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Compensation Program Manager (2 open positions)

Stanford University
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Compensation Program Manager (2 open positions)
Human Resources Services, Redwood City, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4673
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: K
Requisition ID: 95040

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 are looking for a Compensation Program Manager to lead the development and implementation of compensation strategies, programs and projects in support of a complex, decentralized organization to attract and retain a diverse, non-academic employee population. This role reports to the Sr. Director of Compensation in University Human Resources and is a member of a team of compensation professionals.

Job Purpose:
Responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring compensation programs and providing consultative advice to HR business partners and managers university-wide.

In this position you will:
  • Lead projects related to compensation policy, program development and administration, including development of project approach, detailed project plan and timeline, identifying issues, and recommending solutions.
  • Collaborate with University HR compensation team, sponsoring client teams, and HR business partners to identify issues and recommend solutions throughout project and program implementation.
  • Develop partnerships with key stakeholders, and anticipate and resolve stakeholder resistance and other risks in order to bring others along to a desired outcome.
  • Develop and/or partner with HR communications team to develop communication deliverables including training materials, presentations and written communications to stakeholder audiences.
  • Review existing job descriptions, develop descriptions as needed, and apply job evaluation techniques to determine the appropriate job classification and exemption status. Provide comprehensive recommendations to HR business partners and managers on classifications.
  • Based on market competitive analyses performed and compensation expertise, recommend strategies for addressing competitive pay challenges as well as advise on individual pay decisions.
  • Provide consultation and expert advice to HR business partners and managers in the administration of the university's compensation program on a consistent, equitable, and legally compliant basis university-wide.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience
  • Experience in a large, complex organization with a decentralized structure preferred
  • Strong project management and change management experience, preferably in a decentralized organization
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience as compensation consultant or advisor to leaders and managers
  • Excellent facilitation and presentation skills
  • Proven communication (verbal and written) skills to prepare clear and concise information and deliver formal presentations or training to senior management and other audiences
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Experience with salary survey participation, market analysis, job evaluation, and compensation plan design and administration
  • Demonstrated knowledge of compensation practices and trends with expertise in job evaluation market analysis
  • Strong understanding and experience in applying federal and California state and federal wage and hour regulations
  • Advanced analytical, critical thinking, problem solving, judgment and decision-making competencies
  • Demonstrated advanced influencing skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, tact, and diplomacy
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, specifically, Word and Excel, and project management principals and tools

Physical Requirements
  • Frequently sit, stand, perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation
  • Occasionally work at Stanford main campus

We are open to a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of onsite and work from home). The number of days may occasionally fluctuate subject to business need, but the expectation is that this position will be onsite a minimum of 2 days/week. The onsite work location is Stanford Redwood City Campus, 505 Broadway, Redwood City, California.

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.

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.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

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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Change the world. And yourself.

Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again.

We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career. 

At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment.

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Student Enrollment

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  • Graduates: 8,897


  • 8,180 contiguous acres in six governmental jurisdictions
  • Nearly 700 major buildings
  • 97% of undergraduates live on campus


  • 5,300 externally sponsored projects
  • $1.33 billion total budget


  • 2,043 faculty members
  • 21 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community
  • 5:1 student to faculty ratio

Stanford University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

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