Job Code: 4122
THIS IS A 100% FTE FIXED-TERM POSITION. THE TERM CONCLUDES ONE YEAR FROM THE START DATE, AND MAY BE EXTENDED BASED ON PROGRAM NEED AND FUNDING AVAILABILITY.
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Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description
The Social Problem-Solving Accelerator is a new university-wide initiative at Stanford University. The Accelerator’s goal is to spur cutting-edge social science research that yields new solutions to challenging social and public policy problems.
Although still in the design phase, the Accelerator is envisioned as a platform that will: (a) connect talented researchers and motivated practitioners around concrete problems, (b) house, resource, and support these partnerships, (c) gather evidence to identify potential interventions, (d) launch and evaluate interventions, and (e) scale promising solutions. These partnerships will span substantive areas including poverty and inequality, health and education, criminal justice, the environment, economic opportunity, governance and polarization, and national security. We call these partnerships “impact labs,” and the university’s aspiration is to build an infrastructure that powers the application of social science to parallel an existing pipeline that drives innovation in industry.
The Accelerator will also play a central role in rethinking how Stanford trains the next generation of researchers and students committed to tackling social and policy problems, whether through the private, social, or public sectors. Through applied research and new models of undergraduate and graduate education, our ambition is to reimagine the university as an engine for tackling real-world problems using the best data, evidence, and technology.
The Partnerships Lead, with support from the Operations Lead and Faculty Leads, will be responsible for identifying, curating, and forging strong partnerships between university-based researchers and practitioners in government, non-profit organizations, foundations, and the private sector. These partnerships will be essential to the success of the university’s new “impact labs” – multi-year engagements between faculty and leading practitioners to tackle tough social problems. As the Accelerator enters a pilot phase, the Partnerships Lead will be responsible for designing and helping to execute specific aspects of the pilot, including a cohort program to help faculty design and launch impact labs and a new Sabbaticals-in-Service program to place university faculty in public service roles.
Specific duties include:
- Work closely with the Social Problem-Solving Accelerator Operations Lead and Faculty Directors to develop strategic plan for partnership development as part of the larger operational plan. Partners will include non-profits, government and private companies to serve as research partners for Stanford faculty and staff.
- Lead on strategy development and execution for key pilot components (including a faculty fellowship program and a sabbaticals-in-service program).
- Monitor, evaluate and propose changes to partnership-related pilot initiatives based on pilot results.
- Conduct best practices research around university/practitioner partnership work. Use this research to make recommendations to inform the program’s approach.
- Develop an understanding of needs of practitioners (through research, conversations) to engage in evidence-based partnerships, and articulate them effectively to researchers and the university community.
- Draft communications (reports, emails, presentations) aimed at Stanford community and external community to publicize and communicate Social Problem-Solving Accelerator work and progress.
- Lead external efforts to identify promising leaders and innovators in the civic, non-profit, philanthropic, and private sectors with an interest in the role of research in shaping policy and strategy.
- Develop and maintain relationships with practitioners in the non-profit, government and private sector.
- Manage partnership-related budgets and report progress to Operations Lead and Faculty Directors.
- Develop trainings and external outreach aimed at practitioners with the goal of creating a pool of strong external practitioner partnerships for research purposes.
Lead and manage programs or functions under minimal supervision.
- Lead the planning and operations for programs or functions that have significant business, regulatory and/or technical challenges requiring subject matter expertise.
- Evaluate programs or functions, policies and procedures. Identify issues, and develop alternative solutions which may include changes to programs, policies and procedures.
- Review and analyze trends to advise and develop recommendations to achieve or modify the goals of the program or function.
- Represent the program or function within the department, unit or school by committing resources and provide information and/or training. Represent the program or function at the university level and/or to external/internal stakeholders and constituencies.
- Manage and contribute e to the development of outreach strategy that may include relationship development, communications and compliance.
- May develop and/or oversee budgets; manage finances including monitoring, analyzing, forecasting, and reporting.
- Assess training needs and may develop associated training.
- May direct and/or supervise staff.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
- Experience with partnership development, implementation, and program design and evaluation. Proven ability to work in academic, non-profit and/or government settings, with a preferred focus on domestic policy issues. Strong background in data science, empirical social science, and/or public policy preferred. Degree in law, economics, political science, sociology, public policy, statistics, engineering, or computer science preferred. Advanced degree preferred, but not required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines.
- Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness.
- Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment and, decision-making skills.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and meet budget goals.
- Demonstrated solid planning and organizational skills.
- Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
- Strong relevant subject matter knowledge.
- Ability to direct the work of others, for jobs requiring supervision.
Certifications and Licenses
- 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 the job.
- 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
- Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
- Schedule: Full-time
- Employee Status: Regular
- Requisition ID: 82869