University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 89771

Please Note: A change was made to this position announcement on 03/30/17


Working Title:
OVPCDO/DDEEA Chief Operating Officer
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
At least 5-10 years experience in higher education or other complex organization, with experience in management and/or program planning.

* Leadership experience in higher education or other complex organizations in the areas of diversity and inclusion
* Experience in supervision, human resources, finance and administrative support services
* Leadership experience in minority, student, or academic affairs

  Position Summary:
 The Assistant Vice Provost/Chief Operating Officer (COO) will work closely with the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer (VPCDO) to manage the day-to-day administrative operations of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) and coordinate the division's efforts to implement the Strategic Diversity Framework ( The COO will also help provide strategic leadership for the division. Occasionally, the COO will be called upon to stand in for the VPCDO at meetings of shared governance bodies and in other public settings.
Principal duties:
Strategic Leadership

The COO will work closely with the VPCDO to drive the division's organizational growth, developing a strategic plan to realize the division's vision and carry out the division's mission in keeping with the divisions' values and, where necessary, help restructure the division. The COO will serve as the campus-wide Minority/Disadvantaged Coordinator and serve as liaison with other campus Minority/Disadvantaged Coordinators (MDC), as well as represent the division before the Campus Diversity and Climate Committee and the Equity and Diversity Chairs Committee. The COO will also organize and chair the UW-System wide VPCDO/MDC roundtable and coordinate diversity efforts among UW-System institutions to help ensure the delivery of services to at-risk students.

Operations Management

The COO will lead and supervise the following units in the division: Human Resources and Business Services; Data Management; Affirmative Action and Disability Law Compliance and Training, Campus Engagement, and Outreach; and Communications and Events Planning. Under the guidance of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, the COO will:
*Oversee the creation and administration of personnel and budget/finance policies and make decisions on important personnel and financial matters
*Oversee the creation and administration of workflow and scheduling policies
*Oversee the creation and administration of data and research policies and lead the division's use of data and research in setting diversity policy, in conjunction with the Office of Academic Planning and Research, Recruitment and Admissions, Financial Aid and the Registrar
*Manage the Campus-wide Affirmative Action and Disability Compliance and Training team, working with the Special Assistant for Compliance and Disability Coordinator to make major compliance- and accommodation-related decisions;
*Oversee and provide vision for tactical and strategic communications, branding, and events planning

Diversity Framework Implementation

The COO will work with the VPCDO to carry out the responsibilities set forth for the division in the Strategic Diversity Framework, including the review and formulation of diversity-related policies and division functions that support student and staff programming, planning and implementation of Framework initiatives. The COO will also supervise and lead the Learning Communities for Institutional Change and Excellence unit, which facilitates learning communities across campus designed to encourage faculty, staff, students and community members to consider their own backgrounds and identities; develop and refine inter-cultural awareness; and become positive change agents for social justice, equity and inclusion.


A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

Full Time Salary Rate:Negotiable
ANNUAL (12 months)
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:JUNE 01, 2017
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: MARCH 31, 2017
To begin the application process please click on the "Apply Now" button. Please upload a cover letter, resume and at least 3 professional references.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Kate O'Connor
Phone: 608-263-2378
500 Lincoln Drive   
Fax: N/A
179A Bascom Hall   
Madison, WI 53706   
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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NOTE: Please indicate in writing if you request that your identity be kept confidential. If you do not indicate your preference to remain confidential, the University may be required to disclose your identify and/or application materials. The identity of finalists and successful candidates will be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).  

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.