Director of Philanthropy Research and Education, Stanford PACS
Location: Stanford, California
Internal Number: 93271
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The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) is a research center within the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University.Stanford PACS develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society, and effect social change. It supports a number of major research initiatives: Civic Life of Cities Lab, Digital Civil Society Lab, Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative, Global Civil Society and Sustainable Development, Global Innovation for Impact Lab, Polarization and Social Change Lab, Project on Democracy and the Internet, and Recording Civic Action in China. Stanford PACS also publishes the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).
Stanford PACS also offers post-doctoral and PhD fellowships, and hosts various public and private events throughout the year to connect scholars, practitioners and leaders in the social sector. It hosts the biennial Philanthropy Innovation Summit, where individual philanthropists from across the globe convene to explore and exchange ideas with peers and experts in the field.
The Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI)
The Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI) at Stanford PACS conducts research, develops resources, and offers courses to help donors become more effective, strategic philanthropists. We are an interdisciplinary team working at the intersection of philanthropy, the behavioral sciences, and design thinking to improve the impact of donors in achieving the wide variety of objectives they pursue--from averting catastrophic climate change, to reducing inequities based on race and wealth, to supporting the performing arts and scientific research.
We seek to understand the challenges that high-capacity donors face in giving effectively. We design resources and educational programs to encourage more intentional, outcome-focused giving. While the core of our work focuses on philanthropy in its conventional sense, our mission extends to other means of achieving social impact, including political giving and impact investing.
The Director of Philanthropy Education and Research
Stanford PACS is seeking a highly experienced and entrepreneurial philanthropy professional for the Director of Philanthropy Education and Research within EPLI. In this position, you will work under the general direction of faculty director Paul Brest, and Executive Director Priya Shanker to develop, implement, and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of Stanford PACS' philanthropy research and education programs.
As the Director of Philanthropy Research and Education, you will be responsible for leading Stanford PACS' efforts to increase the impact of philanthropy in the United States and globally. This will entail leading research efforts aimed at understanding the motivations and practices of high capacity donors, and developing tools, courses, and other resources to improve their practices. You would also collaborate with Stanford PACS' other research initiatives to improve the Center's effectiveness. The Director of Philanthropy Research and Education will be a part of the core senior leadership team of Stanford PACS.
This is a 75%-100% FTE, continuing position. This position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting (hybrid of working on-site and off-site), subject to operational need.
Responsibilities of the Director of Philanthropy Education and Research
Identifying, recommending, and implementing opportunities for research and conducting research activities
Teaching and assisting in the teaching and administration of courses, including developing curricula and methods for getting feedback on their effectiveness
Writing and editing grant proposals, books, papers, and articles aimed at publication in peer-reviewed journals and elsewhere
Contributing to EPLI's and PACS' strategic planning
Leading and mentoring program staff
Managing EPLI's budget
Diversifying EPLI's funding sources through both grants and further development and market testing of EPLI's custom education and workshop programs
Engaging in communications, fundraising, and partnerships on behalf of EPLI and PACS
To be successful in this position you will bring:
A deep knowledge of the nonprofit sector and philanthropy
Excellent strategic skills
Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization
Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources
Ability to oversee and direct staff
Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans
An entrepreneurial mindset and experience with program development through a full lifecycle (brainstorming, prototyping, testing, marketing, outreach/partnerships, measurement, evaluation, and sustainability)
In addition, preferred requirements include:
At least 5 years of experience in the Philanthropy sector
Ability to develop and teach courses
Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including scholars, industry leaders, students and staff
Experience in a professional academic setting
How to Apply
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To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background in managing research initiatives and interest in philanthropy.
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