Biodesign Course Manager

May 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Biodesign Course Manager

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The Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the Stanford University Schools of Medicine and Engineering. Its mission is centered on educating and empowering aspiring health technology innovators. To achieve this aim, Biodesign offers fellowship programs, faculty training, graduate and undergraduate-level courses, and a portfolio of other educational initiatives focused on identifying unmet healthcare needs, inventing new technologies to address them, and preparing to introduce those solutions into patient care.

Stanford Biodesign is seeking a Course Manager (Academic Program Professional 1) to work under the direction of faculty, course instructors, and/or senior staff to implement and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the assigned academic entity/program(s). The Course Manager plays a key role on the Stanford Biodesign academic programs team and reports to the Director of Academic Programs.

Duties include:

  • Manages the planning and implementation of Stanford Biodesign's core course offerings, including participating with faculty instructors in curriculum development, and providing student feedback analysis of courses and recommendations for improvements; researching and identifying guest speakers and other contributors to the courses; developing syllabi; ensuring course websites are comprehensive and current; and helping execute each class session.
  • Collaborates with course instructors to continually experiment with and optimize course curriculum and teaching methods.
  • Monitors results as new ideas are being piloted, identifies potential problems (e.g., student lack of understanding), brings them to the attention of the instructors, collaborates with instructors to make necessary curriculum adjustments, and communicates changes to students.
  • Leads all activities related to course evaluations.
  • Analyzes student feedback to identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Plans and executes post-course debrief meetings with course instructors to review evaluation results, modify curriculum, and address other course needs.
  • Manages the involvement of dozens of mentors, guest speakers, and others non-Stanford contributors who participate directly or indirectly within the courses.
  • Acts as an ambassador to Biodesign with these VIPs.
  • Responsible for marketing the courses to ensure full enrollment by high-caliber students.
  • Manages course selection processes, as applicable, and takes actions on all selection decisions made jointly by the course manager and the course instructors.
  • Attends course sessions and acts as an ambassador to students.
  • Proactively seeks student feedback on how the course is going.
  • Recognizes and resolves student questions and issues as they arise.
  • Selects, trains, and supervises all TAs for the courses.
  • Directs the work of temporary staff who provide administrative support, as needed.
  • Manages the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign program and the Global Faculty In Training program.
  • Responsible for onboarding global participants, overseeing their weekly activities, and planning key events related to their educational experience at Stanford (e.g., final project presentations).
  • Manages Stanford Biodesign's annual Executive Education course.
  • Acts as the primary point of contact for addressing all participant inquiries. Contributes with faculty and senior staff to planning and executing this high-profile event.
  • Participates with faculty and senior staff on the Biodesign undergraduate education initiative, collaborating with team members to plan and execute undergraduate educational activities (e.g., student-initiated courses, our summer needs finding experience for undergraduates, the annual Biodesign Health Technology Innovation Showcase).
  • Engages as an active member of the Academic Programs team for Stanford Biodesign.
  • Completes special projects related to establishing new academic programs (e.g., creating a master's program in health technology innovation; evaluating or entering into new global partnerships) and/or advancing Biodesign's thought leadership position in health technology innovation (e.g., contributing to papers based on learnings from our courses or other academic programs) as well as developing new global program course offerings.
* - Other duties may also be assigned DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Master's degree in education preferred.
  • Experience and/or an interest in healthcare or health technology innovation.
  • Prior experience in course management, curriculum development, and/or global programs management.
  • Three-plus years of professional experience preferred.
  • Outstanding organizational, project management, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and ownership of projects.
  • Analysis and problem solving skills.
  • A commitment to continual improvement.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with team members at all levels of the organization.
  • Willingness to lead and follow, as needed, to ensure the successful completion of assigned responsibilities.

  • Bachelor's degree and two or more years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience.
  • Advanced degree may be required for some programs.
  • Research experience.
  • Program administration experience may be required.
  • Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and provide basic direction to staff.
  • 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.
  • The Biodesign Innovation course runs until ~6:30 pm every Tuesday and Thursday during winter and spring quarters, and the course manager should be available to attend most sessions.
  • Other occasional evening and weekend hours may be required, especially related special events and annual programs like the Biodesign Executive Education program that takes place for several days each March.
  • The Biodesign offices have an open floorplan with no cubes and minimal work space separation.

Job: Administration

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
Classification Level:

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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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