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Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion

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Calvin College seeks nominations for an Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion.

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Calvin College

Calvin College equips students to think deeply, to act justly and to live wholeheartedly as Christs agents of renewal in the world.

Founded by the Christian Reformed Church in North America and named for 16th-century reformer John Calvin, Calvin College has been wholeheartedly carrying out its mission since 1876. Rooted in the historic creeds and confessions of Reformed Christianity which guide the college’s understanding of scripture, Calvin is distinct in higher education regarding how we serve students in today’s world. Please visit www.calvin.edu/about/who-we-are/ to explore our mission, calling, identity, priorities and strategic plan.

Calvin College is a Christ-centered, student-focused community of 4,000 students from across the nation and around the world, 280 committed and caring Christian professors and 430 dedicated staff members. Calvin students study the liberal arts and select from a broad range of majors and professional programs. The college fosters scholarship that creates new knowledge, performs creative work, and sustains natural and cultural resources. A Calvin education, marked by scholarly engagement with enduring questions and emerging concerns, prepares students to answer God’s call to live and serve as agents of renewal. Calvin College does all this with a robust commitment to providing equal opportunities for all faculty, staff and students.

Calvin’s beautiful 400-acre campus in West Michigan is ideally located to create a close-knit community feel while providing a plethora of opportunities to engage with the city of Grand Rapids as well as locations around the world. Our Service-Learning Center is dedicated to the pursuit of God’s shalom in our learning together, primarily through community-based service-learning, social justice activity, and civic participation in Grand Rapids and other partner communities. Our off-campus programs help two-thirds of our students live and learn in new environments all around the world for an interim or a semester.

Calvin Profile

  1. 3,993 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1

  2. Graduation rate of 74%

  3. Average ACT score of 26 with over one-third of admits qualified for the honors program

  4. 13% AHANA students and 11% international citizenship

  5. 51% from Michigan, 37% from out of state, and 12% from other countries

  6. 36% from a CRCNA church background, 62% from other Christian churches

  7. 55% female, 45% male

  8. 60% living in college-owned housing

  9. 51% involved in service-learning

  10. More than 95% receiving some form of financial aid

  11. More than 71% receiving academic scholarships

  12. Annual college budget of approximately $110 million

  13. Endowment of $123 million

  14. Beautiful 400-acre campus with architecturally unified buildings

The Opportunity

At Calvin, diversity is a key part of living out our mission of equipping students to be agents of renewal in an increasingly diverse world and nation (www.calvin.edu/about/diversity-inclusion/). An educational environment rich in diversity – people, places, courses, research and activities – promotes cross-cultural understanding, encourages collaboration and fosters innovation, thereby benefiting all within the academic community. But, even more than reaping the benefits of a diverse learning community, Calvin’s commitment to diversity is a grateful and faithful response to a biblical mandate to love one another, to extend hospitality and to pursue reconciliation.

  • Calvin College is committed to diversifying its community by recruiting and retaining people from a variety of cultural, ethnic, ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds as administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

  • Calvin College is committed to maintaining policies and practices that reflect an intention to strengthen our diversity and inclusion efforts.

  • Calvin College is committed to creating a convivial learning environment that is an inclusively strong and vibrant academic community.

As a cabinet member, the Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion plays a vital role in the college’s overall executive leadership team that is responsible for championing Calvin’s mission, identity and faith commitments in the internal and external community. The Executive Associate will be responsible for furthering Calvin’s strategic goals on inclusive excellence through shaping the culture, relationships, programs and practices of the college in conjunction with a network of key leaders across the campus.

As a direct report to the President, the role carries the authority of the Office of the President. The position has primary responsibility for the diversity and inclusion goals and objectives in Calvin’s strategic plan and works with the college’s Vice Presidents, committees and student groups to optimize connections and to coordinate deep, meaningful and pervasive organizational change.

Read about Calvin’s commitment in the From Every Nation: A Revised Comprehensive Plan for Racial Justice, Reconciliation and Cross-Cultural Engagement at Calvin College (FEN) document.

Read Calvin’s 2014 Diversity and Inclusion Project Report (PDF) to learn about how Calvin has lived into its commitment and how Calvin plans to strengthen it going forward.

Read about how Calvin continues to strengthen its diversity and inclusion efforts in the Strategic Plan 2019: Strengthen, Support, Secure.

Read Calvin’s full Strategic Plan 2019: Strengthen, Support, Secure.

The Strengths Needed for Success

  1. Collaborative and visionary leadership skills that integrate the Reformed Christian character with a focus on scholarly rigor and on equipping students to be agents of renewal for Christ’s Kingdom

  2. Strength and clarity in representing the best and most applicable practices in diversity and inclusive excellence

  3. An articulated calling to the work of shaping the lives of students, in collaboration with staff and faculty

  4. The ability to navigate the opportunities and the challenges inherent in a community that is growing in its capacity to work across differences of all kinds in a manner characterized by grace and truth

  5. Strategic focus with an ability to define and implement actionable plans that support Calvin’s diversity and inclusion commitments and will create lasting institutional change

  6. The ability to win the trust of a committed and engaged staff and faculty

  7. People-leadership and influencing skills that draw others to a common goal, coordinates individual and group efforts and inspires unity and commitment to shared results

  8. The gifts of listening and wisdom in a wide range of situations and with the many voices of diversity in all of its forms

  9. A lived appreciation for Reformed, evangelical thought and expression, and the ability to embrace a campus community that highly values dedication to its covenants

Covenantal Expectations

Calvin is rooted in the integration of faith and learning built upon Reformed Christian thought.  As with all faculty, the Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion must comply with these three requirements:

  1. Signing our covenant for faculty members

  2. Joining a local congregation belonging to the CRCNA or its ecclesiastically affiliated denominations

  3. Sending children to Christian day schools

The Calvin College Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion should understand, actively support and promote Christian education at all levels.

Next Steps

Pray. Please join the entire Calvin community in asking the Lord to guide the search process and bless those involved.

Refer/Nominate. Please refer this document to a person or persons whom you believe could be a possible candidate, or could help connect to a possible candidate. In addition, candidates can be nominated directly to the Search Committee using this link: www.calvin.edu/go/executive-search

Apply. The goal is to identify the ideal fit for both the selected candidate and for the Calvin College community. There will be an obvious mutual benefit for both. In addition to your cover letter and resume/C.V., please submit your responses to the following questions when applying:

  1. Tell the story of your Christian faith, including involvement in your local church, and how your relationship with Christ has shaped your vocation and influenced your decision to apply for this position.

  2. In this particular stage of career and life, what is compelling you to explore this leadership opportunity at Calvin College?

  3. Please describe the leadership experiences you have had that you feel have prepared you for the Executive Associate role. Include experiences that have been successful, experiences that have not worked well, and what you have learned about yourself from each.

  4. Tell us about your philosophy of diversity and inclusion as it relates effective organizational change. How do organizations achieve meaningful improvement to the culture, climate, and capacity for diversity and inclusion? How do you lead and influence toward that vision?

  5. Please share with us a concise articulation of the way your philosophy of diversity and inclusion may be integrated with the Reformed theological perspective of Calvin College (Please visit What we Believe; and Our affiliation with the Christian Reformed Church in North America). How does this integrated approach fit with your perspective?

  6. Finally, please provide at least five references that include a supervisor, peer, and a direct report. We will not contact these references until later in the process, and only after receiving your permission to do so.

When you are ready to submit your materials for application, please do so electronically at www.calvin.edu/go/executive-apply. Preference will be given to those who apply by noon on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. If you would like to inquire about the position prior to formal application, please contact EADIsearch@calvin.edu, or Barbara Rhodes-Williams (616) 526-8864.

Thank you for your consideration of this important role. Again, please feel free to share this Opportunity Profile with any contacts, relationships or individuals you feel would be valuable to the search for the next Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion.