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The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability (SDSS) has a unifying goal of creating a future in which humans and nature thrive together in concert and in perpetuity. The school's unique three-part structure consisting of departments to drive scholarship and educate students, institutes to innovate across disciplines, and an accelerator to drive policy and technology solutions reimagines how universities can contribute to the planet's sustainability. We focus on creating knowledge and scaling solutions that benefit our local community and people globally, while also creating a school community that is inclusive of all people.
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About This Role
We are seeking a creative and experienced educator to help lead partner-engaged research and learning efforts, specifically for the Stanford Future Bay Initiative and new efforts in climate justice through the Haas Center's Partnership for Climate Justice in the Bay Area (PCJ in the Bay). The position involves re-envisioning and co-teaching community engaged learning courses that provide undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity and the guidance to co-produce actionable knowledge with our local Bay Area communities in order to shape a more equitable, resilient and sustainable future.
If you are a boundary-spanning professional and educator with a deep appreciation for the value of scientific contributions and evidence, a sincere commitment to our local communities, a keen understanding of the challenges they face, and a passion for teaching, this role may be for you!
This position is situated in the SDSS Dean's Office Education and Integrative Initiatives (EII) team. This staff team creates programs and provides technical assistance for school-wide efforts in education and new strategic initiatives. We support the creation of new efforts in partner-engaged research and learning; new curricula and degrees; management of degrees, student policies, and student well-being; and the development and delivery of non-degree educational programming (professional development, career services, community outreach, research internships, etc.).
The Academic Specialistwill also serve as part of the Stanford Future Bay Initiative (SFBI).SFBI is Research-Education-Practice Partnership committed to the co-production of knowledge that enables us to shape a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable urban future. By producing new evidence and translating it into creative solutions, we seek to support our partner communities in defining actionable steps towards a vibrant future. By integrating community engaged learning and scientific co-production, we bring evidence to bear on the urgent urban problems facing communities and decision-makers here in the area. We engage with community-based organizations as well as local and state government agencies to understand the effectiveness of current policies and identify blind spots. In addition, we co-design new policies, programs, and tools that ultimately affect millions of lives.
The Academic Specialist will report jointly to the Stanford Future Bay Initiative (SFBI) faculty leaders and the Stanford Doerr School Dean's Office Education and Integrative Initiatives (EII) team. This work will involve close collaboration with external partners, faculty, and students to realize the research-education-practice mission of SFBI.
Your Responsibilities will include:
* Collaborate with the Stanford Future Bay Initiative (SFBI) faculty to design, teach, and administer community engaged learning course sequence. * Connect with and engage other faculty members interested in pattern-based learning but not yet implementing this approach. * Build and sustain partnerships with community-based organizations, government agencies, and social impact-oriented organizations; identifying projects and efforts that fit within the research-learning-practice paradigm and meaningfully contribute to community partners' work. * Consult with subject matter experts on community engaged learning pedagogy, including designing appropriate learning goals and instructional activities, facilitating student preparation and reflection, and evaluating student learning and community impact. * Align course design and research practices with Stanford's Principles of Ethical and Effective Service, and foster civic leadership competencies through sound pedagogical practices. * Collaborate with Dean's Office education and integrative initiatives team, aligning best practices in experiential learning, inclusive teaching, and community engaged research. * Source, collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function. * Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities. * Contribute to and inform on strategic program/entity planning and related funding and financial sustainability. * Advise students and/or coach/mentor clients. * Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.
*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.
To be successful in this position, you will need:
* Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. * Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources. * Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization. * Ability to oversee and direct staff. * Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.
In addition, our preferred requirements include:
* Advanced degree and/or scholarly and professional accomplishments in research-education-practice partnerships in sustainability and environmental justice. * Experience with community-engaged curriculum design and teaching at the college level. * Sensitivity to, and experience with, the principles and practice of community engaged learning in a higher education context. * Demonstrated ability to collaborate with a diverse set of actors within and outside the organization, including academia, nonprofits, private and public sectors. * Experience with integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices into programs and teaching. * Demonstrated ability to build and sustain productive working relationships with faculty in a University setting. * Proactive communicator with exceptional written, visual, and oral communication skills for a diverse set of partners and collaborators. * Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness. * Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment and decision-making skills. * Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team. * Flexible, open-minded, and collaborative mindset with ability to navigate an ambiguous environment.
*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.
The expected pay range for this position is $76,000 to $139,000 per annum.
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