Company: Space Telescope Science Institute
Posted on: February 25, 2021
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is seeking a
Diversity Officer to work with the Institute Director, leadership,
and staff to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our
workplace. We value our diverse workforce, look to promote respect
and inclusion in the workplace, and seek to be an example for
others to follow.
Established in 1981, STScI is a 700+ person multi-mission
operations center for NASA's flagship astronomical observatories,
including the most famous observatory in history, the Hubble Space
Telescope, as well as NASA's next flagship observatories, the James
Webb Space Telescope and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. We
bring astronomical science to the world through internationally
recognized research, news, education, and public outreach
The Diversity Officer will report to the Director and work closely
with the STScI Head of Human Resources, the Chief Diversity Officer
of our parent organization, the Association of Universities for
Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc., as well as STScI leadership and
staff, to craft the organization's culture and further our
strategic objective of promoting a fair, inclusive work environment
and encouraging a diverse, engaged workforce.
Your core responsibility will be to advance the development,
implementation and achievement of programs, initiatives, and
communications in support of this strategic goal. We will look to
you to evaluate past and current DEI programs and activities to
assess their value and identify what is needed to move the
organization to the next level of effectiveness by innovating
*Primary responsibilities of the Diversity Officer include:*
* Leading the organization in developing and implementing critical
initiatives that foster a culture of diversity, equity, and
* Guiding the Director and Institute leadership on yearly and
long-term DEI strategies.
* Developing a communication framework for DEI initiatives,
objectives and outcomes.
* Establishing and maintaining an internal auditing system for
measuring and reporting progress on organizational DEI goals.
* Identifying institutional barriers to DEI and working with
leadership to remove those barriers to ensure full and equitable
participation for existing and future staff.
* Collaborating with Human Resources to implement effective
strategies for hiring and retention of under-represented staff.
* Providing strategic direction for training and organizational
development initiatives related to cultural competency across
multiple axes of diversity and inclusion and other topics crafted
to increase awareness and support of the organization's values.
* Engaging with internal working groups, affinity groups,
self-organized groups, etc. to support grass roots DEI efforts.
* Representing STScI in establishing partnerships and affiliations
with external organizations, the science community, and community
* Working with the AURA Chief Diversity Officer to align our
diversity, equity and inclusion efforts with those of AURA.
*Experience and Qualifications:*
A Degree (Master's level would be preferred but not required) in
Diversity & Inclusion, Social Justice, Human Resources, Social
Science, Education, or a related field. Demonstrated ability
advancing a diversity, equity, and inclusion program/plan at an
organizational level. Three+ years of leadership experience. Prior
experience in a STEM or academic environment is helpful, but not
*Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for
stated qualifications will be considered.*
*Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:*
* Knowledge of DEI standard methodologies, state of the profession
* Experience advocating and educating with respect to diversity,
equity, and inclusion.
* Experience in the definition, implementation, improvement and/or
leadership of DEI programs, including planning, training, policies,
* Experience with strategy development, management principles and
practices, and/or organizational change.
* Ability to cultivate and develop collaborative working
relationships with internal and external partners. Ability to
authentically connect, negotiate, influence, and build
* Skill in analyzing, measuring, and reporting on the efficacy of
DEI programs and activities.
* Ability to serve as an internal resource and consultant.
* Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for diverse
backgrounds, perspectives, experiences and identities of staff.
Deep level of empathy and emotional intelligence.
Note: *The above details minimum requirements as well as targeted
skills and experience. Research demonstrates that individuals from
marginalized groups may feel that they have to meet requests for
all of the skills and experience before applying. We remind you
that this is not the case. We will consider other relevant
qualifications when evaluating your application for this position.
We strongly encourage you to apply.*
*TO APPLY:* Applications received by January 29, 2021 will receive
full consideration. Applications received after this date will be
considered until the position is filled. You are requested to
complete an on-line application and upload a cover letter and
resume in one PDF document.
STScI is located in Baltimore, MD. We offer an excellent and
generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, flexible work
schedules, and a stimulating and diverse work environment. Explore
**Most STScI staff are working from home during the COVID-19
crisis. The safety of our staff and community is our top priority.
We will continue to interview and screen candidates in this new
virtual landscape. Offers of employment are being extended and new
hires on-board virtually. We ship systems to you to enable working
from home until it is safe to report to our Baltimore offices. If
applicable, relocation benefits are available to those eligible
when travel can be supported. Employees are required to be resident
in the Baltimore-Washington area within six months of their hire
AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to
diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that
advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden
participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity
throughout the workforce. Learn more at
As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a
government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment
Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal
Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the
centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender
identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations,
veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected
status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity
laws. The statements below as well as the requests for
self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We
encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting
requirements that are included for protection and to assist us in
our record keeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly
STScI embraces the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority
in creating a first-rate community. We reflect this deep dedication
in strongly encouraging women, ethnic minorities, veterans and
disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.
Veterans, disabled individuals or wounded warriors needing
assistance with the employment process can contact us at
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Hall of Fame in 2020 - Top 25 Places to Work in Baltimore.
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contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR
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