Vice President of Mission, Values, and Inclusion

Description of Job

Edgewood College, located in Madison, WI and rooted in the Dominican Catholic Intellectual Tradition, announces the search for a Vice President of Mission, Values, and Inclusion (VPMVI). 

Reporting to the President of the College, the VPMVI serves as the chief mission and diversity officer and a member of the President’s Cabinet, together leading the effective integration of our mission, instilling the vision and values of our sponsors, the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, and cultivating an institutional culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Providing strategic leadership and oversight, the VPMVI utilizes partnerships with and among faculty, staff, students, and others in the wider community to develop and integrate behaviors, attitudes, policies and procedures that embody our Dominican Catholic values and enable us to realize the vision of our sponsoring order. To this end, the VPMVI provides expertise in intercultural competence, addressing cultural change, coordinating existing efforts toward inclusion, and identifying the need for new programs, services, and initiatives. 


  • Provide ethical and collaborative leadership exemplary of our Dominican Catholic heritage and values in the following activities:

    • Leading the College in sustaining effective ministry and spiritual development programs, displaying an appreciation for Catholic higher education and a commitment to inclusive practices for all religious and spiritual traditions;

    • Collaborating with the president and other vice presidents on the development of an intentional, centralized, and comprehensive plan and infrastructure that integrate our mission and values, including our commitment to equity and inclusion, throughout all activities of the College, including the curriculum;

    • Collaborating with current Edgewood College partners and developing new partnerships to ensure a diverse student body that receives the spiritual, social, cultural, and academic support it needs to be successful.

    • Collaborating with college stakeholders to develop strategies to both recruit and retain a diverse workforce, guided by our Dominican values that commit us to excellence, justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    • Ensuring an end-to-end inclusive recruiting, hiring, onboarding and employee experience that emphasizes our Sinsinawa Dominican mission and our unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;

    • Facilitating community-building to promote a safe, welcoming, and inclusive campus climate for all students, faculty, and staff.

    • Representing the College in partnerships on community impact initiatives that promote equity, diversity, inclusion, spiritual growth, sustainability, and intellectual and moral integrity.

    • Provide leadership in the areas of professional development and growth for faculty and staff; and other initiatives that further advance the mission of the College, integrating the College’s Dominican Catholic identity, tradition, and values in programming.
  • Looks for ways and partner with the advancement team to secure support and funding of programs and initiatives.

  • Serves as primary liaison to the Board of Trustees in communicating mission, ministry, diversity and inclusion matters.

Job Qualifications

Necessary Education or Work Experience

  • Earned masters from an accredited institution of higher learning; a terminal degree or experience commensurate with holding an academic appointment is preferred.  All areas of study considered;  religious studies, ethnic studies, theology, philosophy, critical race studies, social justice, campus or pastoral ministry, student development or other related discipline preferred.
  • Exemplary administrative experience with demonstrable record of success at the level of director and/or vice president;
  • Demonstrable record of success in enacting authentic practices of equity, diversity, and inclusion; 
  • Commitment to the Catholic intellectual life, the principles of Catholic social teaching, and the heritage of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa; engaged Catholic preferred;
  • Successful record of leadership and accomplishment in
    • strategic planning;
    • faculty leadership and personnel administration;
    • budget development and management;
    • curriculum design and new program development; and
    • improving educational outcomes and student retention;
  • Experience working with the community and external stakeholders in creating opportunities for initiatives and partnerships, especially those rooted in Catholic social teaching.
  • Strong record of administration, teaching or scholarship and a commitment to actively support Edgewood College’s Catholic mission in the tradition of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa.

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Deep understanding of anti-racist, diversity, and inclusion issues, particularly as they relate to Catholic social teaching and higher education;
  • Understanding of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and other compliance regulations in the context of higher education as well as an understanding of building intercultural competence to serve and retain students, faculty and staff;
  • Ability to establish relationships and programs designed to support the personal and spiritual development of students, faculty, and staff. Knowledge of, interest in and sensitivity to the needs and practices of people from all spiritual traditions so that all members of campus community feel welcomed and spiritually at home;
  • Outstanding public and interpersonal communication and presentation skills;
  • Creativity, entrepreneurialism, and strategic thinking;
  • An ability to build consensus, resolve difficult issues, and foster partnership and community;
  • Participate in and partner with campus, local and national committees and organizations.

We Offer

Excellent health/dental and medical savings plans and a benefit package including 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous vacation, holiday, personal and sick days, and tuition reimbursement.

Other Qualifications

Edgewood College, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. Candidates must demonstrate multicultural competence — the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply. The selected candidate must actively support the mission of the College by working with faculty, staff and students to share in our core values — truth, compassion, justice, partnership, and community.

Application & Selection Process

To assure best consideration, applications should be received by September 18, 2020. The application must include a letter of interest; a current resume; and the names of five professional references with each person's position, professional relationship to you, e-mail address, and telephone number.  References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of the candidate.  Reply to:

Office of the President
Edgewood College
1000 Edgewood College Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53711
Equal Opportunity Employer