Director, Strategic Planning

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

Stanford University School of Medicine is seeking a Director of Strategic Initiatives to lead the development and execution of strategic planning and key strategic initiatives. The Director of Strategic Initiatives will collaborate with senior faculty and Stanford Medicine leadership on School-wide programs that achieve our vision of leading the biomedical revolution in Precision Health.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Lead initiatives that require cross-functional engagement with key staff across the School, Stanford hospitals, University, and externally (including internationally). Potential initiatives include planning and support of key Precision Health initiatives, partnership programs, and new centers, and will require high levels of functional integration.
  • Ensure that strategies are developed that reflect the complex intersection of academic- and healthcare-related economic, policy, and regulatory environments, considering both current and likely future developments.
  • Facilitate and drive key strategic initiatives from the planning/inception phase. Scope and implement special projects and initiatives and execute on the long-term strategic vision as well as short-term objectives.
  • Research best-of models internally and externally and assess current School of Medicine practices. Develop action plans with timelines, potential revenues, projected expenses, compliance considerations, and resource requirements such as management, labor, and materials.
  • Lead execution of new initiatives, including identification of stakeholders, facilitation of discussions and negotiations, and development of communications plans relative to project scope and stakeholders.
  • Develop strong working relationships with key constituencies across Stanford Medicine and the University.
  • Work with the communications team and outside vendors (PR, branding, marketing, design, etc.) to ensure messaging is consistent with the Stanford Medicine brand and Precision Health vision. Generally, manage staff/vendors on key projects, potentially including both consultants and outside agencies as well as School of Medicine employees.

Come make one of the best medical schools in the world even better.

About Stanford University School of Medicine

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

With more than 1,900 faculty, each providing a unique mix of research, education, and patient care effort, organized in 28 academic departments and 9 interdisciplinary institutes and centers, supported by more than 3,500 staff, educating 3,000 students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents/fellows, and trainees, and collectively generating about $2.3B in revenues, the School of Medicine is Stanford’s largest school and truly a complex organization.

Holistically, the School of Medicine is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that keeps pace with market trends, and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives.

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,