Assistant Director of Strategy, Knowledge Mobilization and Operations

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Assistant Director of Strategy, Knowledge Mobilization and Operations

Stanford University

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Assistant Director for Strategy, Knowledge Mobilization, and OperationsJob Family: Administration; Job Code: 4112 Grade: J; Exempt
Who We Are
The Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE) is a top-ranked school of education, known for its prestigious faculty, rigorous graduate degree programs, and its impact on the quality of education across the world. The GSE is committed to developing leaders in education research, practice and policy. Our community includes over 60 faculty, 400 students, 200 staff, 8,000 alumni and countless people from the local and global communities we work with and impact. The work environment is dynamic, deadline-driven, fast-paced, and energetic.

GSE Initiative on Learner Differences and the Future of Special Education
Stanford's GSE is launching an ambitious cross-campus interdisciplinary initiative to address urgent challenges and opportunities at the nexus of inclusive education and learning differences. The initiative endeavors to develop robust engagements in three broad arenas - academic excellence, professional preparation, and collaborative networks - and establish Stanford as a leader in this important field.

The GSE seeks a full-time Assistant Director for Strategy, Knowledge Mobilization, and Operations to support the successful establishment of this high priority initiative. This position will provide strategic and operations leadership to this initiative in collaboration with faculty directors and in coordination with the Dean's office. This position will play a key role in helping us build a robust and successful new Stanford initiative in multiple ways, including the establishment of a novel, inter-disciplinary doctoral program; strengthening current professional programs for teachers with an inclusive orientation; launching novel professional certification programs for educational specialist teachers; and building a robust campus-wide network of scholars and advocates to enhance and advance meaningful work in this important arena. This position will report to the faculty PIs for this initiative.

What You'll Do:
This role will provide a range of efforts in support of this high-level initiative, including strategic planning, project coordination and implementation, communications efforts, and research design and implementation.

Core duties will include (but are not limited to):

  • Bring intellectual, research, conceptual, and management skills to a leadership team supporting the establishment of a new and ambitious University initiative.
  • Contribute to and inform strategy, planning, implementation, research, funding, and financial sustainability for a new and ambitious University initiative.
  • Develop and sustain the everyday operations of the initiative including space, support to faculty and doctoral student fellows, organization and maintenance of communication and collaboration strategies internally and externally, strategic and instrumental planning for events, communication outreach, hiring, supervision, and organization of human resources
  • Organize, contribute to, and source outreach and communications strategies related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.
  • Identify, recommend and support the design and funding of new programs of research and practice. Contribute organizationally and administratively to the development and management of research programs in collaboration with research faculty.
  • Source, collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function.
  • Develop curriculum and support programmatic curriculum review, planning, and design. Possibly teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses.
  • Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • May advise /mentor students and/or coach/mentor clients and program staff.

What You'll Bring:
We are looking for someone who is collaborative, hard-working, strategically-minded, enthusiastic, energetic and a creative problem solver. This job requires working with all levels of our constituents, so it is important that you can demonstrate professional decorum as well as an ability to communicate and build relationships across broad audiences. A good sense of humor is appreciated (where appropriate) and a strong, dedicated work ethic is a must.

Required: Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs.

Preferred: Depth of knowledge of special education or related fields. Advanced degree in special education or relevant field. Experience in diverse K-12 public schools.

  • 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.

  • Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects with competing priorities, meet deadlines and project plans with short- and long-term end dates. Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail. Demonstrated success in following through and completing projects.
  • Ability to take initiative and ownership of projects, while still being open to new and creative solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience collaboratively leading and managing team projects.
  • Ability to interact effectively and tactfully with a broad range of constituents and partners, including members of the academic community, members of the public school community, policy makers, and public press.
  • Demonstrated experience working in an environment with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and customs.
  • Advanced computer skills with a working knowledge of applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project Management Software.

This position is fixed-term through March 31, 2021, and may be renewable based on performance and funding.

Successful candidates will be required to complete a background check prior to working at Stanford University.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position; all candidates must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship for 2 years or more. OPT permit holders should confirm that they are eligible to work in the US at Stanford GSE for two years or more.

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.

Review of applications to begin in January 15, 2019Position open until filled.Start date negotiable, including after this academic year


Location: Graduate School of Education, 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: 12/3/2018
Application Due: 2/4/2019
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