89693 Requisition #

The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) is Stanford University’s thought leader for understanding the economic challenges, opportunities, and policies affecting people in the United States and around the world.  Faculty are at our core. More than 100 Stanford faculty members — drawing from each of the university’s seven schools — study a vast array of economic policy-relevant areas. They work closely with other established and up-and-coming scholars from across campus, as well as the visitors we host from top universities and the policy world.


SIEPR’s mission is to catalyze and promote evidence-based knowledge about pressing economic issues, leading to better-informed policy solutions for generations to come.  SIEPR seeks a Research Scholar who will serve as the institute’s Director of Partnerships to increase its engagement with policymakers, governments, and other external organizations to enhance its reach and impact, upholding Stanford’s intent of being a purposeful university.  


Reporting to the SIEPR Director, this position will play an instrumental role in working with external partners to engage SIEPR’s community of faculty, visitors, students and supporters in pressing economic policy issues.  The Director of Partnerships will also strengthen ties with government and policy organizations to facilitate cutting-edge research across SIEPR’s research focal areas and identify opportunities for students interested in public service or policy-oriented careers.  In addition, the candidate will be expected to be an active member of the social science research community, develop a portfolio of policy-relevant research, and serve as an instructor for one undergraduate course each year to contribute to SIEPR and Stanford’s mission of scholarship and education.


This is a fixed-term position of 3 years, with the possibility of renewal based on performance, funding, and programmatic need.  SIEPR is committed to promoting diversity of perspectives, and providing an inclusive place for people from all backgrounds to thrive.  If you have additional questions about the position, please contact Adam Gorlick, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at SIEPR.  


Job Responsibilities:


Programmatic (60%)


Deliver a suite of events that convene thought leaders to advance evidence-based policy discussions on pressing economic issues across SIEPR’s research focal areas, and educate and energize SIEPR’s community of faculty, visitors, students and supporters:

  • Collaborate with SIEPR Communications team to strategically develop themes and topics for various events focused on economic policy issues, including:
    • Monthly Associates Events
    • Biannual Policy Forums 
    • Annual SIEPR Economic Summit
    • Periodic academic and policy-oriented conferences, workshops, or meetings on timely topics
  • Identify and recruit speakers, panelists and moderators who provide perspectives from academia, government, nonprofits and business for chosen themes and topics
  • Coordinate with speakers and panelists to optimize the format and content of the sessions to ensure audience engagement
  • Optimize relationships between invited speakers and SIEPR faculty and students to ensure ongoing connections
  • Collaborate with SIEPR Communications team on developing event-related content and summaries


Strengthen relationships between SIEPR and government agencies at the federal, state and local levels and other external organizations in the U.S. and abroad:

  • Oversee SIEPR’s Policy Fellows program, which brings people with current or recent policymaking experience to SIEPR for terms of 1 week to 1 year
  • Develop partnerships with governments and nonprofits to facilitate research across SIEPR’s focal areas and opportunities for students in public service or policy-oriented careers
  • Develop collaborations across peer departments and organizations at Stanford to strengthen SIEPR’s scholar-to-practitioner pipeline


Research/Teaching (40%)


Conduct research in one or more of SIEPR’s focal areas, contributing scholarship to SIEPR’s Working Paper series and SIEPR Policy Briefs, and ultimately resulting in peer-reviewed publications in high-quality journals.  


This position allows for the opportunity to teach an undergraduate course for one quarter per year in Economics or Public Policy.


Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


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. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University's research mission.


As a unit within Stanford’s Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDoR), 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, 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.


Desired qualifications


  • Ph.D. in Economics, Public Policy, or related field and 3+ years of experience
  • Experience, deep engagement, and/or demonstrated interest in economic policy research and outreach
  • Strong interpersonal skills and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Experience collaborating with diverse external partners and stakeholders
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills


Application Materials


  • Cover letter describing interest in the position, including a list of 2-4 references
  • CV
  • Research paper(s)
  • Example(s) of writing for non-academic audience


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 his or her job.

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