Associate Director for Communications and External Relations

Sep 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Associate Director for Communications and External Relations

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The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) is a unique Stanford University institution focused on the interdisciplinary study of contemporary Asia. Shorenstein APARC's mission is to produce and publish outstanding interdisciplinary, Asia-Pacific-focused research; educate students, scholars, and corporate and governmental affiliates; promote constructive interaction to influence U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific; and guide Asian nations on key issues of societal transition, development, U.S.-Asia relations, and regional cooperation. The Associate Director for Communications and External Relations will assist the leadership of APARC to develop internal and external written, web and digital communications and collateral materials for the Center and its programs and is pivotal in bringing the center's work to interested audiences that includes policy makers, industry leaders, and academics in U.S. and in Asia. The incumbent will share and promote the Center's activities to relevant audiences in U.S. and in Asia with the objective of maintaining relationships for future collaborations and aligning with Center's mission and in doing so will maintain a substantive understanding of Centers' research projects. Oversee the writing of proposals for funding opportunities for the benefit of the Center and assists various programs to meet their targeted goals and research mission. Write reports, reviews, and materials as needed on center projects. Oversee the publication of center research findings, including but not limited to: coordinating outside review process, facilitating final editing and production of the Center's academic publications, and working with publication manager on marketing Center publications. The Associate Director for Communications and External Relations will work in collaboration with the FSI development team to identify and track fundraising needs and priorities for the Center. This Associate Director for Communications and External Relations reports to the Center Director and manages two direct reports. Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. All candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. For consideration please submit resume and cover letter. A background check will be required for all final candidates. JOB PURPOSE: Work under the general direction of faculty or other management to develop, implement, and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the assigned academic entity/program(s). Participate in entity/program strategy development, long-range planning, and partnership development.
  • Develop, implement, administer, and evaluate programs, including outreach to varied stakeholders by: conducting research activities within the program; analyzing data, creating reports, reviewing trends, and making program improvement recommendations. May develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.
  • May teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses. Create and/or advise in the development of curriculum. May advise students and/or coach/mentor clients.
  • Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • Contribute to and inform on strategic program/entity planning and related funding and financial sustainability.
  • Coach and mentor program staff.
*- Other duties may also be assigned Additional Core Duties:
  • Stay informed on current university initiatives and activities.
  • Working in partnership with FSI and University development office identify and track fundraising priorities and prepare communications materials for donors and prospective donors.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and three or more years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing 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.
  • 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,
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: Administration

Location: Dean of Research
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.