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Vice President for University Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time
Position Description

Job Summary

Under the leadership of Cal Poly’s ninth president, Dr. Jeffrey D. Armstrong, Cal Poly is committed to adopting a comprehensive strategic framework for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion centrally and within all divisions, auxiliaries, colleges and units in a sustainable way. That framework will promote the university’s mission and values and transform the university’s culture to be a more welcoming and inclusive one for all. This role is an opportunity for a strategic leader to make a large impact alongside a university community eager to continue in its growth and education for how best to support its student body, faculty, and staff, while continuing to diversify campus, the broader San Luis Obispo area, and Central Coast region in these efforts. The next VP will work closely with the university community to address the following:

  • Create a unified vision and strategy in alignment with the campus strategic plan
  • Foster and nurture a university-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) network and ever- growing culture of open dialogue, education, and community building across the university community
  • Establish measurable, mutually developed benchmarks, within and beyond action plans, to set and implement priorities
  • Partner with the university community on the recruitment, support, and retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff to reflect the diversity of California
  • Expand community and external engagement to establish Cal Poly as a valued leader and partner for inclusive excellence locally, regionally, within the CSU system, and beyond.

Division Summary

University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leads efforts to build diversity and promote inclusion through a collective impact framework that connects partners and aligns university-wide efforts to achieve inclusive excellence, attract and respond to a diverse campus community, and nurture a respectful and inclusive campus climate. Cal Poly aims to ensure all graduates leave Cal Poly more prepared to tackle future challenges and have the competencies needed to live and work in a diverse and global society. The University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team works to increase awareness of our values in support of diversity, equity and inclusion by communicating consistently and in multiple ways about our immediate and longer-term actions and initiatives. This team also takes a leadership role in a variety of projects and programs at Cal Poly, including the Believe, Educate & Empower, Advocate, Collaborative, Nurture (BEACoN) Mentors program, the Collective Impact process, several diversity and inclusion trainings, and the President’s Diversity Awards.

Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge and demonstrated expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion scholarship, best practices, and policies
  • Demonstrated executive leadership skills including visionary leadership, strategic thinking, and an innovative spirit
  • Ability to work effectively and build strong alliances internally and externally with a broad range of individuals to bring the university together around shared goals
  • Excellent oral and written skills, as well as advocacy skills and the ability to listen and understand the concerns of various groups, while balancing the interests of the university community
  • Familiarity with public higher education shared governance, including an understanding of how faculty senate, administrative leadership, student government, and other faculty, staff, student, and community groups interface with one another

Education and Experience

Doctoral or other terminal degree with a minimum of 10 years of experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in a higher education environment

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with the background and 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

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

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).

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