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Assistant Director, Connections: Career Leadership and Engagement, Educational Programs and Services

Educational Programs and Services (EPS) is home to departments and programs that are central to the educational mission of the Stanford University School of Medicine. We serve all populations of students and trainees who participate in the School's programs: Stanford MD, MS, MSPA, and PhD students; visiting MD students seeking clinical clerkships; postdoctoral scholars and medical fellows; and medical practitioners seeking further professional enrichment. Our goal is to provide a Stanford School of Medicine experience worthy of our students' and trainees' talents, aspirations, and dedication.

Department Information
BioSci Careers creates a community of mentors to support the academic advancement, professional development, and career-of-choice decisions of our graduates, medical students and postdoctoral fellows. Through individualized counseling, curriculum and connections, our faculty, alumni and employers teach through their real-life stories and empower trainees to define and tell their own.

Job Purpose
BioSci Careers is excited to announce a part-time, Assistant Director, Connections: Career Leadership and Engagement position for a highly relationship-focused professional specializing in building future leaders and maximizing mentoring partnerships.

The Assistant Director, Connections: Career Leadership and Engagement integrates alumni and employer connections into all of BioSci Careers’ functions: counseling/coaching, connections, and curriculum. The position develops programming to introduce trainees to various career options, builds networks within various industries, and helps team members integrate alumni and future employers into all facets of our work: curriculum, counseling, and events. They advise, develop policy, and create leadership curriculum for career-focused trainee/student groups.

This position builds and maintains relationships across campus, with potential speakers, and across the field to inform best practices, and to ensure strong, diverse connections with our trainees. In this function, they will collaborate with campus career services and alumni services to propagate and maintain the BioSci Connect mentoring program. Working in a student/trainee-focused, collaborative environment, the Assistant Director, Connections: Career Leadership and Engagement develops new approaches to mentoring and leadership development in a rapidly changing, dynamic environment.

The ideal candidate will be proactive, focused on quality, and demonstrate the capacity to resolve problems using innovative, student/trainee-informed solutions. A growth mindset and careful attention to detail are needed in all communication with team members, constituents, and external organizations. Finally, candidates have a demonstrated commitment to decentering heteronormativity, whiteness, and privilege in Career Services and Higher Education overall.

This position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting from the Bay Area (hybrid of working 2-3 days on-site), subject to operational need. It is a part time (50% FTE) position.

Duties include:
  • Develop and execute strategy and plans for academic and alumni mentoring initiatives.
  • Build cross-campus and cross-sector relationships.
  • Develop and implement career awareness and networking workshops, clinics, panels, coffee chats, and guest lectures, integrating alumni and potential employers into offerings
  • Fulfill academic department outreach requests (e.g. - department and student group leadership retreats, home program and university alumni events)
  • Advise and develop leadership curriculum for career-focused student groups
  • Update and manage policies for external industry interactions, and student groups on university and external relations.
  • Act as primary liaison to Stanford alumni associations and the Office of Student Engagement (OSE)
  • Support with employer and alumni engagement initiatives that focus on expanding professional networks
  • Assist with BioSci Careers’ programs, services and events.

Education & Experience (Required)
Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Required)
  • Strong communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and management.
  • Advanced analysis and problem-solving skills.
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Analytics.
  • Advanced skills in measurement, evaluation, and data reporting.
  • Advanced customer service skills.
  • Relevant computer systems/technology management experience with software applications and distance learning.
  • Understanding of financial transactions.
  • Significant comfort with new technologies
  • Ability to ensure and apply compliance with legal, financial, and university policies and external regulations.

Physical Requirements
  • Frequently sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally stand, walk, twist, use fine manipulation, grasp, use a telephone, write by hand, sort and file paperwork, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

Working Conditions
  • 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,

The expected pay range for this position is $66,101 to $95,605 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.

Why Stanford is for You
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

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.

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Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. All candidates must be eligible to work and live in the U.S.