Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability


Director of Professional Programs


Stanford, California, USA

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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.

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About Us

The Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability (SDSS) has a unifying goal of creating a future in which humans and nature thrive together in concert and in perpetuity. The school’s unique three-part structure consisting of departments to drive scholarship and educate students, institutes to innovate across disciplines, and an accelerator to drive policy and technology solutions reimagines how universities can contribute to the planet’s sustainability. We focus on creating knowledge and scaling solutions that benefit our local community and people globally, while also creating a school community that is inclusive of all people.

For more information on the school please click here.

About this role:

This is the opportunity to become part of a brand-new initiative at SDSS to harness the power of external education to help achieve a more sustainable future. The initiative which is called “External Education and Mobilization” is chartered to bring educational programs and knowledge resources to global community with the goal of informing and motivating change.

This Director will partner with the Associate Dean to design and build this new initiative. They will be responsible for developing and implementing the vision, strategy and goals to enable SDSS to become the preeminent provider of professional education in the area of sustainability.

In pursuit of this goal, they will design, develop and oversee the implementation of broad suite of complex programs focused at sustainability professionals and organizational leaders. These will be developed in conjunction with designated faculty directors whom they will help select and will include synchronous, asynchronous and blended program offerings. They will develop, maintain, and control the financial budget related to programs as well as shape the financial strategy and long-range financial planning for external professional education. They will collaborate with other parts of the University as well as external partners on the development and delivery of programs and ensure that programs reflect the brand and goals of SDSS. To achieve this, they will develop and manage collaborative business models with these other schools and organizations. In addition, they will develop knowledge of the full scope of SDSS faculty research and teachable content that could be relevant to the educational programs targeted at sustainability professionals.

They will also develop and implement marketing strategies in collaboration with partners to attract relevant prospects to programs that are offered within this portfolio. Lastly, they will define, build and manage the organization that is required to achieve the long-term vision and goals for external professional education at SDSS.

Come join a team whose goal is to provide education that can impact the world.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead and oversee development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of programs. Oversee analysis, reporting, and program improvements. Oversee the development, adherence to, and implementation of program policies and procedures.
  • Lead strategic planning for the program/entity
  • Represent the entity or program to the broader university, external community, and other stakeholders. Provide expert consultation related to program development, funding opportunities, or other specialty area.
  • Develop outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships and fundraising/funding. Identify external funding opportunities and write proposals and research grants. Develop and oversee strategic financial planning and sustainability for the program/entity, as needed; monitor performance and ensure appropriate controls.
  • Teach or co-teach courses; oversee the administration of courses; create and/or advise in the development of curriculum; and/or advise students, coach and mentor clients and program staff.
  • Coach and mentor program staff

* – 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:

  • Advanced degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience.
  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Advanced oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in an area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Ability to manage budgets and develop financial plans.

In addition, our preferred requirements include:

  • Advanced degree and minimum of 5 years relevant experience in development and delivery of educational programs
  • Ability to design high impact educational programs
  • Experience with development and delivery of both synchronous and asynchronous educational offerings

* – 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 $99,000 to $168,000 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 ( 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.

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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.