Senior Vice President for Equity and Belonging

  • St. Catherine University
  • Saint Paul, MN, USA
  • Mar 21, 2024
Full time Executive

Job Description

Senior Vice President for Equity and Belonging


St. Catherine University (St. Kate’s) is a Catholic University that invites nominations and applications for an accomplished and visionary leader to serve as senior vice president for equity and belonging (SVP EB). The SVP EB serves as a strategic and active member of the University’s senior leadership team and reports directly to the president.


The successful candidate will be an experienced leader who sustains and enhances St. Catherine University’s culture by elevating our work to become a learning community of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. This position is the key advisor to and thought partner with the President and the Senior Leadership Team on strategies to build bridges to advance education, training, and professional development for faculty, staff, and students around issues of diversity, inclusion, belonging, identity, anti-racism, social justice, and equity across the university.


The senior vice president will be responsible for creating the Hub for Equity and Belonging to coordinate and guide the efforts of any office on campus that has responsibility for implementing any aspect of our Inclusive Excellence Master Plan. The selected candidate will work directly with the campus community to assess the current DEIB Strategic Plan and recommend any enhancements that should be made to accelerate our program to achieve institutional equity and belonging that aligns with the strategic goals, vision, and mission of St. Catherine University.


Minimum Qualifications:

·      Earned doctorate or other terminal degree strongly preferred. This could include   master’s degree in higher education, human resources, student affairs, or related field.

·      Six years of diversity and inclusion-related work in higher education, public sector experience preferred.

·      Demonstrated ability to build coalitions to create and implement sustainable culturally responsive systems and structures to advance access and success for students, faculty, and staff.


The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have it all: urban sophistication, Midwestern friendliness, a colorful history, a wide range of major cultural institutions and activities, and an affordable cost of living that makes it all wonderfully accessible. The region is a magnet for young professionals, with low unemployment, a great education system and a culture of innovation — in fact, it was hailed by The Atlantic as a “cultural overperformer” based on its density of creative class workers and abundance of arts, cultural and entertainment offerings. It also leads the nation in volunteerism and civic engagement, two hallmarks of thriving communities.


How to Apply

Greenwood Asher & Associates is assisting St. Catherine University in this search. Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Greenwood Asher and Associates. For a full application package, please submit a cover letter, CV and list of five references. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made.


Please direct inquiries, nominations and application materials to:

Marion Frenche, Associate Vice President for Executive Search and Practice Leader


Shelley Feather, Senior Executive Search Consultant and Practice Leader


St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply.