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Assistant Director for Diversity Recruitment and Partnerships

Stanford University
Doerr School of Sustainability, Stanford, California, United States

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Four-Year Institution

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Assistant Director for Diversity Recruitment and Partnerships🔍Doerr School of Sustainability, Stanford, California, United States📁Administration📅Apr 21, 2023 Post Date📅98803 Requisition #

This position is based on Stanford’s main campus with consideration given to the option for a hybrid work schedule (partially onsite and offsite), subject to operational need. Interested candidates must include a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position.

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment VISA.

About Us

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability (SDSS) strives to create a future when humans and nature thrive in concert and in perpetuity. The school is made up of a three-part structure to drive global impact: Our academic departments and programs educate students and create new knowledge across areas of research that are crucial for advancing the long-term prosperity of the planet; Institutes bridge scholarship at Stanford and beyond, bringing multiple viewpoints to bear on urgent challenges; The Sustainability Accelerator drives new policy and technology solutions through a worldwide network of partners who work with our teams to develop solutions at a global scale. The school is dedicated to creating and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, and to creating solutions that benefit all people, particularly those most affected by environmental damage and climate change.

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Are you a DEI professional who is passionate about advancing equity and opportunity in institutions of higher education? Are you someone who has experience engaging with diverse students and recruiting for undergraduate and graduate programs in STEM? Are you excited to share educational opportunities with diverse networks and minority-serving institutions across the country? If so, this position may be a great match for you. The Assistant Director for Diversity Recruitment and Partnerships will work with the Director to develop and implement the school’s DEI recruitment goals, which include advancing a diverse pipeline into the fields of Earth and environmental sciences, energy, oceans, civil and environmental engineering and environmental sustainability through targeted recruitment and outreach.

We are looking for an enthusiastic DEI professional who has experience recruiting and engaging with underrepresented students and researchers in STEM and who will lead and develop the Doerr’s school recruitment initiatives and programs, including our flagship undergraduate NSF REU research program, SURGE, and the recruitment ambassadors program. The Assistant Director will lead our recruitment initiatives by working closely with the Doerr School DEI office staff, as well as engage and educate our student, staff, and faculty partners across the school’s departments and programs to participate in recruitment efforts. The Assistant Director will serve as the main recruitment representative for the Doerr school at national conferences, university, and community college visits, and at diversity STEM organizations events. This person will cultivate and develop partnerships with minority-serving institutions, as well as the marketing recruitment strategy to publicize and share educational opportunities available for Stanford students and prospective graduate students, postdocs, and researchers.

This is a great opportunity for those excited about developing recruitment strategies and building partnerships with diverse networks and who have experience implementing program logistics and recruitment initiatives. Join us as we help to establish a vibrant culture of engagement and access at the Doerr School!

Your Responsibilities will Include:

  • Direct, promote, and oversee, our flagship diversity NSF REU undergraduate research pipeline program SURGE. Manage and implement day-to-day activities of the program, including publicity, recruitment, applications, and administrative oversight associated with running summer programs on campus.
  • Collaborate with Doerr School staff and faculty on local department and program recruitment initiatives, such as informational workshops for prospective students, creating and preparing materials for recruitment trips, and coordinating campus visits at Stanford and at partner institutions.
  • Develop, publicize and lead the Recruitment Ambassadors program, working with students and postdocs to help promote opportunities at conferences, meetings, or online, as well as provide training on best recruitment practices.
  • Represent SDSS and collaborate with colleagues across Stanford when organizing shared recruitment activities, including GRAD Day and visits to national diversity-in-STEM conferences, including SACNAS, AISES, NSBE, etc.
  • Communicate with prospective students and researchers regarding opportunities, as well as answer queries regarding SURGE, graduate programs, and postdoc fellowships.
  • Manage various aspects of DEI office activities, including event planning, marketing, budget development and overseeing expense processing.
  • Collaborate with Doerr departments, programs, and central school offices to publicize faculty and postdoc opportunities, when appropriate.
  • Play key role in outreach strategy, development, and cultivation of relations with Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and across the country to promote educational and professional opportunities at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability.
  • Facilitate informational sessions and workshops for prospective students and postdocs. May advise, coach and mentor students.
  • Create DEI content for website, brochures, and recruitment materials to distribute through various communications channels, including email list and social media.
  • Conduct literature reviews, develop, deliver, and analyze program surveys to better inform School’s recruitment strategy and impact.

* 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.

To be successful in this position, you will need:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field and three years of relevant experience, or combination of education, training and relevant experience.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills.
  • Data-driven and familiarity with reporting and analysis
  • Experience managing a budget and developing financial plans.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff
  • Ability to travel domestically and work non-standard/varied working hours for recruitment trips.

In addition, our preferred requirements include:

  • Prior work experience in a higher education setting related to admissions, recruitment, DEI and/or demonstrated ability to engage with diverse student population.
  • Demonstrated commitment to respecting diversity in all forms and promotes inclusion through programmatic efforts.
  • Demonstrated experience with marketing platforms, web-based systems and recruiting sources, including social media.
  • Experience with warm/cold calling, events, networking, marketing, industry groups/associations, and professional conferences.
  • Ability to produce engaging and consistent communication and marketing materials to broad audience.
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative while managing multiple and changing priorities.
  • Commitment to teamwork and strong interpersonal communication skill.
  • An earned graduate degree in STEM or diversity related field is plus.
  • Cultural sensitivity and knowledge of issues affecting a wide range of persons, including issues of disparities in educational background, family education history, class, race, gender, age, disability, sexuality, and immigration status.

* - 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 the job.

The expected pay range for this position is $76,000 to $139,000 per annum.

Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

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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. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4112
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 98803
  • Work Arrangement : Hybrid Eligible


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