Director, Strategic Initiatives

California, United States
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 20 March 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description.

Stanford University is one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

The Office of Development (OOD) supports the goals and purposes of Stanford University. OOD staff members, working in concert with academic leadership and volunteers, strive to enhance, over the long-term, useful gift support to Stanford. In the process, development staff establish and nurture relationships with students, alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations and associations. Stanford University is committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the OOD staff plays a role in providing the university’s donors with the service and attention that ensures an exceptionally positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Engagement & Outreach, the Director of Strategic Engagement, will serve as a key member of the Office of Development and will assume primary responsibility for strategic planning related to campaign related events and volunteer strategy. Working alongside senior staff leading the university’s campaign effort, the individual will serve as a subject matter expert in university-wide campaign related content. This individual will engage with a multitude of individuals, including faculty, university officers and staff, volunteers, alumni, and friends and others outside Stanford during the course of their development work.

Your responsibilities include:

  • In partnership with AVP, leading the strategic direction of complex outreach events and volunteer structure for the next campaign. Managing and directing the enlistment of volunteers and ensure appropriate matching of volunteer interest with university priorities to maximize the philanthropic investment of volunteers. Ensuring outreach events are appropriately crafted and targeted to maximize engagement and support. Partnering with principal and major gifts in schools and units to craft the most appropriate strategy for feedback and engagement.
  • Acting as the subject matter expert on emerging priorities across all schools/units. Developing and utilizing cross-university content knowledge to elevate stories that should be shared in university-wide outreach efforts.
  • Assisting with the faculty and internal staff training strategy which will require intellectual capital to be able to communicate campaign priorities to staff at all levels - field staff, partner staff and support staff. Representing the engagement and outreach team on behalf of campaign priorities with faculty leaders.
  • Directing and managing LEAD Council meeting strategy including developing agendas, materials, content and volunteer coordination. Manage all communications in support of such meetings.
  • Overseeing or supervising staff in the development and implementation of programs or functions.
  • A commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.

Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and ten years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to juggle a vast quantity of incoming information, interruptions, and inquiries with a high level of professionalism and tolerance for ambiguity.
  • This position requires someone with well-developed interpersonal skills, professionalism and a knack for organization. Our team seeks someone with intellectual curiosity, a sense of humor, enthusiasm for problem solving and a can-do attitude.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage financial, organizational and staff resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to cultivate professional and business partnerships.
  • Relevant subject matter expertise.
  • Strong project planning and management skills.
  • Ability to act independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging and motivating groups of diverse individuals.

Physical Requirements*:

  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, sit, and use a telephone, stand/walk.
  • Occasionally light/fine grasping, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, writing by hand.

*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 the job.

Working Conditions:

May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Regular travel may be required.

Valid passport for international travel.

Work Standards:

When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.

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,


Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. 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

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4124
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: L
  • Requisition ID: 88215

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