Program Director Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education

New York City, New York
Oct 08, 2019
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The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation seeks a Program Director to lead its program in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in STEM Higher Education (“the DEI-STEM program”), to start July 1, 2020. Founded in 1934 and headquartered in New York, the Sloan Foundation makes annual grants of approximately $85M, primarily in support of research and education related to science and economics. The full inclusion in higher education of all members of our society was a keenly felt concern of Alfred P. Sloan himself, and it has been a core element of the Foundation’s work since its inception.

The purpose of the DEI-STEM program, with annual grantmaking of approximately $7M, is to increase the diversity of higher education institutions and the work force in STEM fields and economics. A significant part of our grantmaking is designed to improve access, inclusion, and equity at the graduate level for students from historically underrepresented groups. Most of such funding flows through two large sub-programs, the Minority PhD Program’s University Centers for Exemplary Mentoring and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership. Both aim to develop the diversity of the professoriate and serve students who identify as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, or American Indian/Native Alaskan. The Foundation also makes grants supporting select initiatives that promote broadly the interests of higher education and professional advancement of women and underrepresented minorities within STEM fields and economics.

The central role of the Program Director is to provide strategic and tactical leadership for all aspects of the DEI-STEM program. The Program Director will assess the impact and cost-effectiveness of current grantmaking strategies, propose and initiate changes where appropriate, and propose and develop new initiatives. In doing so, they will appoint, charge, and consult with appropriate advisory bodies, as well as with fellow Program Directors and the president of the Foundation. They will oversee all grantmaking in the program and manage all ongoing grants and relationships with grantees. They will lead the periodic formal evaluation of grantmaking programs within the DEI-STEM program, and of the program as a whole. They will be expected to collaborate in grantmaking with funding entities such as government agencies and other foundations, as well as with other Program Directors at the Foundation. They will be chiefly responsible for representing the program to the Board of Trustees. They will also represent the program externally, for example to other foundations, professional associations, disciplinary societies, and the media.

Grantmaking at the Foundation is a shared and collaborative endeavor, and the Program Director will be expected to participate fully in the collective work of the Foundation. In particular, they will be a member of the program committee composed of the Program Directors and the President, reading and evaluating proposals across the programs of the Foundation. In addition, they will be expected to provide consultative input, where needed, into DEI aspects of grantmaking in other Foundation programs. Every proposal solicited by the Foundation is required to include a substantive Attention to Diversity statement, articulating how the work that is proposed will include specific elements that address historical underrepresentation in STEM and economics and that actively promote the goals of greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the scientific enterprise.

The successful candidate will provide intellectual and administrative leadership for the DEI-STEM program. They will be expected to have a demonstrated passion for issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, along with a multi-faceted record of achievement equivalent to that of a tenured professor. Effective administrative experience in higher education at the university or systems level is strongly preferred, especially professional experience in leading programs to support DEI in STEM and STEM education. Past experience as a participant in such programs would be valuable, as would expertise in formal program evaluation. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or an equivalent terminal degree, preferably in one of the sciences, engineering, mathematics, economics, or a related social science discipline.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and members of other underrepresented groups to apply for this position. The Foundation actively seeks and encourages applications from candidates who would broaden the diversity of backgrounds and lived experiences of the Foundation’s staff.

To Apply:
All applications should be sent to [email protected] Please attach to the email a single pdf that includes both a Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae, and use your “last name, first name” when naming this pdf document. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 15, 2019.