Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Sep 18, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Engineering, K, 100%, Exempt, Continuing

School of Engineering, Office of Student Affairs

The School of Engineering at Stanford University is excited to offer a new leadership position for its expanding diversity initiatives, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. We seek an experienced and energetic leader, one who will thrive on the opportunity to partner with existing engineering diversity program staff to meet the challenges articulated in the SoE Future White Paper on Diversity ( Programs which have been developed by our continuing staff ( have had a tremendous impact at the undergraduate level and have started to improve outcomes at the graduate level. With increased resources, however, there can be improvement at all levels, with the greatest opportunities for new initiatives at the graduate and postdoctoral level.

This new leadership position will help us build momentum as SoE gains traction with private and industrial donors to “double down” and advance commitment beyond our current effort by an order of magnitude. The ideal candidate will be a diversity and inclusion strategist who assesses and monitors the SoE community climate and leads bold new diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, including programs and trainings for the SoE community that promote a culture of respect. These initiatives will shepherd forward a critical culture change currently underway within Stanford's School of Engineering to meet the twin goals of having Stanford engineers at all levels experience the success that comes from working with diverse teams and having Stanford engineering students experience an environment inclusive of all aspects of their personal identities (race/ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexuality, disability status, first-generation status, socioeconomic level, and broader diversity). Our goal is for Stanford engineering to become the go-to destination for students of all backgrounds with interest in success through excellence and diversity.

The position will have at least one direct report and will share support resources with other programs in the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Engineering.

The position reports to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs in the School of Engineering.


Job Purpose

Work under broad direction of faculty and management to identify opportunities, develop strategy, and lead, implement, administer, and assess new programs to support diversity, broadly defined, at the School of Engineering. Serve as expert advisor to faculty and staff in the best practices for recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse and inclusive student body, particularly at the graduate student level, and play a large role in diversity program strategy development, long-range planning, and partnership development. Disseminate best practices on diversity and inclusion widely.

Core Duties*

Lead and oversee development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of new and continuing diversity programs in the School of Engineering (examples of new programs could include Ph.D. and postdoctoral recruitment initiatives, communities of scholars within and across degree levels, fellowship and other funding incentives, summer programs for incoming Ph.D. students, bias trainings, etc.). Develop and oversee implementation of early and ongoing quantitative and qualitative assessment of diversity programs. Use assessment both to make decisions about programs, transitioning them to endowed funds when proven successful and closing them when proven ineffective, as well as to identify best practices in diversity and inclusion that can be broadly circulated in publications and presentations. Oversee the development of, adherence to, and implementation of program policies and procedures.

Lead strategic planning to develop a transformational SoE Diversity Strategy with a coherent program structure covering outreach, graduate school fellowships and assistantships, recruiting, culture, retention, community building, graduate school and career planning, and engagement after graduation. Infuse strategic planning with expert knowledge of the field, while being responsive to the needs of departments and students and working in tandem with the SoE Diversity Task Force and faculty Diversity Advisory Council, as well as other Stanford resources such as the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Diversity and First Generation Office, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, and other Stanford colleagues listed here:

Represent the engineering diversity initiatives and perspectives to the broader university, external community, and other stakeholders; for example, organize and lead a national conference on Diversity in Engineering, featuring experts from local industry, nationwide leaders, and our own faculty and staff. Advance the national conversation on best practices in diversity and inclusion. Provide expert consultation related to program development and funding opportunities.

Develop an outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships and fundraising/funding. Identify external funding opportunities and write proposals and research grants. Develop and oversee strategic financial planning and sustainability for the growing diversity program, as needed; monitor performance and ensure appropriate controls.

May teach or co-teach courses; oversee the administration of courses. Create and/or advise in the development of curriculum; advise students, coach and mentor program staff. For example, may offer a second session of Stanford Summer Engineering Academy (SSEA) in the summer that leverages the success of this established program and doubles our capacity among incoming undergraduate students. Create and offer bias trainings and courses.

Manage one direct report. Coach and mentor other shared staff.

* Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience Advanced degree (e.g., masters or doctorate in education, engineering, or another field) and five or more years of relevant experience in area of diversity programming in higher education or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience. Experience managing a budget and developing financial plans. Experience developing program partnerships and funding sources.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Advanced oral, written, and analytical skills in negotiating, listening, persuading, and presenting ideas and arguments related to diversity to faculty, students, staff, administrators, and public and private funding agencies.

Advanced knowledge of issues affecting diverse students, including issues of disparities in educational background, family's education history, class, race, gender, age, disability, sexuality, and immigration status. Advanced cultural sensitivity and humility across a spectrum of diversity broadly defined.

Advanced technical skills with internal and external databases including processing and analyses of quantitative information, such as student financial aid policies, different kinds of internal and external financial aid, and the issues related to using combinations of aid sources.

Ability to lead high profile initiatives from conception to implementation.

Ability to produce reports and publications about diversity program innovations and impact.

Ability to oversee and direct staff.

Physical Requirements* Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.

Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.

Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.

Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.

On-campus mobility.

* - 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.

Working Conditions

Occasionally work extended hours, evenings or weekends.

Occasional local travel as well as overnight travel to conferences, academic institutions, or other partner organizations.

Work Standards

Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford faculty, staff, students, and clients and with individuals at all levels in 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,

Understand and communicate program goals and procedures within the context of prevailing legal standards and consistent with university policies and federal policies, for example, FERPA and Title IX.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by October 16 with a cover letter and resume.

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 healthy and fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Thank you for your interest!

Job: Administration

Location: School of Engineering
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.