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Assistant Vice President for DEI Strategic Planning and Networks

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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 guidance of the Vice President and Chief Officer and Associate Vice President for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Assistant Vice President for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion develops, recommends, and executes short and long-term strategies, networks, programs, and internal and external engagements that enhance diversity and inclusion. The Assistant Vice President leads and assists with efforts tied to institutional action planning, network and infrastructure building, and assessment systems to monitor progress.  The primary responsibility is to assist the Vice President and Associate Vice-President in promoting an institutional culture of inclusive excellence across Cal Poly. 

Division Summary

The Office of University Diversity and Inclusion (OUDI) strategically works 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 that engages in a curricular and co-curricular learning environment.

Key Qualifications

  • Strategic and innovative leader with proven expertise in diversity and equity areas and experience in leading DEI initiatives.
  • Knowledge of 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 in support of the mission
  • Ability to establish a clear and understandable vision for Educational Equity and Diversity, engage the university community in the implementation of the vision, and build and align the operational components to execute the vision.
  • Ability to lead and enable diverse groups of people to face challenges and achieve results in complex conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to enhance diversity, inclusiveness, and access all areas of the university.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in related field plus five years of progressively responsible work in a diversity and inclusion unit or related area and a minimum of three years leading and/or supervising the work of others.

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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