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Stanford University, one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, is forming its first new school in 70 years to address global climate and sustainability challenges. The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability will focus on a unifying goal of creating a future in which humans and nature thrive together in concert and in perpetuity. Faculty, students, and staff will advance this goal through a structure composed of academic departments; institutes, including the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy; and a Sustainability Accelerator, which will be focused on externalizing policy and technology solutions at scale. Three primary pathways to impact will guide the units who are joining forces in the new school:


  • Advancing knowledge critical to sustaining life on Earth
  • Preparing students as future sustainability leaders through rigorous, engaged education
    and research
  • Catalyzing informed action globally to generate and accelerate local, national, and global solutions to the defining challenge for humanity


Our 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.




Reporting to the Associate Director, Communications, the Communications Associate is responsible for supporting communications activities that advance the Stanford Woods Institute’s goals for linking solutions-oriented environmental research to action. The Communications Associate is primarily responsible for tracking, curating, and reporting Stanford’s environmental research publications and news media engagement; marketing our events and ensuring Stanford environmental research, experts and events are promoted on our digital channels (web and social). This position will be hired through the Woods Institute for the Environment and will support its core activities while collaborating with the broader community of staff working to advance the new school's launch and goals.




  • Track and curate environment and sustainability research publications produced by Stanford faculty; assist the Communications Manager in reporting out publications via social media, our annual Research Year in Review, and other channels
  • Track and report out social media, web and newsletter metrics reflecting impact of comms activities 
  • Track and report on Stanford experts quoted in news outlets about environment and sustainability issues
  • Ensure media lists are current and targeted to specific news topics
  • Provide logistics support for media interviews
  • Produce and post content (via CMS) for applicable university/unit websites
  • Support event marketing efforts, including timely creation and posting/dissemination of invitations and event announcements
  • Manage contact lists and distribute blast newsletter/email communications using tools like Mailchimp, Salesforce, FormAssembly and/or Marketo


Application Process: To be considered, candidates must please include a cover letter and resume with their Stanford application. Please note a background check will be required for all final candidates.




Education & Experience:


Bachelor's degree and one year of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and take initiative
  • Experience with G-Suite, Outlook, Mailchimp, Twitter and web content management systems (CMS) such as Drupal
  • Experience with CRM products like Salesforce is desirable




  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork.


* - 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.
  • On call and ability to respond 24/7.




  • 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.


We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.


Why Stanford is for You


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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