Program Manager, Student Programs

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Program Manager, Student Programs

Stanford University

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Administrative Services Administrator 1: Program Manager, Student Programs

The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) is Stanford's thought leader for understanding the economic challenges, opportunities, and policies affecting people around the world. At its core are SIEPR's faculty and the research support they receive, both in dollars and in student support. SIEPR has over 100 faculty members who represent all seven schools at Stanford. With SIEPR support, they study a vast array of economic policy-relevant areas in the U.S. and around the world, collaborating with other established and up-and-coming researchers from within and outside Stanford. In recent years, SIEPR has been at the forefront of engaging students, at all levels, with economic research.

SIEPR's reach goes well beyond research support as it seeks to educate and energize a broad, diverse community of policymakers and influencers, including academics, students, business leaders, the media, and the public, about the most important economic issues. It does this by connecting the research to policy areas and disseminating it to policymakers and influencers; providing state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure; delivering cutting-edge thought leadership; and deepening relationships among various stakeholders by hosting frequent conferences and gatherings. SIEPR's vision is to raise living standards and improve quality of life by making economic policy more effective at all levels.

Building on its strong foundation of 35 years and leveraging Stanford's long-range planning process, SIEPR intends to strengthen and amplify its impact over the next five years and beyond in its mission to: 1) support research that informs economic policymaking, 2) engage future leaders and scholars, and 3) share knowledge and build relationships among academics, students, policymakers, the business community, the media, and the public.

The Program Manager, Student Programs (PM) will manage the daily operations of SIEPR's academic programs for students, including, but not limited to, Graduate Fellowships, Undergraduate Research Assistant Program, the Predoctoral Research Fellows program, and Postgraduate Fellowships.

Reporting to the Director of Programs and Faculty Affairs, the PM will be responsible for understanding the objectives and activities of SIEPR's various student programs and administer and evaluate the day to day activities to ensure objectives are met. The PM will oversee recruiting, application cycles, appointments and supporting activities for student participants in SIEPR's academic programs. The PM will manage program budgets and compile reporting and stewardship information for SIEPR operations and development. The PM will additionally make recommendations to the director for ways to improve, expand, or reduce existing programs. With the Programs and Faculty Affairs three-person team, the PM will work towards SIEPR's goal of being a purpose-driven, operations-oriented, sustainable and forward-looking organization that delivers consistent, excellent service to SIEPR's faculty and student stakeholders within well-communicated parameters.

The successful candidate will have a strong background and proven track record in managing complex programs with competing priorities. They will be able to work efficiently and manage multiple projects with limited supervision. They will have excellent problem solving and strong oral and written communication skills and will be able to address problems that arise with courtesy and common sense. Past experience with student services at Stanford, including the graduate financial system, is a plus.


  • Independently implement, administer and evaluate day-to-day activities of the unit, function or program by identifying and executing tasks and objectives, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and assigning resources to achieve the goals of the program.
  • 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.
  • Analyze and interpret policies; develop, revise and implement procedures for program or function.
  • Represent the program or function as the key contact and subject matter expert within the department, unit or school. Commit resources and provide information and/or training. May also represent the program or function to external/internal stakeholders and constituencies.
  • Organize and/or participate in outreach activities that may include developing communications and training, planning/promoting events and/or conferences.
  • May participate in development of budgets, monitor, and approve expenditures. May perform limited forecasting and provide recommendations that determine the budget.
  • May direct staff to perform various tasks and assignments. May also supervise staff.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize own work and multi-task.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and ownership of projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to routinely and independently exercise sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Relevant subject matter knowledge.
  • Ability to direct the work of others, for jobs requiring supervision.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
* - 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.


  • 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,

Job Code: 4121Grade: H


Location: Dean of Research, California, United States
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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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Posted: 12/14/2018
Application Due: 2/13/2019
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