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Description: The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) is seeking an Outreach and Engagement Manager. The successful candidate will work with KIPAC leadership and KIPAC members to develop, coordinate, and implement initiatives that engage the public with scientific discovery, broaden participation in astrophysics, and integrate equity and diversity as core values of the institute’s activities. This position is fixed-term and concludes three years from the start date. The term may be extended based on program need and funding availability.


About KIPAC: The Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology is a joint institute of Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and the home for astrophysics and cosmology research at Stanford. We are a vibrant community of ~150 people, including faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and students, who are engaged in answering the biggest questions about how the Universe works.


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Work with KIPAC leadership to develop an institutional strategy for impactful public engagement;
  • Coordinate and develop outreach and educational programs and community engagement activities for diverse public audiences;
  • Work with KIPAC members to develop and implement strategies for broadening participation in the field, including activities that recruit, retain, and advance students that are underrepresented in STEM;
  • Coordinate capability-building workshops for KIPAC members on topics such as public engagement and science communication, equity and inclusion, and effective practices in STEM outreach to underrepresented communities;
  • Work proactively to develop funding for innovative and inclusive engagement programs.

The successful candidate will be a core member of the Institute and needs to be self-motivated, enthusiastic, organized, and community-driven to take on this exciting role.


We are interested in candidates from a broad range of experiences and backgrounds. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is a full-time academic professional appointment with regular University benefits. The proposed starting date is September 1, 2021 and is negotiable.


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.



  • Develop and manage research programs by conducting research activities, including outreach to varied stakeholders within the program, assigning resources and making program improvement recommendations that impact policies and programs.
  • Identify, recommend and implement opportunities for new research.
  • Source, collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function.
  • Teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses. Develop curriculum. Develop curriculum-rating survey, detailed feedback on courses and make recommendations for preliminary overview and changes.
  • Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • Contribute to and inform on strategic program/entity planning and related funding and financial sustainability.
  • May advise students and/or coach/mentor clients.
  • Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.
  • Coach and mentor program staff. The successful candidate will be a core member of the Institute and needs to be self-motivated, enthusiastic, organized, and community-driven to take on this exciting role.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field.
  • Alternate degree fields will be considered with equivalent experience depending upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.
  • At least three years of applicable experience working in a technical or analytical field such as professional employment or graduate/post-doctoral research experience in a STEM discipline. · Experience working with engagement programs accessible to a wide audience, including groups that are underrepresented in STEM.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to perform in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision.
  • Leadership and program management skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, and teamwork/leadership skills.
  • Ability to self-direct and to manage diverse stakeholders to achieve results.
  • Commitment to effective practices for public engagement in science.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in Astrophysics, Astronomy, Physics, or a related field.
  • Experience in interacting with faculty and students, and in STEM workforce management.
  • Experience in communicating Astronomy and Astrophysics to the public.


Certifications and Licenses:




  • 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.


How to Apply:

Please include the following materials in your submission:

Letter of interest (no more than 2 pages) including a short description of your experience with outreach and public engagement and your vision for what role KIPAC could play in this area, CV/resume, and contact information for three professional letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin on August 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered.

For further information regarding the application procedures, please contact outreach_inquiries@kipac.stanford.edu


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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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