Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer

Position Overview

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UNC Charlotte invites nominations and applications for the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the CDO will be a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and serve as a thought leader and trusted advisor on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) across the University.

Founded in 1946 as the Charlotte Center of the University of North Carolina, UNC Charlotte is the second largest institution within the University of North Carolina system. This fall, during a global pandemic, UNC Charlotte enrolled 30,146 students and experienced record growth with its incoming first-year class and graduate programs. UNC Charlotte is also the fastest growing institution in the UNC System, comprising seven academic colleges offering 171 undergraduate majors in 77 programs leading to Bachelor's degrees, 65 Master's degrees, and 24 Doctoral degrees. UNC Charlotte is proud to have 3,545 passionate and committed faculty and staff members and more than 120,000 living alumni.

The CDO will champion the importance of DEI and will provide vision, leadership, coordination, and strategic planning to ensure a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus. The CDO will actively engage and collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to further actions that support a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus, as well as identify and address potential barriers and institutional systems that may foster systemic inequalities. The CDO will be responsible for the operation and strategic direction of the recently created Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The successful candidate with exhibit the following leadership attributes: strategic and visionary leadership; experienced diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner, student-centered leaders; exceptional communicator and strategic collaborator and community-builder.


  • Earned doctorate or terminal degree
  • Minimum of five years executive leadership experience in higher education or a comparable industry advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and fluency with the scholarship around diversity, equity and inclusion, or related disciplines.
  • Understanding of scholarly publications and academic philosophies related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to engage in data-informed strategic analysis of opportunities and challenges and to assess the effectiveness of D&I initiatives and programs.
  • Ability to create allies and build trusting and mutually respectful relationships with students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as with civic and professional organizations in the Charlotte region and beyond.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and knowledge of group dynamics.
  • Ability to facilitate nuanced conversations when convening multiple constituencies around diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to navigate political landscapes and respond appropriately to sensitive issues.
  • Experience in financial planning, budget development, and allocation of limited resources in ways that are fair and transparent and that reflect clear priorities.
  • Personal and professional integrity, diplomacy, tact, and sound judgment.
  • Understanding of the elements and dynamics of changing an organizational culture.
  • A sense of humor.

A position profile and listing of the required/preferred characteristics and priorities can be found above.  For additional information about UNC Charlotte, please visit:

Nominations and Applications

For full consideration, applications should be received by August 2, 2021. The committee will review application materials until the position is filled. The application must include :

  1. A cover letter;
  2. Current resume, and
  3. Contact information for three recent professional references.

Inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent electronically (MS Word or PDF format) to:

All applications, nominations and inquiries will be held in strictest confidence; references will not be contacted without the applicant’s expressed permission.

For further information and instructions to applicants, please review the profile above.

Please direct nominations and inquiries to:

Rod McDavis, Ph.D., Managing Principal, / (804) 514-1982

Kim R. Bobby, Ed.D., Principal, / (253) 861-7738

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.