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Provost/Senior Vice PresidentAssistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence

Institution: Gonzaga University
Location: Spokane, Washington
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Posted: 03/14/2019
Application Due: 00/00/0000
Type: Fulltime

Who We Are

At Gonzaga we don’t just state our mission. We live it every day as a Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic University. It is the reason we exist and the foundation for our purpose: educating students for lives of leadership and service. From students to faculty and staff members, everyone here knows what we stand for – and they know how valuable our mission is to the success of our institution.

Our competitive benefit packages are part of Gonzaga’s commitment to care for the whole person. Packages include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, tuition benefits, and other University-provided benefits.

We also provide numerous resources which help bring balance to the complexities of work and personal life through our work/life and wellness programs.

Position Title

Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence


Office of Provost & Senior VP



Job Summary

The Assistant Provost co-leads the university’s commitment to provide culturally diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environments for the university’s workforce, student body, learning spaces, programs, services and partnerships. The Assistant Provost is responsible for implementing the university’s vision, strategic goals and objectives that integrates the educational value of a diverse and inclusive learning environment through collaborative engagement with faculty, staff and students.

The primary areas of accountability include management of office and staff, assessment, advocacy and education through research, programming, and student and workforce development. The Assistant Provost serves as chief advisor and subject matter expert to university management, staff, faculty and students in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity. The incumbent manages key diversity related staff departments to provide services and programming to students, faculty and staff. The Assistant Provost will possess an advanced degree (an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree); a track record of, and a deep commitment to, developing high impact diversity and inclusion initiatives for faculty, students, and staff; excellent interpersonal and communications skills; and abilities to inspire and influence others. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate cultural intelligence, intercultural agility, and emotional intelligence to cultivate trust and credibility through collaborating with a wide variety of stakeholders working in a robust organizational context in the midst of fluidity and change.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday with evening and weekend work as needed.

Hours per Week


Months per Year


Employment Status


Temporary or Fixed-Term Assignment End Date


Total Rewards

Depends on Experience

Essential Functions

Essential Functions:

1. Collaborates with the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) to provide vision, leadership, coordination, and strategic planning for diversity and inclusive excellence throughout the University.

2. Provides administrative management of diversity & equity vision & strategic plan implementation, as well as direct staff supervision and direction.

3. Pursues the integration of diversity initiatives in all strategic programming, collaborating with partners to ensure all inclusion and equity work is aligned with University policies.

4. Coordinates with CDO to provide leadership and coordination for institutional educational and assessment initiatives including inclusive excellence, equity scorecard, and campus climate studies and evaluates diversity goals by developing metrics/scorecards and tracking progress.

5. Ensures the development and delivery of key diversity training programs and opportunities and provides training and development to educate faculty, staff, and students on how to recognize, accommodate, and appreciate individual differences. Implements university-wide opportunities to promote cultural understanding, competency, and a climate of equity and inclusion. Training may include online tools, in-person workshops, ad-hoc presentations, and other programming. Training and related programming may initiate out of the areas directly supervised by the Assistant Provost, and can be in collaboration with University partners such as Center for Teaching & Advising, Human Resources, academic programs, etc.

6. Oversees and supports employee-led resource and affinity groups.

7. Supports student resources, programs, and affinity groups

8. Administers department by a) managing budgetary resources and coordinates the development of the annual budget with the Vice Provost; b) supervising professional/support staff including hiring, evaluating, training, development, and management of staff.

9. Encourages high morale and the delivery of quality, customer-focused information and services by employing a leadership style that motivates employees to accomplish established goals and objectives in a collegial, self-motivating manner.

10. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

11. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required.

Other Functions

Other duties as assigned in support of Gonzaga’s mission

Supervision Given/Received

Reports to the Chief Diversity Officer.

Supervises Office & Communications Coordinator, and leaders of functional areas within the Office of Diversity & Inclusive Excellence.

Minimum Qualifications

• An earned doctorate or other discipline-based terminal degree such as Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D., or M.F.A. in the behavioral sciences, multicultural education, human relations, human rights, ethnic studies, intercultural communications, or other relevant discipline.

• Minimum of five (5) years of experience in higher education administration and/or leadership position.

• Demonstrated leadership and experience in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion within a complex organization.

• Demonstrated understanding of the elements and dynamics of organizational change.

• Demonstrated success in developing educational programming with and for diverse audiences.

• Demonstrated ability to research, identify and implement best practices of equity, diversity and inclusion.

• Demonstrated ability to supervise staff and manage resources.

• Must have strong understanding of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and other applicable laws.

• Experience interacting with and incorporating the voices of students and student groups, particularly students of color, and other marginalized student groups, including students with disabilities.

Desired Qualifications

• Experience leading or participating in significant organizational change.

• Three (3) years teaching experience at the collegiate level.

• Experience with global cross cultural issues, International Education, Study Abroad.

• Demonstrated ability to cross organizational and cultural boundaries with ease, adapting language and style to context. 

• Knowledge of training, conflict resolution, and mediation methods.

• Demonstrated knowledge of issues of social justice, diversity, and inclusive excellence as fundamental aspects of academic excellence is preferred.

Physical Demands

Successful candidate must be able to sit at a desk for long periods of time, and may also spend time standing, stooping, kneeling, bending, lifting, walking, carrying, climbing stairs, and reaching. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. Extensive wrist and hand movements related to computer keyboard, calculator, and telephone. Be able to be mobile campus-wide for various business needs.

Open Date


Close Date


Open Until Filled


Application Review Begins On


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit your cover letter, resume and statement of philosophy on diversity and inclusive excellence.

EEO Statement

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

Clery Statement

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics

The safety of all members of the campus community is of vital concern to Gonzaga University. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the law enforcement authority of Campus Security, policies concerning the reporting of any crimes which occurred on the campus (and other specified locations), other security and safety-related policies, as well as the crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be found in the Campus Safety and Security Guide and Annual Fire Safety Report. The Gonzaga-In-Florence Safety & Security Guide is also available.

A paper copy of the Campus Safety & Security Guide and Annual Fire Safety Report or the Gonzaga-In-Florence Safety & Security Guide may be obtained by contacting the Student Development Office on main campus, College Hall 120. The Florence Guide may also be obtained on the Florence campus in room 105.

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