Research Director, Golub Capital Social Impact Lab

California, United States
08 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
08 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

This is a two-year fixed term position.  

Research Director, Golub Capital Social Impact Lab

Stanford Graduate School of Business    

Residing in Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation, Stanford GSB has built a global reputation based on its immersive and innovative management programs. We provide students a transformative leadership experience, push the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research, and offer a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs that deliver global impact like no other. We strive to change lives, change organizations, and change the world.

The Graduate School of Business (GSB) offers world-renowned graduate, post-graduate and executive education programs, and cutting edge research insights with unrivaled global impact. 

The Golub Capital Social Impact Lab (Lab) is a new initiative within the GSB. The Lab uses digital technology and social science research to improve the effectiveness of social sector organizations. The lab is a research initiative of affiliated academics, staff, researchers and students who are passionate about conducting research that guides and improves the process of innovation. We collaborate with a wide range of organizations, from large firms to smaller startups, for-profits to nonprofits, and NGOs to governments, to conduct research. Then, we apply and disseminate our insights to achieve social impact at large scale.

The Lab’s research falls into three main areas: (i) research to identify specific problems and associated potential technology solutions; (ii) general purpose research on methods, processes, and practices that support the development of technologies such as digital education, worker training, nudges, and information provision; and (iii) research on innovative approaches to subsidize and incentivize the development and scaling of technical solutions, including paying for outcomes, advance market commitments, social impact bonds, social impact venture capital, prizes, and milestone payments. 

Reporting to the Lab Director and the Faculty Director, the Research Director, Golub Capital Social Impact Lab, will lead and oversee research related to the mission of the Lab and ensure the research is disseminated widely to both academic and general audiences. This includes defining, prioritizing, and managing research projects; recruiting faculty, students and writers to contribute to the research agenda; managing and carrying out the research; writing, presenting and publicizing research and related thought leadership; supporting the writing of grant proposals around research projects and all organizational duties associated with achieving these objectives.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead and own organization-wide data initiatives (e.g. models, frameworks, platforms, dashboards). 
  • Hire, supervise, coach and mentor a high-performing team of analysts (postdocs, students, and staff) to achieve the research and teaching mission, goals and objectives of the unit. 
  • Identify, leverage and partner with external firms. 
  • Prioritize and extract data from a variety of sources such as notes, survey results, medical reports, and laboratory data, and maintain its accuracy and completeness. 
  • Determine additional data collection and reporting requirements. Design and customize reports based upon data in the database. Oversee and monitor regulatory compliance for utilization of the data. 
  • Use system reports and analyses to identify potentially problematic data, make corrections, and eliminate root cause for data problems or justify solutions to be implemented by others. 
  • Create complex charts and databases, perform statistical analyses, and develop graphs and tables for publication and presentation. Write and/or edit scientific content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, presentations, translational and educational material, and other program activities.
  • Serve as a resource for non-routine inquiries such as requests for statistics or surveys. 
  • Test prototype software and participate in approval and release process for new software including software used to replicate empirical analyses or software used to demonstrate, teach, or apply statistical methods developed in the lab. 
  • Provide documentation based on audit and reporting criteria to investigators and research staff. 
  • Gather information about ongoing research projects; contribute to strategic program/entity planning, and related funding and financial sustainability.
  • Be flexible to completing any other additional assigned duties.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience in a quantitative discipline such as economics, finance, statistics or engineering.
  • Extensive experience in and strong passion for empirical research and answering hard questions with data as well as a PhD strongly preferred.
  • Ability to direct the work of others, for jobs requiring supervision. 
  • Relevant subject matter knowledge. 
  • Substantial experience with MS Office and analytical programs. 
  • Excellent communication, writing and analytical skills. 
  • Ability to prioritize workload. 

*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.

Why Stanford is for You

Stanford’s dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:

  •  Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more! 

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

How to Apply

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

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: 4753
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: K
  • Requisition ID: 87644

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