Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion

Position Overview

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Minnesota State invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion.  The vice chancellor reports to the Chancellor, and is a member of chancellor’s cabinet and leads the Equity and Inclusion division while providing guidance and oversight for the Minnesota State Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan.

Minnesota State seeks an accomplished senior leader who can further the Minnesota State vision and can successfully develop and execute strategy with action- oriented goals in support of the 37 colleges and universities. The Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion cultivates diversity and an anti-racist ethos as a core institutional and education value, serving as a large-scale change agent. The vice chancellor provides system-level leadership in the development, interpretation, and implementation of systemwide strategies and policy, including serving as the lead on ensuring civil rights compliance that adheres to federal and state mandates. In consultation with college and university constituencies and system office divisions, the vice chancellor is responsible for building alliances and providing collaborative leadership to advance the goals in workforce, learning environments, programs, services, and partnerships throughout the system.

Knowledge and understanding not only of equity and inclusion theory on organizational frameworks but how it impacts the academic mission of higher education institutions is critical. The vice chancellor must effectively be able to bridge theory and application to most successfully advocate on behalf of our colleges and universities and the communities they serve. A Bachelor’s degree in related area is required, advanced degree preferred.  A minimum of 10 years of successful and progressive leadership experience in a large, diverse, complex, and technologically sophisticated organizational setting. Demonstrated senior level management experience leading equity and inclusion efforts within a complex organization. Familiarity with higher education institution/system with experience in understanding the academic environment preferred.  Thorough understanding of legal issues related to sexual harassment investigations and compliance. Experience successfully leading, communicating, and executing large scale organizational change. Significant project management experience with the ability to develop, design, implement, and evaluate programs and processes. Evidence of excellent critical thinking, writing, speaking, and interpersonal and intercultural communication skills. Demonstrated experience in strategic planning. Demonstrated leadership as a strategic, innovative, nimble, creative thinker who is comfortable with ambiguity. Demonstrated ability to foster participation of others and to work effectively and collaboratively with communities, students, faculty, staff, senior administrators, and board.

Nominations and Applications

Applications and nominations should be submitted electronically to: The preferred date for consideration is March 26, 2021.

Materials must include: a letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experience is applicable to the position, opportunities and challenges, qualifications, and personal attributes expressed in the leadership profile; a curriculum vitae or résumé; and names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of five professional references, including the candidate’s professional relationship with each individual. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior consent. All inquiries and applications will be received and evaluated in confidence.

Dr. Kim R. Bobby and Dr. Carlos Hernandez are assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates may contact Dr. Bobby at or (253) 861-7738; Dr. Hernandez at or (201) 850-7881.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. Candidates with hearing or speech disabilities may contact us at 651-201-1664 via preferred Telecommunications Relay Service.