Manager for Policy Outreach and Practicum Development

Sep 26, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Manager for Policy Outreach and Practicum Development

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The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is the university's premier research institute for the study of international affairs. Its 13 centers and programs are a hub for Stanford scholars who want to work across disciplines on research that has international impact. Our topics include governance, security, global health, energy and international development. Our work provides context for decision-making from Washington to Geneva, Beijing and beyond.

FSI seeks a Manager for Policy Outreach and Practicum Development who will have direct responsibility for managing, developing, and expanding two programs at FSI. First, the successful candidate will develop and manage all the practicum projects for the Susan Ford Dorsey International Policy Studies Program (IPS) MA program, working closely with external clients and FSI faculty to identify and then execute these projects for second year students in the two year IPS Master's program. The incumbent will leverage these relations to help other IPS staff with job placement and career development for IPS students. The Manager for “POPDev” may also be asked to help develop and manage a catalogue of cases related to IPS classes.

Second, the incumbent will work directly with FSI faculty to translate their research and ideas into policy domains, including direct consultations with government, non-governmental, and private sector policymakers; policy-relevant conferences; and publications on various media platforms. This second set of responsibilities will include management of grant programs and activities related to FSI's Policy Implementation Lab. The position will report directly to the Deputy Director of FSI, but will interact regularly with the FSI Director, and faculty in the program, especially those running the practicum program.

The successful candidate for Manager of Policy Outreach and Practicum Development will have experience in working for the United States government, and should hold a degree in an IPS related field such as Economics, Political Science, Business or the like. A Master's degree or higher is preferred, although not required should a candidate's policy related experience be extensive.

Please review our website for additional information about the Ford Dorsey Program in International Policy Studies:

For consideration please submit resume and cover letter. All final candidates must complete background check.

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


    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. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:

  • 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 or internationally.
  • 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, 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
    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.

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