Associate Director for The Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience

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SCHOOL/UNIT DESCRIPTION:

 

Anchored in the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and the Office of the Dean of Research, the new Knight Initiative in Brain Resilience is a cross-disciplinary scientific endeavor aimed at addressing neurodegeneration, aging and brain resilience.  The Associate Director will have a direct report to the faculty Director of the Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience and a dotted-line/indirect report to the Executive Director of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.

 

Diseases and associated issues of cognitive decline like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, and related ailments are increasing with our rapidly aging global population. Stanford seeks to advance a new era of brain science focused on accelerating the fundamental understanding of the aging brain, both the biological causes of neurodegeneration and how to increase brain resilience throughout the lifespan. This will require a concerted effort to unite expertise and perspectives across disciplines (from chemistry and neurology to engineering), to question long-standing assumptions about the causes of neurodegeneration and to explore new creative approaches to understanding brain resilience and treating cognitive decline.

 

The initiative will take advantage of Stanford’s fluid boundaries among departments and schools, incentivizing robust team research activities and building a campus-wide community focused on brain resilience and neurodegeneration. Initiative leaders will also seek to build meaningful teamwork with pioneering faculty at other institutions. Key to this endeavor is expanding the entrepreneurial, team-oriented community in the neurosciences – both by engaging researchers, scientists, and physicians across campus as well as recruiting outstanding junior faculty.

 

Our VPDoR Diversity Journey:

  • 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.

 

POSITION SUMMARY:

 

The Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University is seeking an Associate Director to establish a new research initiative in the area of brain resilience, aging and neurodegeneration. The Associate Director reports to the Faculty Director of the Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience, with a dotted line to the Executive Director of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. The Associate Director will serve as the senior administrator for the initiative and be a key participant in strategic planning, providing administrative leadership, guidance and oversight of administrative and operational functions, including finance, human resources and health and safety. The Associate Director will have fiduciary responsibility for and manage the operations of initiative scientific, community-building and educational programs, including managing staff.

 

 CORE DUTIES:

  • Working with the Director and the operations cabinet, and under advisement of the Steering and Advisory committees, provide strategy and vision; make decisions that establish objectives for the overall direction and operation of the Initiative for Brain Resilience, a new initiative of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.
  • Manage staff of a large scientific and technical research area, which includes recruiting, hiring, developing, evaluating and setting priorities; manage business, technical, and educational activities for direct reports including managers and technical experts. Oversee the establishment of a human phenotyping core facility.
  • Identify, clarify, and resolve issues with strategic impact and substantial significance, which span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge requiring broad discretion and judgment.
  • Collaborate with the Steering and Advisory committees for the initiative, the Executive Committee of Wu Tsai Neuro and others on the direction of activities relevant to long-term objectives. Develop strategies to ensure effective achievement of objectives.
  • Develop policies and procedures as they relate to academic or program activities. Key programs of the initiative include community building, educational programs, research grants and programs and faculty recruitment (in conjunction with Wu Tsai Neuro and partner departments).
  • Implement, evaluate and maintain quality control standards to ensure program success.
  • Establish, oversee and manage financials and schedule for large programs and multiple projects. Report to the Wu Tsai Neuro Director for Planning and Operations and the Vice Provost and Dean of Research Office for all compliance issues, including, but not limited to finance and human resources.
  • Recommend the adoption of emerging technologies and the development of new methods and approaches.
  • Negotiate with internal departments and external agencies with authority to commit resources and effort.
  • Serve as a liaison to senior management, cross-functional areas, schools and external organizations such as sponsors and government agencies.

 

This position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting, subject to operational need.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and eight years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. PhD in neuroscience or a related field (life sciences, basic sciences or engineering) is required. Domain knowledge in neurodegeneration, aging or longevity is a plus.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience leading, managing, motivating and developing technical staff.
  • Experience leading complex scientific, engineering or technical research projects or programs.
  • Detailed understanding of relevant business and technical knowledge and problem resolution.
  • Ability to synthesize and articulate technical and scientific methodologies, specifications, and information.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies, trends, methodologies, and resource management principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with others.
  • Exceptional customer relationship and consensus building skills.
  • Ability to influence and establish effective working relationships in a diverse environment.
  • Ability to resolve complex issues quickly and make decisions that meet university objectives in a collaborative culture.

 

Certifications and Licenses:

None.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS*:

  • Frequently perform desk based computer tasks, seated work, use a telephone and use light/ fine grasping.
  • Occasionally write by hand, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Rarely stand, walk, sort, and file paperwork or parts.

* - 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.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • May require extended hours, evenings and weekends.

 

WORK STANDARDS:

  • 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.
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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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