ArtCenter College of Design (ArtCenter) invites applications and nominations for the inaugural role of Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer (VPCDO). Reporting to President Lorne Buchman, the VPCDO will be a member of the Executive Cabinet and will be a strategic partner with the President, College administrators, campus community, trustees and external partners to understand, foster and enhance the College’s vision, strategic goals and integrated goals related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The VPCDO will lead the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Art and Design, which is envisioned to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at ArtCenter. The Center will not only be a model among peer institutions but also transform the disciplines and industries in which ArtCenter graduates work.
The Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Art and Design (The Center) was developed to involve students, alumni, faculty, staff and trustees, as well as the communities with which ArtCenter engages externally, in robust research, exhibitions, symposia, lectures and curricular expansion on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in art and design. The College envisions The Center as an entity that will create and support collaborative and transformative activities in the service of the College’s values that are designed to break new ground through practice, scholarship and pedagogy. In addition, The Center will work with all other offices and departments at the College to ensure that DEI programs, practices and policies for faculty, staff and students are aligned with the College’s strategic plan, values and mission.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced diversity professional who appreciates and has knowledge of the fields of art and design. The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree and bring experience in organizational assessment and development; curriculum development; recruitment and retention program development for faculty, staff and students; and community engagement in DEI efforts.
Procedure for Candidacy
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by August 10, 2018.
Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five professional references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the ArtCenter College of Design’s consultants Charlene Aguilar, Khalilah Lawson and Christine J. Pendleton at ArtCenterVPCDO@wittkieffer.com
Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Witt/Kieffer, c/o ArtCenter College of Design, 2015 Spring Road, Suite 510, Oak Brook, IL 60523. The consultants can be reached by telephone at (630) 575-3706.
ArtCenter seeks to be a leader in the conversation around DEI in art and design, both among peer institutions and with the public at large. As such, the VPCDO will be asked to address the following critical leadership issues, among others:
Create a shared vision and definition of diversity on the campuses: The VPCDO is expected-–in close collaboration with the ArtCenter community-–to formulate and articulate a vision around DEI and to provide leadership, concrete steps, counsel, advocacy and a point of connection and communication for all aspects of the College in achieving that vision.
Launch the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Art and Design: ArtCenter envisions The Center as an entity that will create and support collaborative and transformative activities that are designed to break new ground through practice, scholarship and pedagogy. The VPCDO will build an administrative and programmatic infrastructure addressing DEI issues in art and design that serves faculty, staff, students, the community and industry partners. Examples of potential activities include program development and implementation, organizing public forums and symposia, facilitating training and community outreach.
Partner with constituencies across the campus to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion, and to build community: The VPCDO will develop a strong, passionate voice for the work of DEI at ArtCenter. The incumbent will play a key role in the deliberations of senior leadership and will work with departments across the College to encourage creativity and innovation in programming, pedagogy, recruitment, retention and training. Through building these relationships the VPCDO will also advance aspects of the College’s work in order to create an equitable community where people’s creativity may thrive.
Who succeeds at ArtCenter? The smart, creative person who can play with ideas and work with groups to tap their collective wisdom finds success here. Candidates should also be respectful of the community, have the ability to collaborate and work with various stakeholders internally and externally. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of integrating and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion into the fabric of an institution or organization.
Additionally, candidates should have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:
ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.