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Managing Director

Company: Stanford University
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: May 11, 2024

Job Description:

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 is a three-year fixed term position with the possibility of renewal. Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. -We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment VISA. About Us 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 and people; 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. For more information on the school, click - here . The Department of Energy Science and Engineering combines theory, experiment, and simulation to transform the global energy system to sustain the people and the planet. For more information, please click here . Stanford University was selected to "lead a regionally diverse consortium of universities in Mexico and Canada - including seven Minority Serving Institutions - to decarbonize and improve the resiliency of the electric power system". This consortium - comprises 16 universities and 4 national labs, with a significant federal R&D investment of $20M over three years. This effort will "help states, tribes, and regions develop the data, modeling tools, workforce, and methods needed to implement programs to improve grid resiliency, establish decarbonization goals, and prioritize investments to achieve those goals. It will also be critical to addressing cross-border grid dependencies and electrical interconnections". (see: https://www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/selections-funding-opportunity-support-hydrogen-shot-and-university-research ) - This project, called an Equitable, Affordable & Resilient Nationwide Energy System Transition (EARNEST), is recruiting a full-time Managing Director. The position will be with the Department of Energy Science and Engineering at Stanford University. The Managing Director will be part of a team that includes more than 65 principal investigators, and that will in addition include PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and staff members. The Managing Director will report directly to Professor In--s Azevedo. The Managing Director will need to have very strong management and organizational skills, project management experience, experience working with a large team, and experience managing large federally funded projects. A PhD in the broad area of energy technology, sustainability, environmental sciences or energy, or climate policy is preferred. As Managing Director for this Consortium, you will have the following responsibilities: -

  • Work with and report to Prof. Azevedo to ensure the strategic plan for EARNEST is executed as to guarantee the goals of this federally funded consortium are met across research, educational and outreach areas. -
  • Coordinate with and organize monthly PI Zoom meetings across all institutions, i.e., PIs from Stanford as well as PIs from the participating external institutions. Work with leadership to develop and design agendas for the meetings.
  • Organize weekly meetings with Stanford's research team , including defining the agenda and structure and identifying participants.
  • Lead the quarterly reporting process as required by the DOE. Request information from investigators, track progress and develop the quarterly draft reports for the U.S. Department of Energy. -
  • Perform quantitative energy research within the tasks and goals of the Consortium. -Co-author papers based on the research with PIs as well as independently. Examples of collaborative research include a peer review paper on how to define resilience in the context of the electric grid.
  • Assist the Consortium in the development of research and decision-making tools specified in the Consortium tasks, for example, real time emissions and damages factors tools for the US grid.
  • Foster and facilitate partnerships with states, tribes & traditionally underrepresented groups.
  • Ensure the outputs from EARNEST are publicly disseminated in EARNEST's website and via other dissemination media .
    * - 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: - Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines.
    • Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness.
    • Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment and, decision-making skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and meet budget goals.
    • Demonstrated solid planning and organizational skills.
    • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
    • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
    • Strong relevant subject matter knowledge.
    • Ability to direct the work of others, for jobs requiring supervision. In addition, our preferred requirements include: -
      • A PhD in the broad area of energy technology, sustainability, environmental sciences or energy, or climate policy or other similar areas.
      • Prior experience managing or having a significant role in large research projects in the energy domain.
      • Evidence of research productivity and quality via publications in top journals or other prestigious scientific outlets.
      • Advanced oral, written, and quantitative research skills, exhibiting fluency in their area of specialization.
      • Experience working with public agencies, communities, and URM groups. The expected pay range for this position is $73,000 to $130,000 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. At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website (https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/benefits-rewards ) provides detailed information on Stanford's extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process. How to Apply We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the "Apply for Job" button. 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.



        Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact Stanford University Human Resources at stanfordelr@stanford.edu . For all other inquiries, please submit a contact form .

        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. Doerr School of Sustainability, Stanford, California, United StatesDoerr School of Sustainability, Stanford, California, United StatesWe're always looking for people who can bring new perspectives and life experiences to our team. Found the perfect role and ready to apply? Learn more on what to expect next.
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