Executive Director

Oct 12, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Executive Director

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Executive Director:

The Department of Psychology at Stanford University is looking for a full time Executive Director who will be the lead staff person to oversee major aspects of the implementation and execution of the College Transition Collaborative (CTC) program. The Executive Director of the College Transition Collaborative (CTC) will lead its day-to-day operations and long-term management; design and oversee organizational systems that increase efficiency; manage staff and contractors working on the CTC; establish and monitor progress on programmatic, organizational, and financial metrics; and ensure the organization stays on budget and meets its obligations to funders. S/he will lead the process of setting the CTC's overall strategic direction and raising funds to support its operations and core programs. In this role, s/he will lead the development of multi-million dollar proposals to private foundations and public funding entities. The Executive Director will also have an important, external-facing outreach role, managing relationships with senior administrators at partner colleges, initiating and overseeing strategic partnerships with other organizations working in the college success field, and collaborating regularly with other leaders in the field. S/he will manage multiple staff, including two research coordinators and a data analyst, as well as future hires planned for the organization.

The CTC is a multi-million dollar research/practice initiative spanning four universities and working with nearly two dozen different institutional partners in higher education. It collaborates with non-profit organizations and funders across the country working to advance college success, particularly among underrepresented groups in higher education. It advises practitioners and policymakers, including senior members of the White House and U.S. Department of Education on issues related to college completion.

Here is more information about the job description: http://collegetransitioncollaborative.org/jd/CTC ED JD.pdf


  • 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.

    Additional Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

    Expert skill in building systems that increase organizational efficiency, overseeing multiple projects, building internal consensus, and facilitating communication and collaboration in a highly dynamic, fast-paced environment with numerous actors. Ability to develop organizational strategies and monitor progress on a set of long-term goals, manage a budget, and develop multi-year financial plans. Experience supervising staff and providing coaching and guidance to peer-level and junior colleagues. Competent understanding of research methods, survey design, and data management. Demonstrated success identifying strategic opportunities, cultivating partnerships with other programs, building and managing external relationships, and establishing formal agreements with other institutions. Advanced computer skills and expert knowledge of MS Office, PowerPoint, Excel, Word and Google Docs.

    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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

    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
    Classification Level:

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

    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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