Program Manager, Stanford Basic Income Lab

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Program Manager, Stanford Basic Income Lab

Stanford University

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Job Classification: Academic Program Professional 1

JCC: 4111

Job Grade: H

Exempt, 100%, Two year fixed term

The Stanford Basic Income Lab was established in February 2017 to provide an academic home for the study and development of a universal basic income (UBI); stimulate research; advise those developing policies and carrying out experiments; aggregate and disseminate research findings; and convene scholars, policy makers, and leaders in business, think tanks, nonprofits, and foundations around the politics of UBI. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the concept of a universal basic income and the Lab is becoming a resource that others are turning to for information and guidance.

Now in our second year, we are seeking an innovative, energetic, and organized Program Manager with strong research and administrative skills. Working under the direction of the faculty director Professor Juliana Bidadanure, the Program Manager will help grow the Lab and oversee our main research project: an extensive review of the basic income literature, which will be used to develop a user-friendly online platform. With the goal of enabling the field to progress more methodically by helping new experimenters contribute effectively to the broader UBI research agenda, the website will include thorough reviews of articles, books and reports; key findings; and detailed accounts of ongoing experiments. The website will also clearly identify questions that are still unanswered and where more research is needed.

In addition to supporting the Lab's research initiatives, the Program Manager will have primary responsibility for the day to day operations of the center including: providing general research support; supervising graduate research assistants; planning and executing workshops, meetings and conferences applying for and administering grants for the Lab; creating content and maintaining the Lab's website and social media presence; and other administrative tasks as needed.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in social sciences or humanities and an interest in universal basic income, poverty eradication and social justice. Being familiar with the current literature is a plus, although we will seriously consider applicants that have not previously worked on basic income but have studied related policies and themes.

This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.

To apply, please submit both a cover letter and a CV by August 13, 2018.


Work under the direction of faculty or other management to implement and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the assigned academic entity/program(s).


  • 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.
  • May teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses, as needed. Assist in the development of curriculum.
  • 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. A PhD in social sciences or humanities and an interest in universal basic income, poverty eradication and social justice is strongly preferred. Being familiar with the current UBI literature, program administration, and research experience is a plus.

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 the 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,


    Location: School of Humanities and Sciences, California, United States
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    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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    Posted: 7/20/2018
    Application Due: 7/20/2030
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