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Managing Director of Stakeholder Engagement


Stanford Management Company (SMC), the University’s investment office, invests the Merged Pool, which includes substantially all of the University’s investable endowment assets.  The investment portfolio is designed with the dual goals of preserving the purchasing power of the Endowment for future generations of Stanford students and scholars and enabling a robust annual disbursement to the University’s operating budget. SMC primarily relies on carefully chosen external partners to select individual securities, allowing Stanford to benefit from specialized knowledge in asset classes that reward superior active management.


SMC is seeking a Managing Director of Stakeholder Engagement to develop and execute stakeholder relations strategies and outreach to various SMC constituencies. In this unique role, the Managing Director will serve as a key member of the SMC leadership team reporting to SMC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and working closely with SMC’s stakeholders, which include senior members of the Stanford community, the media, and policy makers. It is anticipated that this role to be equivalent to 50% of a full-time position, with time demands varying throughout the year. The ideal candidate will have substantial investment and intellectual acumen combined with excellent judgment, interpersonal, and communication skills. The individual will represent Stanford with a deep understanding of SMC’s fiduciary duties and the University’s academic mission.  


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Ability to understand complex investment issues and communicate important policies. 
  • Maintain strong understanding of Merged Pool portfolio and SMC investment strategy.
  • Design and execute stakeholder engagement strategy. 
  • Represent SMC to internal and external stakeholders. 
  • Prepare key messages and responses to inquiries. 
  • Advise senior management on complex communications issues and managing reputational risk. 
  • Coordinate with SMC and University leadership to ensure alignment of messaging.
  • Work closely with, and serve as a resource for, Stanford’s Office of Investment Responsibility on responsible investment and environmental, social, and governance matters.


  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience in the investment or related industry. 
  • Substantial familiarity with institutional investment management and the importance of endowment fiduciary duties.
  • Whether in previous investment roles, or related content rich relationship or client focusing investment roles, proven experience in communicating complex top-down and bottom-up investment concepts.
  • A demonstrated leader with professional credibility, and ability to collaborate and cultivate relationships with internal and external constituents, and to represent SMC in a highly professional manner.
  • Impeccable character with high ethical standards consistent with those articulated by Stanford Management Company and Stanford University leaders.
  • Ability to be nimble and act quickly, applying discretion and judgment to sensitive situations involving a diverse set of constituents.
  • Strong interpersonal, emotional intelligence, and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong academics expected.


***The final candidate will need to successfully pass a background check to be considered for this position.


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.


The expected pay range for this position is $400,000-$575,000 per annum at 100% FTE. The actual pay will be pro-rated based on the 50% FTE. Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.


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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