Research Communities Manager

Apr 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Research Communities Manager

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Summary of Position

The Research and Independent Projects team within Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) facilitates student participation in original scholarship and fosters intellectual relationships between students and faculty mentors. This small and collaborative team serves as a bridge between Stanford University's educational and research missions by offering students advising, funding, and programming in support of their project ideas across all disciplines. To multiply the impacts of these efforts, the team seeks to design and deploy a new suite of programs aimed at building scholarly communities among students. The Research Communities Manager will be responsible for with identifying, prioritizing, and supporting an array of communities and cohorts that enrich the experiences of undergraduate researchers and scholars.

The Research Communities Manager reports to the Research Programs Director and collaborates closely with other members of the Research and Independent Projects team, other Undergraduate Advising and Research teams, and colleagues across the University as needed.

Core Duties

  • Manage programs to form and support communities of undergraduate scholars
    (especially including under-represented student populations), analyze program
    effectiveness, and make final decisions on program eligibility.
  • Engage in critical analysis of student programs using advanced technical and
    professional knowledge to resolve substantial issues relating to undergraduate
    mentoring and community building.
  • Develop and implement programs (and make strategic recommendations for
    future programs) aimed at supporting communities of undergraduate
    researchers and artists.
  • Prioritize potential initiatives and engage in critical analysis of the impacts of
    substantial pilot programs.
  • Manage outreach programs, sensitive relationships with partners across
    campus, and the visibility of complex new programs.
  • Provide direct advice to students, especially with respect to incorporating
    original scholarship into their undergraduate careers, research funding,
    academic plans and policies, accessibility, and scholarly standards to assist
    them in making appropriate choices and decisions.
  • Apprise students of existing research, fellowship and scholarship opportunities,
    make recommendations and award grants.
  • Contribute to UAR's general advising mission (e.g.- as a drop-in advisor during
    peak periods of each academic term)
  • Assist in the implementation of recognition programs (e.g.- for outstanding
    honors theses)
  • Contribute to a range of programs providing opportunities for undergraduate
    researchers (e.g.- the Symposia of Undergraduate Research and
    Public Service)
  • Interpret and implement university policy related to academic policies; oversee
    the implementation of key policies and practices for undergraduate scholars
    across all schools.
  • Manage financial processes and development of program budgets.
  • Provide consulting advice to internal and external organizations; act as subject
    matter expert.
  • Lead university wide teams and projects.
  • Direct the contributions to program content and policy of other staff; contribute
    to development of staff training programs.
  • Other duties may also be assigned

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of
    education and relevant experience.
  • Ph.D. or equivalent research experience at the graduate level in a discipline
    represented within Stanford's undergraduate curriculum strongly preferred.
  • Experience designing, executing, and evaluating academic programs.
  • Strong communication and outreach strategies and practices for multiple
    academic audiences.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills to review and analyze complex
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite and
    the ability to learn diverse new web-based workflow tools.
  • Understanding of financial transactions.
  • Ability to ensure and apply compliance with legal, financial, and university
    policies and external regulations.

    About the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) and Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR)

    The mission of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) is to partner with Stanford faculty, staff, and students to produce and educate knowledgeable, engaged citizens and creative, confident leaders for our future world.

    Within VPUE, Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) is dedicated to introducing students to the full intellectual richness of undergraduate study at Stanford, supporting a diverse student population in their academic and intellectual pursuits, and instilling students with a deep sense of identity and community at Stanford.

    About Stanford University

    Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

    Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

    Physical Requirements

  • Frequently sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally stand, walk, twist, use fine manipulation, grasp, use a telephone,
    write by hand, sort and file paperwork, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that
    weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends on occasion (e.g. Admit
    Weekend and Commencement events).

    * 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.

    Work Standards

  • 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:

    How to Apply

    If you're ready to work for an organization that nurtures diversity, respect, professional development and a comfortable work-life fit, we invite you to explore this opportunity and apply online:

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    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    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.

    Job: Student Services

    Location: Vice Provost for Undergrad Education
    Schedule: Full-time
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    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.


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