Executive Director - Stanford Technology Ventures Program

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Executive Director - Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Stanford University

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Executive Director

*This is a two-year fixed-term position

The Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP, stvp.stanford.edu), in the Department of Management Science and Engineering, is Stanford Engineering's entrepreneurial leadership center. For more than 25 years, STVP has been developing and delivering entrepreneurship and innovation education and research. We frame how researchers investigate innovation, shape the way educators teach entrepreneurship, and equip individuals, organizations, and regional ecosystems with the tools and training to develop breakthrough innovations and stimulate entrepreneurial success. With a focus on teaching, research, and outreach, our core commitments are to serve all undergraduates and all STEM graduate students at Stanford University with rigorous education in entrepreneurship and innovation through more than 30 MS&E and affiliated engineering courses, four fellows programs for students, educational content on Stanford eCorner (ecorner.stanford.edu), and activities and events.

The STVP Executive Director provides leadership in setting and actualizing the strategic vision for the center. In consultation with the center's faculty directors, the Executive Director leads strategic planning, fundraising, and stewardship activities. STVP's Executive Director will represent STVP across the university and with external constituencies including donors, university and government officials, and foundation representatives. The Executive Director will also take an active role in leading and facilitating educational and community building programming.

The Executive Director is also responsible for the overall financial health of the center including budget oversight, program stewardship efforts, and business and revenue development to support the sustainability of the center and its programs. The Executive Director also has a responsibility for career coaching, professional development of all direct reports, and managing relationships and engagement with STVP affiliated teaching teams.

The Executive Director will play a critical role in helping to deliver on our mission, collaborating and leading a highly engaged faculty and staff community of six MS&E faculty, 17 part-time educators, six professional staff, 13 affiliated PhD students and post-doctoral scholars, 21 advisory board members, and 67 students participating in fellows programs.

STVP's key focus areas are:
  • Teaching the next generation of technology innovators the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to address society's biggest challenges.
  • Making entrepreneurship and innovation education and research more accessible, effective, and engaging for diverse audiences around the world.
  • Equipping every student of entrepreneurship and innovation to brave ethical complexity.

Core Duties
  • Lead and oversee development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of programs. Oversee analysis, reporting, and program improvements. Oversee the development, adherence to, and implementation of program policies and procedures.
  • Lead strategic planning for the program/entity.
  • Represent the entity or program to the broader university, external community, and other stakeholders. Provide expert consultation related to program development, funding opportunities, or other specialty area.
  • Develop outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships and fundraising/funding. Identify external funding opportunities and write proposals and research grants. Develop and oversee strategic financial planning and sustainability for the program/entity, as needed; monitor performance and ensure appropriate controls.
  • Teach or co-teach courses; oversee the administration of courses; create and/or advise in the development of curriculum; and/or advise students, coach and mentor clients and program staff.
  • Coach and mentor program staff.

Minimum Education and Experience Required
Advanced degree and five years of relevant experience in area of specialization or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience. Experience managing a budget and developing financial plans. Experience developing program partnerships and funding sources.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Advanced oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Ability to manage budgets and develop financial plans.

Certificates and Licenses Required

For teaching jobs, advanced degree or certification may be required for some programs.

Physical Requirements
  • 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.

Working Conditions
  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.

Work Standards
  • 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, https://adminguide.stanford.edu

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.

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.

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.


Location: School of Engineering, Stanford, California, United States
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To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

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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