Program Manager of SPARK

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Program Manager of SPARK

Stanford University

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Job Code: 4112
Job Grade: J

Stanford University is seeking an Academic Program Professional 2 to serve as Program Manager of the SPARK Translational Research Program. The SPARK Program has three primary missions: 1) educate faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students on translational research and drug discovery and development; 2) advance important new Stanford discoveries into novel therapeutics that address unmet medical needs of patients; 3) innovate more efficient and cost-effective methods of drug discovery and development.

You will work under the general direction of the faculty program directors and the associate director to implement and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the SPARK Translational Research Program. The individual serving in this position will serve as a Program Manager for the SPARK Program. Primary responsibilities may include developing, planning and conducting SPARK educational seminars; providing assistance with the coordination of SPARK global network activities with partner academic institutions; conducting directed research regarding SPARK efforts/outcomes and translational drug development in general; serving as author of manuscripts for scientific journals; identifying translational grant opportunities and writing grant proposals; serving as primary project manager for approximately 12 SPARK projects; identifying and engaging commercial partners for projects ready to graduate from the SPARK program; assisting with SPARK initiatives both within and external to the university to enhance the effectiveness of SPARK's drug development mission; advising SPARK project teams regarding appropriate pharmacologic models for therapeutic development.

Duties include:

  • Develop, implement, administer, and evaluate programs, including outreach to varied stakeholders by: conducting research activities within the program; analyzing data, creating reports, reviewing trends, and making program improvement recommendations. May develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.
  • May teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses. Create and/or advise in the development of curriculum. May advise students and/or coach/mentor clients.
  • Administering funding allocation and reporting requirements for various internal and external organizations providing financial support to SPARK.
  • 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.
  • Coach and mentor program staff.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned Qualifications:

    A PhD and experience in development of pharmacologic models in drug discovery and development.

    An advanced degree is required for this position. Experience with financial responsibilities, managing a budget, and developing financial plans.

  • 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.

  • 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.
    Additional PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: (remove if none)
  • 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 Medicine, 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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    Job No:
    Posted: 2/14/2019
    Application Due: 2/25/2019
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