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Vice President for Diversity and Engagement
Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina
Date Posted 07/29/2021
Executive-Administrative Vice President
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Catawba Valley Community College is searching for an experienced leader in diversity, inclusion, and engagement for the position of Vice President for Diversity and Engagement. This role is highly visible and requires executive presence, strong planning, execution and collaborative skills. A demonstrated experience in bringing about institutional change that will create a more diverse curriculum, embrace an inclusive faculty, staff, student population, and ensure a more equitable learning/work environment. The Vice President for Diversity and Engagement is responsible for developing and implementing programs/initiatives that promote a thriving diverse, multicultural, equitable, ethical, and inclusive campus where students succeed, knowledge is advanced, and global engagement is championed.

The Vice President of Diversity & Community Engagement is a newly designated role responsible for leading two major institutional functions: 1) diversity, equity, and inclusion; and 2) community engagement. In each of these areas, the Vice President will be responsible for the development and deployment of strategies which support and sustain an inclusive culture across the CVCC campus. This position will require a proven record of accomplishment of leading educational and organizational change, which includes leading large groups of employees with the ability to transform organizations for the better.

Examples of Duties

Providing leadership in these areas is in support of CVCC’s commitment to be a leader in the community for diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a partner in creating jobs that attract, develop and advance diverse populations.

The Vice President of Diversity and Engagement will play a vital role in providing training, examining, and developing equitable policies, and identifying hiring practices that enhance the CVCC culture for faculty, staff, and students. The Vice President of Diversity and Engagement will provide strategic leadership in developing a comprehensive framework focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and in introducing emerging practices to move the institution forward in becoming a more welcoming and inclusive learning and working environments for all constituencies. The Vice President will also be responsible for building strong relationships with local communities, neighborhoods, and regional organizations in a manner which builds CVCC’s partnerships. The Vice President of Diversity & Community Engagement will be responsible for the following:


  • Coordinate implementation of the college’s strategic initiatives around hiring, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Supervise the Office of Human Resources, Multicultural Affairs, Office of Professional Excellence, Diversity Officer, and Executive Director of Student Life, including professional staff.
  • Provide expertise and knowledge in benefit administration, compensation analyses, human resource policy development, and personnel management.
  • Provide guidance for faculty and staff on employee recruitment, retention and hiring policies, practices, and procedures.
  • Develop and lead training related to equity, diversity, and inclusion for all constituencies of the college.
  • Advise the Vice-President of Teaching and Learning regarding curriculum development and instructional practices that support an inclusive and effective learning environments.
  • Facilitate campus-wide engagement to achieve greater recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented students.
  • Advise the president on communications to internal and external constituencies regarding issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Develop and enact plans to address HR policy and practice gaps as they are identified or arise.
  • Chair the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee.
  • Develop and implement a diversity and inclusion strategic plan, including annual goals that emphasize alignment with the College's goals to deliver high-quality education and to advance an inclusive learning environment.
  • Advise Senior Leadership Team of strategies and initiatives that will advance inclusion, engagement, and innovation.
  • Serve as organizational expert of changes in regulatory and market conditions that may affect the College's inclusion programs and implements changes and/or adjustments to ensure compliance and advancement of goals.
  • Work closely with internal communications to embed diverse, equitable and inclusive messaging and associated advertising and marketing for the College, its employees, and students.


  • Master’s degree required and minimum of 5 to 10 years of progressive responsibility in an educational administrator role related to HR and equity, diversity, and inclusion. Doctoral degree preferred.
  • Proven success as a leader, with experience appropriate to a highly visible senior officer position.
  • Evidence of successfully building relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, students, and trustees.
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills, including the ability to find mutually acceptable solutions to difficult problems.
  • Understanding of human resources management and equity, diversity, and inclusion trends.
  • Demonstrated expertise in building an inclusive community that provides enhanced outcomes for all community members.
  • Well-developed communication and writing skills.
  • Experience collaborating with multiple constituencies to facilitate change.
  • Understanding and passion for values of a community college education for students.

Supplemental Information

All advertised positions are contingent upon available funding.
All employees are paid by direct deposit only.

Environmental Conditions:
Office environment; may periodically work irregular hours, including nights and possibly weekends.
The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.

Physical Conditions:
Frequent walking, standing, and sitting for prolonged periods of time.
Frequent communications, verbal and written.
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Paid Leave
Annual Leave: All Full-time, non-faculty employees earn from 10-25 days annually based on years of service and contract period.
Sick Leave: Full-time employees earn one day (8 hours) of sick leave per contract month. Sick leave from other NC State Agencies in the retirement system may be transferred to CVCC.
Institutional Holidays: In addition to the various types of leave, CVCC grants an established number of legal holidays to full-time, regular employees on an annual basis.

Health Care
Health Insurance: 2 plans are available to full-time employees. Coverage is available, at current group rates, for spouse, child, or entire family.
Dental Insurance: Available to full-time employees and any eligible dependents at current group rates.
Vision Care: Coverage is available at current group rates, for employee and any eligible dependents.
Additional Coverage for Critical Illness, Cancer, Accident, Disability, etc: Optional supplemental coverage plans are available to employees who choose to participate.
Flexible Spending Accounts: most employees can opt for pre-tax flexible spending accounts which can be used to pay for out-of-pocket medical, dental, vision or dependent care expenses.

Disability Insurance
Full-time employees are enrolled in the Disability Income Plan of North Carolina. This plan provides both short-term and long-term disability income benefits. Further information regarding plan requirements and benefits may be obtained from the Retirement Benefits Manual (see the Disability Income Plan of North Carolina section).

NC Teacher's and State Employee's Retirement (TSER's): For employees assigned to work 20 hours per week or more, participation in this program is required. Employees contribute 6% of their salary, which is tax deferred. Vesting in the retirement system requires 5 years of membership.
Tax Deferred Programs: Tax-sheltering programs are available through IRS Code 125 (Cafeteria Plan), 401 (k) and 457 (Deferred Compensation).

Additional Benefits
Longevity Pay: After 10 years of creditable service, employees, receive an annual longevity payment based on years of service and annual salary.
Life Insurance: After one year of service, a Death Benefit is provided by the Retirement System. Optional life insurance coverage is also available for both employee and dependents through payroll deduction.
Employee Assistance Program: It is the policy of CVCC to provide an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as a benefit to assist employees with personal problems that may adversely affect job performance. CVCC provides coverage for the first five visits.

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