Communication and Program Manager

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Communication and Program Manager

Stanford University

Job Number:

Job Classification Title: Public Relations Officer 1
JCC: 4262
Grade: H
Exempt, 100%FTE
Fixed Term

Stanford's Institute for Research in the Social Sciences assures the vitality of social science research at Stanford, so that faculty and students are equipped to create knowledge that can be used to address critical societal challenges.

At the core of its activity, the Institute increases the opportunity for exceptional scholarly work on policy-relevant questions, builds and expands its role as the hub of data resources for the social science disciplines, and promotes awareness of the impact of social science research. The Institute is currently home to six interdisciplinary centers, where research is focused on immigration policy, poverty and inequality, democracy, philanthropy and civil society, computational social science, and digital learning environments.

The Institute is based in Stanford's School of Humanities and Sciences, and collaborates with all of Stanford's professional schools.

The Communications and Program Manager is responsible for all aspects of communication for the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, including the production of newsletters, whitepapers, web materials and social media for the Institute and its research centers that do not have their own communications staff. The focus of this work is producing a compelling flow of important social science research stories for the academic community, key decision-makers and the general public. Additionally, the position serves as the lead administrator and program manager for the Institute's external advisory board, and two of the Institute's research centers during their startup phase.

The ideal candidate will have the experience to communicate social science research effectively across multiple media, as well the skills and interest to work closely with social science faculty to launch new research centers. A wide variety of administrative and general problem-solving skills are essential to this work with the Institute's startups.

This is a one year fixed term position with possibility of renewal for up to three years.

Your responsibilities include*:

  • Develop, execute and oversee written communications of moderate complexity, including annual reports, board presentations, news stories, web content, talking points, and correspondence and social media posts.
  • Strengthen overall collaborative efforts of communications functions with the School. Assist in identifying and maintaining professional relationships with key press and community leaders.
  • Assist in preparing content for newsletters. Understand email and digital content distribution.
  • Independently implement, administer and evaluate day-to-day activities of the IRiSS external advisory board and two new IRiSS research centers, by identifying and executing tasks and objectives, making recommendations that impact policies, priorities and programs, and assigning resources to achieve the goals of the center.
  • Process and monitor routine financial transactions, which may include researching and resolving discrepancies.
  • Perform duties associated with scheduling, organizing, and operating conferences, seminars, and events, including recommending vendors for services, overseeing the production and distribution of materials, coordinating logistics, and serving as liaison with internal and external vendors.
  • Draft and/or generate routine communications; coordinate production (formatting, copying, etc.) and dissemination of documents, such as presentations, grant proposals, conference and seminar materials, complex reports, and brochures.
  • Respond to inquiries, and determine and take appropriate action as required. Serve as a resource regarding a defined set of policies and procedures.
  • Maintain approved content on websites.

* - Other duties may also be assigned

To be successful in this position you will bring:
  • An undergraduate degree and three years of administrative experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. A masters degree in a social science discipline is an asset.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills; experience producing news for multiple media modes.
  • Professionalism in working with Stanford leadership volunteers and university leadership.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; follow-through, completing routine tasks and dependability.
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to prioritize workflow and multi-task
  • Familiarity with Stanford administrative systems, or the aptitude for quickly acquiring these skills.

In addition, preferred requirements include:
  • Work experience in an academic research environment, especially for research in political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology or communication.

* 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 communication and administration and provide examples of your experience with news writing, program management, decision-making and dependable multi-tasking.

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.
Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Requisition ID: 82315


Location: School of Humanities and Sciences, 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: 3/12/2019
Application Due: 5/13/2019
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