Director, Diversity Programs

Washington D.C., United States
Aug 01, 2014
Employment Type
Full Time
SUMMARY Located in Access Group's Washington, DC office, the Director will report to the Vice President of Research Programs and be responsible for strategic decision-making, management and monitoring of research initiatives and grant competitions in support of diversity pipeline programs that increase access to legal education for students, particularly those from historically underrepresented racial minorities and lower socio-economic classes. The Director will review, award and manage a portfolio of grants and research initiatives; evaluate program activities and grants based on strategic direction of the program; and establish Access Group as the leading authority on best practices and research in support of increasing diversity in law schools. In addition, the Director will contribute to Access Group’s overall research agenda that addresses some of the most critical issues facing legal education today, including improving law school access and affordability and expanding the value of legal education. RESPONSIBILITIES •Under the leadership of the Vice President of Research Programs, establish a new competitive grant program aimed at identifying, evaluating, supporting, and scaling diversity pipeline programs that are most effective and efficient in improving access to law schools for students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. •Design and implement processes and activities in support of the Diversity Programs portfolio of grants and research activities. •Identify key metrics to evaluate the effectiveness and scalability of existing or proposed diversity pipeline program and initiatives. •Advise potential grantees regarding the Diversity Programs goals and grant competition requirements and process. •Review grantee progress reports, monitor grantees’ attainment of contract milestones and advise grantees on the execution of their contracts. •Evaluate the Diversity Programs portfolio to ensure balance and identify need for modification of strategic funding directions and opportunities. •Design and implement learning networks or conferences among grantees to ensure knowledge-sharing of evidence and best practices. •Build a virtual library of resources for Access Group member law schools that includes best practices and a body of research and evidence on the most effective approaches to increasing diversity in legal education. •Keep Vice President for Research Programs and research team apprised of developments and occurrences in the field that are likely to impact Diversity Programs decision-making and/or strategies. •Plan and deliver information presentations regarding the Diversity Programs direction, funding, and application process, and award results. •Participate and present at conferences, seminars, and other professional development activities to main and enhance grant making and research expertise. •Collaborate on research projects with internal research colleagues and external researchers and consultants. •Assist in the review of unsolicited grant proposals, providing critiques of proposed research methodologies and data sources. •Other duties as assigned. JOB REQUIREMENTS Education •Master’s or Doctoral degree in social science, higher education, law, or a related field. Knowledge and Experience •5 – 8 years of relevant professional experience. •Program management and/or program evaluation experience. •Knowledge of legal or postsecondary education public policy issues. •Knowledge of research methods and statistics. •Grantmaking experience is preferred. •Strong leadership and project management skills. •Understanding of the research process from generating a research question to dissemination of research findings. •Demonstrated ability to synthesize material, identify major opportunities, seek out innovative solutions, and see the big picture. •Demonstrated ability to translate general inquiries into specific research and analysis questions and tasks. •Ability to make decision, justify recommendations, and to be responsive and clear in communications with potential grantees and member law schools. •Commitment to the mission and integrity of Access Group.