Director of Philanthropy Research and Education, Stanford PACS

Dec 26, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Philanthropy Research and Education, Stanford PACS

Stanford University

Job Number:

Job Classification Title: Academic Program Professional 2
JCC: 4112
Grade: J
Exempt, 100%FTE
Continuing Position

The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) is a research center within the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. Stanford PACS develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society, and effect social change. It supports six major research initiatives: Civic Life of Cities Lab, Digital Civil Society Lab, Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative, Global Innovation for Impact Lab, Project on Democracy and the Internet, and Recording Civic Action in China. Stanford PACS also publishes the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).

Stanford PACS is seeking a highly experienced and entrepreneurial philanthropy professional for the Director of Philanthropy Education and Research position. In this position, you will work under the general direction of faculty co-director Paul Brest, and Executive Director Kim Meredith to develop, implement, and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of Stanford PACS' philanthropy research and education programs.

Stanford PACS supports 6 major research initiatives, offers post-doctoral and PhD fellowships, and hosts various public and private events throughout the year to connect scholars, practitioners and leaders in the social sector. In addition, Stanford PACS hosts the Philanthropy Innovation Summit, its signature biennial event where individual philanthropists from across the globe convene to explore and exchange ideas with peers and experts in the field and as well as an annual conference at the Stanford Center at Peking University. Stanford PACS also offers a variety of other philanthropy education opportunities to a global audience. As the Director of Philanthropy Research and Education, you will be responsible for leading Stanford PACS' efforts to increase the impact of philanthropy globally. This will entail leading all research efforts aimed at understanding the realities of individual philanthropic efforts and the development of tools and resources to help change the field and the experience of donors. This work is primarily led through one of its research programs, the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative which you will be expected to lead under the guidance of Faculty co-director Paul Brest. You will also be expected to work across the other research initiatives at Stanford PACS to identify new ideas and approaches that might aid Stanford PACS's mission to advance the effectiveness of Philanthropic efforts around the world. You will also be responsible for designing and implementing a strategy and curriculum for sharing and teaching the results of this research and will participate in long-range planning and partnership development vis-à-vis Stanford PACS' efforts to offer a comprehensive philanthropy education program to individual donors around the world.

Your responsibilities include*:
  • Develop and manage research programs by conducting research activities, including outreach to varied stakeholders within the program, assigning resources and making program improvement recommendations that impact policies and programs.
  • Identify, recommend and implement opportunities for new research.
  • 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.
  • Teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses. Develop curriculum. Develop curriculum-rating survey, detailed feedback on courses and make recommendations for preliminary overview and changes.
  • Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • Contribute to and inform on strategic program/entity planning and related funding and financial sustainability.
  • May advise students and/or coach/mentor clients.
  • Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.
  • Coach and mentor program staff.

To be successful in this position you will bring:
  • 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.

In addition, preferred requirements include:
  • At least 10 years of experience in the Philanthropy sector.
  • Ability to develop and teach a course curriculum.
  • Strong analytical skills and experience with online analytics and trends.
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including scholars, industry leaders, students and staff.
  • Experience in a professional academic setting.
  • Supervisory experience.

* 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.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!
How to Apply
We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button.

To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background in managing research initiatives and interest in philanthropy.

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


Location: School of Humanities and Sciences, California, United States
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