Program Manager

California, United States
15 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Program Manager:

PERTS lab in the Department of Psychology is currently seeking a full time passionate Program Manager to oversee the planning and execution of our programs/studies, under the supervision of PERTS leadership.

The Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) envisions a world in which all learners—especially those who face greater barriers to academic success—engage fully and fearlessly in challenging endeavors that help them achieve their goals. To realize that vision, PERTS works with numerous researchers and educational organizations to develop, test, and disseminate scalable practices that increase learners’ resilience and success.

The primary responsibility of the Program Manager is to work collaboratively with faculty, PERTS staff, and K12 teachers/administrators, and community college faculty and administrators to co-manage, with the senior leadership team, school recruitment and to manage the smooth implementation of multiple large-scale intervention research projects/programs in school districts and/or at colleges and universities. This position will report to the Director of Operations. Co-managing school recruitment will involve working together with the program team to determine recruitment strategies and managing high-level relationships. School recruitment will also involve collaboratively creating marketing materials, giving presentations to recruit new collaborating institutions and to share results of past studies, writing of internal review board applications, cultivating new leads, and managing existing school and district-level relationships. Managing the implementation of projects will involve overseeing the daily operations of multiple programs including conducting focus group interviews, managing web content for interventions and main website, creating program delivery instructional materials, training school administrators and teachers in the administration of programs, providing technical support during program implementation, conducting follow-up interviews with teachers and school administrators, data collection and management, and writing project reports. The Program Manager will also evaluate existing systems and design improved systems to track program coordination, manage existing school relationships, and coordinate follow-up on new collaboration opportunities.

The Program Manager serves as a bridge between the PERTS research/development/program teams and partner schools. By effectively managing school relationships and conducting thorough interviews with school personnel during and after program implementation, the Program Manager will contribute to design and implementation planning by providing valuable school context insights. They will also be the overall logistics manager and contribute to the strategic planning process including support for grant funding, and writing papers for publications in academic journals.


  • Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planned and coordinating experimental protocols.
  • Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing only general guidance and suggestions.
  • Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.
  • Solve problems, and make decisions which affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.
  • Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.
  • Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field and two years applicable experience, or combination of education and relevant experience in an applicable social science.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with human study participants.
  • Developing supervisory skills.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • None


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


  • May be exposed to blood borne pathogens.
  •  May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.


  • 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,

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.