Educational Opportunity Operations Manager

California, United States
23 Apr 2020
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23 Jun 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

Who We Are:

At the Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University, the team is working towards a day where all children have equal educational opportunities. We are measuring educational opportunity in every community in America and have built the first national database of academic performance. We hope that researchers will use the data to generate evidence about what policies and contexts are most effective at increasing educational opportunity, and that such evidence will inform educational policy and practices.

We seek an organized and detail-oriented individual dedicated to closing the opportunity gap to join our team as an Education Opportunity Operations Manager. This person will be a core member of the Educational Opportunity team, with responsibility for ensuring smooth day to day operations, including creating and managing project plans and organizational systems, overseeing web development, managing contracts, procurement, and invoicing, and leading grants management including reporting. This is a very exciting and dynamic time for the Educational Opportunity Project as we create an innovative path to impacting the educational opportunity gap. It is also an exciting time for the Stanford Graduate School of Education where many new research programs are taking flight, and faculty searches are underway for the very best in their fields. This position will play a key role in helping us achieve our mission. This position will report to Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Stanford University.

The Educational Opportunity Project is part of the Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE), which is a top-ranked school of education, known for its prestigious faculty, rigorous graduate degree programs, and its impact on the quality of education across the world. The GSE is committed to developing leaders in education research, practice and policy. Our community includes over 60 faculty, 400 students, 200 staff, 8,000 alumni and countless people from the local and global communities we work with and impact. The work environment is dynamic, deadline-driven, fast-paced, and energetic.

Please visit for more information about our work and team.

What You’ll Do:

As the Operations Manager, you will work under the general direction of Professor Sean Reardon to develop and implement operational systems to support the vision, strategy, and goals of the Educational Opportunity Project. This includes ensuring smooth day to day operations, overseeing web development, and leading grants management and task management. You will also support programmatic strategy development, long-range planning, and partnership development.

Core duties will include:

  • Create and manage effective organizational systems to ensure smooth daily operations.
  • Track and manage progress on project timelines, grants and financial reporting, deliverables and other tasks. This includes tracking progress of collaborators including internal staff, academic partners and web developers, and providing updates on progress to clients and funders as needed.
  • Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

What You’ll Bring:

We are looking for someone who is organized, detail-oriented and dedicated to ensuring all students have equal educational opportunities. This role requires strong communication, writing and analytical skills as well as an ability to think strategically, navigate ambiguity and meet frequent deadlines. A good sense of humor is appreciated (where appropriate) and a strong, dedicated work ethic is a must. Some additional requirements include:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and three 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.

Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Why Stanford is for You:

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply:

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, you must submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application.

  • Finalist must successfully complete a background check prior to working at Stanford University.
  • Applicants to this position must be available to work in the United States without sponsorship for 2 years or more. OPT permit holders should confirm that they are eligible to work in the US at the Stanford GSE for two years or more.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.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.Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4112
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 86586