Chief People and Culture Officer at Stanford Alumni Association
Job Posted: 9 May 2022
Company: Stanford University
Closing Date: 5 June 2022
Location: Palo Alto, CA


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At a glance

Stanford Alumni Association is hiring a Chief People and Culture Officer. In this carefully crafted role, you will serve as a strategic leader helping SAA achieve its greatest success through a diverse group of experienced people, working together in an inclusive and equitable culture, to achieve our purpose. This is a unique opportunity to come in and align human resource strategy while being instrumental in nurturing and advancing the culture of SAA and a bonus - have fun at the same time. This team takes their work seriously, yet firmly believes in the power of humor and a work environment that is playful, lively, and enjoyable. Curious? Learn more about the mission and values of the Stanford Alumni Association: and take it to the next level and apply now! 

Description: What you'll be doing

Another Source’s client, Stanford University, is recruiting a Chief People and Culture Officer to join the Stanford Alumni Association team.     

Here's a little about Stanford Alumni Association and the position they are seeking to fill:  

Stanford Alumni Association (SAA), a division of Stanford University, will achieve its greatest success through a diverse group of experienced people, working together in an inclusive and equitable culture, to achieve our purpose. Building and supporting a workforce that reflects the life experiences of the staff, students, alumni, and the community the university serves, that fosters an environment that promotes curiosity, innovation and ideas from all people, ensures our work is relevant to a rapidly changing world.  

SAA’s Mission 

The Stanford Alumni Association seeks to reach, serve and engage all Stanford alumni and students, to foster lifelong intellectual and emotional connections between the university and its graduates and to provide the university with goodwill and support. 

SAA’s Values  

  • Our People: We care for and respect one another professionally and personally, acknowledging that while our work is important, our lives extend well beyond SAA.   
  • Excellence: We strive to be outstanding in all that we do, both as individuals and as an organization, while embracing a growth mindset focused on learning and continuous improvement. 
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: We strive to be a safe, fair, open and wonderfully diverse community in which differences are celebrated and staff members can be authentically themselves, feel that they belong, have a voice and contribute meaningfully. 
  • Integrity: We expect honesty, transparency, trust, accountability and respect for others, both personally and professionally, as we endeavor always to comport ourselves in an appropriate and ethical manner. 
  • Innovation: We look for new ideas and better ways to accomplish our mission; accept the occasional failure as a necessary part of improvement; and applaud original thinkers who are courageous, bold and creative in both big and small ways. 
  • The Greater Good: We endeavor to “own the whole” by embracing collaboration and thinking beyond our individual, departmental and organizational responsibilities, as we care for the success of not only our own work, but also for that of all our Stanford colleagues. 
  • Fun: We take our work seriously, yet firmly believe in the power of humor and a work environment that is playful, lively and enjoyable. 

Please visit our website to learn more about the Stanford Alumni Association:  

The Role 

The Chief People & Culture Officer for the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) acts as a strategic leader focused on promoting an inclusive and equitable environment within SAA, an organization of 120 staff members. Reporting to the Stanford University VP for Alumni Affairs and President of the Stanford Alumni Association, this person will be a part of the SAA Cabinet, the division’s senior management team, and will have responsibility for HR oversight supported by an HR team of four, shared with Stanford’s Office of External Relations. This position will lead SAA culture initiatives and human resources strategy, in alignment with University Human Resources, and will focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B) opportunities. 

In developing and implementing SAA’s DEI&B strategy, this role will work with the SAA Senior Management team, DEI&B Employee Resource Groups, and DEI&B colleagues across Stanford University. This role will direct DEI&B programmatic work performed by the unit’s HR team as well as act as a resource for staff within SAA focused on DEI opportunities with Stanford’s alumni. This role will be supported with the development and implementation of programs by the unit’s HR team and will collaborate with the University Human Resources DEI&B team. This role will co-lead the unit’s HR team, which is shared with the Office of External Relations. 


Human Resources 

  • In partnership with the Office of External Relation’s Chief Administration Officer, leads the HR team that is a shared resource between the two units.  
  • Leads the delivery of full-scope HR support for SAA including executive coaching, employee relations, compensation, structure and leveling, employee engagement and culture development, organizational design, change management, employee communications, and people development.  
  • Collaborates with University Human Resources (UHR) to assure alignment with the university policies and practices and leverages UHR resources as needed.  
  • Works closely with key staff to advise and coach them on creating, implementing, and driving a talent agenda and strategy for their groups. 
  • Drives accountability for execution of HR employee lifecycle processes in SAA, including goal setting, performance management, talent planning and annual compensation programs. 

Organizational Culture 

  • Partners with the SAA senior leadership team to nurture and advance the unit’s culture. 
  • Champions the transformation of a differentiated culture within SAA by delivering strategies in which our employees feel a true connection to SAA’s and Stanford’s Mission, Vision, and Values. 
  • Identifies gaps and builds business processes that foster the adoption of and shared accountability to living our mission and values. 
  • Oversees Mission, Vision, and Values cultural integration and programming. 
  • Delivers and facilitates culture-related training and development programs as needed. 
  • Implements programs that foster a diverse and inclusive culture.  
  • Champions and fosters a culture of innovation, respect, transparency, collaboration, empowerment, accountability and integrity and which allows all employees to feel appreciated, included, and valued. 
  • Works with leaders and employees to identify, establish, and maintain a positive work environment and authentic culture which encourages diversity, inclusion, and belonging.  
  • Acts as a catalyst for change: helps set direction, provides appropriate resources, and manages strong change management and execution plans for organization changes. 
  • Identifies levers to develop, align and execute people strategies that enhance employee engagement and retention (e.g., talent assessments, engagement surveys, succession planning). 

Strategy Development 

  • Builds strong relationships with senior business leaders to develop a deep understanding of the business and increase awareness and understanding of SAA’s culture, both current and desired. 
  • In coordination with University Human Resources, develops and implements a robust internal culture strategy in the areas of recruitment, retention, professional development and promotion of a diverse, engaged workforce with a focus on cultural awareness. 
  • Develops and articulates a clear and compelling vision of diversity and community belonging for SAA.  
  • Acts as a DEI&B subject matter expert by contributing perspective, insights, and knowledge, and taking a balanced partnership and systemic approach to foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture across SAA. 
  • Collaborates with SAA executives and leaders to shape their roles as champions and advocates for inclusion and belonging. 
  • Provides leadership and coaching to people leaders in SAA via one-to-one and group interactions.  
  • Partners with senior leaders in SAA to co-lead the DEI&B Committee(s) - create structure, promote accountability, establish governance, and guide strategy, goals, and related activities of participating employees.  

Assessment and Implementation 

  • Regularly measures, analyzes, and highlights areas of strength and weakness in our business practices as they relate to our culture, providing consultative support to identify opportunities, interventions, and initiatives for improvement.  Create appropriate reporting metrics and report on progress against culture and DEI&B goals to SAA leadership. 
  • Keeps current on developments, best practices, opportunities, and metrics/trends outside the University, and with peer institutions, and use that knowledge to fine-tune our goals and direction.  
  • Leverages programs, resources and best practices put forth by University Human Resources. 

Communication and Outreach 

  • Represents SAA’s diversity strategy efforts with University Human Resources and DEI&B/Human Resources partners in other university schools and units, ensuring awareness, involvement, integration, and contributions as appropriate. 
  • Works with outside organizations (e.g., community associations, advocacy groups) to research and implement custom and effective DEI&B programs and initiatives for employees. 

Employee Engagement  

  • Creates and moderates safe spaces for honest and practical dialogue around culture and DEI&B while challenging conventional wisdom. 
  • Guides and supports the introduction and development of employee resource groups within SAA. 
  • Continuously evolves employee resource groups to positively impact the business through effective leadership, engagement, programming, and management. 


  • Bachelor’s degree. 
  • 7+ years of experience leading a human resources department in a complex organization. 
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing successful DEI strategies.  
  • Deep understanding organizational structures that impact the implementation and management of effective change efforts.  
  • Demonstrated end-to-end experience in the development and execution of organization-wide initiatives. 
  • Strong project/program management skills with demonstrated effectiveness in the following: data analysis, interpersonal communication, consulting, facilitation, influencing and people leadership.  
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and understanding of group dynamics. Successful track record of establishing credibility and trust with a diverse client group, including senior leaders. 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and managerial courage.  
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, creative problem solving, judgment, negotiating, influencing, and strategic decision-making skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy.  
  • Excellent facilitation and oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports and deliver formal presentations or training to senior management and other audiences. 


  • Master’s degree in organizational behavior, organizational development, human resources or equivalent. 
  • 10+ years in experience working specifically in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) space.  
  • 15+ years of experience leading a human resources department in a complex organization. 


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 

More benefit highlights: 

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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