Executive Director, Stanford Center for Racial Justice

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The Stanford Center for Racial Justice is a new initiative that builds on the rigorous  policy relevant research of Stanford Law School and draws from the multidisciplinary strengths of Stanford University, one of the leading research universities in the world.


The Center aims to become the preeminent academic venue for producing and disseminating research, and developing leaders, to address some of the most fundamental and entrenched racial inequities in American society. The establishment of the Center reflects the recognition that racism in American society has both generated pervasive disparities among groups and also undermined the functioning of American institutions for people of all races. Race is so central to many of the most daunting challenges that confront American society that these problems cannot be tackled without addressing their racial dimensions.


The Center will confront racism and its impacts through bridging the gaps that undermine the ability of universities to address societal problems. These gaps between university researchers on one side and people, communities, and organizations on the other exist with respect to both the development of knowledge and the dissemination and application of knowledge. The Center will collaborate with communities and a wide variety of organizations—from grassroots nonprofits, to government agencies and corporations—to jointly identify societal problems and then to develop research programs that address them. The research findings and policy recommendations of the Center will be widely disseminated and communicated in ways and forms that empower individuals and organizations outside of academia to undermine racism and its myriad effects. The ultimate goal is to leverage the intellectual capital, research capabilities and stature of Stanford University to address some of the problems that imperil our nation.


Stanford Law School is seeking a dynamic leader to guide this timely new initiative. The Executive Director will have the autonomy and responsibility to further develop the vision for the Center and to guide it to maturity. The right person for this position will be someone committed to transforming society with the imagination to dream big and the persistence and strategic skills to bring those plans to fruition.


Working with the Faculty, the Executive Director of the Center will:


  • Provide leadership in developing and executing the Center’s strategic plan.
  • Lead and oversee development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of programs.  Oversee program improvements and development and implementation of program policies and procedures.
  • Represent the Center to the broader university, external community, and other stakeholders. Provide expert consultation related to program development, funding opportunities, or other specialty area. Engage with external constituencies, including research partners, donors, policy makers, and the media.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders, including faculty, students, and staff, both within the law school and throughout the University.
  • Oversee all aspects of research and academic program development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Teach relevant classes for Stanford law and other students, including research and policy-oriented classes that involve external stakeholders and policymakers.
  • Hire Center staff and manage their ongoing professional development.  Coach and mentor program staff.
  • Develop and maintain Center budget, supporting and engaging with fundraising efforts, including donor development and stewardship, grant writing and reporting, and other external relations activities.



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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