University of the Pacific: California's First University

University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked comprehensive university and California’s first chartered institution of higher learning. Established in 1851, Pacific has nearly 6,100 students and nine schools and colleges across three campuses in northern California.
The majority of students and the NCAA Division 1 athletics program are based on the Stockton Campus, often cited as one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. The Sacramento Campus in California’s state capital is home to the McGeorge School of Law, the new School of Health Sciences and an array of graduate programs while the renowned Dugoni School of Dentistry is based on the downtown San Francisco Campus. 

Pacific takes pride in providing the highly personalized and caring educational, social and residential environments of a small college combined with the choices and opportunities of a major comprehensive university.

The Position

The Senior Director of Community, Culture & Belonging/Ombuds is an equity-advancing and values-aligned partner in fostering an inclusive campus climate and culture. The Ombuds is a resource for university employees and identifies patterns or areas of improvement in campus climate and culture for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. The Ombuds is an advocate for fairness, a source of information and referral, aids in answering questions, and assists in the resolution of concerns, when possible, while maintaining confidentiality to the extent the law allows. The Ombuds will develop educational programs for faculty and staff on equity, leadership development, and conflict resolution.



  • Master’s Degree in one of the following: law, counseling psychology, ethnic/gender/diversity studies, higher education or a related field.
  • Eight years of higher education management leadership experience.
  • Five years of bias education and conflict resolution experience with students, faculty and/or staff.


  • Doctoral degree in one of the following: law, counseling psychology, ethnic/gender/diversity studies, higher education or a related field.
  • A deep knowledge of current diversity, equity and inclusion laws, trends, topics, research, pedagogical needs and best practices for strategic university DEI and belonging decision-making.
  • An astute knowledge of, and demonstrated responsiveness to, the ways sociocultural forces related to gender, race, ability, class, gender identity, gender expression, etc. systemically impede or propel impacted individuals, groups and communities.
  • Energetic, inspiring, courageous and innovative leadership and outstanding people and management skills, as well as the ability to work effectively and collaboratively across the organization.
  • Demonstrated experience in educating others on the complex subject matter of, resolving issues related to, and advancing social justice in a university setting.
  • Outstanding communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization, as well as with people of all cultures.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, ability to gather and analyze information and, as necessary, help an inquirer develop appropriate options and actions.

Skills/Knowledge and Expertise include:

  • A proven track record of leading complex human development issues and experience in resolving DEI-related issues in a senior support role.
  • The ability to advance strategic DEI and belonging initiatives with a special focus on executive level advising, critical communications, policy development, conflict resolution and educating others as a subject matter expert.


Apply Now

University of the Pacific is currently accepting applications for this position. Applicants will be required to provide a cover letter and current resume, as well as provide contact information for three professional references with their online application.

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AA/EEO Statement

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.