Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and

Durham, NC

Duke University

Position Summary

The  Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (AVP), is part of Duke’s Office for Institutional Equity and is responsible for the strategic oversight of education and support programs for Duke University and Duke University Health System. This position will have supervisory duties and work closely with the Vice President to operationalize OIE’s education and support mission. The AVP will collaborate with the Office for the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement (OVPFA) and the the Office of the Vice Dean for Faculty in the School of Medicine  to offer faculty development resources and programs related to diversity, equity and inclusion, including hiring and search practices, developing a positive culture, responding to sexual misconduct and anti-racism and also work closely with the Duke University Health System on the execution of their goals to advance diversity, inclusion and belonging for providers and patients.  The AVP will have broad oversight of OIE communications, strategic coaching, curriculum, training, programs and support for leaders throughout Duke on sustaining and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts including the University’s ability to attract retain and develop more diverse faculty and staff, educate the entire community on anti-racism and enhance student diversity.


Work Performed

The Assistant Vice President, under the direction of the Vice President, and in collaboration with OIE staff, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Student Affairs, Human Resources and other University and Health System staff, will perform the following activities:


  • Develop a strategic plan for the delivery of diversity, equity and inclusion education and support across Duke University and the Duke University Health System.
  • Provide strategic leadership and administrative oversight for the development of OIE workshops, presentations, learning modules and other efforts that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Research, develop and implement processes to measure the effectiveness of OIE education, support, coaching and other interventions for faculty, staff, and students across the University and Health System. 
  • Assist the Vice President to develop and maintain a strategy to support communication efforts, including the OIE newsletter and website.
  • Provide consultation to deans, senior leaders, managers and supervisors on designing and implementing department-wide and institution-wide objectives related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Provide support, advice and consultation to Duke University departments and schools in their efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion among undergraduate, graduate and professional school students.
  • Assist in research, development and  implementation of strategies to measure the success of institution-wide progress on creating a diverse and equitable work and learning environment.
  • Assist the Vice President in the leadership of and support for diversity, equity and inclusion professionals across Duke and develop a system for oversight of the various efforts across the highly decentralized organization.
  • Provide coaching and consultation to individuals and groups with respect to cultural challenges and conflicts.
  • Collaborate with the compliance functions within OIE to provide support during or following an investigation or informal resolution process.
  • Support the Vice President on the oversight of two signature Duke University programs, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and the Samuel DuBois Cook Society Annual Dinner.
  • Provide other diversity and equity services through programming, advocacy, and support, as deemed appropriate to the functioning of the Office for Institutional Equity.



  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Outstanding listening, collaboration and team building skills that facilitate coordination and cooperation.
  • Ability to lead with both courage and humility.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering diversity, equity and inclusion programming.
  • Proven capacity to analyze and implement diversity, equity and inclusion strategies.  
  • Demonstrated skill in conflict resolution and problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a diverse, complex, sometimes ambiguous and highly decentralized organization to provide leadership for cultural change.
  • Ability to be resilient, flexible and creative in approaching complex problems.
  • Ability to establish rapoort and work cooperatively with various levels of faculty, staff, students, and outside entities.
  • Ability to assess interventions, measure effectiveness and design tools to evaluate success.


Education and Work Experience


  • A Master’s Degree in higher education, sociology, social work, psychology or other related field is required.  A Ph.D. is preferred.


Work Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of experience working with a complex organization on strategic efforts to advance the mission of equity, diversity and inclusion, some of which includes management level and supervisory experience is required.
  • Research or industry expertise in the development, attainment, assessment and reporting of strategic goals focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Previous experience in recruitment and retention efforts focused on attracting and retaining staff, faculty and students who contribute to a diverse and welcoming community.
  • Experience in higher education, including working with health system professionals is preferred. Experience in human resources, compliance and/or equal opportunity is also preferred.


To Apply:


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Posted: 07/06/2020