Director of Advanced Technology

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Director of Advanced Technology🔍Dean of Research, Stanford, California, United States📁Administration📅Jun 04, 2021 Post Date📅89860 Requisition #SCHOOL/UNIT DESCRIPTION:

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. For nearly 40 years, SIEPR’s mission has been to support research that informs economic policymaking while engaging future leaders and scholars. At its core is SIEPR’s faculty—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. SIEPR’s vibrant community of scholars shares knowledge and builds relationships among academics, government officials, the business community and the public.

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 this solid foundation, SIEPR is accelerating its efforts around California-specific economic policy research. To this end, SIEPR has launched a California Policy Research Initiative to create knowledge supporting California policymaking. In furtherance of its goals to inform and improve California policymaking, SIEPR is also forging a partnership with the California 100 Initiative (“CA100”).

About the California 100 Initiative

The California 100 Initiative seeks to provide a transformative vision for the state of California, with a focus on thirteen key, interrelated issues that affect people and planet alike, in the medium as well as longer term. CA100 aims to articulate a strategy for California’s next 100 years that is grounded in systematic research and evidence, deeply engaged with Californians around the state, and guided by core values and commitments to innovation, resilience, inclusion, sustainability, and equity. CA100 is guided by the counsel of a commission of diverse leaders and led by an executive team that includes an executive director and representatives of partner organizations such as Stanford’s Director of Advanced Technology. CA100’s executive team also includes directors of engagement, innovation, and research from other partner institutions.

The Importance of Basic Research and Advanced Technology

Basic research and advanced technology are key priorities for SIEPR and CA100, both as a substantive focus area involving research, industrial, and workforce policies that promote the development of strong regional clusters in innovation, and as a “throughline” involving improvements in various policy issues in both public and private sectors.

For decades, California has led the nation in research and development, commercialization, and mass adoption of advanced technologies. The state’s history is a case study in innovation, from the foundations of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and CalTech in the early 1930s, to Stanford Industrial Park in 1951 and defense-related R&D investments in the decades that followed, to the growth of Silicon Valley. California has been a leader in advanced technology in fields ranging from semiconductors and personal computing, to artificial intelligence and biotechnology. Its continued success in the coming century will require it to build upon the state’s many core strengths, while at the same time recognizing the potential challenges advanced technology might pose to privacy, sustainability, and other core values. While advanced technology offers considerable promise, we also need to ensure that the adoption of advanced technology is ethical, equitable, and empowering of individuals and communities alike.

In addition to being a substantive area of importance, advanced technology is also a key throughline that cuts across nearly every policy domain, from healthcare to transportation to energy and the environment. Systems need to be redesigned and reformed in ways that ensure innovation, as well as efficiency in the use of scarce resources, whether monetary or planetary. Leveraging new technologies offers critical opportunities for improving public and private sector operations across nearly all domains, from streamlining service delivery to ensuring greater transparency and accountability.

Our VPDoR Diversity Journey:

    We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people.We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community. We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.


In recognition of the substantial impact on the state, federal, and global economies of California policymaking, SIEPR launched its new California Policy Research Initiative in April 2021. A critical component of California’s policymaking and California’s future is the role of advanced technology and innovation in the California government and the state’s industries.

The Director of Advanced Technology will develop and lead an advanced technology research program within SIEPR, facilitating collaboration with related faculty and operating units such as HAI, S-DEL, SIL, and others. Externally, the Director of Advanced Technology will lead the advanced technology workstream within our partner organization, the California 100 Initiative (“CA100”), and ensure the prioritization of advanced technology in all CA100’s relevant research tracks and all aspects of CA100’s work shaping California’s future.

The DAT will inspire and build/maintain strong relationships with industry, government, and community partners to develop a thoughtful, long-range strategy to build on California’s strengths in basic science and advanced technology and to maintain its leadership in the state’s next century. The DAT will also ensure that technology and innovation are adequately prioritized and thoughtfully engaged throughout all aspects of CA100’s work shaping California’s future.

The DAT will be part of CA100’s executive team overseeing all aspects of CA100’s work. As the Advanced Technology workstream leader, the DAT will guide research within the advanced technology issue area and consult with the CA100 Directors of Research and Innovation to ensure the prioritization and usefulness of advanced technology as a throughline in all relevant research tracks and innovation activities. The DAT will also work closely with the CA100 Director of Engagement to build coalitions and a shared vision with stakeholders in business, labor and workforce, investment and finance, manufacturing, and various related research, educational, and governmental entities.

This recruitment is a full-time (100% FTE) fixed-term position through August 31, 2023.


    Lead and oversee development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of SIEPR’s advanced technology program and partner CA100’s Advanced Technology workstream, including incorporating technology and innovation into all CA100’s research tracks. Oversee analysis, reporting, and program improvements.Lead the development of a long-range strategy to build on California’s strengths in basic science and advanced technology and to maintain its leadership in the state’s next century.Build strong relationships with industry, government, and community partners. Represent the advanced technology throughline across the university, with CA100 and other external stakeholders.Oversee financial management of the advanced technology program.Guide advanced technology research

Please note that due to current COVID-19 safety measures, our office is working fully remote through Spring 2021. Once COVID-19 safety measures are no longer applicable, this position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting, subject to satisfactory job performance.


Education & Experience:

    Advanced degree and 5 years of experience in advanced technology and/or technology policy, in either the public or private sectors


    3 years of experience in a supervisory or management capacity

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Excellent written and oral communication skillsKnowledge and experience at the nexus of technology and policy preferred, and in two or more parts of innovation clusters or ecosystems, including basic research, commercialization, entrepreneurial support, finance, industrial policy, international trade, and advanced manufacturing


    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 the job.


    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,

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!

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.

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: 4113
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: K
  • Requisition ID: 89860




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Job No:
Posted: 6/6/2021
Application Due: 8/5/2021
Work Type: Full Time