Research Program Director

California, United States
07 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Center for Population Health Sciences mission is to advance the understanding of social, environmental, andbehavioral influences.  The OCE is the home within the Center for Population Health Sciences for building innovative models of engagement. 

We strive to:

  • foster meaningful community partnerships in the local area
  • develop a cadre of faculty, trainees, students, and community partners equipped with skills to address real-word problems impacting local communities and vulnerable populations, and
  • facilitate the design and implementation of research that promotes population health and health equity.

The OCE is seeking a Research Program Director to develop and administer OCE-led research projects and the community-engagement technical assistance and services program. This position will be an integral member of the OCE team and will be expected to be a team leader for a variety of OCE research activities.

Duties include:

  • Develop and manage research programs by conducting research activities, including outreach to varied stakeholders within the program, assigning resources and making program improvement recommendations that impact policies and programs.
  • Identify, recommend and implement opportunities for new research.
  • Source, collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function.
  • Teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses. Develop curriculum. Develop curriculum-rating survey, detailed feedback on courses and make recommendations for preliminary overview and changes.
  • Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • Contribute to and inform on strategic program/entity planning and related funding and financial sustainability.
  • May advise students and/or coach/mentor clients. Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.
  • Coach and mentor program staff.

* - Other duties may also be assigned 


  • Bachelor's degree in public health, social sciences or a related field and three or more years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience.
  • Master in Public Health preferred.
  • Experience managing programs, including budgets, financial plans, milestones and metrics.
  • Demonstrated experience in community-engagement, community-based research, and partnership development required.
  • Excellent skills in qualitative research in community-based settings.
  • Proficient project management skills


Bachelor's degree and three or more years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans.


  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.


  • Valid non-commercial class California Driver’s License


  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.

* - 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, evenings or weekends.
  • Local travel required
  • Occasional overnight 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,

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