Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

California, United States
Thursday, 17 September 2020
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Code: 4112

Job Grade: J

Exemption: Exempt

About Us

The Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (SE3) develops the knowledge and talent to understand the workings of the planet and to help solve resource and environmental challenges. 

This Position

Are you a DEI professional who is passionate about advancing equity and opportunity in institutions of higher education? Are you someone who has experience working to make communities and spaces more inclusive and equitable for individuals who are underrepresented in academia? Do you have the ability to engage in critical dialogue and conversations that address racism, sexism, and other forms of discriminatory structures in academia and move toward a more inclusive culture? If so, this position may be a great match for you. Since February 2020, our DEI office has relaunched with expanded scope by embedding DEI initiatives throughout the entire fabric of our School, from mentoring and teaching to planning fieldwork and making curriculum choices, to working with students, staff, and faculty.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Assistant Director who has experience working closely with students, supporting and managing programs and events, evaluating and reporting on program impact, writing and updating content for websites and other communication channels, and facilitating conversations about best practices related to equity and inclusion in higher education and/or STEM. The Assistant Director will take the lead in overseeing and managing the SURGE Scholars program, while also helping to implement and facilitate our recruitment and retention community activities. Reporting to the Stanford Earth DEI Director, the Assistant Director will provide support and assist in developing, implementing, and administrating School’s DEI vision and goals to make Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford a more diverse and inclusive community for students, staff and faculty.

Your Responsibilities will Include*:

  • Oversee and implement SURGE Scholars program and manage day-to-day activities of program, including budget, publicity, recruitment, applications, faculty match, alumni network, and program evaluation and reporting.
  • Collaborate and act as liaison with DEI partners in Stanford Earth departments/programs to implement graduate student and postdoctoral initiatives related to recruitment and inclusion efforts (e.g., Grad Day, PRISM, university recruitment visits, and Stanford Earth Celebrates community events) and report on program impact.
  • In partnership with Director and Associate Deans, grow and manage day-to-day activities of the Respectful Community program and other Stanford Earth Values series community events including curriculum/workshop development, event and participant management, budget, and program evaluation.
  • Support and facilitate critical dialogues about DEI praxis, understanding the intersectionality of identities and social experience, anti-bias training, and other best practices with School community members.
  • Provide DEI support to other Educational Affairs programs as appropriate (such as field and outreach programs, faculty mentoring programs, graduate and postdoctoral professional development, etc.)
  • Update and create DEI content for website, brochures, recruitment and retention materials to distribute through various Stanford Earth DEI communications channels, including email list and social media.
  • Assist Director in the training of graduate students, postdocs, and staff as recruiters at key national conferences, target campuses, etc.
  • Assist Director to devise strategies for recruitment in partnership with the Assistant Dean for Student Services and student services partners in departments and programs.
  • Assist the Director, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs, and Sr. Associate Deans in long-range planning with program insights, literature reviews, data analysis, reporting, etc. Contribute to and inform program planning and ongoing development.
  • Assist Director with grant management administration and with monitoring DEI office budget and expense accounting.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans.

  • Advanced degree is a plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities*:

  • Ability to develop program partnerships
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization. 
  • Ability to oversee and direct student workers.
  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.

In addition, our preferred abilities include:

  • Cultural sensitivity and knowledge of issues affecting a wide range of persons, including issues of disparities in educational background, family education history, class, race, gender, age, disability, sexuality, and immigration status.

Why Stanford is for you:

Contemplate the challenges our planet faces today and the sustainability solutions we will develop in the coming years. Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • 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.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, you must submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application.

Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

*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: 4112
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 87192

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