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Senior Associate Director for Stanford Impact Labs (SIL)

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Senior Associate Director for Stanford Impact Labs (SIL)
Office of Development, Stanford, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4294
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: M
Requisition ID: 94339

Stanford's longstanding legacy of leadership in service to the world is rooted in the university's founding grant and reaffirmed in President Marc Tessier-Lavigne's vision for a “purposeful university.” In that spirit and building on the university's disciplinary excellence and interdisciplinary collaboration, Stanford Impact Labs (SIL) advances a vision for a new university-wide commitment to address some of the world's most vexing social challenges.

The goal of SIL is to work with the public, social, and private sectors in tackling social problems using human creativity, rigorous evidence, and innovative technology. Specifically, SIL brings scholars and practitioners together in close partnership and proximity and equips teams with the resources and tools they need to build in the social sciences what researchers in life sciences and engineering have already created with great success: an infrastructure that generates new insights and turns discovery into impact. The initiative will also create new strategies to educate and train Stanford's students and catalyze a culture of public impact on campus, working in collaboration with communities locally, nationally, and around the world. For more info on SIL, visit


Reporting to the Associate Dean for External Relations, School of Humanities and Sciences, the Senior Associate Director for Stanford Impact Labs (SIL), will serve as a key member of the Office of Development and will assume primary responsibility for coordinating the message, articulating the vision, and leading the fundraising efforts for Stanford Impact Labs, one of the major initiatives of Stanford's Long-Range Vision.

The Senior Associate Director will have primary responsibility for designing and implementing the overall fundraising plan to achieve the ambitious target for SIL. This will include identifying, cultivating, and soliciting, or arranging for the solicitation, of individuals who will provide both principal and major gifts for Stanford Impact Labs. Working alongside senior staff leading the university's fundraising effort, the individual will coordinate activity in support of SIL's fundraising across the Office of Development, organizing events, and engaging with a multitude of individuals, including faculty, university officers and staff, volunteers, alumni, friends and foundation representatives, and others outside Stanford during the course of their fundraising work.


  • Create and implement a fundraising plan, establishing clear goals and measuring progress on a quarterly and annual basis. Work closely with SIL staff to ensure clear communication and progress towards fundraising goals.
  • Lead the efforts of designated colleagues with expertise in development communications and finance, as well as individuals representing other schools and units, who have been identified to help achieve SIL's cross-university goals.
  • Understand and represent the programs and aspirations of SIL to internal and external audiences.
  • Implement the Principal and Major Gifts strategies for SIL, including carrying out all aspects of fundraising, serving on ad hoc committees in connection with the SIL, and working with other senior development officers.
  • Personally manage a portfolio of high potential individual prospects through the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship cycles. Forge long-term relationships with these individuals to cultivate their interest in Stanford that will lead to eight and nine-figure solicitations.
  • Provide support for university leaders, faculty, and volunteers and accompany them on calls where appropriate.
  • Work with alumni, parents, and friends of Stanford and their advisors, and work behind the scenes through high-level volunteers, both external and internal to the university.
  • Collaborate with other staff, academic leaders, and faculty to develop gift ideas and strategies and to foster relationships that will be productive for Stanford.
  • Maintain a current body of knowledge about the university and its development priorities, especially the university-wide priorities of the president and provost as well as those of SIL.
  • Provide stewardship for certain Principal Gifts donors managed centrally, in coordination with other stewardship units and field fundraisers.
  • Provide strategic direction for marketing materials such as slide decks, white papers, and other development communications, producing these communication tools as necessary.
  • Conceptualize and organize fundraising events, working with colleagues, in key target areas including Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Seattle, and the Eastern seaboard.
  • A commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.


  • Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Ability to develop long-term relationships with principal and major gift level donors and prospects, as well as a proven track record of success in personally cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding eight-figure gifts.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately forecast, track and deliver results and to drive processes with excellent project management skills.
  • Proven skills in managing a number of competing priorities and complex issues creatively and effectively. This may include long-range strategic fundraising, donor development, and volunteer engagement with the day-to­ day operations.
  • Proven ability to make independent decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and engage through highly effective presentations and communication. A clear and confident communication style which shows spirit, enthusiasm, and integrity.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the proven ability to collaborate, build team spirit and achieve results within a diverse population.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and function effectively in a complex organizational environment demanding a high energy level, discretion, and flexibility.


  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, sit, and use a telephone, stand/walk.
  • Occasionally light/fine grasping, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, writing by hand.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a California Non-commercial Class driver's license.

* - 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 require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Regular travel may be required.


  • When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
  • 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,


The Office of Development (OOD) supports the goals and purposes of Stanford University. OOD staff members, working in concert with academic leadership and volunteers, strive to enhance, over the long-term, useful gift support to Stanford. In the process, development staff establish and nurture relationships with students, alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations and associations. Stanford University is committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the OOD staff plays a role in providing the university's donors with the service and attention that ensures an exceptionally positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience.

Why Stanford is for you:

Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

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. Enjoy a film screening or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide excellent retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, swim in our Olympic-sized pools, or choose from hundreds of health and fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide highly competitive health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commute 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.

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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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