Associate Vice President for DEI Academic Initiatives (531744)

  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description


Job Summary

Under the joint guidance of the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice President for DEI Academic Initiatives develops, recommends and executes short-term and long-term strategies, initiatives, policies, and programs that embed DEI throughout the division of academic affairs and advances curricular and co-curricular efforts for diversity and inclusion throughout the entire University. In partnership with Academic Personnel, the Office of the Provost and additional campus constituents, the Associate Vice President leads efforts tied to DEI action planning and assists with efforts related to faculty recruitment and retention, as well as building strong data analysis and assessment systems to monitor progress on campus climate and associated DEI strategic initiatives. A primary responsibility is to assist the Provost/EVP and VP of OUDI in leading, developing, and promoting an institutional culture of inclusive excellence across Cal Poly.

Department Summary

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) and the Office of the Provost strategically work to enhance the campus climate through embedding diversity and educational equity in all aspects of the University. Cal Poly is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally competent campus community to nurture and support curricular and co-curricular learning environments.

Key Qualifications
  • Familiarity with Cal Poly’s mission and goals as a student-centered university dedicated to teaching excellence and active learning with a university first perspective and demonstrated ability to execute objectives.
  • Proven leadership and experience working with diverse cultures and backgrounds; experience developing programs for underrepresented populations; working with individuals with a range of identities, including sexual orientation, religion, veteran and military status, genetic, gender identity or expression and ability, as well as identity intersections.
  • Ability to establish a clear strategic plan for Educational Equity and Diversity, engage the university community in its implementation, and build and align the operational components to align those efforts with the University’s mission.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate diverse groups of people to face challenges and achieve results in complex conditions.
  • Ability to enhance diversity, equity, inclusiveness, and access to Academic Affairs.

Education and Experience
  • Doctorate plus seven years of progressively responsible work in a diversity and inclusion unit or related area/academic department and a minimum of five years leading and/or supervising the work of others. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Salary and Benefits

The anticipated hiring range for this role is $170,000 - $200,000 Per Year. Note that the offer is calculated based on the background and relevant years of experience of the individual selected.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit .

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Luis Obispo, California 93405 United States View Map