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Stanford Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology’s mission is to improve women's health through innovative and compassionate care, education, advocacy and discovery. Our faculty is committed to the highest level of basic and clinical research in Obstetric and Gynecologic science. In particular, we are focused on innovative translational medicine; bringing scientific results from the bench to the bedside. 


To support our growing department faculty, we are seeking a highly motivated, hardworking and professional Research Development Strategist (Academic Program Professional 2) to provide our faculty individualized research development support from manuscript portfolio and grantsmanship advice, writing and editing support, to project management assistance/expertise on complex proposals. Applicants should have documented success in scientific writing (writing first drafts, editing, proofreading, responding to reviewer critiques, etc.), establishing timelines and deliverables, and collaborative projects. Under the general director of Assoc. Director of Research, the successful incumbent will have a crucial role in creating research development activities and resources that will advance the science of women’s health. For more details about the department: https://obgyn.stanford.edu/

In this position you will:

  • Consult with and offer support to OB/GYN faculty and trainees in developing their research proposals. This includes proposal writing, as well as consolidating, editing, and formatting of documents, figures, and tables to increase impact and clarity.
  • Prepare administrative and technical sections as needed, including biosketches, letters of support, and principal investigator waiver applications.
  • Work closely with RMG (Research Management Group) on submissions, and serve as a liaison between RMG and faculty.
  • Identify new funding opportunities through prospect research.
  • Provide strategic advice and information to Department Chair, Division Chiefs and others on research funding. 
  • Develop and implement educational initiatives, such as seminars and workshops focused on writing grant applications and manuscripts for junior faculty, fellows and residents within Ob&Gyn department.
  • Manage milestones and track deadlines to ensure timely grant submissions.
  • Provide project management assistance and expertise on complex proposals.
  • Assist the department leadership in evaluating workflow, resources, and make recommendations.


* - Other duties may also be assigned.



  • Advanced degree in a related field and/or 5+ years of relevant experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in proposal development for National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Demonstrated expertise in grant writing (i.e., correct, clear, concise, and compelling writing).
  • Experience with graphics editor programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and/or BioRendor.
  • Prior experience working in an academic environment with teams, faculty, and staff.



Bachelor's degree and three or more years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. For jobs with financial responsibilities, experience managing a budget and developing financial plans.



  • Proven success in writing for publication in print, web, and other platforms.
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills with proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner.
  • Ability to understand materials of moderate complexity and synthesize across multiple sources to produce materials for diverse audiences.
  • Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.
  • Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social media tools, and current communication trends. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent time management skills.



  • 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 his or her 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.


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