Associate Director of Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Hybrid Opportunity)
School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) /The Program in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (FGSS), Stanford University (Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 94305)
July 15, 2024
Post date: June 20, 2024

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the foundation of a liberal arts education at Stanford. The school encompasses 24 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.


Program Description:

The Program in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (FGSS) seeks an Associate Director (AD). FGSS offers a PhD minor that is open to all students currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Stanford. FGSS also offers an undergraduate major, secondary major, and minor, and an interdisciplinary honors program that is open to undergraduates in all majors. FGSS teaches students to analyze how ideas about and experiences of gender and sexuality impact and are shaped by societies, individuals, and institutions. Through interdisciplinary curricula, research, and practical experience, our students learn critical gender and sexuality studies methodologies. 


Reporting to both the Faculty Director (FD) of FGSS and its Director for of Finance and Operations (DFO), the AD manages the programs’ day-to-day academic and administrative operations. The  AD works closely with the FD to sustain the development and expansion of the undergraduate and graduate programs and leads the implementation of programmatic, curricular, and administrative priorities. The AD advises undergraduate and graduate majors, minors, and honors students in the pursuit of their academic and research trajectories.  The AD also works closely with FGSS-affiliated faculty to facilitate and enhance FGSS academic and research needs.  Additionally, the AD fosters connections and engagement with faculty, post-docs, lecturers, researchers, artists, and varied constituents engaged in intellectual and creative work in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies within and beyond the university.


Candidates for the position should hold a Ph.D. in any discipline, with significant focus on themes in feminism, gender, and/or sexuality. At least two years of teaching experience with significant focus in feminism, gender, and sexuality. Candidates should also exbibit the following competencies: a growth mindset, excitement about learning new skills, capacity to adapt to change, project management, organization, and attention to detail, familiarity with the higher education landscape, and aptitude in working collaboratively within a team and with varied constituencies. The AD’s time will be focused in approximately 50% teaching, advising, and curricular administration (2-3 courses) and 50% devoted to initiating and implementing program development, strategic initiatives, event planning, and financial oversight. 


The incumbent will:

·Manage the programs’ day-to-day academic and administrative operations in collaboration with FD, DFO, and other Stanford employees.

·Advise undergraduate and graduate students, including the capacity to advise undergraduate honors theses.

·Create and/or collaborate in the development of curriculum and make recommendations for course improvements in coordination with the FD. Manage the coordination of FGSS course offerings and assist in the recruitment of faculty and other instructors to offer courses.

·Coordinate and assist with the hiring and coordination of lectures, post-docs, and other instructors as needed.

·Assist the FD in developing and implementing strategic planning, academic and public outreach programming, financial management and annual budgeting.

·In consultation with the FGSS Financial Manager, monitor expenses, budgets, and finances of the program. Make recommendations on funding based on program spending.

·Oversee and administer FGSS activities by evaluating academic programs, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and coordinating and implementing changes.


Other duties may also be assigned.

This is a 100% FTE, two-year fixed-term position. It will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for a telecommuting option (a hybrid of working on-site and off-site), subject to operational needs.

This position is fixed-term for two years with possible renewal. If you believe that this opportunity is a match for your knowledge, skills, and abilities, we encourage you to apply. Thank you for considering employment opportunities with the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Please submit a CV; up to a 2-page cover letter outlining interest in the job, the skills, aptitudes, and qualifications that align with the position; three letters of reference and referees’ contact information are also required (please email the letters of reference directly to Maritza Colon at



·Oversee and administer research activities by evaluating academic programs, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and coordinating and implementing changes.

·Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends to determine program effectiveness; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program.

·Teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses. Create and/or advise in the development of curriculum. Make recommendations for course improvements.

·Write and edit content for proposals, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities under the general direction of PI. Assist with the development of research grants, (i.e., may suggest new funding opportunities, write portions of grants, and/or summarize data for grant support).

·Represent the program or function as the key contact and subject matter expert within the department, unit or school and develop communications for internal and external constituencies. Organize and/or participate in outreach activities such as events, partnerships, fundraising, training, and conferences. Lead workshops and facilitate meetings.

·Monitor expenses, budgets, and finances of the program. Make recommendations on funding based on program spend.

·May oversee and train student workers.


Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. Program administration and or research experience may be required.



Advanced degree and two years of relevant experience in area of specialization or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience.



·Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.

·Ability to oversee and provide direction to staff.



·PhD required

·Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.

·Ability to manage budgets and develop financial plans.

·For teaching jobs, advanced degree or certification may be required for some programs.



·May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.

·May travel locally.

·Occasional overnight travel.


The expected pay range for this position is $70,000 - $99,000 per annum.

Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.


At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.


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·Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a 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.


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classifications and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. 


Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants

requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact Stanford University Human Resources at For all other inquiries, please submit a contact form.


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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