Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion
Boise State University - Moore, ID

Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion

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Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.


Position Overview:

Reflecting a core tenet of the University's educational mission, the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion serves as the senior official responsible for leading and coordinating the University's efforts to create a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners. This position provides visionary and collaborative institutional leadership, working with the President, Provost, Deans, and other campus leadership to facilitate an integrated vision and shared responsibility for advancing institutional goals and for fostering a healthy and supportive campus culture.

Through key collaborative partnerships, the Vice Provost's areas of focus include high level coordination of campus-wide diversity initiatives: strategic planning; training, education and research; community relations; policy development; compliance; campus climate issues; and communications.

The Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion must demonstrate sensitivity to the diverse population, interests, and constituencies represented at Boise State University, and a deep commitment to the involvement of colleagues and community members to improve climate and outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership (30%)

  • Collaborate with a broad range of campus stakeholders to create and implement a diversity and inclusion plan as part of the University's development of an updated strategic plan.
  • Establish institutional performance metrics related to inclusion and diversity.
  • Advise the Provost, President and other campus leaders on tactical approaches to execute the diversity and inclusion plan and achieve targeted goals.
  • Align and integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts taking place across campus.
  • Build bridges between the University and external stakeholders (business community, non-profits, government, alumni, etc.) to catalyze broad-scale efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Capacity Enhancement (30%)

  • Assist academic colleges and departments in the development of robust faculty recruitment and retention plans.
  • Provide training and support to departments in the execution of faculty recruitment and retention plans.
  • Collaborate with the Center for Teaching and Learning and other University structures to provide faculty development opportunities for building diversity into the curriculum and adopting inclusive teaching practices.
  • Assist in the development of faculty mentoring programs for underrepresented and first-generation students.
  • Working with leadership in the Division of Research and Economic Development and other campus leaders, assist in the development and implementation of strategies to support inclusive research practices and scholarship in the area of diversity and inclusion.
  • Working with leadership in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and other campus leaders, assist in the development and implementation of strategies to recruit, support, retain, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of structures and processes to respond to hate-based incidents on campus.
  • Actively pursue external funding opportunities in support of university initiatives related to positional responsibilities.

Campus Climate Development (30%)

  • Assist in the development of campus climate monitoring mechanisms (e.g., surveys) to be implemented with regular frequency.
  • Track national trends (climate studies, demographic data, policy analyses, etc.) relating to campus issues concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Advise the Provost, President and other campus leaders regarding emerging climate issues and candidate tactical approaches to addressing them.
  • Collect, analyze, and regularly present data related to diversity initiatives and climate to faculty, staff, and students on the effectiveness of the University's efforts.
  • Engage key campus stakeholders to review University policies with an eye toward equity and inclusion.
  • Develop and manage mechanisms by means of which faculty and students who experience microaggressions or protected-class-based bias can seek advice, support, and confidential counsel.
  • Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion programming into broader structures for creating a welcoming and supportive campus community (Affirmative Action, Title IX, the American with Disabilities Act, etc.).

Other Duties as Assigned (10%)

*Minimum Qualifications: *

  • Earned doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Academic record consistent with holding tenure and the rank of Associate Professor.
  • Academic training in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (social justice, gender identity, critical race theory, etc.).
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience as an organizational leader guiding and facilitating diversity, equity, access, and inclusion efforts at an institution of higher education.
  • Experience working directly with various student populations.
  • A collaborative, inclusive, engaging, and transparent leadership style.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic record consistent with holding tenure and the rank of Professor.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as an organizational leader guiding and facilitating large scale diversity, equity, access, and inclusion efforts at an institution of higher education.
  • A distinguished record of scholarly achievement in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (social justice, gender identity, critical race theory, etc.).
  • A distinguished record of achievement teaching in areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (social justice, gender identity, critical race theory, etc.).
  • A record of success in leading large-scale change projects, strategic planning, and facilitating effective partnerships with and between campus and community constituencies.
  • Demonstrated success in developing, implementing, championing and meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals in an organizational setting.
  • Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with both internal and external constituents.

The successful candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and collegially with a wide variety of diverse constituents across the university, and to successfully develop cultural fluency across a range of audiences of varying levels of understanding.
  • Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent diplomacy, discretion, and listening skills.
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information verbally and in writing to individuals at all levels.
  • Ability to appropriately respond to highly sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively convey complex information to a wide array of audiences.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with an ability to manage multiple, competing priorities.
  • Interest, experience, and/or ability to promote cultural competency and/or diversity.

*Salary and benefits: *Salary commensurate with experience plus an excellent benefits package.

Application Instructions: *In addition to completing your online application, please upload *one document that includes a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 professional references.

Closing Date: *January 15, 2020*

About Boise:


Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at Job Category: Academic Programs (Professional)

Department: Provost

Schedule: Full-time

Closing Date: Jan 15, 2020, 11:59:00 PM

Req ID: 191033

This job was posted on Sat Jan 18 2020 and expired on Wed Jan 22 2020.
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What experience do you have in academic leadership roles?


I have served as a department chair for 5 years and as a dean for 3 years, gaining valuable experience in academic leadership.


About the Provost role

Education Administrators Provost

As Provosts, we are the Chief Academic Officer of a university and responsible for providing primary administrative leadership, direction. We will evaluate for all academic activities and faculty affairs of the university. Also, we conduct the duties of the office of President of the university when the President is unable or unavailable. We oversee the following colleges, centers, and offices: the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Business Administration, Education, Health and Human Services.

Core tasks:

  • fostering intellectual growth, student learning, and scholarly and creative activities by providing academic strategic planning, administrative leadership, direction
  • demonstrating sound fiscal management and empirical-based decision making by overseeing program development, budgets, and facilities
  • ensuring an active and expanding dialogue with external constituencies by encouraging partnerships with external constituents and public organizations
  • contributing to the overall success of the University by performing all other duties as needed
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