Associate Director, Diversity and First Gen Office

California, United States
19 Oct 2018
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19 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

Would you like to use your diversity and inclusion expertise to support equity on our campus by providing facilitation, training and advising to Stanford students, faculty and staff? Then the position of Associate Director in the Diversity and First Generation Office, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs, may be the right opportunity for you!

The DGen Office is proud to be part of Student Affairs, which advances student development and learning; fosters community engagement; promotes diversity, inclusion and respect; and empowers students to thrive.


In partnership with the Director of the Diversity and First Gen Office (DGen), the Associate Director works with a range of university collaborators to develop and implement new training modules that enhance the capacity of the campus to engage in thoughtful interactions around issues of inclusion, intersectionality and identity. Specifically, the Associate Director designs, delivers and evaluates programs on topics including diversity, inclusion, equity and authentic engagement across difference and trains students and staff to facilitate activities on these topics. The Associate Director also administers, implements, and interprets university and department policies and procedures on issues regarding diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity, while identifying, clarifying, and resolving highly visible or complex issues with substantial significance and impact that may span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge requiring independent judgment.


  • Manage an area or program in student services, analyze effectiveness, and make final decisions on program eligibility.
    • Prepare for class, lead discussion sections, record trainings, hold office hours, and assist participants in using curriculum, tools and materials
    • Collaborate with others to help resolve program issues and concerns, interpret policies, and mediate complex and sensitive issues.
  • Engage in critical analysis of student and program concerns to resolve issues which may span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge.
    • Evaluate and report on program outcomes; monitor and evaluate participant progress, gather participant and client feedback, and discuss efficacy with client and internal team
  • Develop and implement programming, make strategic recommendations for future programs.
    • Design and facilitate a range of diversity workshops, trainings and activities for students, staff and faculty in student residences, professional development trainings, academic settings and more
  • Evaluate and determine recommendations on technology resources, negotiate with resources options and vendors.
  • Analyze and develop report requirements, portals, and student facing communications.
    • Assist with development and revision of curriculum, tools and materials
  • Manage outreach programs, relationships with external community and university liaisons.
    • Lead outreach and/or interest sessions and serve defined roles in the broader DGen program communities; serve on committees within DGen and its partners.Administer an area or program in student services, evaluate and recommend decisions on program eligibility. Review decisions recommended by other staff.
  • Provide direct advice to students on a range of issues including, but not limited to, academic progress, academic program policies, career plans, accessibility, community standards, etc., in order to assist them in making appropriate choices and decisions. 
  • Apprise students of research, fellowship and scholarship opportunities, make recommendations and may award grants.
  • Interpret and implement university policy related to academic policies; oversee the implementation of policies and practices for a student population or school.
  • Oversee key processes, including contribution and direction on policy and program content.
  • Provide consulting advice to internal and external organizations; act as subject matter expert in a specialized field.
  • Direct the work of other staff; contribute to development of staff training programs.
    • Train students, staff, volunteers and temporary workers

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

- Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and management.
  • Advanced analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Advanced customer service skills.
  • Relevant computer systems/technology experience.
  • Understanding of financial transactions.
  • Ability to ensure and apply compliance with legal, financial, and university policies and external regulations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and higher education experience preferred.
  • Advanced experience implementing training curricula related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Significant experience training trainers in the art of facilitating identity conversations.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully working with a broad spectrum of people – staff, faculty, students, cross-campus colleagues, etc.
  • Knowledge of core diversity concepts including power and privilege, emotional intelligence and implicit bias.
  • Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to diverse internal and external audiences, client groups and all levels of management.
  • Strong leadership and strategic management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
  • User knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, data collection, outreach design and online teaching experiences a plus.

Certifications and Licenses:



  • Frequently sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally stand, walk, twist, use fine manipulation, grasp, use a telephone, write by hand, sort and file paperwork, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

* - 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 the job. 


  • 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,

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume with their application.

The Diversity and First Generation Office (DGen) provides campus leadership for students, faculty and staff to consciously and actively affirm intersectional identities and foster intergroup relationships. Through research, forums, classes and workshops, we build student capacity and confidence to experience a sense of belonging and develop authentic connections with people from different backgrounds. Within this mission is a special focus on enriching the experience of first-generation and low-income college students by supporting their academic and social transitions, empowerment and community building.

Experience a culture of excellence.

Stanford University, located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Finalist candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background check.