Director of Diverse Communities, Alumni Relations, Stanford Law School

California, United States
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 21 December 2020
Contract Type
Full Time


Stanford Law School seeks a Director of Diverse Communities to build and strengthen the school's alumni communities, particularly focusing on alumni of color, LGBTQ+, and First Gen/Low Income alumni. Reporting to the Associate Dean for External Relations, the director works in partnership with other Stanford Law School departments to ensure that different perspectives, cultures, and experiences are welcome and included in Stanford Law School’s External Relations’ programs and activities.

He/she/they will work in close collaboration with the Alumni Relations team to manage a group of affinity alumni volunteer groups and programs. He/she/they will also oversee efforts to ensure that different perspectives, experiences, and cultures are represented on Stanford Law School alumni boards, committees, and councils. He/she/they will co-manage the Alumni Relations Coordinator and the Alumni Engagement Officer with the Director of Alumni Relations.
The ideal candidate will be committed to the importance of diversity and have experience managing volunteers. Familiarity with Stanford Law School, alumni relations and the legal profession, is highly desired. This role will require polished communication skills, both written and verbal, and strong presentation skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability employing diplomacy with a high regard for building and maintaining important internal and external relationships.


Manage Affinity Chapters: 

Launch and manage operations for SLS’s affinity chapters including the Asian Pacific Islander, Black, Latino/a/x, and Native alumni communities and their programming efforts. Assist with the creation of new groups as appropriate. Recruit, train, and oversee volunteers, provide strategy and guidance to alumni leaders, and serve as a resource for their efforts to strengthen their communities and connections with current students. Provide support and direction for alumni-led programs, mentoring, workshops, gatherings, and conferences on campus, off campus, and virtually. Manage budgets and cost negotiations as appropriate.

Oversee Diversity Leadership in External Relations 

In conjunction with External Relations leadership, develop and lead the strategy to expand the pipeline of diverse volunteer leaders in law school and university alumni leadership roles to ensure that these communities are represented.
Work closely with the SLS External Relations gift officers in their efforts to engage underrepresented communities. Create best practices to ensure all alumni feel welcome and included in law school programs and events. Benchmark efforts at other schools.

Staff Management

He/she/they will co-manage the Alumni Relations Coordinator and the Alumni Engagement Officer along with the Director of Alumni Relations. These individuals support the Director of Diverse Communities and the Director of Alumni Relations in the execution of alumni programs and communications.

Build and Maintain Relationships with Law School and Campus Partners:

Partner with departments across the law school to identify opportunities for underrepresented law school alumni to engage with the university. This includes, but is not limited to, student affairs, admissions, career services, the Levin Center, the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, and as well as SAA, GSB and other campus groups. Participate in regular meetings with campus partners to share best-practices and discuss opportunities and challenges around issues of diversity.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and seven years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent management skills, including coaching and developing staff.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Strong track record as relationship builder and collaborator.
  • Strong ability to understand customer needs, show good judgment and diplomacy, and a high tolerance for ambiguity.
  • Strong interpersonal, team and leadership skills; tact and flexibility in working with diverse population groups.
  • Excellent strategic, organizational, and project management skills and the ability to simultaneously plan and execute multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with decision makers across many levels of an organization.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills. 

Certifications and Licenses:

Valid California Non-commercial Class Driver's License.


  • Constantly perform desk-based tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class license.

* - 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.


  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
  • May work outdoors.
  • Some local or domestic travel.


  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 3486
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: L
  • Department URL:
  • Requisition ID: 87006