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Executive Director: Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity

Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity
California, United States
Posted date
Sep 24, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors, Jobs Outside Academe, Non-profit & Government Organizations
Employment Level
Salary Band
$120,000 - $149,999
Employment Type
Full Time
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Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity (GFSD), a small non-profit organization based at the University of Southern California with a mission “to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in STEM fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool,” is seeking a new Executive Director. Since its beginning in 1989, nearly 400 GFSD fellows have earned a MS or PhD in a STEM field. These alumni pursue successful careers in academe, government labs, industry, and other sectors. GFSD’s role is to broker fellowship funding betweengovernment agencies and corporations and fellows.

The Executive Director leads GFSD and supervises its day-to-day operations under the direction of the Board of Directors. The Executive Director reports to the President of the Board of Directors and to the USC Vice-Provost for Academic Operations.

The most important function of the Executive Director is to act as an ambassador for GFSD in recruiting new government and corporate sponsors and helping to build the Board of Directors. Salary and benefits are competitive with those of other small nonprofits. Relocation is not required and the Executive Director may work remotely from anywhere in the United States.

Desired qualifications

  • Familiarity with graduate education in STEM fields
  • Significant non-profit or government experience
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully expand a non-profit or related organization, including recruiting donors/partners/sponsors
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage professional relationships/networks
  • Experience promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience working with one or more of the following sectors: high tech, U.S. government laboratories, other U.S. government organizations, defense or other technology contractors, university development, or other scientific industries
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to self-direct without the need for day-to-day supervision.

Minimum education: A Master’s degree with a doctorate preferred, ideally in a STEM field.

Minimum relevant work experience: 5 years in a related field such as development, government relations, Congressional staffing, etc.

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