Assistant Director, Engagement and Outreach

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Assistant Director, Engagement and Outreach


The Office of Development (OOD) advances Stanford’s mission by raising philanthropic support from alumni, parents, families, friends, and institutional funders. Working in concert with volunteers and academic leaders, OOD staff members strive to accelerate Stanford’s purposeful impact in the world. Stanford is committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the Office of Development staff plays a role in providing the university’s donors with the service and attention that ensures an exceptionally positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience.


The Engagement and Outreach team is a unit within OOD. The team leads the strategy and development of key volunteer leadership and engagement initiatives across the university. It works with units within OOD and across the university to identify volunteer opportunities, develop strategies for engagement, and manage the administration and development of cross-campus volunteer bodies.


It works closely with university leadership, school and unit leaders, and external constituents to design and develop outreach efforts and programming that facilitate the delivery of key messaging and engagement around the Stanford Vision.



Reporting to the Executive Director of Engagement, Outreach, and Events, the Assistant Director will serve as an expert collaborator and leader in the development and implementation of projects related to volunteer engagement, event-based engagement, organization-wide programs, and campaign outreach efforts.


In this role, you will:

  • In partnership with a cross unit working team, manage and execute KLabs, a learner-centered internal training strategy on campaign-related content for colleagues across OOD, Stanford External Relations, and the Stanford Alumni Association.
  • In partnership with the executive director, pilot new opportunities and formulate strategies to engage key demographics and populations across the Stanford development community. Populations include but are not limited to: former members of the Board of Trustees, diverse and historically underrepresented alumni and donors, recent graduates and young alumni, and graduate-only alumni.
  • Working closely with University Major Gifts and other internal stakeholders, manage the development and coordination of campaign-related regional volunteer and outreach initiatives.
  • Develop project plans, conduct landscape reviews, collect data, lead communication and assessment activities, present recommendations to colleagues and volunteers, and propose opportunities to strengthen engagement strategies across existing programs and functions.
  • Serve as a primary resource for communication projects, including briefings, talking points remarks, and event marketing.
  • Represent the Engagement & Outreach team in planning meetings with key development leaders, faculty, directors, deans, and university leadership.
  • Stay informed about current university initiatives, research, and educational programs and activities to support the alignment of overall volunteer engagement goals with the university's development organization.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Other duties that may be assigned.


To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in volunteer engagement and event and project management. Experience with instructional design and curriculum development a plus.
  • Strong interest and relevant subject matter expertise in developing outreach and community-building experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects in a complex and dynamic environment.
  • Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, and judgment.
  • Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness.
  • Demonstrated solid planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent listening, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong expertise in CRM systems (Postgrads, CARD)


Certifications and Licenses:

  • None



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.


* - 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. Some travel may be required.
  • Valid passport for international 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,



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.


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.


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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