Industry Research Initiatives Manager - HAI Corporate Partnerships

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Industry Research Initiatives Manager - HAI Corporate Partnerships


We are hiring one (1), full time (100% FTE), fixed term position for two (2) years. Although not guaranteed, there will be potential for an additional extension/renewal following the initial 2 years contingent upon additional funding commitments and/or programmatic needs. Please note that this position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting, subject to operational need.



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 VPDoR 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 HAI team is seeking an experienced research manager to develop and execute a world-class set of industry research collaborations and initiatives to engage HAI's key communities and corporate members. Industrial affiliates programs are corporate membership organizations that facilitate deep engagement for companies with Stanford faculty, students, and their research, enabling communication about real-world problems, opportunities, and innovative solutions.


In this role, the Industry Research Initiatives Manager for HAI Corporate Partnerships will obtain a deep familiarity with the range of faculty research across campus and identify opportunities to foster research collaborations that fall under HAI corporate and foundation programs. These efforts will create strong and mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external groups and will help grow HAI's position as a partner of choice for industry and civil society. You will collaborate with all levels of stakeholders to define and develop HAI's research engagement strategy. You will take into account the global AI landscape, the Stanford research ecosystem, topics of relevance and the specific needs of internal and external audiences to seek alignment in multiple stakeholders’ interests and conceptualize and oversee a number of research collaborative projects.


Reporting to the Director of Partnerships, the Industry Research Initiatives Manager will foster and monitor research engagements related to the mission of the HAI Corporate Programs. This includes defining, prioritizing, and managing scholarly collaboration with industry and foundations; engaging faculty, students and writers to contribute to the research collaborative agenda of the Corporate Program; scoping the Stanford and industry AI research landscape; writing, presenting and synthesizing research and related thought leadership and all organizational duties associated with achieving these objectives.


This role offers the unique opportunity to gain differentiated insight from working at the cutting-edge of AI research and its applications: Stanford remains unparalleled not only in graduating the world’s leaders in academic and corporate research, but also in spinning off some of the most successful corporate ventures in the world. You will develop a deep understanding of and global perspective on AI through direct experience engaging with leading stakeholders across both academia and industry.



  • Assist in strategic planning and lead operations for Stanford HAI’s Corporate Programs research initiatives.
  • Strategy ideation, concept design, and proposal development for new strategic scholarly collaborations with HAI’s corporate members.
  • Voice of corporate members analysis to identify trends/opportunities for impact; responsible for the development of engagement models, methodologies, and offerings that ensure corporate members’ success.
  • Analysis of academia industry business models, orchestrating impact analysis and recommendations
  • Develop strong relationships, embracing cross-boundary collaboration to influence peers and senior executives across HAI’s faculty and industry ecosystem.
  • Organize small events and meetings with multiple stakeholders, including industry and faculty, to identify and catalyze research alignment.
  • Identify, leverage and partner with external stakeholders.
  • Prioritize and extract data from a variety of sources such as notes, survey results, faculty interviews, and academic papers, and maintain its accuracy and completeness.
  • Select, develop, and evaluate personnel to ensure efficient operations; lead or participate in multidisciplinary teams (in academia, across different faculties or schools, and in industry, across different functions of the business)
  • Gather information about ongoing research projects; contribute to strategic program planning, and related funding and financial sustainability.
  • Collaborate with Industry Briefs writers to ensure comprehensive faculty and research coverage in the briefs, as additionally informed by a deep understanding of industry stakeholder interest areas.
  • Serve as a resource for non-routine inquiries such as requests for briefs or surveys.

* Other duties may be assigned.


Education & Experience:

Advanced degree and five years of relevant experience in area of specialization or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans. Experience developing program partnerships and funding sources.


Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Experience in a technical discipline such as computer science or engineering. Experience in and strong passion for identifying synergistic opportunities at the intersection of academia and industry. 
  • Attention to detail, self-discipline, and self-motivation.
  • Experience in a complex multi-team and strategy fast paced business environment.
  • Razor-sharp intellect, coupled with problem solving, judgment, decision making and strategic capabilities.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

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


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to influence and motivate constituencies which could span multiple organizational boundaries.
  • Demonstrated excellent planning, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to cultivate professional and business partnerships.
  • Relevant subject matter expertise
  • Ability to prioritize workload.
  • Substantial experience with MS Office and analytical programs
  • Willingness to take on a big challenge with significant growth potential.



  • 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.


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



  • 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,


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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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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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