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Associate Vice Provost for University Life (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging)

Job Description

The core areas of focus for the AVP role include:

  • Advance the strategic priorities of University Life as a member of the senior leadership team;
  • Provide direct supervision, mentorship, administrative oversight, and professional development opportunities for staff of the six cultural and resource centers at the University of Pennsylvania;
  • Partner with University Life leadership team and directors to create inclusive communities within all University Life departments;
  • Develop a culture and practice for social justice education and training;
  • Cultivate partnerships throughout the University of Pennsylvania community to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives;
  • Champion student success and well-being through intentional engagement experiences with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community partners;
  • Develop a leadership approach that integrates a comprehensive understanding of student development theory and use of data that yields a high rates in student success.


  • Master’s degree required with a minimum of 7-10 years of administrative and leadership experience related to advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives in a complex organization. Doctorate or other terminal degree preferred. Higher Ed experience preferred.
  • A scholar-practitioner with demonstrated ability to implement an inspiring vision in service of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in equitable partnership with constituents/collaborators.
  • Demonstrated, senior management experience in strategic planning, project implementation, and organizational development
  • Evidence of involvement in national organizations, professional associations, and/or communities of practice around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts
  • Ability to thrive and bring order and direction to ambiguous, often highly sensitive situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team leader to manage multiple priorities at once, including projects with complex and long-range project scope.
  • Effective supervision, administrative, and financial management skills.
  • Deep and demonstrated social justice lens, compassion for others, and a cultural humility approach to leadership.


Pay Rate

$150,000 -- $215,000 commensurate with education and experience

Job Post Date

February 17, 2022

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