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This position is based on Stanford’s main campus with consideration given to the option for a hybrid work schedule (partially onsite and offsite), subject to operational need. Interested candidates must include a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position. This position is fixed-term for one year with the possibility of extension based on funding availability and programmatic need.


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The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability strives to create a future when humans and nature thrive in concert and in perpetuity. The school is made up of a three-part structure to drive global impact: Our academic departments and programs educate students and create new knowledge across areas of research that are crucial for advancing the long-term prosperity of the planet; Institutes bridge scholarship at Stanford and beyond, bringing multiple viewpoints to bear on urgent challenges; The Sustainability Accelerator drives new policy and technology solutions through a worldwide network of partners who work with our teams to develop solutions at a global scale. The school is dedicated to creating and supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, and to creating solutions that benefit all people, particularly those most affected by environmental damage and climate change.


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The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) aims to create a future where people and nature thrive. We are working to build a scientific basis and broad institutional support for protecting Earth’s vital life-support services and the people and economies dependent upon them. With our global hub at Stanford University, we are a unique partnership and strategic collaboration among: the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Stanford Center for Conservation Biology, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. NatCap develops and applies new tools and approaches to better understand and integrate the full value of ecosystem services into decision-making. We are: (1) advancing science and developing software tools; (2) engaging with leaders to integrate understanding of nature’s benefits into decisions; and (3) mainstreaming our approach into policy, management, and finance.


NatCap is seeking a Training and Curriculum lead, collaborating with team members across the Natural Capital Project—in particular the Director of Research Impact, the Chief Strategy Officer, Training Coordinator, and other content experts—to develop and refine training program engagement practices and projects. The Training and Curriculum Lead will work to understand NatCap’s overall strategy to help implement the capacity building portions of it, have a solid understanding of our goals and objectives for the program as a whole and for each specific training or event, creatively match strategy with tactics, and ensure that NatCap trainings, workshops, and courses are professional and accomplishing desired objectives.


Examples of recent NatCap training workshops include:

  • In-person workshop Incorporating the Ecosystem Services Approach into Integrated Catchment Management and Planning in Lesotho. 40 participants representing 22 ministries, academic institutions, development partners, and NGOs.
  • Hybrid virtual workshop on Landscape Assessment for Natural Capital Accounting and Policy Applications in Zambia, including 64 participants representing policymakers and technical staff.
  • Technical workshops to “train the trainers” - teaching coastal planners, MPA managers, and conservation practitioners in Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras to apply InVEST models and other tools to prioritize locations for climate adaptation in coastal zones.


Your responsibilities will include:

Collaborate with internal and external subject matter experts to develop and deliver curricula that builds capacity of NatCap’s partners, policymakers, government technical staff, project leads in development institutions, academics, and other stakeholders, building on and expanding NatCap’s existing library of training materials compiled from customized workshops, online resources and events.

  • Perform analysis of learning and business needs.
  • Proactively consult with subject matter experts to identify and formulate learning objectives and content.
  • Design learning and performance support solutions.
  • Draft storyboards and prototypes.
  • Design and develop course content, instructor and participant materials, including performance support materials.
  • Implement, evaluate and maintain learning solutions. Teach and/or assist in the teaching and evaluation of training workshops.
  • Develop and deliver Train-the-Trainer or faculty development programs. Coach and mentor NatCap training program staff.
  • Add to, organize, and maintain NatCap’s library of broadly applicable course materials. Build out the library of reusable materials, identifying and strategically filling gaps with new materials as they are developed for specific client demands.
  • Interact with vendor during design, development and implementation process as needed.
  • Share best practices through cross campus collaboration and instructional design community.
  • Ensure appropriateness, effectiveness and success of training programs
  • Maintain a database of NatCap training and outreach efforts. Perform analyses and produce reports on demand.
  • Design and implement evaluation systems that allow for tracking reach, effectiveness, and success of training programs.
  • Make recommendations, coordinate, and implement changes with NatCap staff.
  • Write and/or edit content for proposals and research grants that include capacity-building components, and other outreach and training activities.


* - 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.


To be successful in this position, you will need:

  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in consulting with business partners and subject matter experts to assess learning needs and recommend sound solutions.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in applying instructional design theory, models, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using instructional design tools such as learning project plans, design documents, learning hierarchies, storyboards, prototypes, etc.
  • Ability to clearly and succinctly convey learning content in a manner that engages learners and improves retention rates.
  • Demonstrated application of adult learning principles and methods.
  • Demonstrated proficiency and experience in industry standard tools such as authoring tools, digital, graphics media, audio, animation and video production tools to create impactful courses.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate the effectiveness of learning materials.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team on multiple concurrent projects.


In addition, our preferred requirements include:

  • Advanced degree in environmental sciences, science education, economics, development studies, or related disciplines and five years of experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of and exposure to major global players, initiatives, and partnerships in the realm of biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation, natural capital accounting, and nature-based solutions.
  • Demonstrated experience with capacity building and capacity needs assessments in developing countries, and in developing and delivering training in relevant topics (e.g., environment, development, ecosystem services, and/or climate change) to a variety of audiences.
  • Strong analytical skills, with experience using GIS software and spatial analysis in support of conservation, natural resources management, ecosystem services assessment, and/or landscape restoration planning.
  • Ability to work effectively on multiple concurrent projects. Must be able to identify priorities and maintain awareness of multiple deadlines.
  • Independent, proactive, and have initiative. Able and willing to learn quickly.
  • Strong team-oriented player with demonstrated interpersonal skills. Team leadership and project management experience preferred.
  • Experience working with collaborators from diverse backgrounds and coordinating contributions from a broad spectrum of actors to achieve a common goal.
  • Willingness to work outside of normal office hours at times, to accommodate international partners.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English. Professional competency in another language (particularly Spanish or Mandarin) is also desired.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in applying instructional design theory, models, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using instructional design tools such as learning project plans, design documents, learning hierarchies, storyboards, prototypes, etc.
  • Ability to clearly and succinctly convey learning content in a manner that engages learners and improves retention rates.


* - 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.


The expected pay range for this position is $80,000 to $100,000 per annum.

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.


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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. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

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