Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

ID: 7060947
Posted: October 3, 2019
Application Deadline: October 29, 2019

Job Description

Saint Joseph’s University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) is a top-ranked Catholic university that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience, and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship, and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni—over 68,000 strong—provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

Noted for its distinctive architecture, SJU’s campus transects Philadelphia, the East Coast’s second largest city, and Lower Merion, a suburb along Philadelphia’s historic Main Line, which enables the SJU community to enjoy a vibrant campus experience and ready access to a dynamic urban center. Grounded in a social justice mission, Saint Joseph’s maintains a Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. SJU is nationally recognized by US News & World Report for “Best Colleges” (North) and “Best Colleges for Veterans,” and several of its undergraduate and graduate programs are nationally ranked.

Reporting to the Provost, the Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides leadership, advocacy, support services, and programming to strengthen the culture of inclusion and diversity at Saint Joseph’s University by maintaining an active and visible presence on campus and actively partnering with students, faculty, staff, and administrators. The position will serve on the University Leadership Council and the Provost’s Council. Given the importance and broad scope of this work, the position will work cooperatively across the University on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in support of the mission. The Associate Provost supervises the Office of Inclusion and Diversity which includes the Center for Inclusion and Diversity (educational programming, access programs), International Students and Scholars Services, and the Women’s Center. The Associate Provost also collaborates closely with the Faculty Liaison for Inclusion and Diversity on academic and faculty development initiatives. In addition, the Associate Provost serves as the chair or active member of other committees that address diversity, equity, and inclusion (e.g., Inclusion & Diversity, Trans Working Group, and the [LGBTQ] Alliance.

Requirements include a master’s degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum of five years of experience in the development, implementation, and assessment of inclusion and diversity strategies and practices; evidence of nuanced, broad, contemporary, and sophisticated understanding of diversity in all of its forms; excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including ability to build rapport and collaborate with diverse constituents, both internally and externally; proven experience as a trainer and educator on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; demonstrated excellence in budget preparation, decision-making, supervision, long-range planning, organization, and conflict management; general understanding of laws relating to equal opportunity, affirmative action, claims of discrimination and harassment, and Title IX.

An earned doctorate or other terminal degree is preferred, as is a record of research in a relevant field and experience working in a higher education setting with multiple constituencies (students, faculty, staff, and administrators).

Saint Joseph’s University has retained Spelman Johnson to assist with this search. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; complete applications received by October 29, 2019, will be assured full consideration. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Ellen Heffernan at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Saint Joseph’s University website at

Saint Joseph’s University is a private, Catholic, Jesuit institution and we expect members of our community to be knowledgeable about – and to make a positive contribution to – our mission. Saint Joseph’s University is an equal opportunity employer that seeks to recruit, develop, and retain a talented and diverse workforce. The University is committed to the diversity of its faculty and staff so that our students, our disciplines and our community as a whole can benefit from the multiple perspectives it offers. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. EOE


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