Missouri University of Science and Technology, one of the nation's top technological research universities, seeks a collaborative and influential leader to serve as the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO).

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This individual will lead strategic initiatives that provide workplace and learning enrichment and broaden the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The successful candidate will collaboratively develop and enact a vision for DEI initiatives that further enhances the sense of belonging among Missouri S&T’s campus community and elevates the university's reputation as an institution of choice. Related activities may include, but are not limited to, student, faculty, and staff recruitment or retention initiatives; educational programming; policy development and reporting; and the cultivation of supportive relationships among alumni, employer partners, and/or community stakeholders.

Missouri S&T CDO Position Profile

The Role

The CDO will advise the Chancellor and other senior campus leaders on strategies and tactics for integrating DEI priorities with the university’s broader strategic goals and take steps to engage all members of our diverse campus community in this mission-critical work. The CDO will provide executive oversight of diversity and equity policies, facilitate the utilization of key accountability metrics, and serve as an advisor, decision-maker, bridge builder, and strategic leader in engaging campus stakeholders to continuously improve Missouri S&T's diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The CDO will work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop solutions to complex issues and will be a key leader in promoting Missouri S&T as an employer and university of choice by encouraging innovative recruitment methods.

Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the Chief Diversity Officer leads the Office for Institutional Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and is a senior leader on the Chancellor's Cabinet. The CDO will lead a team consisting of the Director of Equity and Title IX, the Assistant Director of Equity and Title IX, the Director of Student Diversity Initiatives, and several investigators, program coordinators, ADA professionals and administrative staff. The CDO provides executive administration over Title IX and civil rights initiatives, ensures compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, and drives strategic initiatives. The incumbent will collaborate with other CDOs across the University of Missouri System to implement enterprise-level initiatives, shape system-level policies and governance structures, and facilitate the exchange of best practices.

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates must hold a master's degree in a relevant area and 10 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to foster principles of inclusion in a diverse environment and supervisory experience of small- to moderate-sized teams. Candidates with the following qualifications will receive preferred consideration:

  • Terminal degree (e.g., PhD, J.D.) and 8 or more years of related experience
  • Knowledge of best practices in DEI work/educational settings, DEI scholarship, and emerging trends in the field
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, crossfunctional partnership development, and/or change management within complex institutional settings
  • Executive presence and relationship-building skillset commensurate with leading highly collaborative work in an institutional setting
  • Knowledge/understanding of specific needs, challenges, and opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion work in STEM-focused and STEM adjacent educational settings
  • Current knowledge of federal employment laws and experience investigating civil rights complaints, managing an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP), or managing responses to federal (OCR, EEOC or OFCCP) audits or charges

Apply or Nominate

To apply, please submit a letter of application and resume to hrrecruit@mst.edu

  • Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Deadline for priority consideration is Friday, August 5.


  • Professional references will be contacted later in the process prior to any hiring decision.
  • The university will not contact references without candidate authorization.


If you have any questions, please contact human resources at hrrecruit@mst.edu.

Search committee composition

NameCommittee Role
Kathleen Sheppard
Associate Professor, History & Political Science; Faculty Senate President-Elect
Danny Tang
Chief Information Officer; Member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
José L. Corchado-Albelo
Graduate Student, Mining & Mineral Engineering; Member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Hispanic/Latino/a Recruitment and Retention
Lister Florence
Alumnus and Member of the IDEA Committee, Missouri S&T Board of Trustees; Member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council for African American Recruitment and Retention
James A. Faletti
Alumnus and Vice Chair of IDEA Committee, Missouri S&T Board of Trustees
Jessica E. Gargus
Director of Student Well-being; Member of Campus Pride (LGBTQ Student Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging)
Carlos H. Giraldo
Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering & Radiation Science; Member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Janiece Jones
Assistant Director (St. Louis and Diversity Recruiting), Office of Admissions
Melanie R. Mormile
Professor, Biological Sciences
Cindi Nelson
Chief Human Resources Officer; Member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Nancy Pendleton
Alumnus and Member of the IDEA Committee, Missouri S&T Board of Trustees
Anitra C. Rivera
Interim Chief Diversity Officer
Natalie Downer
Director, McNair Scholars Program and Strategic STEM Initiatives at the University of Missouri
Ex-Officio Member
Andrew M. Crain
Lead Recruitment Consultant, Missouri S&T
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Tim McIntosh
Sr. Director of Recruitment, University of Missouri System
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