Director, Strategic Analytics and Reporting

California, United States
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
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Monday, 21 December 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University is seeking a Director, Strategic Analytics and Reporting that interprets, monitors, and analyzes information regarding policies, procedures, demographics, and operational outcomes yielding actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging areas. This role will lead strategic projects/initiatives for School of Medicine and in collaboration with hospitals. This position will work with the Chief Planning Officer, who will delegate specific strategic projects/initiatives for this position to lead. These projects will span the school, hospital and University as well as externally. For example, this position will develop and execute initiatives to support the “Precision Health” vision and Stanford Medicine’s Integrated Strategic Plan. In this role the position will independently lead and direct projects requiring high levels of functional integration and involving multiple disciplines to be managed.

Duties include:

  • Select the issues/challenges having the most value to the organization and determine methodology to utilize in interpreting and gathering data from multiple sources on the issue.
  • Drive collection of new data and the refinement of existing data sources; apply and use algorithms or other advanced techniques to accomplish this. Recommend ways to apply the data. Assures reliable and consistent data is maintained and available for both ad hoc and longitudinal inquiries.
  • Fully analyze the problem, question existing processes and assumptions, gather data and information, find and evaluate alternative solutions, and propose best course of action.
  • Explore data from multiple angles, determine meaning behind the data, and recommend ways to apply the data.
  • Communicate, convey, and visualize informed conclusions and recommendations across an organization’s leadership structure in a manner to “tell the story” behind the data and influence how organization approaches the challenge.
  • Interact with and influence senior leaders, faculty, and/or senate with written summaries and/or presentations.
  • May delineate the information to be gathered, collect data at the project inception, prescribe how to structure the data, and specify the data warehousing structure for future access.
  • Through data, may predict what actions will be taken in a designated timeframe for a prescribed issue/challenge.
  • May need to collaborate with other organizations to gather data. Proactively seek and locate data, including outside benchmarks or comparative data, to support or refute proposed decisions.
  • May mentor or supervise other information analytics staff and direct on project work.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.


  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to influence and motivate constituencies which could span multiple organizational boundaries.
  • Demonstrated excellent planning, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound business decisions using good business judgment and innovative and creative problem-solving.


  • Bachelor’s degree and seven years of extensive, relevant experience or combination of education and relevant technical field experience solving analytical problems using quantitative approaches.


  • Facility in manipulating and analyzing complex, high-volume, high-dimensionality data from varying sources.
  • Extensive experience in and strong passion for empirical research and answering hard questions with data.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills to effectively convey findings and broad trends to a variety of audiences and positively influence senior leadership & faculty.
  • Ability to use data retrieval and manipulation tools such as SQL, Brio Query, Business Objects and the like along with visual data tools to present data clearly to non-technical audiences.
  • Advanced proficiency with statistical tools such as SPSS, SAS, R or similar tools.
  • Ability to tell stories with data using data visualization software such as Tableau, Excel, SPSS, or similar software in conjunction with strong verbal ability.
  • Ability to use visual data tools to clearly articulate data to non-technical audiences.
  • Flexible analytical approach crafting multiple options with supporting arguments for the same goal and allowing for results at varying levels of precision.
  • Facilitation skills to conduct meetings to achieve the desired outcome and manage projects within time constraints.
  • In depth knowledge of University administrative organization, policies, procedures, and practices for institutional research-oriented roles.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sit, sort, file paperwork or parts, grasp lightly, and use fine manipulation, lift, carry, push and pull objects that weigh 10 pounds or less.
  • Occasionally write by hand, twist, bend, stoop and squat.
  • Rarely stand, walk, reach or work above shoulders and use a telephone.

* - 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 during peak business cycles.


  • 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,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4749
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: L
  • Requisition ID: 87580

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