Director, Training & Education, Stanford Impact Labs

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Stanford Impact Labs: The world’s biggest social problems are complex, multi-faceted, and stubborn. No academic center, company, or organization can solve issues like economic inequality or pandemic response alone. We need leaders with different skills and experiences to come together to create fresh insights, evidence, and action to make progress.


Stanford Impact Labs (SIL) invests in highly-motivated teams of researchers and practitioners from government, business, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropy. These teams—impact labs—work together on social problems they choose and where practical progress is possible. With our support, they can rapidly develop, test, and scale new solutions to social problems that affect millions of people worldwide.


Our approach builds on what works in the life sciences and engineering to turn academic discovery into medical advances and new technologies people use: significant investments in research and development, and close partnership between researchers and leaders outside the university. With financial capital, professional support, and training, we catalyze problem-focused research and partnerships to generate new insights and solutions to persistent social problems. In doing so, we make social science work for society.


Reporting to the Faculty Director in the immediate term (and eventually reporting to an incoming Executive Director), the Director of Training & Education will directly oversee the strategy, design, and delivery of all SIL education and culture programs; develop and teach curriculum for each; and serve as a key member of the leadership team shaping growth and impact of SIL. Central to SIL’s theory of change is partnership with external partners, and many core duties of this role will require working in partnership with external organizations. Stanford Impact Labs is an equal opportunity organization and is strongly committed to racial and social justice. To that end, we particularly encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply for open positions. Applicants should submit resume and cover letter through the Stanford career portal.

Strategy, design and delivery of all SIL education and culture programs: 

  • Lead on the design and implementation of all SIL education focused programmatic priorities, including the faculty Impact Lab Design Fellowship, faculty Scholars in Service program, graduate student Collaborative Research Fellowship, and Post-Doctoral Fellowship programming.
  • Work across the SIL team to make recommendations for how to promote and develop new educational opportunities as part of current programming. Serve as strategic lead in holding funded impact labs accountable for their educational commitments. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships across the Stanford University campus to identify and pursue high-impact opportunities for SIL to partner and collaborate with impact labs, institutions and campus leaders. 
  • As the portfolio expands, this role may be in a position to hire, onboard and manage an Education Program Manager to support the day-to-day execution of these activities.


Curriculum Development and Teaching:

  • Working with the investments team, serve as a key stakeholder to plan, budget, oversee, and document all aspects of SIL’s educational programming. This includes the design, development, and implementation of: requests for proposals, grantee selection and funding, match-making faculty with practitioners.
  • Working closely with the SIL Faculty Director, co-lead the curriculum design and implementation of the Impact Lab Design Fellowship. 
  • Serve as the central responsible person for the one-on-one coaching and mentoring relationships of all faculty Impact Lab Design fellows.
  • Co-lead the Scholars in Service Program in partnership with the Haas Center for Public Service. Serve as the primary point of contact and mentorship for faculty participating in Scholars in Service. 
  • Manage the day-to-day execution and scaling of a new Post-Doctoral Fellowship program, expanding training and opportunities for emerging academics to integrate public impact and collaborative, team-based scholarship into their research and career trajectories. 
  • Lead the graduate student Summer Collaborative Research Fellowship curriculum and program management, giving outstanding doctoral students the opportunity to work on problem-focused research with existing impact labs across the university. 

Serve as member of senior leadership team shaping SIL: 

  • Build, manage, and maintain relationships with a broad set of stakeholders including faculty members participating in programs, graduate students, and research teams from across the university. In addition, this role will maintain a portfolio of relationships external with the university and represent SIL in meetings with external partners.  
  • As a new initiative within the university, this role requires the ability to take on new assignments and projects as they arise. Of particular relevance to this role will be initiatives around education and culture within Stanford. 


The ideal candidate possesses a passion for connecting academic research to organizations working on the frontlines in tackling social problems, and is ready to work in an dynamic, open and collaborative work environment.  


Profiles for a successful candidate for the Director of Education and Training would likely have the following skill sets or background: a) professionals with a strong background in development of education and training programs; b) researchers with practical experience connecting research to program implementation; c) experienced program directors who have worked in startup environments. We recognize that no candidate will meet every requirement. If you may be a good fit, we encourage you to apply.


This is a one-year fixed-term position with the possibility of renewal.




By June 2021, or sooner



  • 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.



Education & Experience:

Advanced degree and five years of relevant experience in area of specialization or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience. Advanced degree (PhD in the social sciences preferred, but not required) and five years of relevant experience in educational programs or project management, consulting, public policy, nonprofit, philanthropy and/or related fields is also preferred. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans. Experience developing program partnerships and funding sources.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • 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.
  • 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; someone who brings a social science mindset to the work preferred
  • Passion for Stanford Impact Lab’s mission of the real-world implementation of research insights through research-practice partnerships preferred


Certifications and Licenses:

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



  • 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.

* - 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,

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