1004 Assistant to the President and Chief Diversity Officer


TITLE Assistant to the President and Chief Diversity Officer


GRADE Unclassified





The Assistant to the President and Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for coordinating executive efforts to establish “Diversity” and “Inclusive Excellence” as core values throughout all aspects of the University community, business practices and programming and in support of the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action. Working with units at all levels of the institution, the Assistant to the President/CDO promotes consistency of diversity processes and procedures to positively impact organizational effectiveness, employee and student development, and community relations. The Assistant to the President/CDO coordinates diversity-oriented programs and initiatives, including the development and implementation of a strategic plan for diversity in line with the University’s long range plan. As a University leader, the Assistant to the President/CDO maintains strong collaborative working relationships among senior executives, faculty, students, staff and external constituents, and builds teams that function effectively.


Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in behavioral sciences, human resources management, communication, human relations, education, or other relevant discipline is required.

Experience: Five years of management experience in a complex organization with involvement in the organization’s affirmative action and equal opportunity obligations, policies, and strategies is required. Demonstrated leadership and experience in advancing diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism within a complex organization is required. Experience leading or participating in significant organizational change is required. Experience leading a team of professional staff, serving as an internal resource and consultant, and working collaboratively with a wide array of persons is required. Administrative experience in education is preferred.

Skills: Excellent command of contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion and multiculturalism concepts and issues is required. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required. The ability to research, identify, and implement best practices of diversity and inclusion is required. The ability to work effectively and collegially within a large, complex university system and to negotiate with a wide range of constituencies is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Demonstrated knowledge of issues of social justice, diversity, and inclusive excellence as fundamental aspects of academic excellence is preferred.


1. Provides vision, leadership, coordination, and strategic planning for diversity and inclusive excellence throughout the University.

2. Advises the President, senior University administrative officers, and members of the Board of Governors on issues relating to University diversity and inclusion strategy and develops and presents an array of innovative ideas and program concepts for consideration, selection, and implementation by executive sponsors.

3. Pursues inclusion of diversity initiatives in all strategic programming and partners with the Office for Institutional Equity and Compliance, Office of Human Resources, and other administrative units to ensure that all diversity initiatives are aligned with overall University policies.

4. Provides leadership and coordination for institutional educational and assessment initiatives including inclusive excellence, equity scorecard, and campus climate studies and evaluates diversity goals by developing metrics/scorecards and tracking progress.

5. Ensures the development and delivery of key diversity training programs and opportunities and provides training and development to educate faculty, staff, and students on how to recognize, accommodate, and appreciate individual differences.

6. Establishes and advances diversity-building partnerships in the community.

7. Promotes an inclusive work environment by supporting employee-led resource and affinity groups.

8. Assumes budgetary responsibility for the department and coordinates the development of the annual budget.

9. Ensures support of the institutional mission of the University by coordinating divisional diversity and inclusion plans, goals, and objectives, designing systems of effective controls to guide work toward expected outcomes, and evaluating progress towards their accomplishment.

10. Promotes a positive image and positive external relations for the University by communicating and interacting with city, state, and other officials in matters related to University diversity efforts and representing the President and the University in various community, state and regional activities designed to promote diversity, Missouri State University in particular, and higher education in general.

11. Encourages high morale and the delivery of quality, customer-focused information and services by employing a leadership style that motivates employees to accomplish established goals and objectives in a collegial, self-motivating manner.

12. Ensures that miscellaneous assignments are completed in the best interest of the University by accepting and accomplishing tasks which are delegated by the President.

13. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

14. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the President.


The Assistant to the President/CDO is supervised by the President of the University and supervises full-time staff and graduate assistants.