Associate Director, Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School

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Introduction

The Rock Center for Corporate Governance plans, coordinates, and hosts a wide variety of research projects, programmatic activities, and special events that address a broad range of topics related to corporate governance and business law.  The Center, established with a gift from Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe Rock, draws on the resources of the law and business schools, as well as other departments to spearhead and host a broad set of faculty directed multi-disciplinary activities.

 

Position

The Associate Director, together with the Co-Executive Directors, will comprise the senior academic staff in charge of planning, coordinating, and executing Rock Center research projects and programs in cooperation with the Faculty Directors and other faculty and staff.  The Associate Director will have responsibility and authority for a set of Rock Center programs and projects and will manage all aspects of program/project development, implementation, and evaluation. Engage with faculty to identify important content and to produce events to showcase that content in the form of seminars, meetings, presentations and panels.  In this position you will work with academic and program staff, communicate with faculty, interact with law students and executive education program attendees, and interface with corporate affiliates and external contractors/vendors to meet the goals of Rock Center projects, programs, and research.  Keeping abreast of key developments in the field of corporate governance and business law by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences, will contribute to your success in this role.

You will report to the Co-Executive Directors. This is a full-time position.

 

CORE DUTIES:

  • Independently implement, administer, and evaluate day-to-day activities of the Center’s key initiatives, programs, and research projects by identifying and executing tasks and objectives, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and assigning resources to achieve the goals of the program.
  • Engage with students (law, business, and LLM) on topics of corporate governance and business law, and help to ideate and oversee additional opportunities for student engagement and career development through, by way of example, a regular student lunch series, student-practitioner mixers, and mentorship programs.
  • Participate in periodic briefings and meetings for Rock Center stakeholders, including the Advisory Board, faculty, affiliates, and other relevant constituencies, and help produce annual summary reports of all activities for presentation to various internal and external groups.
  • Represent the program or function as one of the key contacts and subject matter experts within the Rock Center.  In cooperation with the External Relations department and the leadership of the Rock Center, develop and maintain strategic relationships with law firm and other corporate affiliates who partner with the Rock Center to participate in content development for programs.
  • Commit resources and provide information and/or training. May also represent the program or function to external/internal stakeholders and constituencies.  Develop contacts with faculty, staff, centers, and student groups across Stanford University and at other schools and universities as needed. 
  • Develop a network of executive, lawyer, board member, investor, and policymaker contacts as a resource for program content and to serve as program speakers.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions as requested by faculty and independently as required for various programs, including new corporate governance focused initiatives and classes.
  • May participate in development of budgets, monitor, and approve expenditures. May perform limited forecasting and provide recommendations that determine the budget.
  • Keep abreast of key developments and trends in corporate governance; engage in research related to aspects of corporate governance and business law, and/or assist with faculty research as needed.
  • In consultation with the Communications Manager, create and deploy online web content and online marketing strategies and systems related to active projects.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.  JD, LLM, JSD, or PhD preferred.  Professional experience in applied corporate law and/or governance or public company shareholder relations and/or equivalent legal and business experience, preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and ownership of projects and to manage a wide range of professional tasks.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and to serve as a dynamic and capable representative of the Rock Center.
  • Ability to routinely and independently exercise sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a fast-paced team.
  • Relevant subject matter knowledge.  General knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the international legal regimes that impact corporate governance.
  • Ability to direct the work of others, for jobs requiring supervision.
  • Knowledge of database concepts, MS Office, PowerPoint, Google Workspace, Excel, and basic legal/business on-line research tools required.

Preferred Experience:

  • Proven ability to apply professional experience and judgment in the day-to-day management of complex information-intensive projects and research efforts with multiple stakeholders.
  • Self-starter who can work collaboratively and independently; must be enthusiastic, flexible, graceful under pressure, discreet, and diplomatic.
  • Familiarity with Stanford systems is a plus;

Ability to work some irregular hours to support programming needs, although work outside of regular business hours is relatively uncommon.

 

The expected pay range for this position is $66,560 to $120,000 per annum.
Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

 

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website (https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/benefits-rewards) provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

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.

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.

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.

Stanford Law School seeks to hire the best talent and to promote a safe and secure environment for all members of the university community and its property. To that end, new staff hires must successfully pass a background check prior to starting work at Stanford University.

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