Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
University of California Santa Barbara Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
United States

Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Job #JPF01762
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 28th, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Apr 13, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Applications are to be submitted electronically at

The University of California, Santa Barbara seeks a dynamic and visionary leader, strategic thinker, relationship builder, and outstanding communicator for the position of Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (VCDEI). The Vice Chancellor will join a highly successful public, research university committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at a moment of great opportunity to make lasting impact. Reporting directly to the Chancellor in a role newly elevated to the Vice Chancellor level, this person will reinvigorate and restructure efforts to build an even more inclusive and diverse campus community. Working across campus and with other leaders in the University of California system and across the nation, they will strengthen the University’s inclusion and diversity mission, catalog the many ongoing efforts and initiatives around DEI, lead conversations across campus and identify opportunities to improve the campus climate, and further engage the community around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The successful candidate should have relevant experience in the academic community, both in administration and/or through scholarly work, and will demonstrate a keen understanding of issues inherent to inclusion, equity, and diversity within a complex institutional setting. The VCDEI must have extensive knowledge of existing research and best practices to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and a demonstrated ability to apply these best practices across a large organization. In addition to the ability to lead internally, the VCDEI will be a thoughtful leader in conversations about inclusion and diversity on the state and national levels. The VCDEI must have well-developed skills in facilitating inclusive dialogues that enable positive growth, the capacity to develop and translate strategic goals and set a course for implementation, and experience in institutional change management. The VCDEI must be able to work effectively with people at all different levels, including senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the surrounding community.

UC Santa Barbara is a member of the 10-campus University of California (UC) system and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Over the last decade, UC Santa Barbara has made great strides in its regional, national, and international profile and impact, and is ranked #30 among “Best national universities” and ranked #5 among all public universities according to U.S. News and World Report. As the first AAU institution to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the campus takes pride in its student diversity, which includes the largest percentage of Latinx students in the AAU. The University serves approximately 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and employs more than 1,000 faculty members, and over 4,600 full-time non-academic staff members. Known for its highly dynamic intellectual community and beautiful natural setting, the University is an institution committed to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education and research.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

To be successful in this role, the ideal candidate will address a set of key opportunities and challenges. The Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will:

• Develop a cohesive vision and plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion at UC Santa Barbara
• Align, integrate, coordinate, and elevate DEI efforts across campus
• Advance a culture of assessment and evaluation to enable data-driven decision-making and continuous improvement
• Effectively advocate for and generate resources in support of DEI efforts
• Serve as a visible and trusted member of the UCSB and UC communities on issues of inclusion and diversity

Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Applications are to be submitted electronically at

Primary consideration date is April 13, 2020 and proposed start date is for the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year.

Qualifications and Characteristics

The Vice Chancellor should be an exceptional relationship builder, collaborator, communicator, and scholar with vision and capacity to develop and implement UC Santa Barbara’s mission around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Basic Qualifications (Required at the time of Application)

• At the time of application, applicants must hold a Ph.D. or the highest equivalent terminal degree in a relevant field
• At least 5 years of demonstrated progressive leadership in developing and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and programs in an academic setting.

Preferred Qualifications

In particular, the successful candidate will demonstrate most, if not all, of the attributes below:

• A strong record of distinguished scholarly and professional accomplishment that qualifies for appointment as a tenured professor in an appropriate UCSB academic department;
• A demonstrated appreciation of the mission of UC Santa Barbara and a deep commitment to diversity as part of its public mission;
• A keen understanding of issues related to inclusion and diversity, and an appreciation for the values associated with them in higher education;
• Demonstrated understanding of the lived experiences of the various diverse student, faculty, and staff populations in a higher education setting;
• Substantial administrative experience and proficiency at leading large-scale projects;
• An understanding of affirmative action and equal opportunity regulations, as well as diversity issues and initiatives grounded in social justice standpoints;
• Substantial knowledge of diversity policies, concerns and issues extant in higher education, especially in system-wide and campus levels;
• Demonstrated experience in diversity programming assessment;
• Proven success in strategic planning and communications;
• Well-developed skills in facilitating inclusive dialogues that enable positive growth;
• A demonstrated ability to conceptualize, assess, and cultivate diversity as a campus value;
• The ability to work with a diverse group of constituencies to develop and implement a strategic plan and set campus priorities for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


Document requirements
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