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.
- 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
- Demonstrated ability to develop and manage professional
- 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
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,