Executive Director, Stanford Center for Racial Justice

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Education & Experience:


Advanced degree and five years of relevant experience in area of specialization or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience (10 years of professional experience strongly preferred).  Experience managing a budget and developing financial plans. Experience developing program partnerships and funding sources.  J.D or Ph.D. strongly preferred.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Advanced oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Ability to manage budgets and develop financial plans.


Certifications and Licenses:


For teaching jobs, advanced degree or certification may be required for some programs.


Additional Preferred Expertise and Experience Include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing racial justice in a manner consistent with the overall mission of the Center.
  • Visionary and strategic leadership skills, with demonstrated leadership in law, business, government, or academia. 
  • Experience envisioning new programs and the process of program development and implementation.
  • Experience with litigation and/or policy advocacy, and research.
  • Experience with fundraising, budget planning, resource development, and external relations.
  • Knowledge of and relationships with organizations and agencies--governments, businesses, and advocacy and community organizations--that impact and advance racial justice.
  • Ability to be an effective public speaker and to represent the Center before a wide array of audiences.
  • High level of emotional intelligence and excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and positions.
  • Excitement about and prior experience working with and/or teaching students.
  • Excellent analytic and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience managing and mentoring staff, including how to create a shared vision and build a supportive team environment, ensuring staff receive the training and support necessary to fulfill job duties, and designing systems and infrastructure that address program and staff needs.
  • Willingness and ability to navigate a complex institutional setting.
  • Ability to learn and understand compliance with legal, financial, and university policies and external regulations.


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.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.


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