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Apply now Job no: 234982-LI
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Management/Supervisory, Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Dean, Director, Executive, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Training, Employee Development, Marketing, Public Relations, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Position Summary:

UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) seeks an accomplished and creative professional for the newly created position of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) to help us grow our future. The successful candidate will advise the Dean, collaborate as a member of the Dean's senior leadership team, and partner with the Equity & Diversity Committee to advance the College's commitment to teaching, research, outreach, and service through Inclusive Excellence. The CDO will lead our new Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and related strategic initiatives, and collaborate with key constituencies to support their efforts to develop and deploy programs. Activities could include those that contribute to the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented students, staff, and faculty; enhance the CALS curriculum and teaching practices toward ensuring understanding and access for all; support research excellence that reflects and values our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in creating new knowledge, and; serve as a resource for students, student organizations, staff, and faculty. Moreover, the CDO will serve on and contribute expertise to governance and college committees.

The successful candidate will be a leader who demonstrates cultural awareness and agility, exercises emotional intelligence, builds trust and credibility, and collaborates with a wide variety of stakeholders within a large complex organization and associated communities. The candidate will have experience and demonstrated success at creating an overarching diversity and inclusion strategy, and the ability to collect and use data to assess effectiveness. Furthermore, the individual will have outstanding organizational, problem-solving, and program design and implementation skills. The candidate will demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to collaborate with and advise students, student organizations, staff, and faculty from all backgrounds and identities.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Master's degree required, terminal degree preferred. Degree in field commensurate with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, higher education, business, organizational development, or related field preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

* More than 6 years of relevant work experience in advancing equity diversity, and inclusion required, with increasing responsibility and demonstrated leadership experience.
* Demonstrated commitment to and experience working with diverse populations and constituencies to effect positive change
* Successful experience in leading the creation, implementation, and evaluation of programs to enhance organizational climate for students, staff, and faculty
* Familiarity or experience (preferred) with current national trends in the area of diversity and multiculturalism, particularly in higher education. Experience with an agricultural, natural resources, and/or life sciences context is a plus.
* Experience managing relations with internal and external communities
* Demonstrative evidence of strong leadership, interpersonal and writing, and presentation communication skills.
* Report and grant-writing experience preferred.

Additional Information:

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences seeks candidates who embrace diversity in the broadest sense. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. UW-Madison is a Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act Federal Contractor.

The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences is committed to maintaining and growing a culture that embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements of our excellence, and fundamental components of a positive, enriching learning and work environment for students, faculty and staff.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $85,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Apply online at "Jobs at UW" (, under job number 234982. Applications must be received through UW-Madison's online application system and should be submitted by October 1, 2021 to ensure consideration, though review will continue until position is filled.

To begin the application process, please click on "Apply Now" under PVL 234982.

Applicants must upload the following five items: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) 2-page vision statement for the role of Chief Diversity Officer, and (4) statement describing past efforts and future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (up to 1 page). Applicants should provide contact information for three references.

Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Laura Hernandez, Search Committee Chair, at


Laura Hernandez
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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