Catalyst General Project Manager

California, United States
17 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Stanford Medicine is world renowned for its innovative faculty and cutting-edge research.  Stanford Health Care is recognized as a preeminent hospital of specialty care.  The Stanford Medicine Catalyst group has been designed to help Stanford’s entrepreneurial faculty bridge the divide between the research lab and clinical care by selecting the most promising technology and shepherding it along to successful pilots in the clinical setting.  Pilots will get further assistance into the commercial space where Stanford’s technology may have a worldwide impact. 

This project manager role, reporting to the Catalyst Program Manager, will work directly with innovative faculty and their nascent project teams as they enter the Catalyst family.  You will be the study team’s navigator as they work through various stages with other Stanford departments.  You will help keep the team focused on deliverables and completing milestones on time and budget.  You will strategize on communication plans and change management.  You’ll keep Catalyst leadership appraised to any risk changes or obstacles which could impact the project.  Work is typically comprised of 50%-time contribution towards project leadership and 50% as a technical contributor.

Duties include:

  • Perform the full range of project management cycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.
  • Lead projects requiring functional integration.
  • Complete sub-project and/or stand-alone elements (or a contained project such as construction project).
  • Direct development of an action plan, and estimate requirements for resources, including management, labor, materials, and time required to complete project.
  • Facilitate discussions and negotiations to drive recommendation consensus within scope of responsibility.
  • Develop and help execute comprehensive change management strategy and communication plan relative to project scope and stakeholders on a focused project; actively manage resistance to change.
  • These elements typically delineate the project management involved at this level:
  • Charter- charter and scoping involvement or scope definition, identify and shape scope; # of disciplines /stakeholders to manage is contained to localized department or university constituents;
  • risk- manage and report on risks associated with projects to upper management, risk sharing is maintained between management and project manager;
  • project complexity involves straight-forward technology applications to drive decisions;
  • primary university relationship is at the individual faculty, department /director level;
  • cumulative budget/scope up to $250k.

* - Other duties may also be assigned.


  • Previous lab or research experience is desired but not required.  Previous work as a lab coordinator, lab assistant, research coordinator, or research assistant would be informative to this project manager role. 
  • The Stanford Medicine Catalyst team believes diverse work teams provide better results and encourage women and under represented minorities to apply.  


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field and three years relevant experience or a combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience in management of projects of moderate size/complexity with limited performance risk, including project planning, scheduling, tracking, and budgeting.


  • Polished written and oral communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to productively engage and influence cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated project management ability to employ integration, scope time management, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement components.
  • Demonstrated resilience, diplomacy, influence, relationship building, and problem-solving skills in a variety of situations.
  • Depth of knowledge in technical discipline/domain needed to deliver projects.


  • Frequently sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, write by hand, twist/bend/stoop/squat and lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 20 pounds.
  • Rarely use a telephone, kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, grasp forcefully.

* - 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 extreme hot and cold temperatures, be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals or work on roofs at heights greater than 10 ft. Travel locally and cross-university.


  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements. 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,

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 2393
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 88110

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