Director, Global Innovation Programs

May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Director, Global Innovation Programs

Job Number:

The Director functions as an integral part of the Global Innovation Programs (GIP) team and will successfully manage and deliver domestic and international programs and seminars/forums designed for executives, business/government leaders and entrepreneurs. Reports directly to the Executive Director, Global Innovation Programs. Operates independently, managing a subset portfolio of the Stanford GIP department's programs.

A successful candidate will have demonstrated skills in working with senior leaders and managing complex programs and / or events. In addition, teamwork, attention to detail, and articulate communication skills are required. A Director must be able to diplomatically resolve problems and build key relationships; should be skilled at influencing without authority.

Weekend and late night/early morning hours will be required while running programs; domestic and international travel will be necessary.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Manage, develop, and mentor team of Associate Directors, Assistant Directors, and Program coordinators.
  • Oversee portfolio of international and on-campus programs, including marketing, admissions, program operations, and community building. Approve and monitor marketing and work plans developed by Assistant and Associate Directors. Actively participate in the admission process including application review and interviews. Delegate responsibilities as appropriate. Programs may include: Stanford Ignite, Stanford Go-to-Market, Summer Institute for General Management, Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders, Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurship, and other custom programs as assigned.
  • Directly oversee designated program budgets including decision-making authority to make investments beyond what has been budgeted.
  • Manage relationships with senior executive partners and key alumni in each location within the Director's portfolio.
  • Collaborate with faculty directors to ensure consistency across programs. Advise on innovation of new program content and operating processes.
  • Stand in for Executive Director for meetings with key stakeholders including business development, Senior Associate Deans, GSB boards, etc.
  • Work independently with Stanford Global Business Services and University General Counsel to drive legal agreements and other University and GSB global business priorities.
  • Build and manage relationships with GSB IT Media Services and GSB Academic Technology Services teams on execution for all distance learning technologies and learning management systems.
  • Communicate articulately and diplomatically with program faculty, participants, and department staff. Trouble-shoot, deliver seamless programs, and drive program satisfaction scores.
  • Take responsibility for efforts to improve processes and operational procedures across programs and ensure the implementation of such improvements.
  • Evangelize a comprehensive understanding of Global Innovation Program offerings, business goals and the mission and goals of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Train Stanford GIP staff as needed.
  • Cultivate general business knowledge and understanding of current affairs in order to be an effective leader of the Global Innovation Programs team.


    Work under broad direction of faculty or management to identify opportunities, develop strategy, and lead, implement, and administer large academic programs. Serve as expert advisor to faculty and staff and have a large role in program/entity strategy development, long-range planning, and partnership development.


  • Lead and oversee development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of programs. Oversee analysis, reporting, and program improvements. Oversee the development, adherence to, and implementation of program policies and procedures.
  • Lead strategic planning for the program/entity.
  • Represent the entity or program to the broader university, external community, and other stakeholders. Provide expert consultation related to program development, funding opportunities, or other specialty area.
  • Develop outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships and fundraising/funding. Identify external funding opportunities and write proposals and research grants. Develop and oversee strategic financial planning and sustainability for the program/entity, as needed; monitor performance and ensure appropriate controls.
  • May teach or co-teach courses; oversee the administration of courses; create and/or advise in the development of curriculum; and/or advise students, coach and mentor clients and program staff.
  • Coach and mentor program staff.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned


    Education & Experience:

    Advanced degree and five or more years of relevant experience in area of specialization or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans. Experience developing program partnerships and funding sources.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Advanced oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Ability to manage budgets and develop financial plans.

    Certifications and Licenses:

  • For teaching jobs, advanced degree or certification may be required for some programs.


  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.

    * - 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 work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.

    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,

    Job: Administration

    Location: Graduate School of Business
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    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.

  • Similar jobs

    Similar jobs