Olympic College

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


Salary: $115,510.73 - $132,837.34
Reports to: The President
The position will remain open until filled with first priority consideration for applications submitted by June 13th, 2022.

Olympic College seeks a visionary, strategic, and results-oriented Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (VPDEI) who will lead and be responsible for promoting, developing, and implementing an integrated, strategic plan and shared vision that supports a College culture and climate that values and prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion. The VPDEI influences and transforms the College in areas such as improving the recruitment and retention of diverse students and employees, eradicating equity gaps in student participation and achievement through Guided Pathways, building the capacity of students and employees to engage in equity work and dialogue, promoting inclusive curricula and culturally responsive pedagogy, and fostering an inclusive college climate.

The VPDEI will collaborate with stakeholders across all three campuses to assess the effectiveness of current diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, policies, practices, structures, and College climate. The VPDEI will develop, align, and integrate a range of existing, new, and innovative initiatives, policies, and procedures into a cohesive platform that will foster a more diverse, inclusive, welcoming, and supportive College community. Understanding that this critical work is the responsibility of all members of the College community, both individually and collectively, this position will guide the College community in expanding and extending the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion by cultivating dynamic and welcoming conditions to engage and prepare students and employees for equity work and mindedness.

Reporting directly to the President, and serving on the Executive Team (executive cabinet), the VPDEI advises all College stakeholders and community partners. The VPDEI participates in, and represents the College at relevant local, state, regional, and national organizations and bodies. The VPDEI provides guidance, counsel, and support to the Diversity Advisory Council and other College stakeholders as necessary, oversees the Bias Incidence Response Team, and collaborates with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to identify and use data to inform decision making that will support student success and promote accountability for equity efforts across our campuses.

The VPDEI will lead and facilitate internal and external community engagement efforts, develop partnerships to bring about transformational change, and identify and support target areas to maximize the College's impact locally, regionally and nationally. In serving a multi-campus college, the VPDEI must engage passionately and deeply in several communities, including local tribes, reflecting the regional and demographic diversity that Olympic College represents.

Olympic College is a comprehensive community college on the Kitsap Peninsula, across the Puget Sound from Seattle, WA. We serve Kitsap and Mason counties with campuses in Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Shelton. We offer academic transfer and workforce education degrees and certificates; four applied baccalaureate degrees; Transitional Studies including Adult Basic Education, high school completion alternatives, Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); and community education. Through a national award-winning partnership with the Navy, we offer an Apprenticeship School at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

Olympic College enrolls a racially and socioeconomically diverse student body of approximately 8,500 students annually, including a growing number of international students, Running Start, and students affiliated with partner institutions of higher education:

  • 3% identify as African American
  • 5% as Hispanic/Latino
  • 5%, as Hispanic/Latino
  • 1%, as Native American/Alaska Native
  • 1%, as Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • 7 %, as Asian
  • 59%, as White
  • 15% as multiracial

Approx. 8% of the student population is active-duty military and 23% of the student population is military-affiliated including, veterans, and dependents, making Olympic College home to the second-largest military-connected student body of any college or university in Washington state.

Essential Duties

  • Lead, implement, and assume executive responsibility for an integrated vision and plan for all diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies, programming, and initiatives that support the College’s mission across all OlympicCollege campuses.
  • Lead and facilitate College conversations, programming, and initiatives to assess and improve College climate and culture with the aim of creating a culture of inclusion and success for all students, employees, and community members, but with intentionality and purpose to encourage and engage marginalized and underserved student populations in dialogue.
  • Foster an internal culture of accountability for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and develop and monitor equitable accountability measures throughout the College, consistent with assessment, data, and evidence based frameworks.
  • Advise and consult with all College constituencies on legislation, policies, procedures, and issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and analyze and recommend culturally responsive improvements that remove barriers to student and employee success, foreground the impact to marginalized and underserved populations, and prioritize high-impact strategies and evidence-based practices. Ensure and coordinate that all diversity, equity, and inclusion requirements are met pursuant to those imposed by accreditation bodies, the State Board of Community & Technical Colleges, and all external local, state, and federal requirements.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to develop metrics and benchmarks of institutional progress to ensure accountability and monitoring of College diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, prioritizing those data related to student success of marginalized and underserved populations.
  • Develop and recommend criteria to guide the College's allocation of resources to support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Oversee the responsible planning, stewardship, management, and accountability for the fiscal and personnel of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, including developing budget proposals, securing internal and external funding for programming, resolving personnel conflicts, supervising direct reports by providing feedback, recognition, coaching, and prioritizing and delegating work effectively.
  • Serve as a member of the President’s Executive Team (executive cabinet), advising on and responding to emerging issues, opportunities, and challenges impacting the College's ability to effectively move forward with diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, including College climate and community relations.
  • Represent the College with regard to internal bodies, including shared governance councils, committees, advisory bodies, and student government, and external bodies at the local, state, regional, and national level.
  • Provide executive leadership, support, and guidance for the Diversity Advisory Council, consulting with them on substantial diversity, equity, and inclusion plans, strategies, and programs as necessary.
  • Cultivate and maintain sustainable, constructive relationships with diverse and underserved community partners and stakeholders, including communities of color and Indigenous and Tribal communities, acknowledging the critical importance of collaborating with local schools, industries, and communities, and connecting those partners and stakeholders with campus constituents.
  • Develop timely internal and external communications to ensure the College and the broader community is informed of institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion activities and information.
  • Oversee the College bias incident response protocols, supporting a college-wide team across multiple departments and policies, collecting and reporting incident data, referring cases to the appropriate resources or bodies, and educating the College community about ways to foster an inclusive and safe environment.
  • Collaborate with Student Services and other functional areas to develop and expand outreach programs with community organizations designed to increase the enrollment and success of traditionally underserved and marginalized student populations, including students with disabilities, students of color, low-income, and justice-impacted populations.
  • Partner with Student Success & Engagement and Student Government of Olympic College to promote the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion through student voice, engagement, and leadership development.
  • Collaborate with academic staff and faculty across Instruction and Faculty Senate to provide mentoring, coaching, and professional development to assist academic leadership, faculty, and staff in promoting inclusive 0learning environments and delivering inclusive curricula and pedagogy, including the College’s diversity and social justice general education requirement.
  • Partner with Human Resources to support employees across all classifications, including administrators, classified staff, faculty and adjunct faculty, student employees, and part-time employees, by implementing strategies to attract and retain a diverse employee workforce, identifying professional development opportunities that promote cultural competencies and a climate of inclusion, maintaining equity and improving climate, fostering a sense of belonging, and preparing employees to serve an increasingly diverse student population.
  • Coordinate with the Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC) and its leadership to support environmental justice and sustainability initiatives throughout the OC campuses.
  • Monitor compliance with pertinent state, federal and corollary regulations and prepare reports as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Five (5) years of experience in progressively responsible roles in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Three (3) years of experience in supervision and management; or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in leading, serving, partnering with, advocating for, and/or representing marginalized and underserved communities.

Desired Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
  • Experience in a higher education setting and a demonstrated understanding of culture in higher education, including shared governance and respect for diverse views and opinions.
  • A collaborative, team-oriented leadership style.
  • Fluency in more than one language with a preference for the languages spoken by our student populations, including Spanish, Tagalog, and/or Indigenous languages.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Strong theoretical, research-based, and working knowledge of best practices, issues, and trends related to diversity, equity, inclusion, intersectionality, positionality, privilege, bias, and social, economic, racial, and restorative justice principles, and have the ability to translate that knowledge to others in the context of higher education, student development, and student success.
  • Understand the broader history and context of higher education in perpetuating privilege, discrimination, and inequities against the contrasting opportunities for students, their families, and communities.
  • Understand the experiences of historically marginalized and underserved groups, especially people with disabilities, neurodiverse communities, low-income communities, members of LGBTQIA+ communities,
  • English language learners, immigrants, refugees, multiracial communities, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) groups.
  • Experience facilitating challenging conversations that produce positive outcomes, including but not limited issues that address race, power, institutional racism, implicit bias, settler colonialism, patriarchy, and a culture of white supremacy.
  • Experience with successfully developing, implementing, and facilitating trainings related to diversity, equity, and inclusion for a diverse range of audiences.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal law, including SBCTC (State Board for Community & Technical Colleges) policies and practices, and ability to read, understand, and interpret policies and procedures.
  • Ability to promote and exemplify transparency, trust, integrity, and high ethical standards within the institution.
  • Ability to use empathy, appreciation, and respect to effectively lead organizational learning and change efforts, such as those related to assessment, evaluation, continuous improvement, and accreditation, with a commitment to participatory governance with meaningful involvement of all constituent groups.
  • Ability to provide leadership, coordination, and systems-thinking in strategic planning and development, policy development, resource allocation, financial management, and decision-making, informed by data and best practices.
  • Ability to collaborate, form effective individual relationships and dynamic teams.
  • Ability to work independently, analyze issues, exercise sound judgment, and demonstrate adaptability when dealing with ambiguous situations.
  • Ability to establish and influence partnerships with individuals and groups from a range of diverse cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to engage in community building and partnering with external educational institutions and communities, with an understanding of rural and urban or urban-like locations, multilingual and multicultural, and Indigenous and Tribal communities.
  • Strong coaching and mentoring skills, including the ability to encourage, inspire, and support students and employees in achieving individual and collective goals.
  • Strong communication skills, through written as well as interpersonal and group communication.
  • Strong conflict-resolution skills needed to navigate sensitive situations to resolve problems, build consensus, and reconcile competing interests.

Terms of Employment

This is a full-time exempt position scheduled to work Monday through Friday. The salary for this position is $115,510.73 annually, which includes a generous benefits package: life, health, dental insurance, retirement, vacation & sick leave, and holiday pay.

Conditions of Employment

  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. In addition to the background check, candidates will be required to completed the Sexual Misconduct Disclosure Form as required WB HB 2327.
  • Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated. Your vaccine status will be verified at New Employee Orientation. Please reach out to the HR Office at hr@olympic.edu 360-475-7300 if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.
  • Olympic College seeks candidates for employment who share our commitment to fostering and equitable and inclusive learning environment (read our Equity Statement). All applicants are required to submit a statement of 500 words or less, describing the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the higher education environment and their prior, current, and/or potential contribution(s) to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion as an employee.

Working Conditions

This position’s primary work setting is an indoor office, but may also include larger settings (e.g., classrooms, lecture halls), and occasional outdoor work throughout the year for events. Work may require extended time sitting or standing. Indoor settings will experience typical office noises, interruptions, and interactions. The office setting often requires privacy to preserve confidentiality. This position requires moving from one space or building on campus to another. The typical schedule for this position is 40 hours a week, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., with occasional evenings and weekends. This position may be expected to work additional hours dependent on the task or project. Flexibility and independence to set one’s own schedule may be provided based on operation requirements and service expectations, but the typical schedule should be consistent with routine business hours. requirements and service expectations, but the typical schedule should be consistent with routine business hours. Requires punctual and regular attendance. This position requires local travel for scheduled and unscheduled events, including, but not limited to, meetings, conferences, events, and branch campus activities. It may also require regional or national travel. Overnight travel may be required.

How To Apply

* Please submit all your uploaded documents as pdf * To be considered for this position a candidate must apply online through the Olympic College website and submit the following required materials:

  • Olympic College Online Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter - in your cover letter describe how your experience sets you apart for this position.
  • Unofficial college transcripts. Official transcripts and copies of mandated certifications will be required of the successful candidate.
  • Statement: Please submit a statement of 500 words or less, describing the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the higher education environment and your prior, current, and/or potential contribution(s) to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion as an employee.

EEO Statement

Olympic College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, or status as a veteran of war. Olympic College Provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination and accommodation policies: Carroll McWhorter, 360-475-7301. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

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Last updated: 2022-05-27