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Executive Director, CCSRE

Stanford University
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 7, 2022

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Executive, Executive Directors
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Executive Director, CCSRE

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the foundation of a liberal arts education at Stanford. The school encompasses 23 departments and 25 interdisciplinary programs. H&S is home to fundamental and applied research, where free, open, and critical inquiry is pursued across disciplines. As the university’s largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. Graduate students work alongside world-renowned faculty to pursue and shape foundational research that leads to breakthroughs and discoveries that shed new light on the past, influence the present, and shape the future. Together, faculty and students in H&S engage in inspirational teaching, learning, and research every day.

The Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity’s (CCSRE) mission is to advance racial equity through interdisciplinary education, research and community engagement. The Center houses an interdisciplinary academic program, a Research Institute, and multiple initiatives that engage Stanford scholars and students, as well as the broader community. CCSRE’s work is comparative, cross-racial, and cross-disciplinary, including innovative initiatives that examine the relationships among Asian American, Native American, Chicanx/Latinx, and other communities. As such, its approach is at the forefront of scholarly and social understandings of how race works and why it matters. CCSRE plays a crucial role in recruiting, cultivating and retaining leading Stanford scholars. The Center’s undergraduate curriculum, Ph.D. minor, and graduate fellows programs provide robust training in race studies. The Center has launched a Technology & Racial Equity Initiative in partnership with the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence and the Stanford Digital Civil Society Lab, and a grant from the Mellon Foundation supports a new initiative centering race studies in the arts and humanities. The Center leads programs that support and convene practitioners, researchers, and students to develop impactful, collaborative work to advance racial equity.

The Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (CCSRE) is seeking an Executive Director. As a key member of the Center’s Leadership Team, the Executive Director oversees the implementation of all aspects of the Center’s programs. The Executive Director will work closely with the Faculty Director of CCSRE and support the Faculty Directors of the Center’s Research Institute and Academic Programs.

The ideal candidate will bring a deep knowledge of research and teaching on race/ethnicity and will be committed to developing and managing programs that expand the impact of race studies at Stanford and beyond. They will have demonstrated success in developing operational systems and managing diverse teams. They will bring initiative and a keen sense of strategy to identify opportunities to implement the vision of the Center Leadership. They will be adept at leading through periods of change and navigating complex institutional politics with nuance and care. They will be skilled at representing the Center and its work to diverse stakeholders including students, faculty, university leadership, external partners, and donors. This is a dynamic and multifaceted role that is well-suited to an energetic, empathetic, and service-oriented leader.

The core responsibilities of the role are:

Strategy and Program Development

  • Lead annual strategic planning processes, facilitating collaborative goal-setting, and ensuring that the team is meets organizational objectives and key results
  • Identify opportunities and recommend program developments
  • Develop metrics, analyze data on program performance, and report progress toward goals to stakeholders and relevant university committees

Operations and Management

  • Oversee implementation of all aspects of CCSRE research and academic programs
  • Supervise staff (Center Manager, Associate Director of Academic Programs & Community Engaged Learning, Communications and Events Associate, and Program Coordinators)
  • Lead team-building and professional development activities for CCSRE staff, develop staff communication and workflow, coordinate staff on Center-wide projects
  • Ensure financial sustainability

Communications, Public Engagement, and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Develop communications and public engagement strategy to share research with internal and external audiences
  • Prepare and lead semi-annual Advisory Board Meetings; research and recommend prospective board members
  • Develop relationships with affiliated faculty and explore ways that the Center can support their teaching and research
  • Develop relationships with related campus units for collaborations

Fundraising and Development

  • Develop fundraising plan and priorities in alignment with Strategic Plan
  • Identify potential funders and grants; write grant proposals
  • Steward grants and donor relationships through mechanisms including regular assessment and reporting


In this role, you will:

  • Lead and oversee development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of programs. Oversee analysis, reporting, and program improvements. Oversee the development, adherence to, and implementation of program policies and procedures.
  • Lead strategic planning for the program/entity.
  • Represent the entity or program to the broader university, external community, and other stakeholders. Provide expert consultation related to program development, funding opportunities, or other specialty area.
  • Develop outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships and fundraising/funding. Identify external funding opportunities and write proposals and research grants. Develop and oversee strategic financial planning and sustainability for the program/entity, as needed; monitor performance and ensure appropriate controls.
  • Teach or co-teach courses; oversee the administration of courses; create and/or advise in the development of curriculum; and/or advise students, coach and mentor clients and program staff.
  • Coach and mentor program staff.

Qualifications - External

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

Education & Experience:

Advanced degree and five years of relevant experience in area of specialization or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans. Experience developing program partnerships and funding sources.

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.


In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • PhD in a relevant field
  • Experience leading strategy development and turning strategy into operational work plans
  • Demonstrated success with fundraising and grant writing

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more


Other duties may also be assigned, not all unique aspects of this job are covered by this job posting. A full job description will be shared during the interview process.


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.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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