Managing Director of Partnerships and Engagement

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Managing Director for Partnerships and Engagement
Academic Operations Manager 3

The Managing Director for Partnerships and Engagement of the Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute (HAI) reports to the Co-Directors of HAI and is responsible for leading HAI’s engagement with companies and foundations, developing and stewarding beneficial relationships that advance the mission, purpose, and agenda of HAI in addition to overseeing the Institute’s communications, brand, editorial efforts, and broader engagement.  


This role requires strategic leadership, effective management, and hands-on work to conceptualize, launch, and manage a strategic program that will generate critical funding for the research and operational activities of the Institute, and provide broad benefit to the University as a whole, as well as manage the communications efforts of a major new initiative.


Major Responsibilities
The Managing Director will lead large-scale and comprehensive programs of cooperation with companies across industrial sectors and academic disciplines, taking overall responsibility for all phases of the relationship from prospect and proposal development, to soliciting and negotiating agreements, to managing ongoing relationships. These relationships are critical to fundraising and to achieving HAI’s goals for societal impact, outreach, and education.


The Director will establish and maintain relationships with C-suite executives at major international companies.  Corporate members provide valuable funding, real-world insights and challenges to study, and paths to large-scale impact. 


Foundations can be an additional source of funding as well as means of achieving impact and implementation of research findings and recommendations.


The Director will conceptualize, develop, and execute high-impact programs working with relevant external groups that will educate and engage industry and foundation stakeholders, as well as gather input to inform the Institute’s work and maximize its real-world impact.  Programs may include research workshops, executive briefings and education, and visiting scholars, among others.  The incumbent will promote efficient and responsible use of financial or in-kind support received from corporations and foundations, and will report regularly to HAI leadership and donors on the activities and results generated.


The Director manages a team that supports industry engagement and the corporate membership and industrial affiliates programs which will have cross-university scope and impact.  The Director is responsible for compliance with the University’s rules and regulations regarding all programs and works within existing University priorities and guidelines as well as establishing routine coordination with the Office of Development regarding fundraising initiatives for HAI. The Director is responsible for compliance with Industry Affiliate Program policies and guidelines. The Director is accountable for program activities and assuring appropriate program expenditures.


The Director will lead a team to develop, execute, and assess a proactive communications strategy aimed at creating a brand, establishing globally-recognized thought leadership, and elevating the reputation of the Institute as a partner of first choice for academia, industry, government, and civil society.


The Managing Director for Partnerships and Engagement is expected to contribute to HAI strategic planning and to lead planning for external engagements, typically involving considerable ambiguity, complexity and scope. The Director may be assigned additional tasks.


Leadership Style, Organizational Aspects, and Requirements

The Director will be responsible for developing an organization to accomplish the Institute’s objectives for developing and implementing partnerships. 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 other organizations across campus including Office of Development, Dean of Research, Industrial Contracts Office, University Communications, and other institutions such as the Freeman Spogli Institute, Hoover Institution, and Data Science Institute.

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 strategic direction for the administrative and operations-related functions for a large department, multiple departments or programs within a school. Achieve research and teaching mission and goals through the management of staff and/or managerial staff. Partner with and/or influence faculty leadership on departmental affairs.


●    Direct staff and provide leadership to achieve goals and vision of the organization. Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, personal development for direct reports and accountable for the performance of employees.
●    May independently or in collaboration with human resources managers, direct faculty supervisors and managers in the interpretation and implementation of human resources policies, procedures and programs.
●    Independently initiate and create strategic plans for organization or program(s) managed. Make recommendations that may impact the unit's academic and research capabilities. Identify and resolve strategic issues of substantial significance that affect the overall functioning beyond the immediate unit, consult and advise senior leadership. Oversee allocation of all resources.
●    Manage the direction of internal academic and administrative policy development for programs and administrative operations.
●    Oversee and/or manage the finances across all sources for the annual budget cycle, including developing, monitoring, analyzing forecasting and reporting to ensure the financial success of the organization.
●    Manage and coordinate grants and contracts for the department. Ensure compliance with institutional and external requirements.
●    Advise senior management on programmatic and policy development. May provide input to university leadership on institutional academic and administrative policies and guidelines.
●    Oversee the vetting of both entities and individuals who participate in the program by using the screening tools available on the DoResearch website.
●    Stay abreast of changes in federal regulations and university policies concerning industrial affiliate programs.
* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and seven years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
●    Demonstrated leadership and supervisory, planning and change management skills.
●    Excellent planning and organizational skills.
●    Excellent communication skills. Able to influence people, solve problems, troubleshoot, think creatively and resolve conflicts.
●    Advanced financial expertise in accounting budget planning, and financial forecasting.
●    Advanced expertise in grants and contract administration.
●    Advanced analytical and problem solving skills Strong knowledge of industry standards and/or regulatory requirements.
●    Strong negotiation and effective interpersonal skills.
●    Attention to detail and accuracy.
●    Advanced expertise in business and management computer applications and databases.
●    Subject matter expertise for area(s) of responsibility.
●    Ability to multi-task and manage deadlines.

●    Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
●    Frequently sitting.
●    Occasionally stand/walk, writing by hand, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
●    Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat.

●    Occasional evening and weekend hours.

●    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,


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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