Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging Programs - Stanford Law School

96810 Requisition #

Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging Programs

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Stanford Law School

Application Deadline: December 2, 2022


In 2020, Dean Jenny Martinez launched an initiative on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in order to honor the previous work of many SLS students, staff, faculty, and alums, and to continue the critical work to prepare students for practice in a society that is navigating issues around diversity, division and discrimination.  In 2021, the law school hired the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to work with law students, faculty, staff, alums, and the broader community to increase belonging, advance shared values, and help develop a vision for SLS’s future. The DEI Program Director will report to, and work closely with, the DEI Associate Dean, particularly focused on developing student and faculty facing programs, workshops, and courses designed to address bias, cross-cultural competency, and racism.  This programming will align with SLS and Stanford University’s core values and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and also comply with ABA accreditation requirements to prepare students for practice.

Job Purpose

The DEI Program Director will manage several key programs that support law student learning about cultural bias at the law, as well as increasing cultural diversity in legal education.  These programs are integral to SLS’s commitment to developing ethical and excellent legal professionals who are ready to navigate an increasingly complex and diverse world.

This position is responsible for development, expansion, and oversight of the law school’s newly launched Stanford Law Scholars Institute (SLSI). SLSI is a leadership and pipeline program for college students from broadly diverse backgrounds and designed to address obstacles that underrepresented minority, first-generation, and low-income undergraduate students in particular might face to accessing legal education.  SLSI’s one-week in-person program runs in June, with virtual programming offered throughout the year.  SLSI provided training, coaching, and financial support to participants, and the DEI Program Director will help to lead all aspects of SLSI, with support from the associate deans for DEI, Admissions, and Public Service & Public Interest. This position will also manage and implement the SLS Community Fellows program, helping to train a select group of law students as “community ambassadors,”  in facilitation, nonviolent communication strategies, restorative justice approaches, and communication skills, in order for them to develop inclusive leadership skills and serve as resources for their peers. 

In addition to leading these two programs, the SLS DEI Program Director will work closely with the Associate Dean for DEI to support SLS-wide DEI efforts regarding culture & climate, policies & practices, systems & structures, and communication & community engagement. This includes working to support a newly-formed SLS DEIB Advisory Board, and engaging across Stanford University departments on advancing DEIB.

The DEI Program Director must become familiar with university and department policies and procedures as well as requirements established by state bar associations or the American Bar Association.  The position will work closely with students, faculty, staff, alums, potential applicants, the broader Stanford community, as well as other law school programs.  The DEI Program Director will be able to work well on a team, as well as independently, with responsibility and authority to set goals and priorities. 

This is a full-time staff position that will report to the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  Our ideal candidate will be able to start by January 2023. 


  • Engage in critical analysis of student and program concerns to resolve substantial issues which may span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge.
  • Develop and implement programming (virtual, in-person), make strategic recommendations for future programs.
  • Interpret and implement university policy related to academic policies; oversee the implementation of policies and practices for a student population or school.
  • Analyze and develop report requirements, portals and student-facing communications.
  • Analyze and develop student-facing communications.
  • Manage outreach programs, relationships with external community and university liaisons.
  • Provide direct advice to students on a range of issues including, but not limited to, academic progress, academic program policies, career plans, accessibility, community standards, etc., in order to assist them in making appropriate choices and decisions.
  • May contribute to preparing and submitting training grants.
  • Provide consulting advice to internal and external organizations; act as subject matter expert in a specialized field.
  • Oversee key processes, including contribution and direction on policy and program content.
  • Manage financial processes and development of budgets.
  • May lead teams and projects that impact a significant unit of the university.
  • May direct the work of other staff; contribute to the development of staff training programs.

Further programming duties are described below:

Program Development, Coordination and Oversight (50%)

  • SLSI duties will include: (25%)
    • recruitment of student participants,
    • managing outreach and communication with respective constituencies (e.g., faculty, students, student organizations, legal services and other organizations),
    • administration of application and data management processes,
    • evaluation of program and implementation of ongoing improvements, including analysis of student and program feedback
    • oversight of student participation in SLSI, including:
      • regular meetings with student participants,
      • conducting reflection sessions with students,
    • management of program budget,
    • interpret and implement university related academic policies,
  • SLS Community Fellows duties will include: (25%)
    • provision of direct engagement with a students on range of issues regarding community-building, conflict resolution, DEI frameworks,
    • administration  of student application process,
    • development of syllabus to teach quarterly sessions,
    • develop subject matter expertise regarding subjects of training: DEI, conflict resolution, etc.

General DEI Program Development and Support (50%)

  • Assist Associate Dean for DEI with DEIB Advisory Board, faculty workshops, student training, symposia, plenary sessions, panels and presentations
  • Provide general support for DEI event logistics

Other duties may also be assigned.


Education & Experience: 

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. While a JD is not required, people with JDs or significant experience working within legal education or legal profession are strongly encouraged to apply.

Experience teaching, training, and managing diversity, equity, inclusion programs strongly desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and all levels of management.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to review and analyze complex information.
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Advanced customer service skills.
  • Relevant computer systems/technology experience.
  • Understanding of financial transactions.
  • Ability to ensure and apply compliance with legal, financial, and university policies and external regulations.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • The ability to produce high-quality written materials, engage in public speaking, manage electronic communications, and communicate with a wide variety of constituents.
  • Experience teaching law students and/or training lawyers, including developing classroom based or work place curriculum for adult learners.
  • Experience in student advising and counseling, or supervising junior staff.
  • Works well independently and as part of team efforts.
  • Experience prioritizing and handling multiple assignments.
  • Sensitivity to diversity of student body, staff, faculty, and broader SLS community.
  • Ability to cultivate collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Ability to identify and pro-actively solve problems, including to ensure and apply compliance requirements with legal, financial and university policies and external regulations.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends, engage in local travel or occasional overnight travel. 

This is a 3-year fixed-term position with the expectation that by year 3 we will assess the role for continuing 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 his or her job.

Work Standards

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies established in the University’s Administrative Guide ( 

How to Apply

The deadline to apply is December 2, 2022. To apply, please:

Submit your resume, cover letter explaining your interest in and relevant experience for the position, and at least two references with contact information online via the Stanford Careers website - - job number [96810]

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.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.

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