The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Position

Iowa State University is the most student-centered public research university in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked in the top 50 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. Over 34,000 students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries converge on one of the nation’s top 25 most beautiful campuses. Big 12 sports and a tradition of cultural and popular performances make campus life fun and memorable. Iowa State is a land-grant university and has set enrollment records the past five years and is the largest university in the state of Iowa. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 60,000 ranked as the second-best college town (under 250,000 population) and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

The Position

Reporting to the President, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion is a new position that serves as the university’s Chief Diversity Officer and advises senior leadership about strategic diversity planning efforts that advance Iowa State’s mission and vision. The Vice President collaborates with key university stakeholders to enhance the coordination of current cultural and educational programs that increase awareness, appreciation, and engagement with diversity and inclusion for students, staff, faculty and residents of Iowa. In addition, the Vice President develops initiatives to increase institutional diversity of faculty, staff, and students through recruitment, retention, and development of underrepresented populations; serves as a centralized resource for students and student organizations about diversity and inclusion; and serves as an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion within the university, the Ames community and the State of Iowa.


The successful candidate must possess a master’s degree with a minimum of ten years of experience leading programs related to diversity and inclusion in a complex environment. A doctorate is preferred. The ideal candidate will also possess experience in strategic planning for diversity and inclusion and the creation, implementation, and assessment of diversity and inclusion programs; a proven record of managing collaboration between individuals and groups; ability to understand and analyze complex situations and effectively develop and communicate action plans; ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities and coordinate complex administrative operations. In addition, the ideal candidate will have an open, transparent leadership style; superior interpersonal skills; knowledge of the culture of higher education and the unique needs of students, faculty, staff and administrators as it relates to diversity and inclusion; and respect for and an understanding of shared governance within a decentralized institution.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin June 12, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Full announcement, qualifications & application instructions:

Nominations for this position may be emailed to: Mark A. Hall, Senior Associate, SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group;