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Executive Director


The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the foundation of a liberal arts education at Stanford. The school encompasses 23 departments and 25 interdisciplinary programs. H&S is home to fundamental and applied research, where free, open, and critical inquiry is pursued across disciplines. As the university’s largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. Graduate students work alongside world-renowned faculty to pursue and shape foundational research that leads to breakthroughs and discoveries that shed new light on the past, influence the present, and shape the future. Together, faculty and students in H&S engage in inspirational teaching, learning, and research every day.


Job Purpose:

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (JRBP) at Stanford University is seeking an Executive Director. This position manages day-to-day operations at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, and supervises a staff that consists of staff scientists, educators, technology specialists, and operations personnel. The Executive Director sets and oversees the budget in consultation with the Faculty Director, and supports the Faculty Director to accomplish the research, education, and conservation programs that align with the mission of Jasper Ridge and Stanford University. The person in this position will foster partnerships with a multitude of other Stanford departments and units that rely on Jasper Ridge for teaching, research, outreach, and land stewardship projects, as well as with community collaborators and outside entities important in regional land management (e.g., regional stewardship and biodiversity conservation networks, fire agencies, etc.). It is anticipated that a significant part of the job over the next few years will involve overseeing integration of Jasper Ridge academic and conservation programs with two major land stewardship initiatives that will take place over the coming decade, the Searsville Watershed Restoration Project and the Stanford Wildfire Management Plan, and with other initiatives guided by an existing strategic plan. Demonstrated commitment to Jasper Ridge’s pledge of being a safe and welcoming place for discovery, discussion, and community for people of all cultures and identities is essential.

More information about existing programs, staff, and facilities at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve can be found at: http://jrbp.stanford.edu/.

Note: 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.



Core Duties:

  • Provide leadership direction to assigned staff in the program area, and oversee subordinate staff with program responsibility.
  • Design, develop, and oversee implementation of the most complex programs. Devise and implement vision, strategy, goals, and resource development in consultation with faculty director. Assess entity/program efficacy. Shape development of research and/or teaching programs. Provide guidance to program staff or instructors.
  • Define the overall activities of research/ teaching program(s), allocate appropriate staffing and other resources to achieve objectives. Develop and direct related policy. Provide strategic and financial advice to faculty director and/or senior management. Coordinate grant proposal submissions.
  • Develop, maintain, and control the financial budget related to program(s); shape financial strategy and long-range financial planning.
  • Develop and/or contribute to funding proposals to appropriate granting agencies and foundations.
  • Communicate Jasper Ridge mission and priorities to upper administration, funding agencies, community partners, and the general public.


Education and Experience:


  • Advanced degree or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience. Typically five or more years of relevant experience in area of specialization and five or more years relevant experience managing staff. Experience managing a budget and developing financial plans, program partnerships and funding sources.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Advanced oral, written and analytical skills exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Excellent leadership skills.
  • Ability to manage budgets and develop financial plans.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • For teaching jobs, advanced degree or certification may be required for some programs.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


  • Experience working with organization(s) whose mission centers on education and research in outdoor settings.
  • Experience interacting with foundations and the general public to steward ecosystems in a way that facilitates naturally-operating ecological processes.
  • Research and teaching experience in a university environment


Physical Requirements:

  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.
  • Mobility on rough trails and rough terrane with no trails.

* - 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.


Working Conditions:


  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.


Work Standards:


  • 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.
  • Promote Culture of Inclusion: Demonstrates commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice values, and promotes inclusion of diverse viewpoints in problem solving and program development.
  • 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.


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