Vice President for Diversity and Engagement

Vice President for Diversity and Engagement


Catawba Valley Community College
2550 Highway 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602
Phone: 828-327-7000

Job Location

Hickory, NC


Depends on qualifications


Full benefits, including medical, supplemental insurance, and vacation

Job Category

  • Executive/Administrative/Managerial

Application Period

Opens: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Closes: Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Target Start Date

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Expected Work Hours

Hours vary; typically M-F

Reports to

Executive Vice President

Employment Type

Full-time, 12-month

Minimum Qualifications

• 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.

• 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.

Preferred Qualifications

Doctoral degree preferred.

Position Description

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.

How to Apply

Please visit the CVCC jobs page to apply. 

Job Post Contact

Roger Irvin
Human Resources Director
Catawba Valley Community College
2550 Highway 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602-8302
Phone:  (828) 327-7000 Ext. 4277
Fax:  (828) 624-5246