89828 Requisition #


This recruitment is intended for one (1), full time (100% FTE), fixed term position for two (2) years, with the potential for renewal.



The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) is a recently formed, rapidly growing institute within the Dean of Research. As an independent research institute, HAI’s mission is to advance AI research, education, policy and practice to improve the human condition. What’s unique about HAI is that it balances diverse expertise and integration of AI across human-centered systems and applications in a setting that could only be offered by Stanford University. In realizing our mission, our staff are critical to supporting our organization’s goals and enabling Stanford faculty and students to conduct cutting-edge research with the objective of formulating innovative solutions to global challenges. Together we’re helping build the future of AI.


Our Vice Provost/Dean of Research 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.




The Director of Research Programs will provide management and coordination of administrative and operations-related functions for departments with substantial impact within a school. Manage staff to achieve the research and teaching mission, goals and objectives of HAI. Partner with and/or influence faculty leadership on institute affairs.


The Director of Research Programs reports to the Co-Directors of HAI and is responsible for the overall HAI research program. The Director assures that research programs advance the mission, purpose, and agenda of HAI, and is responsible for translating the strategic vision and goals of HAI into tangible programs, as well as collaborating with faculty, fellows, and students across campus to promote a vibrant intellectual community around HAI’s research goals. This role requires strategic leadership, effective management, and hands-on work.  An ideal candidate would be an established AI researcher and/or someone possessing deep domain knowledge, with a preference for candidates possessing a master’s degree or higher in a STEM field.


Major Responsibilities

The HAI research program is one of the most important parts of HAI. The research program is a primary means by which HAI defines itself and assures long-term success. The research program assures alignment with Stanford’s mission of research, scholarship, and education. In developing and implementing research programs, the Director works closely with HAI leadership including the Co-Directors, Deputy Director, Associate Directors, Senior Fellows, and advisory boards. The design of specific projects and Requests for Proposals involves consideration of the goals of HAI leadership, the interests of Stanford faculty, societal needs, and external funding opportunities.  Community building across the University will be a central responsibility of the Director, including supporting the formation and continued operation of dynamic interdisciplinary communities of interest.  These communities will be a primary means by which new research directions and collaborations will emerge, and will contribute to the emergence of a vibrant, committed, and engaged HAI intellectual community that attracts collaborators from all Stanford schools and institutes, and draws top external researchers and students to Stanford.


The HAI research budget is expected to begin with a baseline of several million dollars per year, which is projected to grow over time and include in-kind resources such as cloud computing credits and research fellowships.  The Director will ensure efficient and effective management, distribution, and oversight of these resources to benefit the University as a whole and will create a management and organizational structure to accomplish these objectives, and to contribute to efforts to obtain additional resources through grants and other funding mechanisms.  The Director will also provide staff supervision and programmatic oversight for HAI’s affiliated research programs, such as the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI 100) and the AI Index.


The Director works closely to align and leverage strategy, research programs, faculty searches, data resources and computational infrastructure with the Data Sciences Initiative as part of Stanford’s Shaping the Digital Future initiatives, the Social Sciences Accelerator, and other existing and emerging activities on campus that will use and explore human-centered AI in their research.


Other Responsibilities

The Director of Research Programs is expected to contribute to HAI strategic planning and to lead planning for research programs and external engagements, typically involving considerable complexity and scope. The Director may be assigned additional tasks.


Leadership Style, Organizational Aspects, and Requirements

The Director of Research Programs will be responsible for developing an organization to accomplish the Institute’s objectives for developing and implementing research programs. The Director represents HAI across Stanford and externally in diverse venues and must be an effective ambassador and communicator. The Director must develop excellent relationships with faculty, researchers, and students across campus, as well as with other organizations including the Office of Development, Dean of Research, Industrial Contracts Office, Communications, and other institutions such as Freeman Spogli, Hoover, and Data Science.


The Director is expected to be responsive, transparent, and creative. The Director must embody a collaborative leadership model, getting input from broad and diverse stakeholders and constituents—discovering interests and capabilities of faculty, opportunities and challenges faced by companies, and strategic directions of foundations—and then crafting programs that build upon those ideas. The Director is expected to display the highest standards of integrity and comply with the letter and spirit of all Stanford University policies.



  • Provide strategy and vision; make decisions that establish objectives for the overall direction or operation of a significant project(s) or area(s).
  • Manage staff of a large science, engineering, and/or technical research area, which includes recruiting, hiring, developing, evaluating and setting priorities; manage business, technical, and educational activities for direct reports including managers and technical experts.
  • Identify, clarify, and resolve issues with strategic impact and substantial significance, which span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge requiring broad discretion and judgment.
  • Collaborate with others on the direction of activities relevant to long-term objectives. Develop strategies to ensure effective achievement of objectives.
  • Develop policies and procedures as they relate to academic or program activities.
  • Implement, evaluate, and maintain quality control standards to ensure program success.
  • Establish, oversee, and manage financials and schedule for large programs and/or multiple projects.
  • Recommend the adoption of emerging technologies and the development of new methods and approaches.
  • Negotiate with internal departments and external agencies with authority to commit resources and effort.
  • Serve as a liaison to senior management, cross-functional areas, schools and external organizations such as sponsors and government agencies.


Please note that due to current COVID-19 safety measures, our office is working fully remote. Once COVID-19 safety measures are no longer applicable, this position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting, subject to operational need.



Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and eight years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience leading, managing, motivating, and developing technical staff.
  • Experience leading complex scientific, engineering, or technical research projects or programs.
    • Familiar with university, industry, and government programs and able to translate effectively between diverse groups.
  • Detailed understanding of relevant business and technical knowledge and problem resolution.
  • Ability to synthesize and articulate technical and scientific methodologies, specifications, and information.
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies, trends, methodologies, and resource management principles.
    • Familiar with AI technology and its application in industry, academia, and society.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with others.
  • Exceptional customer relationship and consensus building skills.
  • Ability to influence and establish effective working relationships in a diverse environment.
  • Ability to resolve complex issues quickly and make decisions that meet university objectives in a collaborative culture.



  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, seated work, use a telephone and use light/ fine grasping.
  • Occasionally write by hand, lift, carry, push pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Rarely stand, walk, sort, and file paperwork or parts.


* - 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.



  • May require extended hours, evenings, and weekends.



  • 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

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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