Human and Planetary Health Program Manager (Fixed-Term: 10 Months)

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Human and Planetary Health Program Manager (Fixed-Term: 10 Months)

Stanford University

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Two premier, interdisciplinary groups at Stanford are coming together to propel a new area of focus in Human and Planetary Health. Stanford's Center for Innovation in Global Health is committed to increasing wellbeing, world-wide. Based at the School of Medicine, this Center shares knowledge, equips leaders and builds interdisciplinary teams to address urgent global health challenges and achieve health equity. As the university's hub of interdisciplinary environment and sustainability research, Stanford's Woods Institute for the Environment is the go-to place for Stanford faculty, researchers and students to collaborate on advancing solutions to complex environment and sustainability challenges.

The concept of “human and planetary health” acknowledges that the health of human communities and the health of the planet are inextricably linked. The health of human communities depends on local ecosystems, but unprecedented anthropogenic pressures are damaging planetary systems profoundly. Critical threats include biodiversity loss, pollution, climate change, mismanagement of freshwater resources and the ocean systems. Marginalized communities and low and middle-income countries are least prepared and are suffering disproportionately.

The Human and Planetary Health Manager is a new position, based at the Center of Innovation in Global Health with close ties to the Woods Institute and the Program for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment. The Manager will direct large-scale planetary health initiatives under broad direction from leadership, to lead a new and exciting evidence-to-action lab, and support the creation of a strategic plan for Human and Planetary Health at Stanford. Specifically, the Manager will serve four main functions: 1) to build and independently run an evidence-to-action initiative to stimulate policy change in global human and planetary health - called ALPHA (Action Lab for Planetary HeAlth), 2) to support the creation of a strategic plan for Human and Planetary Health at Stanford, 3) to design a long-term strategy for the Stanford/LSHTM Planetary Health Fellowship, 4) to contribute to development efforts to ensure the sustainability of this portfolio.

Specific Duties include:

  • Partner with Human and Planetary health Faculty and Principal Investigators at Stanford to identify promising policy change targets which their research findings can inform. These may be industrial policies, national policies in low and middle-income countries such as Kenya or Indonesia, or state-level policies in the US.
  • Conduct comprehensive policy analysis, develop an agenda for strategically recommending 2-3 high-impact, evidence-based policies that will improve health outcomes. Develop white papers and policy briefs for policymakers.
  • Disseminate evidence-based recommendations. Forge and maintain strategic partnerships, convene stakeholders to conduct evidence-based advocacy and inform policy change.
  • Partner with the human and planetary health community at Stanford to obtain input and develop a University-wide strategic plan, to accelerate research and scholarship in this new field.
  • Partner with Leadership at Stanford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to develop a strategic plan and fundraising plan for the Stanford/LSHTM Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human and Planetary Health.
  • Contribute to fundraising, publications, advocacy pieces and dissemination of Stanford's Human and Planetary Health research. Lead other activities on the critical path to success of the portfolio and continuation of the ALPHA program.
  • Manage and contribute to the development of outreach strategies, formalize partnerships locally and abroad
  • Work across Stanford University to create an inclusive environment for students, researchers and faculty working in planetary health.
  • Represent Stanford and partner externally with like-minded institutions.

The Manager will report to the CIGH Executive Director, with a dotted line to the Senior Research Scientist at the Woods Institute. Due to pandemic restrictions, a flexible work location will be considered.

Duties include:
  • 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 direct staff to perform various tasks and assignments. May also supervise staff.

*- The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

  • Research or work experience with interdisciplinary teams, specifically in the field of planetary health or climate and health.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals across different levels of the organization, including Faculty and students.
  • Strong analytical abilities.
  • Experience in leading strategic communications and/or evidence-based advocacy and dissemination efforts.
  • Solid planning, program management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in strategic communications and evidence-based advocacy.
  • Understanding of the policy-making process, and how academic research can best influence and inform change.
  • Ability to develop and maintain international program partnerships.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness.
  • Knowledge of planetary health field including major players, funders, and issues.

  • Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize own work and multitask.
  • 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.

  • 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 his or her 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,

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.

*- Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4121
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: H
  • Requisition ID: 87924


Location: School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States
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Posted: 11/25/2020
Application Due: 11/25/2032
Work Type: Full Time