Stanford Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century, creating pivotal technologies that have transformed the worlds of information technology, communications, health care, energy, business and beyond. Our faculty and students are creative risk-takers who pursue excellence across a breadth of disciplines. Our alumni include some of the world's most successful leaders in technology and business. Our staff are critical to enabling Stanford Engineering to accomplish its mission: seeking solutions to some of the world's most urgent challenges and educating leaders who will make the world a better place through the power of engineering principles, techniques, and systems.
The Starling Lab brings together a wide array of disciplines to meet the technical and ethical challenges of establishing trust in the most sensitive digital records of our human history.
Co-founded by Stanford University's Electrical Engineering Department and the USC Shoah Foundation, the Starling Lab's areas of practice in history, law and journalism catalyze innovation and education in cryptographic methods and decentralized web protocols to advance human rights. With a bias to responsible action, the Lab's prototypes will lead by example to show a bright path to deploy technology and methods that make the decentralized internet a viable platform for social impact.
In the years ahead, the Lab will pioneer new decentralized technology and governance in the field to address present-day mass atrocities, intolerance and hate-based violence, and unrest due to climate change. It will bring back these learnings to pioneer new collegiate courses, K-12 curriculum, and professional training modules on digital trust.
Starling will accomplish its key objectives of technical and ethical innovation through thought leadership, collaboration, and community using the following methods:
Acceleration: With prototypes and hack-a-thons, the Lab will catalyze external entities to create products that have social impact and directly equip institutions around the world with the training to leverage those products safely and effectively.
Education: The Lab will continue to build our principles into a robust framework that can be taught to students of all ages in academia, civil society, or industry. This effort will include designing courses with digital curriculum, textbooks, and publications and convening expert stakeholders each year in seminars and conferences.
Fellowship: The Lab will engage faculty, students, and experts to deploy in the field to work on human rights issues through documentation and journalism to raise awareness and understanding of pressing social issues.
The Electrical Engineering department, part of Stanford Engineering, seeks a dynamic leader to join the founding team and board of the Starling Lab to help define and execute our shared vision. This position will support the Lab's executive director to help lead all the Starling Lab's strategy and operations.
Central to Starling's theory of change is partnership with external partners, and many core duties of this role will require working on building affiliate collaborations with external organizations such as non-government organizations (NGOs) and the legal community, as well as technology companies to safely deploy the Starling Framework in the field.
The ideal candidate is a self-starter that will bring a start-up mentality into our university program to seize this unique opportunity to create a lab that works across academia, industry, and human rights organizations.
Your responsibilities include:
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.
Working with the Faculty and Executive Directors, the Deputy Director will:
Primary: Lead operations and program management
Lead on the design and implementation of all the Lab's 4 major research programs in data authenticity for journalism, accountability, secure communications, as well as an archive accelerator
Supervise day-to-day activities to ensure that the Lab's programs get the resources they require and are able to succeed across the execution cycle
Promote collaboration, clear communication, and innovation across the Lab's members
Support financial oversight to keep programs operating within budget parameters and holding funded programs accountable for their educational commitments.
Liaise with university department administrators
Define the Lab's long-term vision and strategy
Work across the Lab's teams to make recommendations for how to promote and develop new educational opportunities as part of current programming
Help shape the lab's leadership and impact in the Web3 and human rights ecosystem
Structure the Lab's existing funding commitments and look to a secure new source of funding with research grants from private, public, and non-profit sources
Collaborations and Marketing
Lead all external-facing communications across earned and owned channels.
On-board new faculty/student/industry researchers and affiliates to the Lab to expand our capabilities and imp
Education & Experience (Required):
Advanced degree and five years of relevant experience in the area of specialization or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans. Experience developing program partnerships and funding sources.
Education & Experience (Desired):
Master's degree and five years of relevant experience in program management. Experience in a higher education setting is preferred.
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.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Desired):
Experience in managing large-scale projects
Ability to oversee and direct staff
Ability to manage budgets and develop financial plans
Experience working on collaborative teams with diverse expertise
Advanced ability in key competencies: critical thinking and problem-solving skills, planning and organizing, delegation, curriculum design, and facilitation preferred
Appreciation for the value of research and social impact
Ability to work independently to set and meet deadlines and schedules
Previous experience in academic or nonprofit program work is preferred
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.
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.
* - 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
How to Apply
We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the "Apply for Job" button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter, and resume along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background in program management and provide examples of your experience with attention to detail, responsiveness, and decision-making.
*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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