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We welcome your input!

The University of Oklahoma will soon begin the search for a new Associate Vice President of University Community. We want your collaboration on what qualities and responsibilities you’d like to see in this role.

If you’d like to give input on the qualities and responsibilities for this job, please send your comments to your senate representative listed below:


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Associate Vice President for University Community



The Associate Vice President for University Community reports to the Senior Vice President and Provost and will be a catalyst for ongoing institutional and cultural change that fosters an open and supportive learning, teaching, and working environment.

The Office of University Community is charged with maintaining a diverse and inclusive community across multiple campuses through recruitment, retention, engagement, outreach, and advancement of students, faculty, and staff in the mission of diversity and inclusivity.

It is the mission of the Office of University Community to exemplify and promote the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by recognizing and respecting the essential worth of each individual and by valuing and celebrating differences among groups. The Office of University Community partners with departments across the university including, among others, the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Student Life, Faculty Recruitment, and Human Resources. The Office of University Community supports initiatives at the OU Norman and Tulsa campuses. It also supports the Health Sciences Center programs in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and around the state to advance culturally competent training and patient care.


  • Develop and lead the implementation of the university’s system-wide strategic plan for diversity and inclusivity
  • Engage students, faculty, staff, and community leaders in issues related to diversity and inclusion, by building collaborative relationships 
  • Develop and manage realistic and efficient budgets and leverage existing university resources
  • Promote and support ongoing efforts to continuously improve access and college readiness of talented and qualified underrepresented students to the University of Oklahoma
  • Develop and expand strong collaborations with pre-K-12 schools to shape and support the aspirations and strengthen the skills of their students
  • Conduct recruiting and management in alignment with the university’s pursuit and commitment to building a diverse workforce
  • Work with the colleges and their accreditation bodies to ensure that admission pathways -undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs exist, student recruitment and support services are effective, and that the campus climate is inclusive and collaborative
  • Work collaboratively with academic and administrative leaders on campus to enhance the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce of faculty and staff
  • Collaborate with university leaders including the Vice President and Dean of Students to develop and modify suitable policies that relate to diversity and inclusion
  • Support research initiatives and scholarly collaborations about diversity and inclusion topics, thereby maximizing the educational impact at OU and becoming a thought leader nationally
  • Support the HSC Senior Vice President & Provost and the HSC Assistant Vice President for University Community in HSC statewide enterprise by addressing diversity and inclusion issues or initiatives as it relates to health care professionals and patient 
  • Engage students, faculty, staff, and community leaders in issues related to diversity and inclusion, by building collaborative relationships


  • Ph.D. or comparable terminable degree in social justice, post-secondary education, sociology, social anthropology, public administration, human resource management, or other related field 
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in advancing both diversity and inclusion in complex communities, organizations, and/or higher education setting
  • Demonstrated record of successful senior administrative experience in higher education or within a large, complex organization
  • Experience in an organization with a large academic medical center and multiple geographically separated campuses preferred
  • Experience in designing and leading efforts relating to removing educational institutional access barriers, and increasing diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism is preferred


  • Demonstrated track record of leading institutional change and implementing innovative solutions that lead to measurable results
  • Demonstrated skill in inspiring and influencing others
  • Public speaking skill and demonstrated skill in inspiring and influencing others
  • Clear ability to be forward thinking and incorporate national best practices
  • Effectively work toward shared goals and anticipate opportunities
  • Demonstrate agility in responding to opportunities and challenges
  • Demonstrated success in building effective partnerships with community-based organizations and external entities
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with multiple and diverse constituents
  • Strong ability to listen with empathy and comfortably interact with many dimensions of identity
  • Conduct himself/herself at all times with the highest levels of personal and professional integrity
  • Strong people manager with a proven ability to coach, lead, develop, and inspire others to achieve their professional best
  • Demonstrate the ability to make the most of staff resources

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