Viterbo University, an independent, liberal arts institution in the Catholic tradition located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, seeks a dynamic and strategic leader to serve as its inaugural Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and Advisor to the President. The CDO and Advisor to the President will be a recognized thought leader and trusted advisor on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across the University, driving Viterbo toward its vision of radical hospitality in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational environment. The position is available immediately.
Viterbo University was founded in 1890 as St. Rose Normal School by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to prepare Sisters to teach in elementary schools. A warm and welcoming community for students, faculty, and staff of all faiths, Viterbo’s proud Catholic and Franciscan heritage can be felt throughout campus. As one of only 23 Franciscan universities in the U.S., Viterbo’s mission to prepare students for faithful service and ethical leadership provides a values-based education grounded in leadership through service, with a strong emphasis on ethics. Viterbo University has centered diversity and inclusion in its values, mission, and practice. We believe that for a university community to thrive, it must be diverse and inclusive of identities, experiences, and ideas. We also understand that social justice and equity must first be present for diversity and inclusion to exist and flourish.
Viterbo seeks an energetic, collaborative, strategic leader with a track record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and outcomes. Reporting directly to the President and serving on the President’s cabinet, the Chief Diversity Officer and Advisor to the President will set the strategic direction and will oversee the implementation and ongoing evaluation of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives across the institution. Serving as principal advisor to the president on DEI, the CDO will lead the university-wide effort – including training and development – to build and sustain a culture of diversity, inclusivity, and equity, and will collaborate with other leaders on campus to recommend and implement cohesive and integrated plans. Further, the CDO will engage with students, faculty, and staff to identify and address potential barriers and institutional systems that may foster systemic inequalities. The CDO will serve on the Cabinet and Dean leadership group and other key institutional committees, including leadership of the campus Social Justice and Equity committee and as a liaison to the Student Social Justice and Equity committee. The CDO will also provide supervision for the Title IX Coordinator and Student Engagement Coordinator, with a potential for supervising additional areas depending upon the portfolio of experience of the selected candidate (Vice President title is a possibility for candidates with strong supervisory experience and, preferably, an earned doctorate).
Application and Nomination Procedure
The search is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. For additional information about this opportunity, please review the position profile, which includes a full list of required and desired characteristics for the Chief Diversity Officer and Advisor to the President, at www.academicsearch.org under the “Open Searches” tab.
Application materials should include a cover letter addressing the qualifications and leadership characteristics listed in the position profile, a current, long-form resume or curriculum vita (showing relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments) and the names, phone numbers and addresses of at least five professional references, with an indication of the candidate’s relationship to each reference. References will not be contacted until a later stage in the search, and only with the candidate’s foreknowledge. Nominations and application materials should be sent to ViterboCDO@academicsearch.org.
To arrange a confidential conversation about this position please contact the senior consultant managing the search, Dr. Jerry Israel (email@example.com). The position is open until filled.