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The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) is Stanford University’s hub for nonpartisan, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and policy impact in international affairs. Our mission is to produce world-class scholarship, prepare future leaders, and influence policymaking in pursuit of solutions to the most critical global issues.


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  • We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people.
  • We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community. 
  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.
  • We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.



The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies seeks an Associate Director for Policy Outreach to connect the research and analysis produced by our scholars with policymakers in the United States and around the world. This position reports directly to the institute’s director, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. Part of the leadership team, you will work closely with staff and faculty across all centers and programs to develop a structured policy outreach strategy that clearly communicates the policy relevance of FSI research to policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders.

You will be aware and well-versed in the ongoing policy issues relevant to the institute, and be responsible for updating scholars on current policy discussions, relevant events, and opportunities to engage with decision makers. You will support our experts by facilitating and leading meetings and events when our scholars are in Washington D.C. and when policymakers wish to engage with our scholars on campus or virtually. You will also track and report on all policy engagements, outcomes, and develop strategies for communicating the institute’s policy impact in creative and compelling ways.


In this role you will:

  • Develop and execute a policy engagement strategy that connects policymakers around the world with the institute’s policy-relevant research and analysis.
  • Become familiar with FSI research – both ongoing and published – in order to identify important policy implications and findings relevant to ongoing public debate.
  • Maintain high-level relationships with policymakers in government, business and non-profits and pursue opportunities to engage them with FSI research.
  • Organize and lead track-two dialogues, briefings, roundtables, workshops and public events with FSI experts and policymakers, journalists, NGO leaders, and alumni at Stanford and in Washington D.C.
  • Inform FSI scholars on a regular basis of emerging and ongoing policy issues and opportunities to engage policymakers.
  • Monitor and document policy related activity across the institute.
  • In collaboration with the communications team, create strategies for communicating our policy impact through multimedia storytelling.


This position may be based in Stanford, CA or Washington, DC, with travel to other cities where policy decisions are being made. For consideration, please submit resume and cover letter. All final candidates must successfully complete a background check.



  • Cultivate new methods to promote and disseminate information.
  • Make decisions on proposed changes and amendments to communications or publications. Supervise the distribution of the publications.
  • Ensure that information included in publications follows policies and procedures.
  • May develop and implement long-term and short-term strategic plan for a unit and across organizational line.
  • Maintain high-level interactions with specialized constituents to promote departmental goals, visions, and strategies.
  • Apply advanced knowledge to determine the approach necessary to achieve department objectives.
  • Manage editorial and production process that is complex in nature and reaches across organizational levels.
  • Identify stories and themes and monitor editorial/publication progress.
  • May manage budget and negotiate contracts with vendors.
  • Assist the department head in evaluating workflow, resources, and make recommendations. May supervise professional or support personnel and may conduct performance evaluations, hiring, and staff management.



Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant work experience or combination of education and relevant experience.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee all aspects of editorial and publication process.
  • Demonstrated advanced editorial and public relations skills and the ability to synthesize material from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to determine publication and editorial approaches.
  • Extensive experience managing and coordinating complex editorial and publication projects.
  • Expert level knowledge of job-required tools and applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and allocate department resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in evaluating implications of information release to internal and external audiences.



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork; lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 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.



  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
  • Occasional 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.


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  • 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.
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*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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