Director, Diverse Alumni Communities

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Director, Diverse Alumni Communities

Stanford University

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Internal candidate preferred. For the first 10 days of posting, we will only be reviewing internal candidates for this position.

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Residing in Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation, Stanford GSB has built a global reputation based on its immersive and innovative management programs. We provide students a transformative leadership experience, push the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research, and offer a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs that deliver global impact like no other. We strive to change lives, change organizations, and change the world.

The GSB's Alumni Relations Office has a mission to engage and serve Stanford GSB alumni throughout their lives and to advance the GSB in its mission to develop innovative, principled, and insightful leaders who change the world.

Job Purpose
As the inaugural Director of Diverse Alumni Communities, you will be a key member of the Alumni Relations Office as you lead a group that increases and deepens engagement of the diverse Stanford GSB alumni community.

  • Ensure that different perspectives, cultures, and experiences are welcome and included in Stanford GSB's alumni programs and activities — including boards, committees, and councils.
  • Inform alumni and donors, connect them with each other and with the GSB, and inspire their support for the school.
  • Analyze and evaluate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs and projects to ensure alignment with the GSB's aims.

In this role, you will bring depth of knowledge in equity and inclusivity practices, volunteer engagement, program evaluation, and team management.
  • Exhibit comfort with metrics, solid judgment, and an innovative spirit.
  • Be a strategic thinker, a creative problem-solver, an enthusiastic team player, and a deft facilitator.
  • Demonstrate collaboration and influence skills, along with strong written communication and presentation skills.
  • Employ diplomacy with a high regard for building and maintaining important relationships.
  • Develop, excite, and retain a team of committed colleagues.

Your primary responsibilities include:
Develop, Sustain, and Liaise With Diverse Alumni Communities, Allies, and Networks
  • Develop strategies, shape programs, and manage initiatives to support equity, inclusion, and belonging — with a particular near-term focus on anti-Black racism — for the GSB's alumni of color, female alumnae, LGBTQ+ alumni, and first-generation alumni.
  • Build relationships and foster connection among diverse alumni and allies.
  • Provide support and direction for alumni-led programs, mentoring, workshops, gatherings, and conferences on campus, off campus, and virtually.
  • Manage budgets, as appropriate.

Oversee Diversity Leadership in Alumni Relations and Development
  • Apply expertise to improve inclusiveness of communication, marketing, programming, and other activity.
  • In conjunction with Alumni Relations and Development leadership, craft and lead approaches to increase diversity of Stanford GSB and university alumni leadership roles.
  • Work closely with GSB Development colleagues to inspire support from members of diverse communities and allies.
  • Create best practices to ensure all alumni feel a sense of belonging and inclusion in GSB programs and events.
  • Benchmark other schools and universities to ensure GSB is leading in the sector.

Excite, Develop, and Retain Staff
  • Manage two staff - Associate Director of Diverse Alumni Communities and Associate Director of Women's Programs - supporting the execution of alumni programs and communications for diverse communities and allies.

Collaborate with GSB and Campus Partners
  • Partner with departments across Stanford GSB and the University involved in diversity and inclusion efforts to share best practices and take action on challenges and opportunities related to DEI.
  • Serve on the GSB's DEI Council, the group tasked with holding the GSB accountable for reaching our ambitious DEI goals.
  • Foster opportunities for diverse GSB alumni to engage with the university. This includes, but is not limited to, admission, career services, program offices, the Centers and as well as Stanford Alumni Association and other campus groups.
  • Be flexible to completing any other additional assigned duties.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and seven years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Track record as relationship-builder and collaborator; 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.

In addition, our preferred requirements include:
  • Familiarity with Stanford University, Stanford GSB, and/or alumni relations

*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.

Why Stanford is for You

Stanford's dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:
  • Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Location: Graduate School of Business, Stanford, California, United States
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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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Posted: 9/10/2020
Application Due: 9/21/2020
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