Chief Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion Officer

Mcphs University Boston , MA 02298

Posted 2 months ago


The Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) is a new role at MCPHS University. The CDEIO leads the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in support of the University's strategic plan to create a learning and working environment where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. The CDEIO champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive university environment and leads the development of a vision and effective strategy to create a culture for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The CDEIO actively engages students, faculty, and staff to further behaviors, attitudes, policies and practices that support diversity, equity, and inclusion. This role has a dual reporting structure to both the President and Provost.


  • Provides vision, leadership, and counsel on matters of diversity initiatives; strategic planning; training, education, and research; community relations; policy development; campus climate issues; communications; and implementation of high-impact efforts that safeguard diversity, equity, inclusion, and mutual respect for all students, faculty, and staff

  • Serves as a strategic partner to senior administrators and campus leaders to support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in their areas. The CDEIO is a point person for senior administrators and University leadership, raising the visibility of the institution's diversity efforts; clarifying goals and assessing progress; and providing expertise on issues of access, equity, diversity, and inclusion

  • Advocates for an organizational culture that is sensitive to a wide range of disciplines, interests, and constituencies represented while maintaining a deep commitment to diversity as part of the university's mission. Promotes MCPHS's commitment to a climate of diversity, equity, and inclusion through interaction with University leadership, academic leaders and department heads, supervisory staff, employees, students and the community

  • Collaborates with colleagues across campus to achieve representational diversity in recruitment goals in the appropriate regional and national markets, and to contribute to advancing diversity in enrollment management efforts and outreach events accordingly

  • Works closely with standing and ad-hoc system-wide committees, including student committees, hiring committees, and Student Government to advance diversity and equity to promote an inclusive climate

  • Facilitates and develops professional development and training opportunities to promote diversity awareness and advocacy for the campus community in partnership with other areas of the University

  • Works collaboratively with the Office of the Provost, schools and faculty to facilitate curriculum and instructional transformation that advances diversity and inclusion

  • Collaborates with Human Resources to ensure compliance with university policies, diversity strategies, and EEO regulations and to enhance recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce

  • Collaborates with Student Affairs to promote cultural change for the benefit of students, and works to support programming efforts to make the University welcoming and safe for all students

  • Leads a University Diversity and Inclusion Council with faculty, staff and students to build a welcoming and inclusive culture at MCPHS

  • Engages with communities where MCPHS resides and beyond to foster engagement, build mutually beneficial partnerships, and create synergy. Leverages resources, insight, know-how, relationships, and data to ensure involvement, support, and success for initiatives and programs

  • Works collaboratively with internal constituents across the University to assess, report, and make recommendations on campus climate and diversity metrics. Conducts annual Climate Survey, analyzes results, makes recommendations for action

  • Listens to and gives voice to emergent issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the university and local community, and nationally as it affects the university

  • Collaborate within the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) and Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA) on DEI initiatives

  • Performs other related duties as assigned


  • Master's degree, preferably in social justice, ethnic studies, public health, post-secondary education, sociology, social anthropology, public administration, human resource management or another related field. Significant experience performing the duties described above may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in a complex organization, including 3 years in a leadership role

  • Knowledge of national best practices and theory regarding organizational diversity and inclusion, human development, training, and change management

  • Proven leadership and aptitude for understanding and addressing affirmative action; equal opportunity regulations; and current theories of diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to include written, oral, listening, and presentation, and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment

  • A strong understanding of the existing biases in the healthcare realm that contribute to poorer health outcomes for marginalized populations a plus

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a valued colleague, strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence all levels of the institution with charisma, mentorship and collaborative

  • Demonstrated aptitude with infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion practices, particularly adept at collaborating with others who have varying perceptions of diversity, equity, and inclusion with sensitivity to multicultural variances

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate partnerships with and between campus and community constituencies and prior leadership in developing relationships as a leader or member of a team, task force, or committee, expand networks, and build consensus

  • Demonstrated ability to use discretion and good judgment in handling confidential information

  • Awareness of national and regional trends in higher education around diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Proven leadership in change management, strategic planning, and program sustainability

  • Demonstrated experience in delivery of high-quality diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives that achieved targeted goals

  • A warm and genuine personality, with openness to all, and a willingness to mentor, model, connect, educate and otherwise support all persons


Please attach a cover letter and a resume. No phone calls, please. Principals only. Finalist candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. Applicants who would enrich the University's diversity are encouraged to apply.

About Us

MCPHS University, an innovator in health and professional education, is setting the pace in the health science fields. MCPHS has more than 7000 students across campuses in Boston's Longwood Medical Area, downtown Worcester, MA and downtown Manchester, NH. Here, we are preparing future generations of global leaders and promoting systems to improve the health of the public. In the midst of implementing an ambitious strategic plan that will bring us to our 200th anniversary in 2023, MCPHS offers meaningful work that benefits society overall, provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, and fosters a sense of connectedness and collaboration among our employees. We are a fast-moving, data-driven educational institution with a strong entrepreneurial mindset.

MCPHS offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits that includes a substantial contribution toward the cost of medical and dental insurance, generous time off benefits, and a significant pension plan contribution. To learn more about our total rewards, please visit MCPHS Total Rewards.

Come join us and be a part of a diverse community that is at the forefront of advancing the healthcare landscape! To learn more about working at MCPHS University, please visit Careers at MCPHS.

MCPHS University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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