Director, Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program, Stanford Law School

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96525 Requisition #

The Martin Daniel Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School invites applicants for the position of Director of the Gould Negotiation and Mediation Program. The thriving Negotiation and Mediation Program provides training in negotiation skills and theory to over two-thirds of the student body at one of the nation’s leading institutions for legal scholarship and education. The Director is at the helm of a vibrant Program and is responsible for setting its overall mission and goals in consultation with the law school dean, for executing the strategy to meet those goals, for managing all aspects of the Program, and for developing the Program’s curriculum.

Job Duties

Since its inception in 1996, the Program has become an established and integral part of the Law School’s curriculum. The Program’s teaching team is comprised of 14 senior lawyers. In academic year 2021-2022, these instructors offered 21 courses in both basic negotiation and many advanced subjects.

The core duties of the Director include:

  • CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT. The Director oversees and assists with development of curricula, which has recently included the following courses:
    1. Negotiation
    2. Mediation
    3. Advanced Negotiation: Transactions
    4. Advanced Negotiation: Environment
    5. Advanced Negotiation: International
    6. International Business Negotiation
    7. Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation
    8. Dispute System Design
    9. Policy Labs
  • TEACHING. The Director typically teaches three courses each year, usually in one or more of the following course categories:
    1. Basic and Advanced Negotiation
    2. Dispute Resolution (ADR)
    3. Dispute System Design
  • MANAGING THE TEACHING TEAM. The Director recruits the Program’s instructors, and oversees and directs:
    1. A team of approximately eight basic Negotiation lecturers; 
    2. A team of four to six lecturers teaching advanced negotiation and dispute resolution
  • BUDGET ADMINISTRATION. The Director is responsible for:

Creating and managing a $600,000 annual budget

  • PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION. The Director oversees:
    1. One administrator
    2. One to three legal assistants (varies with the curriculum)
    3. Two or three teaching assistants
  • COLLABORATION WITH SLS FACULTY. The Director works with faculty in the Law School, including:
    1. Clinics (e.g., Immigration, Community Law, and Criminal Defense)
    2. Classes (e.g., Contracts, Legal Research & Writing, Civil Procedure)
    3. Committees (the Director may be asked to serve on faculty committees).

When requested, the Director may work on initiatives with Stanford units outside the Law School.

In addition to these core duties, the Director may additionally choose to pursue scholarly research, to develop executive education or other outreach, or to otherwise collaborate with leading practitioners and scholars in the field.

Applicants must have:

  • A J.D.
  • Substantial legal practice experience (10 years experience in practice preferred)
  • Substantial experience in negotiation, mediation, facilitation and/or ADR systems design, along with a thorough grounding in ADR theory and an interest in applying theory to practice
  • Teaching experience and excellent teaching skills
  • Strong management and interpersonal skills and an enthusiasm for supporting students and instructors in the Program

The likely term of appointment is a position as Senior Lecturer. If the applicant has demonstrated scholarly excellence and has an interest in combining the demands of the Director’s position with an active research agenda, a tenure-track faculty position could be considered.

Ideally, the successful candidate will be in place for the start of the 2023-24 academic year. 


            The following materials should be submitted:

  • A cover letter no longer than two pages describing the applicant’s interest in the position;
  • A resume;
  • A list of at least three references; and
  • A complete law school transcript.
  • The applicant may also submit a writing sample.

Applications should be submitted to, job number 96525. Applications are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by December 1, 2022, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires an accommodation to perform essential functions of the job.

Stanford Law School is an equal employment opportunity employer with a strong commitment to pursuing diversity in its hiring. 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.

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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