Executive Director, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society

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Education & 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.

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.

Additional Preferred Expertise and Experience Include:

  • 15 or more years of professional experience preferred with emphasis on senior leadership, fundraising and development operational management, finance and budget management, program management and marketing and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership in academia, philanthropy, civil society, and the nonprofit sector. Business or government experience of interest but not necessary.
  • Fundraising and development expertise required.
  • Proven ability to lead organizational infrastructure, work with a wide range of people inside and outside of the University.
  • Ability to do effective public speaking.
  • Visionary and strategic leadership skills.
  • Ability to make decisions, launch programs, and initiate activities as the organization’s senior executive.
  • Willingness, savvy and ability to navigate a complex institutional setting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.

This is a continuing position with the intent to sustain Stanford PACS as a leading philanthropy center globally over the next decade.


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!

Other duties may also be assigned, not all unique aspects of this job are covered by this job posting. A full job description will be shared during the interview process.


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.


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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