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Race and Technology Fellow

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Race and Technology Fellow
School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4111
Employee Status: Fixed-Term
Grade: H
Requisition ID: 91027

Race and Technology Research Fellow

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the center of a world-class liberal arts education at Stanford University. H&S encompasses 23 departments—from Art and Art History, English, and History to Economics, Mathematics, and Biology—as well as 25 interdisciplinary programs. As the university's largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. Graduate students work alongside world-renowned faculty to pursue and shape foundational research that leads to breakthroughs and discoveries that shed new light on the past, influence the present, and shape the future. Together, faculty and students in H&S engage in inspirational teaching, learning, and research every day.

The Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (CCSRE) is Stanford University's hub for innovative scholarship on race and ethnicity. Our mission is to advance racial equity through interdisciplinary education, research and community engagement. CCSRE addresses race in all its forms and serves as a resource for scholars, students, and leaders in every part of Stanford and beyond. We play a role as a national leader among our peer institutions, and our many programs advance racial justice in the world through applied research and public scholarship.

About the Technology and Racial Equity Initiative

CCSRE's Technology and Racial Equity Action Initiative links research, teaching, and practice to advance racial justice in the analysis, production, and deployment of new technologies. This includes both understanding the ways that new technologies encode and exacerbate racial inequity, as well as the ways that new technologies might be used to advance racial equity. The Initiative consists of four integrated elements: a research program including (1) a research team at CCSRE and a network of Stanford scholars and visitors who will develop new research and cultivate a network of scholars at Stanford and beyond, (2) practitioner fellowships to integrate research and application of new technologies, (3) student programming and coursework to introduce a diverse body of students to the implications of new technologies on racial equity, and (4) programming and communications work to share new research and practitioner work publicly. Our goal is to revise our very understanding of how technology can combat racial problems, as well as generate new technologies and accountability mechanisms to advance racial equity.

Reporting to the Faculty Director of Research, and in collaboration with the CCSRE Executive Director, the Research Fellow will undertake a variety of research projects connected to the Initiative's strategic priorities. The Fellow will:
  • Coordinate the Center's Technology and Racial Equity Graduate Fellowship program in partnership with Center staff and a Faculty Advisory Board. The graduate fellowship includes an interdisciplinary group of 10 graduate students from across Stanford. These fellows workshop research and develop collaborative projects in bi-weekly meetings.
  • Produce reports, briefs, and white papers for non-specialist audiences, policymakers, and community leaders, drawing from existing research on key issues at the intersection of race and technology.
  • Conduct research that supports and expands the impact of projects led by the Initiative's Race and Technology Practitioner Fellows, building synergies with the research team and network. This may include working with Practitioner Fellows to design and execute collaborative research, as well as conducting parallel research on related issues.
  • Conduct independent research on topics related to racial equity and technology that align with the Initiative's strategic priorities.
  • Prepare grant proposals to support new research in the Initiative.
  • Present research and represent the Center at relevant conferences, and participate in relevant programming at the Center and on campus.

The ideal candidate for the position is:
  • A self-starter, comfortable with autonomy, and able to drive initiatives to completion.
  • A strong leader who able to effectively engage others in collaborative work.
  • Able to build and manage teams productively.
  • Experienced in interdisciplinary research.
  • Committed to using research as a tool to advance racial justice.
  • Creative, self-motivated, able to identify research opportunities.
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple research projects simultaneously.

This is a 100% FTE, 11 month fixed term position.

If you believe that this opportunity is a match for your knowledge, skills and abilities, we encourage you to apply. Thank you for considering employment opportunities with the School of Humanities and Sciences.

In this role, you will:
  • Oversee and administer research activities by evaluating academic programs, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and coordinating and implementing changes.
  • Write and edit content for proposals, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities under the general direction of PI. Assist with the development of research grants, (i.e., may suggest new funding opportunities, write portions of grants, and/or summarize data for grant support).
  • Represent the program or function as the key contact and subject matter expert within the department, unit or school and develop communications for internal and external constituencies. Organize and/or participate in outreach activities such as events, partnerships, fundraising, training, and conferences. Lead workshops and facilitate meetings.
  • Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends to determine program effectiveness; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program.
  • Monitor expenses, budgets, and finances of the program. Make recommendations on funding based on program spend.
  • May oversee and train student workers.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and two years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. Program administration and or research experience may be required.
  • Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and provide basic direction to staff.

In addition, preferred requirements include:
  • Advanced degree (e.g.; Ph.D.; MS; MA; JD; MPP) in relevant field.
  • Deep knowledge of new technologies and their impacts on racial equity.
  • Experience in social science research methods, legal research, or policy analysis.
  • Program administration experience.
  • Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to clearly and convincingly write and communicate for non-specialist audiences.
  • Ability to oversee and provide basic direction to staff.
  • Ability to distill large amounts of research.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classifications 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 their 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.

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

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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