Assistant Director for Biosciences Diversity Programs

Jun 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Assistant Director for Biosciences Diversity Programs

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Do you enjoy working with highly qualified and culturally diverse students in multiple facets of their academic careers? Do you have a passion for providing mentorship and guidance to graduate students? If so, the Assistant Director for Biosciences Diversity Programs may be a great fit for you! Reporting to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, the Assistant Director of Biosciences Diversity Programs (Student Services Officer 2) will provide support for academic programs and management of diversity initiatives within the Office of Graduate Education. The position will serve as the primary lead for the Biosciences ADVANCE Summer and Academic Year Institutes—comprehensive programs aimed at promoting the professional, academic, and personal development of underrepresented, disadvantage, and other vulnerable student populations in the biosciences. This position will be an integral part of a small team committed to developing and enhancing graduate programs while serving as the primary advisor to the Biomedical Association for the Interests of Minority Students and other student organizations. In collaboration with the faculty and staff members across Graduate Education, the Assistant Director will also coordinate new initiatives across graduate programs. Duties include:

  • Manage all aspects of ADVANCE Summer Institute
  • Administer a key program in student services, evaluate and recommend decisions on program eligibility. Review decisions recommended by other staff.
  • Collaborate with others to help resolve program issues and concerns, interpret policies, and mediate complex and sensitive issues.
  • Resolve multi-dimensional matters in response to students in crisis, at risk, or who have other program issues, counsel students and parents on sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Provide guidance and counsel, oversee and develop a wide range of programs and services, analyze effectiveness and make recommendations for future programs.
  • Reconcile complex issues; analyze diverse transactions from multiple sources.
  • Summarize data from multiple sources, prepare management reports and presentations.
  • Identify and evaluate data needs, manage the implementation and development of technology.
  • Develop and Implement plans for outreach efforts, develop and maintain external community and university liaison represent department and university at meetings and events.
  • Provide 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.
  • May oversee, analyze and assist in financial processes and development of budgets.
  • Serve as a key member of university wide teams and projects.
* - Other duties may also be assigned


  • Advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Previous experience in program coordination, student services or related field
  • Science background/writing experience

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


  • Strong 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.

  • 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 his or her job.

About Stanford University

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose 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 to promote health, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers

Job: Student Services

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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