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Research shows that many applicants who would be successful in a position are reluctant to apply unless they meet every listed requirement. We encourage applications from candidates who do not meet all the listed requirements, but who believe they have the ability to grow and thrive in a role at Stanford Impact Labs. Stanford Impact Labs is strongly committed to racial and social justice. To that end, we particularly encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply for open positions.

Associate Director, Undergraduate Program in Data Science & Social Systems

Stanford is launching a new undergraduate major in Data Science & Social Systems, designed for students who want to work at the intersection of statistics, computation, and the social sciences. Students in the program will develop a rigorous understanding of methods and approaches from computer science and statistics, alongside knowledge in area domains from the social sciences through a set of core courses. They will learn to apply technical tools to address substantive problems in areas such as public policy, sociology, political science, psychology and economics. Students will develop multiple fluencies: in computational methods, in domain knowledge and applications of social science broadly, and in the moral and political frameworks that shape social systems and illuminate the value trade-offs that are an inevitable part of social decision making. The degree is intended to prepare students for work in a range of industries that require integrating quantitative thinking with an understanding of human behavior or public policy and for careers in the public and social sectors where data-intensive approaches are increasingly prized. We are building out the leadership team of the new program now, as we prepare for its official launch in Fall 2022. 

The degree is closely tied to a major new university initiative, Stanford Impact Labs, which is developing a new model of R&D for impact-focused social science. Stanford Impact Labs (SIL) is building on what works in the life sciences and engineering to turn academic discovery into medical advances and new technologies people use: significant multi-year investments in research and development cycles, and close partnerships between academics and leaders outside the university. As part of their degree programs, students will have the opportunity to hone and deploy their skills in the context of partnerships with public and social sector organizations.

Please submit a resume and cover letter through Stanford’s Career Portal.


The Associate Director will play a pivotal role in shaping and delivering the new major. They will work closely with the Faculty Director to design the curriculum, coordinate new course offerings, develop practicum opportunities, secure internship opportunities, and lead co-curricular cohort activities. They will also be a key mentor to undergraduates in the program, both as an advisor and the leader of the practicum program. As the major is unique in its interdisciplinary and applied orientation, the associate director will work with faculty across Stanford campus and with practitioners outside of Stanford to develop course content and opportunities for students.  

Specifically, the associate director will:

  • Develop and lead the practicum program: designing practical, applied projects for students in partnership with internal and external partners who are using data to advance solutions to social problems.
  • Teach, mentor, and advise a large cohort of undergraduate majors each year, helping them develop their intellectual pathways, advising them on research projects, and supporting them to explore career directions.
  • Support the development of a problem-focused foundational course to introduce students to the new major and build enthusiasm about the potential for data science in tackling society’s greatest challenges.
  • Work with leading experts in topical areas to develop core and elective courses that provide the necessary social science and data science skills, as well as opportunities to apply data science to social science topics.
  • Develop a program of co-curricular activities to build a cohesive student community and provide a set of internships and career opportunities, in partnership with Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service and BEAM (Stanford’s Career Education Center). 
  • Cultivate a network of leaders in private, public, and social sector institutions who model careers at these intersections and are interested in bringing graduating seniors into their organizations.
  • Manage the program’s day-to-day operations, working in collaboration with a full-time Student Services Officer.


You have experience applying data science to social problems. You have leadership experience using data science in the private, public, or social sector.

  • You have built programs and partnerships. You have experience conceiving of and developing new programs and/or partnerships to achieve strategic goals.
  • You are an organized planner. You have led projects with large budgets, developed project plans, and managed multiple complex projects.
  • You are a dedicated teacher/mentor/advisor. You have experience and enjoy teaching and/or mentoring students and overseeing staff teams.
  • You are an effective communicator. You have excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, comfortable communicating with a wide range of stakeholders and exhibiting fluency in your area of specialization.
  • You are committed to inclusion. You have experience working to make people from different experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives feel welcome, valued, and cared for. 


Experience designing and delivering curricula. You have prior experience conceiving of both curricula and creative delivery to ensure programs are effective and engaging.

  • Skills in strategic planning. You have experience leading strategy development and turning strategy into operational work plans.
  • Experience with training, coaching and mentoring others on how to develop their own data science skills and capabilities.
  • Ability to build and lead a team. Thoughtful leadership to build the necessary resources, skills and culture for high quality delivery.

No candidate will meet every requirement. We encourage applications from people who are a good fit - through work experience, volunteering, and other personal experiences - and who will grow and thrive in this position. Stanford Impact Labs is an equal opportunity organization deeply committed to racial and social justice. To that end, we particularly encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply for open positions. 

To ensure equitable access to information about this job, we will not be holding informational interviews. We held an open information session on November 22nd, where we provided more information and took questions. The recording is available here.

The deadline to apply for this position is December 6, 2021, at 9:00am Pacific Time

Program Officer

Stanford Impact Labs is seeking an inaugural Program Officer to manage a portfolio of grantees putting science to work for society. Reporting into the Director of Investments & Accountability, this role will be joining Stanford Impact Labs at a unique time of dramatic growth in the organization; supporting the organization to build the systems for a replicable investment model; and laying the groundwork for building the case toward substantial national investment in R&D on social problems.      

In this role, you will: 

  • Lead due diligence of grants, including reviewing proposals by assessing their scientific contribution, quality of team and partnerships as well as their pathway from science to impact. 
  • Independently manage a portfolio of multiple grantees, including by developing tailored key performance indicators for each grantee, supporting grantee learning and continuous improvement; and conducting ongoing portfolio monitoring.
  • Evaluate grantees performance, proactively identifying barriers to impact and work with grantees to overcome those barriers, in close collaboration with the Program Manager.  
  • Represent Stanford Impact Labs with both internal and external stakeholders, including faculty members, lab partners (which include policymakers in leading municipal, state and federal government agencies, as well as non-profits), among external experts (including practitioners and affected communities) as well as public & private funders that are current or potential future supporters of labs.
  • Review and analyze trends across Stanford Impact Labs’ investments. Identify issues and recommend solutions to improve Stanford Impact Labs’ investment process. 
  • Support the design, implementation, and on-going evaluation of an investment process to allocate grants to people, projects and labs that deploys our limited resources to where it can most effectively improve outcomes on people’s lives. 
  • Support the continued development and delivery of Stanford Impact Labs’ approach to shared governance in our investment process, including by sharing power and voice with practitioners and affected communities. 
  • As a new initiative within the university, this role requires the ability to take on new assignments and projects as they arise. Of relevance to this role is the expansion of funding, grantee programming and replication of SIL’s model.      


  • You have experience funding, supporting or directly implementing change within US local, state, federal governments or large social sector or community organizations. You understand what it takes to go from idea to action and have 5-10 years of professional experience.
  • You’re a problem-solver, committed to supporting the teams we invest in. You have a strong understanding of the pathways from research to impact and know what roadblocks teams face--because you have faced those roadblocks before. You have demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment and decision-making skills. 
  • You thrive in a dynamic, open, and collaborative work environment. You are at home in a lean start-up environment with the ability to stay focused and nimble in the face of rapid change. You believe in collaboration and including a diversity of views, experiences, and perspectives.You have solid planning and organizational skills and excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • You are a catalyst for racial and social justice work. You care about social inequities and systems of oppression. You have a demonstrated track record of working effectively across lines of difference. You are committed to centering equity and inclusion in programs and practices.
  • You have a passion for Stanford Impact Lab’s approach and the real-world implementation of research insights through equitable partnerships. You bring a social science mindset to the work.


  • You have experience operating at the intersection of research and practice with US local, state, federal governments or large social sector organizations. You have demonstrated experience putting social science insights to work for society; either by participating in multiple researcher-practitioner partnerships, or by overseeing or funding multiple partnerships. 
  • You have an understanding of research design & how research can respond to society’s largest problems. You can quickly assess the strength and credibility of different research designs in answering different types of questions. 
  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in economics, public policy, or other social science discipline. This may include graduate-level coursework in research methods, even if a degree was not conferred.  

Profiles for a successful candidate would likely have the following skill sets or background: a) philanthropy professionals who have experience in building and supporting grantmaking portfolios b) management consultants with public sector consulting experience; c) professionals who have effected change within municipal, local, state or US federal governments, or large social sector or community organizations.  

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Program Manager, Equity Forward

A New Focus on Equity: One way that Stanford Impact Labs is doing this is through participation in a new initiative called Equity Forward. Local leaders in government, community organizations, philanthropy, and higher education have agreed to partner and make bold and ambitious financial investments to break the cycle of economic inequities for Black, Latinx, Asian and Pacific Islander, and residents of undocumented status. The aim of this program is to address the systemic drivers of the racial wealth divide in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. 

Equity Forward is a multi-year partnership led by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Stanford Impact Labs, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school), and Joint Venture Silicon Valley. The Program Manager is an integral member of the Stanford Impact Labs team who will be responsible for managing investments in Higher Education-Community Partnerships for impact within the Equity Forward program. This role involves a high-level of engagement with community members, faculty, funders, and our nonprofit and government partners.

Apply here.

Executive Director

After a successful two-year pilot, Stanford Impact Labs (SIL) is entering a period of extraordinary growth. Over the next few years, SIL will see its annual budget triple (from approximately $5M to $15M), as part of the university’s commitment to raise significant funds to support this new model of public impact as part of its next fundraising campaign. SIL will also play a central role in promoting this new model of R&D nationally with the goal of spurring other institutions to follow suit. Therefore, SIL is currently seeking an Executive Director to chart the path ahead.

Working in partnership with the Faculty Director, Jeremy Weinstein, the Executive Director will lead the SIL team to build and scale the impact of SIL’s investments, partnerships, and programs. The Executive Director will directly manage a team of senior leaders covering: Engagement, Policy and Communications, Finance and Administration, Investments and Accountability, Training and Education, and Innovation and Partnerships. This role will have primary responsibility for SIL’s investments in university-community partnerships that harness advances in research to generate real impact in the world, and oversee training and educational opportunities for faculty members, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduates. Ultimately, the Executive Director is charged with designing, implementing, and promoting a new model of R&D for social problems that demonstrates how social science can work better for society and can inspire similar models across higher education institutions in the U.S. and around the world.

Apply here.

Director of Finance and Administration

We're searching for a skilled finance and administrative professional with 5+ years of experience and a track record of success to serve as our first Director of Finance and Administration. Your work will involve building and implementing strong financial and administrative practices, establishing best practices, supporting continued growth and compliance, and informing decision-making about SIL’s future.

Specifically, the Director of Finance and Administration will: 

  • Develop financial models to manage the $15+ million annual operating budget and to inform SIL’s programmatic arc, including an endowment strategy, in the context of a major university fundraising efforts.
  • Directly oversee the strategy and management of all SIL financial and administrative operations to ensure compliance, create timely and accurate reports, monitor budgets, and improve processes.
  • Serve as a key member of the leadership team shaping growth and impact of SIL, providing evidence-based recommendations about spending, grantmaking, team management, and hiring.
  • Improve and lead SIL recruiting, outreach, and hiring processes. Refine onboarding and serve as key liaison between SIL and Stanford HR.
  • Responsibly steward and optimize the use of funds to accomplish the SIL mission of social impact.
  • Develop and implement best practices in hiring, contract development, software licenses, the use of office space and facilities, and professional development.
  • Serve as point of contact with key partners in finance, HR, facilities, and other administrative offices at Stanford Humanities and Sciences, as well as Stanford’s Office of Development liaisons.
  • Collaborate with SIL and Humanities and Sciences staff to ensure accuracy and timeliness of SIL’s Salesforce CRM database, create annual reports, and develop donor-facing materials.
  • Develop and administer training for SIL staff for finance, budgeting, CRM maintenance, hiring, submitting transactions and reimbursements, and other administrative processes.
  • Eventually supervise, coach, and develop up to 2 direct reports. 

Apply here.

Director of Strategic Communications and Outreach 

At a time of dramatic growth in the organization, Stanford Impact Labs is seeking an inaugural Director of Strategic Communications and Outreach to envision and deliver on SIL’s external engagement. Your work will build Stanford Impact Labs’ public reputation and brand, establish an institutional tone and standard for public engagement, and demonstrate a tireless commitment to rigorous research and practical partnerships for public impact.

Specifically, the Director of Communications and Strategic Outreach will:

  • Review, revise, and adapt our existing communications and engagement strategy to grow our audience and build the public profile of SIL.
  • Develop concrete goals for our external engagement strategy and establish clear metrics for evaluating progress.
  • Design new ways to make Stanford Impact Labs’ work understandable and relevant to key audiences across the university and externally, including generating core messages and language, developing timely content and analysis, and creating opportunities for engagement with key external audiences.
  • Build and maintain networks and relationships with partners and stakeholders in government, nonprofit, business, private philanthropy, and universities to inform our communications and outreach strategies and create opportunities for them to benefit from, use, and share Stanford Impact Labs’ ideas and insights.
  • Build and lead an integrated communications program, combining online engagement, media relations, events, and outreach with government, nonprofit, business, and private philanthropy to maximize the influence and impact of Stanford Impact Labs’ work. 
  • Provide coaching and training on writing, media engagement, public speaking and presentations to staff and teams to increase communications capacity and impact.
  • Develop content style guidelines for Stanford Impact Labs’ communications activities

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Program Coordinator & Special Projects Associate

The Program Coordinator and Special Projects Associate for Stanford Impact Labs will serve as a key operations linchpin, helping to facilitate the scheduling and backend processes essential to making our programs function. Reporting immediately into the Operations Lead, and eventually to the Stanford Impact Labs Executive Director, this role will be directly responsible for coordinating and managing complex scheduling, managing day-to-day financial operations, and providing general team and office support. This role will also have the opportunity to take on special projects that directly support the Executive Director and Faculty Director or other senior leadership, as assigned. 

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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.