PRIDEnet LGBTQ+ Community Engagement Lead

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Stanford University is seeking an Academic Program Professional 2 to work as PRIDEnet’s Community Engagement Lead (CEL) under the general direction of faculty or other management to develop, implement, and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the assigned academic entity/program(s). Participate in entity/program strategy development, long-range planning, and partnership development. The incoming CEL will serve as an expert advisor to faculty and staff and have a notable role in program/entity strategy development, long-range planning, and partnership development. The incoming CEL will be supervising 3-4 staff members devoted to community engagement.

A staunch advocate with ties to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer plus (LGBTQ+) community, PRIDEnet’s Community Engagement Lead (CEL) will be responsible for maintaining and developing long-term, nationwide community engagement activities in PRIDEnet. Under the broad guidance of Stanford faculty Principal Investigators, the CEL provides project leadership for PRIDEnet by building support and visibility of the network across a broad spectrum of stakeholders. The CEL will continue and enhance PRIDEnet’s efforts to broadly engage the LGBTQ+ community members, provides day-to-day leadership and support for the PRIDEnet Participant Advisory Committee (PAC), facilitate meaningful engagement and bi-directional relationships with the PRIDEnet Community Partner Consortium (CPC), support the meaningful engagement and activities of the PRIDEnet Ambassadors, and critically oversees and manages PRIDEnet’s community engagement program staff. The CEL is responsible for cultivating and fostering relationships with more than 30 community partner organizations across the country as well as identifying and creating new partnerships, which have formalized collaborative agreements between the partner and Stanford. These organizations are primarily LGBTQ+-focused health clinics, LGBTQ+ community centers, and service/advocacy organizations who serve the LGBTQ+ communities. The role also involves being a critical link between PRIDEnet and The PRIDE Study through communication and strategic planning with the PRIDEnet/The PRIDE Study faculty Principal Investigators and other projects in which PRIDEnet helps facilitate community-engaged LGBTQ+ health research. 

This position entails strategically overseeing the community engagement portion of an academic research program and representing the program to outside organizations. The CEL, under the broad direction of the Stanford faculty Principal Investigators, oversees administrative operations, finance, human resources and facilities for the community engagement portion of the program and ensuring that there is seamless communication between the community engagement personnel and activities and all other Stanford program personnel, components, and activities and collaborating institutions and entities. The incumbent will design and/or develop and sustain major program components, and administer the program's operational requirements. The incumbent will work closely with Stanford faculty Principal Investigators on formulating short-term planning and procedures, develop and organize conferences and other public forums, and work under direction of Stanford faculty Principal Investigators to establish program’s agenda, funding, reporting to donors/funders, and objectives.

Duties include:

  • Develop and manage research programs by conducting research activities, including outreach to varied stakeholders within the program, assigning resources and making program improvement recommendations that impact policies and programs.
  • Identify, recommend and implement opportunities for new research.
  • Source, collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function.
  • Teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses. Develop curriculum. Develop curriculum-rating survey, detailed feedback on courses and make recommendations for preliminary overview and changes. 
  • Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • Contribute to and inform on strategic program/entity planning and related funding and financial sustainability.
  • May advise students and/or coach/mentor clients. Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.
  • Coach and mentor program staff.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.

About PRIDEnet and The PRIDE Study:

PRIDEnet is a participant-powered research network of sexual and gender minorities which includes but is not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people. PRIDEnet’s mission is to catalyze LGBTQ+ health research by helping ensure that health research participants engage with the research processes on affiliated research projects from end-to-end. PRIDEnet is the primary vehicle for community engagement in The PRIDE Study, a national, online cohort study of the general health of LGBTQ+ adults (more information can be found at PRIDEnet also conducts community engagement activities with other projects, including the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, a national research cohort that aims to recruit 1 million people living in the United States with an emphasis on underserved communities (more information can be found at


High-Priority Desired Qualifications

  • Background and experience in LGBTQ+ health, LGBTQ+ health care, and/or LGBTQ+ health research.
  • Advanced knowledge of administrative, program management, strategic planning, human resources. 
  • Able to establish goals, set programmatic priorities, and support team members in achieving those goals independently.
  • Outstanding relationship-building skills.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers.
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial work style, including solution-oriented approach to complex issues. 
  • At least [4] years of experience in community organizing, coalition building, or campaign leadership.

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Advanced skills in personnel management and coaching, experience with managing remote teams who are geographically distributed is a plus. 
  • Proven ability to build and lead effective community coalitions.
  • Advanced ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Extensive leadership, organizing and/or advocacy experience in LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Experience with large-scale and complex programs with multiple stakeholders.
  • Experience with financial principles and practices and development and execution of programmatic budgeting is a plus.
  • Ability to quickly process and strategically respond to new information, concepts, and practices.
  • An advocate with clear commitment to PRIDEnet’s priorities with knowledge of related LGBTQ+ community and issues.
  • An energetic strategist who is adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing, and following through.
  • An experienced leader who understands the subtleties of engaging and motivating staff and community stakeholders in order to build successful coalitions across diverse cultural and political contexts.
  • A direct and compassionate communicator comfortable with complex cultural settings; one who shares information readily and listens well.
  • Maintains a healthy sense of humor.
  • Experience with the following are notable assets: LGBTQ+-dedicated community organizing and/or coalition building, organizing with black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities and/or coalition building, LGBTQ+ health, LGBTQ+ research, LGBTQ+ health or market research, LGBTQ+ marketing, and budget management.
  • At least [4] years of management experience demonstrating progressive responsibility in strategic planning, project development and management, and team leadership.
  • At least [3] years of leadership experience working as, or closely with, the chief executive officer or executive director.



Bachelor's degree and three or more years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans.



  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization. 
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.



  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.


* - 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.


  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally. 
  • Occasional overnight travel.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Stanford University is seeking an Academic Program Professional 2 to work as PRIDEnet’s Community Engagement Lead (CEL) under the general direction of faculty or other management to develop, implement, and administer the vision, strategy…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    November 30, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    November 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Palo Alto, CA
Associated Location
1701 Page Mill Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA

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