Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

San Francisco, CA, United States
Feb 09, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Human Resources


At Gladstone, we know it takes a diverse group of empowered individuals to use science to effectively overcome disease.

We pride ourselves on learning from each member of our community to make sure our environment is welcoming to everyone.

We stand together as we progress along our journey to continuously improve and address imbalances that stand in the way of anyone's opportunity to grow, contribute, and advance.

We acknowledge these ideals are lofty, but we fully intend to see them through, holding ourselves accountable along the way by being honest about our progress, missteps, and successes.

To support these ideals, we are looking for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professional to bring enthusiastic expertise in diversity practices to Gladstone. In addition to being an integral part of reaching our DEI goals, this person will champion the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive environment. Reporting to the Vice President, Human Resources (HR), the Director of DEI will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in support of Gladstone's core values and strategic priorities. The person in this role will actively engage with the Gladstone community to promote training and develop best practices and policies that support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Essential Functions:
Although everyone in the Gladstone community is responsible for DEI, the Director of DEI will assist in driving strategy across four broad areas of focus.

1) Along with other stakeholders, drive implementation of Gladstone's new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy.
2) Increase the diversity of Gladstone's community by developing a proactive recruiting and retention strategy for all types of positions.
3) Ensure all community members feel included in our community.
4) Develop resources and programming to reinforce Gladstone's commitment to having an environment free of discrimination and harassment.

In addition, the Director will develop, implement and lead three specific areas of concentration.

DEI-Focused Recruitment and Retention:


  • Develop, lead and coordinate diversity, mentoring, and inclusion strategies and programs designed to recruit, retain and mentor a diverse scientific and administrative workforce
  • Provide leadership, strategies, and counsel to leaders at Gladstone to expand the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows
  • Advise the Vice President of Human Resources (HR), associate director of HR as well as the director of the Office of Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Affairs on tools used for recruitment and retention
  • Build partnerships to diversify networks for programmatic opportunities and recruitment pipelines
  • Develop and manage a comprehensive portfolio of relationships with external DEI-related organizations
  • Ensure that diverse individuals from minoritized groups recruited to Gladstone have the support and tools needed to thrive and succeed; create and enhance a supportive climate for groups underrepresented in the sciences; partner with leadership, HR, and Communications to support community-building and DEI-related training
  • Obtain, review, and analyze workforce data and reports to develop strategies and set priorities for the development and implementation of diversity programs
  • Encourage and moderate open and practical conversations to guide individuals and teams to a greater understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Develop strategies to identify relevant national and local DEI organizations and resources that enable greater access to diverse talent


Professional and Program Development and Management:



  • Provide leadership and subject-matter expertise, and forge partnerships to raise awareness of equity, diversity, and inclusion within Gladstone
  • Provide strategic direction for training and education initiatives on cultural competency, micro-aggressions, implicit bias, generational differences, gender differences, and inclusive leadership to build a climate of equity and inclusion and promote other topics designed to increase awareness and support of diversity and inclusion values
  • Create and deliver training programs to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion; lead workshops and education sessions across Gladstone
  • Identify opportunities for the development, creation and chartering of additional community groups


DEI Leadership and Integration:



  • Serve as an organizational leader to promote and ensure the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion are prioritized and successfully implemented across Gladstone
  • Work with relevant stakeholders and internal departments at Gladstone to align training and development with recruitment, retention, and advancement goals for broader success in diversity and inclusion outcomes
  • Engage leaders in external professional diversity advocacy associations
  • Advise leadership on issues pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Lead ongoing internal assessments to identify and overcome barriers to achieving standards of excellence for DEI; design and implement metrics and data monitoring to develop a DEI scorecard to effectively benchmark organizational progress in diversity management
  • Influences leadership on strategies to expand recruitment and retention of diverse trainees, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows




  • Bachelor's degree required or a demonstrated equivalent combination of education, training and life experience; advanced degree preferred
  • 5-7 years of progressively responsible DEI-related management and leadership experience, including in the areas of cultural communications, diversity training, organizational culture, recruitment and development
  • Demonstrated commitment to-and proven track-record of-advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in a complex, multi-cultural environment through operationalized plans of action in an organization with many countries of origin represented
  • Direct and relevant experience in the creation of a DEI-program from the concept phase to full execution
  • Demonstrated ability to gain the confidence and respect of diverse stakeholders, including faculty, employees and senior leadership; capacity to listen deeply and actively, to build relationships of trust, and to work effectively and diplomatically with diverse stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and understand the institutional environment, and to build relationships within a multifaceted community; ability to interpret group dynamics and build consensus
  • Outstanding communicator who is adept at using multiple methods of communication with a broad range of stakeholders; exceptional ability to convey complex issues and objectives through quantitative, qualitative, and visual means; proven ability to be persuasive and engaging
  • Ability to function in highly dynamic and potentially ambiguous situations to ensure milestones and deliverables are achieved
  • A high level of individual initiative and drive; ability to manage time efficiently; strong problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with discretion
  • Strong understanding of Human Resources and Organizational Development principles, policies and practices

Additional Information:



  • Title and salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
  • Be a part of big ideas and consider Gladstone. Your difference will make a difference in human health.
  • Gladstone is an equal opportunity employer.