Assistant Director of Training & Diversity – Stanford U.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is seeking an Assistant Director of Training & Diversity with experience in curriculum development and evaluation as well as a commitment to developing effective resources that empower postdocs, especially those from underrepresented groups, to thrive within academia and beyond. The successful candidate will be independent, curious, collaborative, and creative, with a knack for learning and understanding stakeholder needs, framing key questions, and a penchant to use evaluative methods for continuous improvement. This position is a critical part of the OPA team, working as an individual contributor to design and deliver curriculum focused on the most vulnerable points of postdoctoral training: recruitment, early engagement, and career transition. A person with a deep commitment to developing inclusive programs, creating a welcoming community, and robust evaluation of new curriculum and programs will have the tools and context necessary to define and influence postdoctoral training at Stanford, and in turn to influence the future academic workforce.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is a fast-moving, agile office that administers and supports the more than 2400 postdocs on campus. OPA is one of the leading postdoc offices in the country and seeks to provide the best service to its constituents – the postdocs, faculty, and departmental administrators. Through close working relationships throughout the University, the Assistant Director of Training & Diversity will work independently to provide a clear and deep understanding of trends and issues in postdoctoral training.

The Assistant Director of Training & Diversity will play a key role in the continued development and implementation of our strategic vision for the importance and breadth of professional development available to postdocs. They will lead and work closely with the rest of the programs team to develop, implement, and analyze needs assessments, best practices research, and program evaluation mechanisms in order to devise, implement, and support new approaches to postdoctoral training, recruitment, retention, and advancement. They will develop new curriculum, establish partnerships across the university, and bring in outside experts to develop or provide curriculum to support the strategic vision for postdoctoral training broadly and OPA’s suite of diversity and training programs and initiatives across the programs team. They will also work with the programs team to co-develop and engage in cross-team collaboration on program evaluation, program communications, marketing strategy, and partnerships to support our team’s goals and values.

The Assistant Director of Training & Diversity will serve as a subject matter expert in DEI, providing leadership within OPA, developing curriculum to further a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and serving as an advisor and consultant to our constituents as we champion best practices for recruiting, training, and supporting diverse postdocs in thriving at Stanford. They may serve on committees and working groups representing postdocs’ needs especially in the DEI space. They will also have opportunities to develop relationships with and provide mentorship and coaching support to postdocs as needed, especially with a DEI focus.

This role will also develop curriculum for the NSF Research Universities Alliance (RUA), a 9-institution alliance among Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, CalTech, U Washington, UT Austin, U Michigan, Georgia Tech, and Harvard, to support URM postdocs in non-bioscience STEM fields interested in careers in academia. OPA serves as RUA’s experts on postdoctoral recruitment and training, so this role will work with the Director of Programs & Outreach and Associate Dean to develop a suite of programs to support underrepresented postdocs interested in careers in academia, focused especially on the intervention points of recruitment and onboarding, establishing and promoting belonging, and career transition. The training developed will both support postdocs at Stanford broadly as well as the corresponding populations at each of our partner institutions.

The OPA programs team is fast-paced, highly mission-driven, and takes great pride in our competence, creativity, and our service-mindedness. Candidates should be highly organized self-starters, comfortable with autonomy, and embrace opportunities to tackle new problems and challenges as part of our dynamic team. A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is fundamental to the role.

Duties include:

  • Develop and manage research programs by conducting research activities, including outreach to varied stakeholders within the program, assigning resources 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 program or function.
  • Teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses. Develop curriculum. Develop curriculum-rating survey, detailed feedback on courses and make recommendations for preliminary overview and changes.
  • Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • Contribute to and inform on strategic program/entity planning and related funding and financial sustainability.
  • May advise students and/or coach/mentor clients. Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.
  • Coach and mentor program staff.


Ph.D. or an Ed.D. preferred, or combination of an M.Ed. and equivalent minimum experience.


Bachelor’s degree and three or more years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans.


  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.

* – Other duties may also be assigned




  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.
  •  Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.

* – 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.


Occasional evening and weekend hours.

* – 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.


  • 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,

About Stanford University

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000 which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning.  To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability to promote health, fulfilling lives.  An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

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

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4112
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 88667

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