal and external bridges and provide strong, creative, collaborative, and energetic leadership to support and sustain a diverse and welcoming campus community. The VPEDI works alongside Cabinet members who embrace shared responsibility in cultivating, sustaining, and continuously developing an environment in which equity is sought intentionally and inclusiveness is practiced actively. More information about the Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion can be found at edi.sou.edu.
Minimum Classification Qualifications:
Master's Degree in a field related to the duties performed. Related degrees may include but are not limited to sociology, social anthropology, public administration, student development, counseling and guidance, women studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, disability studies, and indigenous studies.
Five years of significant leadership experience leading initiatives, programs, activities and services related to institutional access, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
Thorough knowledge of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and other applicable laws.
Successful record of influence, community building, networking, and deploying effective programs for diversity and inclusion.
The successful candidate will not only maintain a strategic role but will also be required to be
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About Southern Oregon University
SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.