Associate Vice President

Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity

Summary of Position: The Associate Vice President (AVP) for Community, Diversity and Equity is a new senior leadership position at UNH designed to develop a stronger institutional presence and the organizational strength needed to achieve UNH's strategic goals for inclusion, diversity, and equity.

Reporting to the President, the AVP is responsible for fostering an environment that appreciates individual differences, values equal opportunity for all, and eliminate barriers based on factors related to race, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, nationality, economic background, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, language, veteran status, and religious belief. Full participation by all in a diverse educational community is a goal of the position. Units and programs whose mission is aimed at improving access, equity, social justice, and diversity so as to promote an inclusive environment for all are aligned under the direction of this position.

The AVP will identify, promote and execute best practices for the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff; work with academic and non-academic units to increase the enrollment and retention of diverse undergraduate, graduate and professional students; coordinate activities that support the University’s strategic goals for inclusion and access; establish systems of accountability throughout the University; and advocate for ownership of quantifiable progress at every level of leadership.

The AVP is responsible for leading the development, integration, coordination, and implementation of policies, practices, programs and initiatives that contribute to building a diverse and equitable community that enriches students’ education and enhances their ability to participate in a rapidly evolving, multicultural world and enables UNH to recruit, retain, and support talented people from all backgrounds.

This person will supervise the office of inclusive excellence and the heads of units engaged in improving access, diversity and equity on campus, including the Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equity and Title IX coordinator, the Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, directors of diversity-related programs including McNair, Upward Bound, and Talent Search, the Office of the President’s Commissions, as well as other units that may be added.

Acceptable Minimum Qualifications
Education: Master’s degree required; doctoral degree preferred

Required Experience: 10 to 15 years in leadership with demonstrated accomplishments in building a more effective organization through professional development and inclusive hiring that supported operational objectives.

Preferred Experience working with or as a faculty member; engagement with national organizations involved in inclusive excellence such as membership in the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).


  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity, including the current scholarship and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues.
  • Experience in employing effective problem solving and leadership skills to bring about transformational change.
  • Successful record of influence, community building, networking, and deploying effective programs for diversity and inclusion within the higher education community.
  • Significant supervisory, budget management, and program implementation experience.
  • Strong leadership and an ability to cultivate a common vision and collaborative culture to achieve inclusive excellence goals.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, through interpersonal and group communication skills, at all levels of the university, with administration, faculty, staff, students, and external constituents including alumni and potential donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate effectively all parts of the university, including but not limited to those related to administration, faculty, staff, students, and external constituents including alumni and potential donors.
  • Skilled at fundraising and grant writing.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advises and works collaboratively with the President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Deans, Department Heads, and Directors to transform the University into an inclusive community.
  • Establishes, implements, and assesses through best practices the inclusive excellence mission, vision, and strategic goals and objectives of the university that are expressed in the University's strategic plan.
  • Develops, implements, assesses, and reports findings on programs, services and initiatives designed to enhance the recruitment and retention of, and climate for, students, faculty, and staff from diverse and under-represented groups.
  • Advocates for the infusion of diversity concepts in the general education curriculum and works with HR and Academic Affairs on diversity-related professional development for staff and faculty across the campuses.
  • Provides administrative and fiscal leadership for the offices and programs that are primarily aimed at improving access, equity and diversity (e.g., the Office of Affirmative Action and Equity, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the McNair, Talent Search, and Upward Bound programs, the President’s Commissions and the Office of Inclusive Excellence).
  • Ensures the delivery of the University’s Affirmative Action Plan and its compliance with Federal Equal Employment laws and regulations.
  • Builds strong external community relationships by identifying and maintaining external outreach connections with businesses, non-profit organizations, community organizations, and government agencies, for the advancement of innovative practices and programs concepts.
  • Collaborates with the Vice President for Student and Academic Services and with the Associate Vice Provost for International Programs on matters pertaining to climate for all students and staff.
  • Seeks opportunities to increase university resources available to support inclusive excellence, equity, and affirmative action, through philanthropy and external funding.

Application: Please apply online at to receive full consideration for this position. Cover letter and resume may be electronically attached with application. Computer access/assistance is available at the Human Resources Office, 2 Leavitt Lane, Durham, NH 03824 or call 603-862-0501 (TTY Users 603-862-3227).

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled or the search is otherwise closed at the University's discretion.

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

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