The Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (AVPDEI) is responsible for developing and executing the strategy to cultivate the organizational capacity for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In collaboration with the university community inclusive of leaders, faculty, students and staff, the AVPDEI will implement a strategic vision for institutional thriving in the area of DEI. The AVPDEI will have oversight of creating policies, overseeing programming and fostering an inclusive campus atmosphere involving all community members. This will be accomplished in partnership with various campus constituents to cultivate and strengthen an inclusive and equitable campus environment. The position acts as a resource for all Bastyr University sites and clinics.   

Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.

In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged. 


How to Apply:
Please refer to job #21-052 and position title when applying. Please send your cover letter and resume to: jobs@bastyr.edu.


  1. Develops and implements strategic plan to support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives at Bastyr University.
  2. In collaboration with the Provost, Deans, and department chairs / directors, and the AVP for Human Resources, provides resources mentoring and training opportunities that improve diverse hiring, retention, and on-boarding of faculty and staff.
  3. Provides mentoring, training, and coaching to assist academic leadership, faculty, and staff with building diversity, equity, and inclusion into the University’s curriculum.
  4. In collaboration with the AVP of Human Resources, identifies and develops operating standards and practices that develop an understanding among faculty, students and staff of how to work with diverse communities and clients or treat and heal patients who represent diverse, marginalized, and underserved populations.
  5. In collaboration with the Enrollment Services Department, identifies marketing and recruiting strategies and programs that target the recruitment of students from diverse populations.
  6. Develops and facilitates training programs for faculty and staff to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the university.
  7. Builds and maintains external community relationships with the purpose of promoting Bastyr’s University as a partner supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.
  8. Stays abreast of best practices as they relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  9. When appropriate, will recommend individuals to appropriate complaint or grievance process to address specific issues or incidents.
  10. Will oversee the Center for Social Justice and Diversity, including the work of the co-directors.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:  All new employees must provide proof of fully vaccinated status on or before their first workday. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.


  • As assigned.
  • Domestic travel may be required.


  • A thorough understanding of intersectionality and issues as they relate to diversity, equity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and social justice.
  • An understanding of the culture of higher education and the shared governance.
  • An understanding of the elements and dynamics of organizational change.
  • Demonstrated success creating win / win outcomes.
  • Success at initiating and engaging in difficult conversations
  • Ability to provide results oriented leadership
  • Collaborative style.
  • An ability to influence, delegate and gain concensus with individuals and groups.



  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Demonstrated strong presentation and training skills.
  • Higher Education experience.


Minimum requirements:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Five (5) years of experience in a diversity, equity, and inclusion role or relevant experience.
  • Highly skilled written and oral communications including the ability to provide presentations, successful trainings and written communications.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and facilitating educational and training programs for diverse populations.
  • Program development.

This job description does not list all of the duties associated with this position and the employee may be required to perform additional duties assigned by the employee’s supervisor or otherwise a recognize requirement for this position. Bastyr University reserves the right to revise the job description at any time. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily and, if requested, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable employees requiring accommodation to perform the essential functions of this job so long as the university can do so without undue hardship.

Bastyr University does not discriminate against any person in matters of employment, application for employment, student or applicant for admission, or participation in our programs or benefits on the basis of the following protected classes: ancestry, gender, gender identity, or expression, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), ethnic or national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), marital status, genetic information, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), veteran or military status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law. Our programs, services and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Please don’t hesitate to contact jobs@bastyr.edu to request or discuss a special accommodation due to a disability.

All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability during the application process should contact Human Resources at (425) 602-3087 (phone), (425) 602-3058 (fax) or jobs@bastyr.edu.


How to Apply:

Please refer to job #21-052 and position title when applying. Please send your cover letter and resume to: jobs@bastyr.edu.