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Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer

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The Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer will be a leader, advisor, advocate, catalyst for change, and institutional resource focused on infusing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into all programs and activities, tracking progress toward these goals, and communicating progress to an engaged MD Anderson community. 


The Chief will be part of the Human Resources Division and will: 

-Provide strategic leadership in developing and implementing programs and initiatives that advance those values for all members of our community including students, faculty, and staff.

-Serve as a key advisor and will collaborate closely with leaders across the institution building upon the strategic plan and advancing previous institutional work.
-Develop and lead the implementation of the long-term vision and goals for diversity, equity and inclusion, build new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs and training for students, faculty, staff, and is accountable for the results of those programs.
-Provide leadership in identifying outreach services and is responsible for representing MD Anderson at diversity officer events.
-Hold responsibility for the infrastructure that supports the design, development, implementation and evaluation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs. 

-Hold responsibility for guiding efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture, and cultivate diversity as an institutional and educational resource. Duties include affirmative action/equal employment opportunity, or the constituent needs of minorities, women, and other bounded social identity groups.

Serve on the Executive Committee of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.




Strategic direction:  Sets strategy and creates infrastructure to enable the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion  to serve as a standing office with programming for all MD Anderson people leaders and future leaders as well as external participants or organizations. Also, collaborates with the Development Office for philanthropic efforts for Leadership Institute funding, and promotes the institute on a national level with publications, presentations, programs and awards.


Cultivate a Common Vision: Must be able to develop and cultivate a collaborative vision of diversity on campus. This requires resonating as authentic with students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and being committed to working collaboratively with other senior executives to build positive vision, direction, and results through strategic initiatives that holistically impact diversity.


Understand a Culture of Higher Education: Possess in-depth knowledge and experience regarding the culture of the institution. Understand the culture of shared governance, tenure and promotion, multiple and competing goals, decentralized campus politics, and the unique needs of students, faculty, staff, and executives with respect to diversity.


Technical Mastery of Diversity Issues: Have an excellent command of all aspects of diversity issues in higher education, including faculty recruitment and retention issues, identity development, access and equity, diversifying the curriculum, assessing the educational impact of diversity, measuring the campus climate, and the policy and legal dynamics of affirmative action and diversity in higher education. Must be comfortable leveraging the social justice, educational benefits, and business case rationales for discussing diversity’s importance.   


Political Savvy: Astute at navigating an institution’s political landscape; responding well to politically charged or politically sensitive situations. He or she must possess an ability and willingness to find win-win solutions and the know how to build consensus, and work through competing interests.   


Results Orientation: Results oriented and committed to encouraging and enabling change to achieve results. Connecting diversity as a component of the achievement of the institutional mission.




  • MD or PhD
  • Faculty rank at the level of Associate Professor or higher.
  • Five years leadership experience.
  • Five years demonstrated experience and expertise in advancing the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Experience:

  • Ten or more years of experience at a senior diversity professional leader level.


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