Director, Strategic Initiatives

California, United States
26 Oct 2018
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26 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University School of Medicine was founded in 1858 with a mission to be a premier research-intensive medical school that improves health through leadership, diversity, and a collaborative approach to discovery and innovation in patient care, education, and research. 

With over 2,000 faculty, each providing a unique mix of research, education and patient care effort, organized in 29 different departments and 9 different institutes and centers, supported by over 3,500 staff, occupying 2.5M square feet of academic space in over 80 buildings, and collectively generating about $2.4b in revenues, the Stanford University School of Medicine is a truly complex organization.

Stanford Medicine is the single brand used for 3 different entities: Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Stanford Medicine is led by a partnership among the Dean of the School of Medicine and Stanford’s two hospital CEOs. Stanford Medicine’s mission is: “Through innovative discovery and the translation of new knowledge, we improve human health locally and globally. We serve our community by providing outstanding and compassionate care. We inspire and prepare the future leaders of science and medicine.” 

The Role: 

Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking a Director of Strategic Initiatives to work with senior faculty and Stanford Medicine leadership on strategic planning and leadership of key initiatives. You will lead through influence and work with key leaders across Stanford Medicine to achieve the Stanford Medicine vision of leading the biomedical revolution in Precision Health and to drive strategies that will support the organization’s mission. 

Duties include:

  • Facilitate and drive key strategic initiatives from inception phase. Scoping and implementing special projects and strategic initiatives to support Stanford Medicine, and executing on the long-term strategic vision as well as to meet short-term objectives.
  • Lead programs that require cross-functional engagement with key staff across the organization, and with external stakeholders.
  • Partner and develop strong working relationships with institutional leadership, special committees, and consultants to support execution of key initiatives.
  • Participate and play a key role in developing inclusive strategic planning processes
  • Ensure that strategies are developed which reflect the complex intersection of academic and healthcare related economic, policy and regulatory environments, considering both current and likely future developments.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


A working knowledge of health care industry trends in demographics, policy, science/technology and economics is valuable as is Stanford experience and working in an Academic organization. 


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


  • 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.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.

* - 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 or weekends.
  • Infrequent 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,