Academic Program Professional 1

Oct 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Academic Program Professional 1

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Academic Program Professional 1:

The Department of Psychology has an exciting opening for a full time Academic Program Professional in PERTS lab.

PERTS is an applied research center at Stanford University that partners with schools, colleges, and other organizations to improve student motivation and achievement on a large scale. In the process, PERTS conducts research that enables us to improve our programs and to expand what is known about academic motivation.

This is a one year fixed term position with possibility of renewal based on funding.

* A strong internal candidate has been identified*

The Academic Program Professional will work under the direction of PERTS leadership to implement the vision and strategy of at least one core PERTS initiative: the Engagement Project. The Engagement Project is a new program in which teachers use evidence-based strategies and get feedback from their students through surveys. The Academic Program Professional is needed to conduct qualitative research with study participants to learn: (1) how to optimize their user experience; and (2) how to ensure that the Engagement Project is resulting in observable improvements in classroom conditions. Because the program and research methods used are quite new and innovative, a person with an advanced degree in qualitative education research or a related field is much preferred. The Academic Program Professional is also needed to engage in outreach activities, such as developing new relationships with teachers, schools, and districts. It is therefore critical that the person have extensive knowledge of the U.S. education system and its stakeholders. Ideally, the person would have an already well-developed contact list of educators who would be willing to help us learn about the program's effectiveness. Finally, because the project is fast-moving with rapidly changing priorities, the candidate must have excellent organization and communication skills, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment with rapidly evolving priorities.

To be considered, please submit your most current resume/cv and cover letter.


  • Participate in assigned research activities and/or programs by participating in the development of programs within assigned area or entity; implementing, administering, and evaluating programs; and/or analyzing data, creating reports, reviewing trends, and making program improvement recommendations.

  • Write and edit content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.

  • Perform outreach activities, including program communications, events, conferences, partnerships, and/or fundraising.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned


    Education & Experience:

    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.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.

  • Ability to oversee and provide basic direction to staff.

    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,

    Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

    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: School of Humanities and Sciences
    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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