Associate Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

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Associate Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Stanford University

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Stanford University, recognized as one of the most innovative and prestigious academic and research institutions in the world, seeks an experienced, strategic, and accomplished diversity, equity, and inclusion leader to increase the university's focus on enhancing workplace culture and the employee experience to allow every individual to thrive. As an institution of higher education, Stanford's mission includes advancing human welfare in a rapidly changing world. To accomplish this, the university embraces inclusivity and diversity in every program and every area of operation, and this new leadership position will plan, direct, coordinate, and oversee university-wide HR strategy and initiatives in alignment with this vision.

The Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (AVP for DEI&B) will build upon the defined and executive-supported DEI&B vision, strategy and roadmap for staff to cultivate a respectful and inclusive culture where employees can thrive. The AVP for DEI&B will partner with leaders across the university to align efforts, lead initiatives, and embed ideas in policies and programs at Stanford. This position reports directly to the Vice President, University Human Resources (UHR), with a dotted line reporting relationship to the President and Provost.

The AVP for DEI&B will:

  • Lead development and implementation of the university's staff diversity and inclusion vision, strategy and programs, serving as a thought leader, advisor, and designer of leading practices for DEI&B.
  • Continuously enrich staff diversity practices and embed in all related processes.
  • Build a staff DEI&B function that includes highly qualified, collaborative and innovative DEI&B experts, and disciplined practices and approaches for program design and implementation.
  • Collaborate with schools and units to align to a shared DEI&B strategy while supporting unique localized needs. Ensure the adoption of consistent practices, coordinate implementation activities, and optimize resources while also amplifying existing efforts and accelerating progress toward intended strategic outcomes.
  • Be a content expert on DEI&B. Partner with all groups in HR to identify new efforts and/or improvements to realize staff DEI&B vision and goals; ensure practices are embedded in all elements of our employee lifecycle -- talent attraction, onboarding, development, employee and labor relations, engagement, well-being, communication, and compensation and benefits.
  • Team with the Associate Vice President for Employee and Labor Relations to establish new centralized model for reporting and handling staff concerns and complaints of discrimination; contribute to design and delivery of education and training pertaining to handling discrimination concerns for HR, DEI partners, and managers.
  • Lead and also align DEI&B work with programs pertaining to post-pandemic recovery, including rebuilding community, establishing a flexible, future-oriented work environment, and other cultural initiatives.
  • Partner with HR Communications and University Communications to develop and lead a communication strategy and plan highlighting Stanford's DEI&B vision, goals, efforts, testimonials, etc., for both internal and external staff audiences and potential candidates in the recruitment process.
  • Contribute as a member of the university's IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access in a Learning Environment) initiatives, a set of campus-wide initiatives led by the Provost to ensure diversity is represented in all sectors of our education and research enterprise and that all members of Stanford's community feel a sense of belonging, and have access to the opportunities and benefits of Stanford.
  • Partner with Vice Provost for Institutional Equity, Access, and Community in work pertaining to IDEAL efforts, racial justice initiatives, and compliance with policies and laws that ensure equal opportunity and equal access for individuals with disabilities.
  • Develop meaningful metrics, tools and analytics that enable leadership to evaluate staff diversity and inclusion performance and effectiveness.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships university-wide with members of our various constituencies, including faculty, affinity groups, and diversity and inclusion partners to align staff diversity, inclusion and belonging initiatives and efforts, share leading practices, and ensure progress against established strategies.

The ideal candidate is highly collaborative, influential, and works effectively with leaders and staff at all levels across all groups. The AVP for DEI&B has proven success in building, leading, and maintaining a DEI&B strategy and programs.

As the ideal candidate, you are:
  • An inspirational, visionary, and trustworthy leader who is capable of transforming a vision and ideas into an inclusive culture
  • Someone with exemplary interpersonal and collaborative skills, with an ability to persuade, build enthusiasm and achieve commitment among stakeholders
  • An expert with deep functional knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • Able to address racial tensions in terms of both institutional challenges and current societal issues
  • A strong executor who can determine priorities based on what is most important to the university's success, manage multiple initiatives simultaneously, and get things done
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, with demonstrated results in leveraging insights into important decisions
  • Self-motivated, action-oriented, able to work independently and make sound decisions under conditions of uncertainty
  • Resilient, agile and willing to fail forward and learn from mistakes as well as able to self-reflect and acknowledge one's own biases
  • Confident, humble, composed, even tempered and focused on building and maintaining trusting relationships

  • At least 10+ years of prior in-depth relevant professional experience with at least 5 years of experience as a diversity, equity and inclusion practitioner in a complex organization. Experience with a large, national organization doing leading work in diversity and inclusion strongly desired.
  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree a plus.

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: Human Resources Services, Redwood City, California, United States
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To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

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: 4/27/2021
Application Due: 4/27/2033
Work Type: Full Time