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Created in 2007, the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) strives to enhance the education and enrich the experience of all 9,400 Stanford graduate students. We work with students, faculty, and campus colleagues to advance graduate student diversity; foster interdisciplinary learning and graduate professional development; fund students and innovative projects; and solve problems. The VPGE staff work collaboratively with colleagues from all seven schools and units across campus to “expand what’s possible in graduate education.”

Working under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Provost, the successful candidate will develop, implement, and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the Office of the VPGE, specifically, Graduate Professional Development, SGSI (Stanford Graduate Summer Institute), and Funding Programs. Participation in strategy development, long-range planning, and partnership development is also expected.


  • Develop and manage Graduate Professional Development programs by conducting research activities, including outreach to varied stakeholders within the program, assigning resources, and making program improvement recommendations that impact policies and programs. 
  • Identify, recommend, and implement opportunities for new programs including Graduate Professional Development programs as well as SGSI courses. 
  • Design data collection methods, collect and analyze data, create analyses, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the enhancing the educational experience of graduate students. 
  • Teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses and workshops such as Grad 201 and Networking 101. Create and/or advise in the development and delivery of curriculum. Develop curriculum-rating survey, detailed feedback on courses, and make recommendations for preliminary overview and changes. 
  • Contribute to and direct outreach and communications strategy related to program marketing, development, and strategic partnerships.
  • Write and/or edit web content, program descriptions, marketing materials, and other program content.
  • Contribute to and inform strategic program planning (including addressing sustainability, scalability, and impact). 
  • Coach and mentor program staff, students, and clients.
* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Master’s degree and two or more years of relevant experience or combination of education, training and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to develop program partnerships and collaborations.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skill. Fluency in the professional development needs of graduate students. Knowledge of theory and practice related to achieving inclusion.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans

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 his or her 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

Why Stanford is for You

Stanford’s dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:
  • Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!
We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

How to Apply

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