Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, School of Medicine (INTERNAL POSTING)

The Vice Dean holds a key leadership role in the SOM to oversee activities of the school across faculty activities of research, education, training, outreach, and recruitment to promote an equitable, just, diverse and inclusive environment in which all members of the school’s community can flourish.

The Vice Dean will report to the Dean of the School of Medicine and will collaborate with the other Vice Deans and coordinate programs and activities with the CWRU Offices of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO), Office of Multicultural Affairs, the School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty Affairs, Office of Faculty Development and Diversity as well as with other administrative units within the School of Medicine and the University. The Vice Dean will additionally serve as a partner to the basic science chairs as needed and with the full support of the Dean.

The Vice Dean works with senior SOM leadership and with faculty and staff to promote a commitment to our principles of community and inclusive excellence. This includes the education, training and practice of talent development regardless of background to establish a community of broad perspectives and insights that permeate all aspects of research, education and career development.  The Vice Dean will assemble information on faculty demographics, promotion, tenure, salary compensation by gender and racial/ethnic group across the faculty of medicine. Further, the Vice Dean will, through advocacy, faculty training and engagement, service on recruitment committees, and interactions with departments, assure an environment that prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, national origin, citizenship, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

The Vice Dean will work with the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Vice Dean for Faculty Development to develop and practice equitable standards for recruitment, appointment, retention, promotion and tenure across the 5 institutions that comprise the faculty of medicine. Together they will develop a curriculum for faculty engagement around racism, unconscious bias, bias in recruitment and promotion and in training. They will propose to Faculty Council programs and annual review processes that encourage each faculty member to embrace the school’s goals of diversity and inclusion. Climate surveys of faculty and exit interviews conducted by the Office of Faculty Affairs will be reviewed and analyzed by the Vice Dean.

The Vice Dean will work with the Vice Deans for Medical Education and Graduate Education to establish a responsive environment for training for students of all backgrounds and a sensitivity to the social, mental health, education support, financial assistance and protective environment needs of our trainees. From time to time they will meet with students in order to appreciate their needs and concerns and to offer guidance on SOM efforts to support the learning environment.

The Vice Dean will work with the Vice Dean for Finance and Administration to manage the necessary resources to fulfill these initiatives and with the Office of Development to identify philanthropic sources and foundation support for these initiatives. They will review metrics of equity in salary, rank, recruitment, resource allocation across the SOM.

The school has developed a Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Action Plan that will be reviewed, updated annually, and implemented under the direction and prioritization of this Vice Dean.

The school will establish an ad hoc committee of the faculty, the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, chaired by the Vice Dean, to review the strategic plan, recommend priorities and implementation and to broaden the engagement and response to issues as they arise.  The VD will meet with the faculty committee on Women and Minorities to coordinate and align initiatives.

Beyond the school, the Vice Dean will work with the Vice President of Diversity of CWRU to align approaches and to establish consistent policies across the university. The individual will engage with the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO), aligning the SOM with its Diversity Strategic Plan, and review processes of recruitment standards, including the training of search committees for all faculty of the SOM.

The Vice Dean shall be abreast of University and School assessment data on climate, pay, etc., taking these into consideration as initiatives are outlined and planned. Further, the Vice Dean for Student Diversity and Inclusion shall develop, implement, participate in, and monitor programs, trainings an initiatives that raise awareness, create and foster and open and inclusive environment, which ultimately enhances social work values and ethics. They will provide an annual report to the faculty at a Faculty Council meeting.

It is expected that this position will require 40% effort through the SOM and that the individual will continue to contribute to their faculty obligations for the remaining 60% of their effort.

Required Qualifications

•    Graduate degree including, PhD, MD, or Ed.D., or comparable credential
•    Specific training in diversity and inclusive excellence
•    Previous experience building or expanding a program, department or group within an organization.
•    Demonstration of successful collaborative leadership.
•    Politically astute and able to work well with people at all levels – university, hospital, community, faculty, and staff. A reputation as a consensus builder and someone who can resolve conflict for the betterment of the organization.
•    Integrity and personal ethics.
•    Strong organization and process management skills.
•    High energy coupled with a strong work ethic and a desire to have a meaningful impact.
•    The ability to cultivate a vision, strategic plan, and engage others based on the strategic landscape of academic medicine.
•    A skill set that includes analytical ability, ethical decision making, financial and intellectual acumen, managing teams, multi-tasking, creative problem solving, resilience, strategist, and a visionary perspective
•    The ability to engage stakeholders in change efforts that are incremental or transformational, leveraging evidence-based practice, data, and a focus on achieving results even in the face of obstacles.
•    The ability to speak and write in a clear and concise manner that frames diversity and inclusive excellence as fundamental to organizational excellence, inspiring others, aligning the organizations and the community’s interests.
•    Comfort enabling change
•    Must have a high degree of cultural and emotional intelligence and technical mastery of diversity and inclusion strategies in academic medicine.
•    Willingness to be a highly visible ambassador for SOM both internally and in Cleveland, regional and national communities.
•    Current Faculty position at CWRU.

Preferred Qualifications
•    Experience in diversity and inclusive excellence leadership.
•    Successful administrative and leadership experience at an academic institution.
•    Ability to contribute in a highly matrixed academic environment as a member of the SOM leadership team.
•    Outgoing and personable demeanor and a track record of change, negotiation and compromise.
•    Comfort engaging faculty, students, chairs and institutional leaders in change.

Nonessential Functions

•    May be called upon to cover mission-critical activities of the Vice Dean for Faculty Development during periods of absence.
•    Perform other duties as assigned.


•    Weekly at least:  Reports to the Dean of the School of Medicine 
•    Monthly at least:  As needed with the Vice-Dean for Education, the Vice-Dean for Faculty Development, the Vice-Dean for Research, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, CWRU OIDEO and Human Resources
•    As needed with the SOM Office of Faculty Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, the Vice Dean for Finance and Administration, Department Chairs, Students, Staff, and Faculty.
•    External: Some contact with counterparts at peer institutions and professional organizations.
•    Students: Moderate contact

Supervisory Responsibility

•    Works closely to supervise and assist staff assigned to School of Medicine diversity initiatives at the Chair, faculty, staff and student levels.

Working Conditions

•    Work is conducted indoors in typical office space.  Occasional travel (to professional meetings, etc.)

Interested applicants should send a CV and Letter of Interest to by February 15, 2021.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.