University of Puget Sound - Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity

WA, Tacoma

At University of Puget Sound, we believe that institutional equity and diversity are an essential foundation for a broad and stimulating liberal arts education. The university has reaffirmed its deep commitment to creating an environment in which all feel welcome, all feel heard, and all feel a strong sense of belonging and support. The university seeks a visionary and experienced vice president for institutional equity and diversity (VPIED) to help imagine, create, and extend an environment of broad inclusion, fostering a more equitable and just environment for all Puget Sound community members.

“Transformational” appropriately describes this dynamic time of change and opportunity for the University of Puget Sound – and the opportunity afforded the new vice president. While deeply committed, Puget Sound has struggled to fully meet its aspirational goals around institutional equity and diversity. There is work to do and people on the ground and in leadership eager to advance our goals in partnership with one another and the broader communities we serve. Reflecting the significance of this role, the VPIED will report to President Isiaah Crawford and serve as a member of the president’s cabinet. The new leader will advance the vital work of institutional equity and diversity to have broad, effective, and university-wide reach and influence for a campus community that values the intrinsic worth of our members, recognizes shared qualities, and embraces differences. Puget Sound seeks to identify a vice president who integrates inclusive excellence as a core value and effective practice to engage, connect, and transform community.

The vice president will help Puget Sound achieve its highest aspirations and ideals. The primary purpose of the position is to serve the educational mission of the institution by helping to plan, coordinate, implement, and assess operational and strategic goals related to institutional equity and diversity. The VPIED will build bridges and provide strong, creative, collaborative, and energetic leadership in campus efforts to welcome and sustain a diverse and welcoming campus community and to achieve understanding of institutional equity and diversity as integral to the institution’s culture and values. The new leader will work alongside a cabinet team that embraces shared responsibility in cultivating, sustaining, and continuously developing an environment in which equity is sought intentionally and inclusiveness is practiced actively. As Puget Sound seeks to strengthen its commitment to racial justice and all forms and facets of diversity, to make the university a better and stronger environment for members across all spectrums of identity, the VPIED will promote deep, structural institutional reforms and foster a culture of self-examination, healing, and constant improvement.

The ideal candidate will be a reform-minded leader with a documented history of successfully developing and advancing institutional equity and diversity programs coupled with in-depth knowledge of theory and practice in service of a diverse group of constituents including students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, and the greater community. Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and abilities to inspire, influence, and build relationships, bringing everyone into the critical and shared work of fostering a welcoming and inclusive culture.

One of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges and among a select few “Colleges that Change Lives,” Puget Sound was founded in 1888 in a vibrant port city in the Pacific Northwest. Over the past 40 years, the university has deliberately refocused its mission as a national liberal arts college, attracting an academically excellent student body and committing to not just increasing its socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity but better meeting the needs of a rapidly changing population of college students. The campus community values its rich cultural and lived experience, a diversity of thoughts and ideas, along with multi-faith and religious diversity.

Visit the University of Puget Sound website and VPIED search website for additional information.

WittKieffer is assisting University of Puget Sound in this search, which will continue until the position is filled. All applications, nominations, and inquiries are invited.

Applications should include, as two separate attachments, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the Leadership Profile. Professional references are not requested at this time. Applications should be directed to WittKieffer’s Candidate Portal using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:

Charlene Aguilar and Amy Crutchfield
PugetSound-VPIED@wittkieffer.com

University of Puget Sound is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting, hiring, and retaining the most qualified persons based on job-related criteria. The university will not engage in or tolerate any discrimination or harassment in the workplace as prohibited by local, state, or federal law. More specifically, no applicant or staff member will be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of his or her race, color, sex/gender, religion, age, disability, marital or familial status, national origin, creed, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law.