Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Tacoma Community College  |  Tacoma, WA

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Posted one week ago Full-Time

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Position Title:

Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Job Type: Management Multicultural/Diversity/ALANA Services
Location: Tacoma, WA
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Public, 2-year
Institution Size: < 8,000 Students
Employer ID: 16026


Salary Range:
$120,000 - $130,000
Housing for Position:
None provided
Salary Range:
$120,000 - $130,000
Housing for Position:
None provided
Masters Required
Major Preference:
Educational Administration, Other

Masters Required
Major Preference:
Educational Administration, Other

Position Description


Priority Consideration Date: January 31, 2019
Tacoma Community College
Since opening its doors in 1965, TCC has provided a high-quality, affordable education to more than 500,000 people. Serving Tacoma, Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula, online students and the women's prisons, TCC educates about 11,000 students annually. Many TCC students are the first in their families to attend college, 58 percent receive financial aid, 13 percent have children, 42 percent are students of color, and 48 percent work while attending school.
TCC is 100 percent committed to student success, and promotes innovation to help students. Since launching its Open Educational Resources initiative in 2011, the college has saved students collectively more than $5 million on textbooks. Designated an Achieving the Dream Leader College, TCC provides a model for other schools seeking to engage students and boost completion rates. TCC is also one of 67 colleges selected nationally to participate in the Department of Education's Second Chance Pell pilot program, providing access to education for incarcerated individuals. Designated a Military Friendly College®, TCC is proud to serve Pierce County's military community. In fall 2018, the college opened a food pantry on campus to support students experiencing food insecurity and was recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School for its College Housing Assistance Program, a community partnership that helps students access affordable housing.
Led by President Dr. Ivan Harrell, who joined the college in the spring of 2018, the college community is currently engaged in strategic planning to increase enrollment, retention and completion while ensuring that TCC is well positioned to continue serving the local community in the decades to come. 
Responsibilities of the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Having equity as an essential part of the college's mission, TCC has been engaged in substantial equity, diversity and inclusion work.  In order to improve the work that is being done, and move the college to be more effective in this space, the college seeks a strategic, forward-thinking, and dynamic visionary leader to serve as the Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  Reporting directly to the President, and serving on the college's Leadership Team (executive cabinet) this Vice President position will lead the college in efforts to create an environment that values and demonstrates its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.  The position will be responsible for developing, aligning, and/or integrating a range of new and existing initiatives, policies and procedures into a cohesive platform that will foster a more inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and diverse college community.  Understanding that this critical work is the responsibility of everyone at the college, this position will guide the college community in expanding and extending the values of diversity, equity and inclusion through teaching, scholarship, and broad engagement of students, faculty, and staff. 
The Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will lead the college, in collaboration with needed staff and departments, in examination of current practices, policies, procedures, programs, structures, and campus climate, in order to develop a comprehensive, college-wide plan to create, and sustain a vibrant learning, and working, environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, as well as a plan that strives to eradicate equity gaps in student participation and achievement.
The Vice President for Equity Diversity and Inclusion will advise the president, vice presidents, and college community as a whole on matters related to equity, diversity and inclusion and its impact on the college community.  This position provides direct supervision to the Division of Organizational Learning & Effectiveness, which includes institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, institutional research, institutional accreditation, grants, and faculty & staff training and development.

Position Summary
The successful candidate will show evidence of leading organizational change, particularly as it relates to diversity, equity and inclusion.  The candidate will have a strong theoretical and working knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion, and have the ability to translate that knowledge to others, as well as possess the ability to put his/her experience and knowledge into practice.  The candidate will have significant knowledge, and experience, in addressing matters such as, but not limited to: (a) recruiting and retaining employees, and students, of color, (b) creating welcoming environments for all people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, non-native English speakers, immigrants, and people with varying abilities and who historically experience barriers to opportunities and resources, (c) addressing inequities and conflicts related to race, power, societal or social white privilege, institutional racism, and implicit bias.  The candidate will have experience developing, implementing, and successfully facilitating productive discussions and trainings regarding issues of diversity, equity & inclusion.  The successful candidate will be highly collaborative, and possess a keen ability to effectively communicate, and connect, with diverse individuals both inside and outside of the college community.


The Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will

Provide leadership, coordination, consultation, assistance, strategic oversight, and direction, regarding all equity, diversity, and inclusion matters.
Develop and provide leadership to the implementation of an equity, diversity, and inclusion plan that affirms the College's commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion, while aiming to create an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all students, faculty & staff.
Recommend policy, procedure and structural improvements that remove barriers to student, and employee, success.
In conjunction with the Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs, and faculty, develop and implement inclusive curricula and pedagogical practice.
Provide analysis of legislation related to equity, diversity, inclusion, non-discrimination, and develop and recommend policies that ensure compliance with all legal requirements.
Partner with Human Resources to develop strategies and opportunities to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is reflective of the diversity of the student population.
Develop metrics and dashboards to ensure accountability, tracking, and monitoring of equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.Work closely with relevant College offices in use of data tools (i.e. campus climate survey, demographic data, student completion and employment data etc.) to compile reports that create benchmarks and assess institutional progress regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.
Develop dynamic and intentional equity, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives for faculty and staff that adequately address the educational and social needs of our campus community.
Develop and implement employee professional development to support equity and cultural competencies, and an ability to work and thrive in an increasingly diverse college community.
Responsible for compliance and associated reports related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Serve as a member of the Leadership Team (executive cabinet) responding to emerging issues, ideas, and challenges impacting the college's ability to effectively move forward with equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.
Oversee the Equity & Diversity Council and participate in college councils and committees as appropriate.
Other duties as assigned by the President.



Qualifications for the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Required Qualifications

Master's degree from an accredited institution.
Minimum of 5 years of direct experience in the development, implementation and assessment of equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in higher education setting.
Experience in student and staff recruitment, retention, training, and employment strategies to foster workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated understanding of culture in higher education, including shared governance and respect for diverse views and opinions.
Demonstrated experience with developing and supporting continuous improvement principles utilizing a systemic approach and data for decision-making.
Demonstrated experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs.
Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively across multiple internal and external offices.
Experience in effectively facilitating challenging conversations that produce positive outcomes.

Personal Characteristics

A team player dedicated to group problem solving.
Ability to motivate, encourage, and inspire students, faculty & staff.
Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated decision-making and administrative skills.
Ability to create and maintain strong relationships and build trust and consensus with College and community constituents.

Conditions of Employment

Successfully complete a criminal history background check.



Complete application packages must include the following: 

Tacoma Community College online application.
Resume & cover letter describing how your educational background and experience align with the responsibilities and qualifications.
Copies of transcripts for all colleges and universities attended.
Tacoma Community College is committed to creating and supporting a multi-cultural climate that welcomes, fosters, respects, and celebrates diversity.Please attach a statement (maximum two pages) describing your experiences with other cultures and communities, your level of cultural self-awareness and how you have integrated both experience and self-awareness into your living/working environment.

Terms of Employment
This is full-time professional administrative position contracted on an annual basis. The salary range for this position is $120,000 to $130,000 annually DOE/DOQ. The salary will be prorated to reflect the actual number of contract days worked in the remainder of the fiscal year. Flexibility in scheduling is required to meet the needs of the department. The College offers a generous benefits package. Degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and verified by National Student Clearinghouse.
Tacoma Community College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Stephen Smith, Title II and Title IX, 253-566-5055; Dolores Haugen, Section 504 Officer, 253-566-6090. Tacoma Community College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.
This recruitment announcement may not reflect the entire job description and can be change and or modified at any time.
Tacoma Community College
6501 S 19th St Bldg. 14, Tacoma WA  98466

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