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Program Associate, DEI in STEM Higher Education
Program Associate, DEI in STEM Higher Education

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in STEM Higher Education program seeks to hire a motivated, dynamic Program Associate, who will support existing grantmaking and serve as a thought partner to the Program Director as the program explores new directions. This is a full-time two-year professional staff position, potentially renewable for a third year.

The Program Associate will work closely with the Program Director on program strategy, helping to shape the program’s strategic plan and support its implementation. As such, the Associate will research new investment opportunities, map the landscape of potential grantees, reviewers, events, and projects for further investigation. The Associate will use a recently completed landscape scan to help identify potential collaborators and target evidence-based approaches for potential investment. The Associate will conceive of and lead new ways to make connections across grantees and facilitate new communication channels between the Foundation and grantees. The Associate will work closely with the Program Assistant and with the intermediaries responsible for administration of Sloan’s University Centers for Exemplary Mentoring and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership.

On a day to day basis, the Program Associate will triage inbound requests and Letters of Inquiry, help to review proposals, and support grant management processes, including the review of annual reports and financial statements. Much of the Foundation’s work takes place through iterative revisions of, and comments on proposals and internal memoranda. The Program Associate must therefore be skilled at expressing complex ideas in straightforward writing, and in helping others to do the same. Over time, the Program Associate will take primary responsibility for elements of the grant workflow, sourcing external reviewers and developing grants themselves under the supervision of the Program Director.

Once it is possible, a modest amount of travel is to be expected. The Program Associate will need to be able to display careful judgment when representing the Foundation at meetings, conferences, and workshops.

The Program Associate is a term-limited position of two years (with the option of renewing for a third), and in fact a two-year commitment is required. While the Sloan offices are currently closed due to the pandemic and work is being done remotely, staff will be required to return to in-person work in New York as soon as a decision to re-open is made.

The Foundation maintains an emphatic commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its grant programs and among its staff. Applications from underrepresented persons of color are especially encouraged.

About the Sloan Foundation

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a private, non-partisan, not-for-profit foundation based in New York City. The Foundation funds high-quality research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics; efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in scientific institutions and the scientific workforce; development of tools and technologies to empower scientific discovery; and efforts to enhance and deepen public engagement with science.

The goal of the DEI in STEM Higher Education Program is to facilitate the full and equitable participation of women and underrepresented persons of color in the STEM fields by investing in institutions and individuals creating diverse and inclusive pathways to and through STEM graduate education and the professoriate.

Applications

Applications are now being accepted. For consideration, please send a cover letter and resume to hr@sloan.org. In the subject line please put the job title “Program Associate, DEI.” The start date for this position is flexible, although there is preference for a June 2021 start date. Questions about the position may be directed to dei@sloan.org. The Foundation offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply for this position, visit: https://sloan.org/about/careers
Position: Program Associate, DEI in STEM Higher Education
Organization: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Location: NEW YORK,  NY 
United States
Salary:
Posting Start Date: 2/8/2021
Date Posted: 2/15/2021
Requirements Education and Experience

A nuanced understanding of the higher education research literature and of academic research overall is important. As such, a PhD or equivalent experience is preferred. This position would be ideal for a recent PhD graduate or early career scholar with an interest in philanthropy.

An ideal candidate will have subject matter expertise on issues pertaining to DEI in undergraduate and graduate STEM education, and the STEM professoriate. Namely, expertise and experience observing persistent barriers and areas of opportunity to full and equitable participation of women and Black, Latinx, and Indigenous populations in STEM higher education, including the field of economics. Familiarity with the role of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) as pathways to graduate education is desirable, as is experience working with or studying a multitude of best and promising practices that align with the Program’s goals.

Strong communication via in-person and virtual professional settings is required, as are strong organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work independently. Attention to detail is critical to this role, as is the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rigorous environment. A certain humility in the service of grantees and the higher education field is also important.

A nuanced understanding of the higher education research literature and of academic research overall is important. As such, a PhD or equivalent experience is preferred. This position would be ideal for a recent PhD graduate or early career scholar with an interest in philanthropy. An ideal candidate will have subject matter expertise on issues pertaining to DEI in undergraduate and graduate STEM education, and the STEM professoriate. Familiarity with the role of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) as pathways to graduate education is desirable, as is experience working with or studying a multitude of best and promising practices that align with the Program’s goals.
Status: This listing expires on: 4/16/2021
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