Managing Director of People Operations

California, United States
Saturday, 14 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Friday, 14 February 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The Stanford Cancer Institute (SCI), one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, builds synergies and collaborations across Stanford Medicine in support of cancer research. A prominent, dynamic, growing and complex Institute in the Stanford School of Medicine (SOM), the SCI is presently comprised of over 280 non-academic and academic staff and includes our Cancer Clinical Trials Office (CCTO).

Reporting to the Director of Finance & Administration (DFA) for SCI the Managing Director of People Operations (Human Resources Manager 2) will lead a team of 3 in managing human resources functions for the SCI, while also acting as a member of the leadership team to develop people operations strategies in support of organization goals and objectives. Our ideal candidate will demonstrate a track record of success in a full spectrum of human resources including strategy, recruitment and retention programs, organizational development, problem solving, change management, leadership development, succession planning, compensation management, employee and labor relations and human resource administration and training.   In this new leadership role you will have responsibilities vital to the SCI’s success in enacting its mission to reduce cancer mortality through comprehensive programs of cancer research, treatment, education and outreach. You will work with an unparalleled leading-edge community of diverse faculty and staff who are fundamentally changing the world of health care in the cancer arena.  

The SCI is fast-paced, team-oriented, and forward-thinking. Our staff run toward challenges, and you will have a demonstrated history of doing the same with a high degree of professionalism and initiative. With direct reporting to the SCI DFA/Associate Director of Administration and Planning, you will lead our human resources activities with your excellent management skills that include collaboration, coaching and the ability to build strong partnerships and relationships.

Duties include

  • Collaborate with the organization's management to support initiatives by understanding the organization's objectives, issues, needs, and key success factors. Participate in planning processes and promote best practices; provide leadership for workforce planning efforts.
  • Design strategies for facilitating organizational and behavioral change. Perform needs assessment, analysis, and consulting on organizational issues; make recommendations on organizational design and development issues. 
  • Investigate basic and complex employee relations issues, and initiate appropriate resolution; recommend and facilitate effective solutions in alignment with applicable policies and laws. Work in consultation with human resources director and/or employee/labor relations staff to resolve highly complex issues, as needed. Coach and advise staff on organizational, employee, and labor relations issues.
  • Oversee performance appraisal process; design procedures and documents specific to the organization, as needed. Provide relevant coaching and guidance.
  • Oversee organizational- wide view of talent management (recruitment and staffing plans), and structure offers. Support or lead higher level searches, and advise on affirmative action objectives, as needed. 
  • Manage area's salary-setting program. Advise managers on assignment of employees to appropriate classification levels; review and approve salary actions; design and/or manage incentive and bonus programs, as needed.
  • Assess organizational and individual staff development needs. Identify, communicate, and consult with staff on training and career development opportunities. Develop and conduct relevant training, and participate in training design.
  • Oversee processes for workers' compensation, disability, leave, work place accommodation requests, and health and safety issues; inform managers and human resources director, as needed. Act as a resource to others in organization, and oversee the accurate documentation and record keeping. 
  • Oversee and approve human resources transactions submitted for processing. Prepare reports, and analyze data available through local and centralized database resources.
  • Manage the performance of direct reports. Set team objectives, priorities, and resources to align with department objectives.

* - Other duties may also be assigned  


  • Minimum ten years human resource experience
  • Minimum of two years managing staff
  • Experience in higher education or healthcare environments.
  • Graduate degree in related field.
  • Experience with process improvement / process excellence frameworks
  • Experience developing people programs that support operations


Bachelor's degree and five years relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience as a consultant and advisor to management in at least four human resources areas, including: employee relations, employment and labor law, compensation, staffing and employment, training and development, performance coaching and management, and organizational development.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and understanding of group dynamics. Successful track record of establishing credibility and trust with a diverse client group.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, problem solving, judgment, negotiating, influencing, and 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.
  • Strong supervision/management and staff development experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with business applications, such as Microsoft Office suite and human resource information systems.


  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a computer; use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, write by hand, sort/file paperwork.
  • Rarely kneel/crawl, operate foot and/or hand controls.

*- 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.


Travel on campus to schools/units, out of town.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4706
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: K