Engagement and Programming Director, Center for Racial Justice

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Desired Skills and Qualifications


We are looking for a dynamic individual who has a record of accomplishments in organizing policy-oriented conferences, workshops and related events for scholars and students as well as excellent academic credentials. In this position you will report to the Executive Director


The successful candidate will work to develop a strategy to engage with faculty across the university to catalyze research opportunities that intersect with the Center’s mission and goals. You will work with the Executive Director to develop specific research collaboration plans with university faculty and external partners.


The Engagement and Programming Director will also develop and plan campus and external events to amplify knowledge about ongoing collaborations and other topics of interest.


Concurrently, we seek to use programming and events to engage faculty, scholars and policy makers in ways that may help identify and catalyze new research projects in the fields of public safety reform, educational opportunity and economic security.


The position will also include responsibility to help develop the Center’s knowledge (expertise) in core focus areas and use it to promote public education about the issues.


In collaboration with the Executive Director, you will also develop an overall strategy to engage external target constituencies and help build a national network of relationships by providing engagement opportunities and programs related to the Center’s mission.


The successful candidate should have knowledge of and familiarity with the history of racism in the US and its consequences, including income and wealth disparities, housing and education segregation and disparities, mass incarceration, violence, and the history of tension and violence between police and Black communities and other marginalized groups, and contemporary debates about racial equity and solutions.


Job Description:


Core Duties:*

  • Develop and manage research programs by conducting research activities, including outreach to Center stakeholders, and making program improvement recommendations that impact policies and programs.

  • Identify, recommend and implement opportunities for new research.

  • Source, collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends, formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the Center.

  • Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, and other program activities.

  • Contribute to and inform on strategic program/entity planning

  • Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, and partnerships,

  • Coach and mentor program staff.


*Other Duties: Other duties consistent with the position may be assigned, including the following:

  • Develop and implement programs for the Stanford campus community to promote educational content, innovative ideas, and new research about issues important to the Center for Racial Justice.

  • Develop and implement a plan to provide programming and engagement opportunities for law students.

  • Develop and implement a plan to provide programming and engagement opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students across a range of interests and disciplines.

  • Create and coordinate external programming to engage target constituencies and advance SCRJ’s goals of democratizing knowledge and amplifying ideas and research.

  • Promote SCRJ’s core value of collaboration by developing and implementing plans to engage with Stanford faculty, researchers, and Center staff to discuss and share ideas and explore potential areas of collaboration and partnerships.

  • Assist center staff, scholars, and faculty in translating research and complex ideas into user friendly and accessible programming for target constituencies.

  • Assist with creation of a national network of trusted relationships and followers and produce programming to keep them engaged.


Minimum Education and Experience Required:

Graduate degree and three years of relevant work experience or combination of education and relevant experience, though our preference is at least five years of experience.


Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Ability to develop program partnerships and research collaborations with Stanford faculty, scholars and researchers and other thought leaders.

  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting knowledge of issues relating to racial equity and racial justice.

  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.

  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.


Additional Preferred Skills:

  • Accomplished background in organizing policy-oriented conferences, workshops or related events for scholars and students.

  • Collaborative work style, and experience working with teams.

  • Experience working with complex ideas and research and ability to translate ideas for different audiences.


  • Demonstrated ability to engage with a wide range of constituencies including scholars, researchers, policymakers, community groups, nonprofit leaders and government officials.


Working Conditions:

  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.

  • May travel locally.

  • Occasional overnight travel.


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 found in the University’s Administrative Guide https://adminguide.stanford.edu/


About Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School is one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. Its alumni are among the most influential decision makers in law, politics, business and high technology. Faculty members argue before the Supreme Court, testify before Congress, produce outstanding legal scholarship and empirical analysis, and contribute regularly to the nation’s press as legal and policy experts. Stanford Law School has established a new model for legal education that provides rigorous interdisciplinary training, hands-on experience, global perspective and focus on public service, spearheading a movement for change.


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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