Research Assistant, task force on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

California, United States
Monday, 20 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 20 September 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Assistant, task force on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (Social Science Research Professional 1)

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is Stanford University's primary interdisciplinary research and teaching institute on international policy and international affairs. FSI produces scholarship, teaches and trains future leaders and scholars in international studies, and informs and influences policy making around the world. Our community ranges broadly, consisting of esteemed alumni, world class faculty and students, dynamic staff and administrators and includes some of the world's most successful leaders in governance, security, international development and global health. In realizing our mission, our staff are critical to supporting our organization’s goals and enabling researchers from across campus and around the world to produce rigorous policy relevant research that addresses critical global issues.

Position Summary:

FSI is launching a task force on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) to examine how the institute can better advance the battle against race-based injustices and systemic racism. The task force’s mandate includes developing training for all FSI members to better understand and combat implicit bias and systemic racism; increasing diversity within FSI faculty, staff and students; and examining how scholarship at FSI can better incorporate, and be deepened or even changed by, attention to questions of racial justice within our mission to improve governance, security, international development and global health. Gabrielle Hecht, Professor of History and FSI Senior Fellow, chairs this task force, which is comprised of staff, students, faculty, and researchers.

FSI is seeking a full-time Research Assistant to provide critical research to support diversity and inclusion initiatives as part of the task force. Specific duties include the following: (1) research into the history of FSI’s past and present demographics and scope, including racial distribution and history, and comparing these with similar institutes; (2) research on diversification efforts at peer institutions; (3) investigating potential resources to aid in research and data gathering, including exploring avenues to conduct facilitated conversations and training around race, diversity, and inclusion at FSI (potentially both internal Stanford resources and external vendors); (4) reading and synthesizing relevant literature and seminal works in this field. The incumbent will conduct research, synthesize data and findings, and, under the direction of the faculty supervisor, participate in analyzing research data to help formulate recommendations and potential action plans for FSI (e.g., faculty/fellow hiring, programming, curriculum, community outreach, etc.). This position will report to the faculty lead of the task force.

The ideal candidate will possess experience working in diversity and inclusion programs within large organizations/institutions, and have a passion for efforts in this field.

This is a 100% FTE fixed-term, benefits-eligible position. The term concludes one year from the start date, and may be extended based on program need and funding availability.

For consideration, please provide resume and cover letter that describes your experience and interest in the position.

Background check required for all final candidates.

In this role, you will:

  • Plan and perform research tasks requiring initiative and judgment by applying basic knowledge and understanding of scientific theory when precedents do not provide specific guidance. General instruction provided by the supervisor as needed. May interpret study results in collaboration with supervisor or PI.
  • Participate in the development and administration of survey instruments and rating scales requiring judgment in applying non-routine procedures. Analyze and summarize results for review with supervisor. Audit the accuracy and validity of data
  • Review and audit case report forms for completion and accuracy with source documents, and ensure compliance with research protocols.
  • Identify, select, extract and summarize data and structured information. Present summary of findings to supervisor.
  • Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries and manuscripts, requiring preliminary judgments after the supervisor outlines conceptual approach.
  • Build and organize data as requested by principal investigator or supervisor; use common statistical programs requiring the application of job control language in generating and organizing data.
  • Adapt new, nonstandard methods outlined by supervisor in designing and evaluating phases of research projects, (i.e., educational materials, questionnaires, strategies for recruitment, data quality control procedures and processes). May follow up with Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure renewals are approved and completed, seeking guidance where necessary.
  • Assist with development, communication and design of research findings to internal and external audiences, which may include web updates, social media, and/or white papers, for use in recruitment, educational, or awareness of programs, with guidance from supervisor.
  • May orient and train new staff or students.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.
  • General understanding of scientific theory and methods, typically gained through completion of an undergraduate degree in a related field.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with human study participants.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Experience working in diversity and inclusion programs within large organizations/institutions.
  • Education or experience in Black Studies and related fields a plus.

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  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
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Note: The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4189
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: E
Requisition ID: 86911