Executive Director, Transforming Learning Accelerator

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What You’ll Bring:

To be successful in this role, you should bring deep knowledge of the learning sciences and of applications of digital technology to enhance learning opportunities and outcomes. This role requires working with all levels of constituents, so it is important that you can demonstrate skill in interfacing with academic experts and senior leadership to frame collaborations around technology-supported learning innovations in addition to directing a multi-unit research organization/initiative spanning multiple disciplines and for supporting leaders of the discipline-based units. You should show a demonstrated commitment promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion since you will be working in a complex, collegial organization where leadership is exercised through professional collaboration rather than strict hierarchical authority.


Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree and ten years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or combination of education and relevant experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated strategic leadership, planning and change management skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of diplomacy in persuading and influencing a wide variety of people at various levels to achieve results.
  • Excellent strategic planning skills.
  • Excellent communication skills. Able to influence people, solve problems, trouble shoot, think creatively and resolve conflicts.
  • Advanced financial expertise in accounting, budget planning, and financial forecasting. Advanced expertise in grants and contract administration.
  • Exceptional negotiation and effective interpersonal skills negotiation and political acumen skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Expert analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Strong knowledge of industry standards, trends and/or regulatory requirements. Subject matter expertise for area(s) of responsibility.
  • Advanced expertise in business and management computer applications and databases. Broad understanding of information technology hardware and software infrastructure. Ability to multi-task and manage deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate strong collaborative relationships with faculty and able to anticipate faculty needs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate research findings to a broad audience and the ability to frame research/innovation ideas in a compelling way to potential funders.

In addition, preferred requirements include: 

  • Demonstrated ability to grow the size and impact of research-based organizations/ initiatives.
  • Experience leading collaborations between researchers and external organizations and stakeholders, employing approaches such as design-based implementation research, networked impact, inclusive innovation, and user-centered design.
  • Ph.D. in learning sciences, education, psychology, computer science, or other relevant field.


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!

How to Apply:
We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, you must submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application.

  • Finalist must successfully complete a background check prior to working at Stanford University. 
  • This position is a two year fixed-term and may be renewable based on performance and funding.
  • Applicants to this position must be available to work in the United States without sponsorship for 2 years or more. OPT permit holders should confirm that they are eligible to work in the US at the Stanford GSE for two years or 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.

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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