Stanford Graduate School of Business


Associate Director of Program Development


Stanford, California

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Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has built a global reputation based on its immersive and innovative management programs. We provide students a transformative leadership experience, pushing the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research, and offering a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs that deliver global impact like no other. We are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in service of our mission of developing innovative, principled, and insightful leaders who change lives, change organizations, and change the world. We invite you to be part of this mission.

Executive Education is responsible for the development and management of all the school’s non-degree program offerings. The mission of our organization is to “use GSB faculty ideas to inspire global leaders to change their thinking and drive positive impact throughout their organizations.” Executive Education also provides an ideal vehicle for the GSB to experiment with innovation in both content and pedagogy.

The Executive Education Business and Program Development team of the Stanford Graduate School of Business seeks an Associate Director of Program Development. The Associate Director, Program Development role is responsible for program and curriculum design within Stanford GSB Executive Education. The position will work closely with both faculty and corporate client partners to create impactful Executive Education programs for senior corporate executives.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to support Stanford GSB Faculty in the development and design of programs for executives. This could be in the context of creating open enrollment programs for individual leaders and/or custom programs for clients from organizations around the world. Program development is an iterative process involving faculty as well as a variety of stakeholders to create meaningful and impactful learning experiences.

This is a full-time, hybrid position with a minimum requirement of 2 days per week onsite.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Working with senior Stanford faculty and senior corporate executives to craft recommendations for impactful, high- quality Executive Education programs.
  • Gain and maintain a deep understanding of faculty teaching content and how that content translates to organizational development and leadership development needs.
  • Understand client learning and development needs and design programs that help clients reach their goals and budget parameters, leveraging Stanford learning assets and experiences.
  • Contributes to program proposals, focusing on the curriculum, in concert with our business development colleagues and faculty, and be part of the team who presents the program proposal to the client.
  • Synthesize complex ideas and effectively communicate with multiple stakeholders throughout the life of the program development cycle. This includes participating in exploratory conversations, leading the program design process, and maintaining involvement through delivery, evaluation, and enhancement.
  • Facilitating program enhancements and/or new program concepts.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment, and decision-making skills.
  • 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 tact.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills as well as the ability to listen.
  • Excellent customer engagement skills to build and manage client and external relationships as well as faculty relationships.
  • Stakeholder management skills with the ability to provide structure to complex and evolving program development processes are essential.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to build relationships and achieve results working across functions.
  • Inclination towards knowledge sharing and collaborative problem solving.
  • Ability to direct the work of others, for tasks requiring supervision.
  • A life-long learning mindset with a strong desire to become proficient in Stanford GSB content.
  • Demonstrated planning and organizational skills
  • Proficiency using tools within the Google and Microsoft Technology Suites.
  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • MBA or Graduate degree and 7+ years preferred.

Why Stanford is for You

Stanford’s dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:

  • Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!

We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

How to Apply

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* 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.

*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 his or her job.

*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.