Chief Diversity Officer/Director, Center for DEI in Business, Twin Cities, Minnesota

Created 09/20/2021
Employer University of Minnesota
Reference 11408350
Job Type Full Time
Country United States
State Minnesota
City Twin Cities
Zip 55401
Salary Competitive
Carlson School of Management
Chief Diversity Officer and Director
Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Business

The Chief Diversity Officer of the Carlson School of Management will be responsible for engaging across the Carlson School to serve as the champion and key advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives aligning with the school's strategic priorities, as a foundation for excellence. The CDO will collaborate, create, and lead DEI strategy and related initiatives across the Carlson School. This position will also collaborate with local and university offices to execute strategy to attract and hire diverse talent, build an inclusive workplace, engage diverse communities with the school's three-part mission of research, education and outreach, and collaborate with the broader university and the business community on DEI initiatives.

The CDO will also serve as the founding director of the Carlson School's proposed Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Business and collaborate on promoting (with other centers/departments/programs) the DEI mission, vision, and strategic priorities of the Carlson School. The CDO will be responsible for establishing the center, securing its funding in collaboration with Institutional Advancement, and overseeing and supervising its activities. While DEI, broadly defined, will be the overarching emphasis of the center, and its priorities will change and evolve over time, our expectation is that its immediate priorities will include a focus on racial diversity.

Development and Cultivation of Equitable Systems and Inclusive Culture (50%)
  • Create a cohesive DEI Strategic Plan articulating the mission, objectives and goals of the school's DEI efforts as well as implementation guidance
  • Serve as a spokesperson and advocate for DEI at Carlson regionally and nationally
  • Partner with units in the development and implementation of school-focused initiatives and programs that foster a culture where equity, diversity, and inclusion thrive
  • Coordinate various curricular and co-curricular experiential opportunities where students learn about and engage in organizational diversity initiatives
  • Collaborate with cross-campus and University-level diversity offices, centers and programs to benefit from expertise, experience and connections outside the school
  • Develop metrics to assess progress of DEI initiatives school-wide
  • Collaborate with the Undergraduate Program and Institutional Advancement to develop a mentoring program where underrepresented current and prospective students are matched with alumni and business leaders of color
  • Partner with academic units and programs to create a required educational process, which imparts the skills and tools to navigate intercultural contexts
  • Collaborate with Carlson School Programs and University to create equitable admissions and recruiting practices that communicate the value of the candidate to the institution
  • Deploy a cultural framework and shared terminology to increase cultural competency in order to direct focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the broader Carlson community
  • Work strategically with other institutional offices and units responsible for the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion, acting as a thought partner in the design of programs and trainings that build student, faculty, and staff capacity related to diversity and inclusive excellence
  • Work with senior academic and administrative leaders to establish systems of shared accountability of the school's university's DEI goals and measure impact by using data-driven metrics
  • Collaborate with Academic Department Chairs to implement best practices for the recruitment of faculty from underrepresented communities
  • Support development and implementation of DEI curriculum and student programs, promote major/courses at events/classes

Note : Existing diversity initiatives, currently led by Programs, Departments, or Centers, will be retained with their current Sponsors (e.g. Admissions / Pipeline Development / Curriculum, will remain within the purview of Programs)

Business Development/Alumni/Student Engagement (30%):
  • Secure all long-term and short-term funding from benefactors to support existing and proposed programs, including proposal preparation and stewardship reporting
  • Track and communicate impact of program for leadership and benefactors
  • Collaborate with the school's Institutional Advancement professionals to raise funding for the Center and enhance its visibility and impact
  • Secure sponsors, volunteers, mentors and other resources for experiential courses
  • Advise and connect students, alumni and business community with resources to enable their DEI efforts
  • Develop ongoing speaker series where diversity leaders in organizations offer insights into advancing inclusive business practices
  • Identify and develop relationships with alumni/supporters; develop engagement opportunities for the Center for DEI in Business Recruit diversity leaders from the business community to actively participate in courses and programs
  • Develop relationships across school and university to leverage University resources and integrate into DEI courses and programs
  • Support and actively participate in leadership of community-wide efforts to support DEI in Minnesota
  • Sponsor an annual conference on race in business and bring together researchers, business leaders, and students to collaborate towards more inclusive business practices
  • Initiate a nation-wide case-writing competition focused on diversity issues
  • Partner with Programs and Institutional Advancement to create and support a current student Ally Board (also to exist at alumni level) to allow student leaders to address the growing and evolving needs of current and future students businesses

Supervision and Fiduciary Management (20%):
  • Monitors, manages, and executes fiduciary responsibilities for funds allocated to DEI programs and initiatives
  • Recruit and manage the Center staff/student workers
  • Responsibility for raising 100% of funding to sustain the Center and associated staff/students

Expected Starting Salary Range : $125,000 to $150,000 USD/year, depending on qualifications


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree plus at least 10 years of professional experience, some of which includes management level and supervisory experience.
  • Experience working with a complex organization on strategic efforts to advance the mission of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • 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 individuals who contribute to a diverse and welcoming community
  • Advanced experience with multicultural competencies; demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations, which may include undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and outside agencies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, specifically as it relates to communicating to a variety of internal and external stakeholders about diversity, equity, and inclusion; demonstrated expertise building collaborations

Preferred Qualifications:
  • An earned doctorate or other terminal degree is strongly preferred. Outstanding candidates with a master's degree will be considered
  • 10+ years of DEI focused experience, including leadership and managerial experience in an academic setting
  • Experience in fundraising and grant writing
  • Knowledge of the organizational environment of higher education and large research universities
  • Experience in community engagement, consensus-building and working with diverse stakeholder groups
  • A strong sense of optimism, entrepreneurship, and the willingness to explore innovative ways of creating change

About the Department

Carlson School of Management (CSOM)

At the Carlson School of Management, we share a commitment to imagination, engagement, and ambition. Based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, housed in the University of Minnesota, the Carlson School is a leader in business education and research. Our approach connects students to unique experiential learning opportunities, dynamic international education programs, and to a vibrant network of businesses throughout the state and beyond. Find out more about the Carlson School online at

The Carlson School is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive community that encourages all to reach their full potential through learning, working, and service. By enhancing and sustaining an ethical, culturally-grounded, and anti-racist institution, we will equip the leaders of tomorrow to live the values of "business as a force for good." Find out more about the Carlson School's ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at

How To Apply

Applicants must complete the online application through the UMN Jobs website by searching in the keywords field for job ID 343514 or job code 9363BG online at

To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a resume/CV and cover letter. Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Applications must include:
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • 1-3 page cover letter detailing your interest in the position and relevant experience to the role
  • 1-3 page statement on your vision on how you would advocate for DEI throughout the Carlson School's mission and how you would work with units to create an inclusive culture, learning environment, and workplace

Nominations for the position and questions about the search process can be directed to Isaacson, Miller Associates Berlinda Mojica and Ivy Couch ( ; ), or Devin Walker ( ), Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Dean.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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About the U of M

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