Salem Academy and College, the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the country by its founding date of 1772, announces an opening for an Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Compliance.

Embracing diversity is among the core values of Salem Academy and College, and the campus community is enriched by the diversity of its members. In a newly created position, the Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Compliance (AVP) will lead the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Compliance. The AVP will work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators and serve as a partner to and strategist with campus leaders to promote diversity, to foster an inclusive community for all, and to support an environment that is free from bias, harassment, and discrimination. The AVP will receive reports of bias, harassment, and discrimination from students and employees; conduct thorough and impartial investigations of such claims; and ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines. The AVP will develop, offer, and support campus policies, programs, services, and activities that educate the Salem Academy and College community on the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion and cultivate a climate of awareness, understanding, and respect for all individuals and groups. 

This is a full-time administrative position that reports to the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs/Dean of the College (Salem College) and to the Head of School (Salem Academy).

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Leads the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Compliance and creates programs, activities, and initiatives for students, faculty, staff, and administrators that promote an inclusive community for all and a climate of respect for diversity and multicultural competency.
  • Works collaboratively with senior administration, faculty, academic affairs, counseling services, admissions and financial aid, athletics, institutional advancement, communications, public safety, student affairs, student leadership, strategic planning groups, and other campus offices and constituents to enhance the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion across the institution.
  • Designs, offers, and supports programming that promotes the celebration of diversity; creates opportunities for dialogue on equity, diversity, and inclusion; increases the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to realize and sustain an inclusive campus community for all; and serves as a resource to students, faculty, staff, and administrators on these matters.
  • Advises the administration, faculty, and staff on national, local, and campus issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion as they relate to the recruitment, retention, and success of students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Analyzes and monitors the campus climate in relation to equity, diversity, and inclusion and plays a pivotal role in finding constructive resolutions to related conflicts that may arise.
  • Receives claims of bias, harassment, and discrimination from students and employees; conducts and oversees the thorough and impartial investigation of such claims in accordance with the nondiscrimination policies of the institution and applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines; and ensures that the institution is in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and practices to support a working and educational environment that is free from bias, harassment, and discrimination and to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines, in collaboration with senior administration.
  • Develops and provides equity, diversity, and inclusion training; oversees the engagement of external providers of equity, diversity, and inclusion training; and maintains current knowledge and materials related to equity, diversity, and inclusion and related compliance objectives.
  • Works with senior administration to enhance efforts and to develop strategic plans for the recruitment and retention of students, faculty, staff, and administrators from historically underrepresented populations.
  • Assesses the effectiveness and outcomes of programs, initiatives, and processes implemented for the purpose of enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • As assigned, serves on committees or other bodies that focus on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Manages an operational and programming budget for the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Compliance.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A juris doctor from an accredited law school and three years of professional experience in diversity leadership and/or equity and compliance, or an advanced degree and five years of professional experience in diversity leadership and/or equity and compliance.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with individuals of all backgrounds to promote equity and diversity, to foster inclusion, and to effect positive change.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct effective investigations, to analyze and interpret information, to determine relevance and evaluate credibility, to develop and implement appropriate recommendations, and to resolve conflicts in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop policies and procedures in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation, and organization skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A juris doctor from an accredited law school is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skills in the following areas: promotion of diversity and equal opportunity; conflict resolution; consensus building; data collection and analysis; bias, harassment, and discrimination complaint investigation and resolution; and compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines in educational and employment settings.
  • Leadership in the collaborative development of policies, programming, and activities to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Significant work and/or consulting experience in education is desirable.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of employment policies and practices in education.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary for the AVP position will be commensurate with education and experience. Salem Academy and College also offers various health plan options, tuition waivers, generous paid time off, access to academic, arts, and athletic programming on campus, and the ability to work in a diverse educational setting on a historic property.

Application Process:

To apply, please send a letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three professional references to Shari Dallas at shari.dallas@salem.edu or 601 South Church Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101. Electronic submission is preferred. The letter of interest may be addressed to “the AVP Search Committee.” The review of applications begins immediately. Salem Academy and College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic in its employment practices. Salem Academy and College provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees and encourages women and underrepresented minorities to apply.