Research Program Manager

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Position description

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of Research Program Manager. If you enjoy managing programs and working with people in a research setting, we encourage you to apply today to support Hoover’s mission. To ensure your application information is captured in our official files for immediate access to your resume, you must apply to and in the key word search box, indicate Requisition #: 103030

Please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application.

  • WORKING TITLE:      Research Program Manager
  • JOB TITLE:          Academic Program Professional 1
  • JOB CODE:    4111
  • GRADE:             H
  • EXEMPTION:         Exempt
  • SALARY RANGE:     $70,000 – $99,000
  • TERM:                     Continuing term
  • END OF POSTING:               Until filled

About Stanford University’s Hoover Institution:

The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economy—both domestic and foreign—as well as international affairs. 

Founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover before he became the thirty-first president of the United States, the Institution began as a repository of historical material gathered at the end of World War I.  The library and archives have grown to be among the largest private repositories of documents on twentieth-century political and economic history.  Over time the Institution expanded its mission from collecting archival material to conducting advanced research on contemporary history and economics and applying this scholarship to current public policy challenges. 

With its eminent scholars and world-renowned library and archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all humanity.

The Research Program Manager will play an important role to help administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the core research areas and priorities of the institution. We are seeking operationally minded individuals to support Hoover Fellows and key staff on existing programs and assist with launching new research endeavors. This position will report to the Associate Director of Institutional Programming and is responsible for a variety of operational and administrative tasks. The Research Program Manager will administer research, analyze findings, write reports, and support and manage program research projects. This position favors candidates who enjoy a dynamic work environment and are accountable, proactive, and team oriented. .


  • Oversee and administer research activities by evaluating research programs, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and coordinating and implementing changes.
  • Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends to determine program effectiveness; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program.
  • Teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses. Create and/or advise in the development of curriculum. Make recommendations for course improvements.
  • Write and edit content for proposals, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities under the general direction of Hoover Fellows.  Assist with the development of research grants, (i.e., may suggest new funding opportunities, write portions of grants, and/or summarize data for grant support).
  • Represent the program or function as the key contact and subject matter expert within the department, unit or school and develop communications for internal and external constituencies. Organize and/or participate in outreach activities such as events, partnerships, fundraising, training, and conferences. Lead workshops and facilitate meetings.
  • Monitor expenses, budgets, and finances of the program. Make recommendations on funding based on program spend.
  • May oversee and train student workers.




Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Bachelor’s degree in international relations, foreign policy, or political science strongly preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and provide basic direction to staff.

Desired/Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong background in program management and specialized knowledge in international relations and foreign policy in Southern Asia and Europe is preferred.
  • Highly organized with keen attention to details; ability to produce high-quality work on deadlines; ability to set timelines, map milestones, meet deadlines, and prioritize and manage multiple projects with competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written) with the ability to work effectively with staff, Hoover scholars, donors, and overseers.  Knowledge of protocol using sound judgment and discretion when working with individuals from areas of academia, business, and government.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively as a member of a professional team and independently. Strong collaborative and relationship-building skills; ability to interact comfortably and work effectively with a variety of individuals to accomplish assigned tasks, including senior administrators, Hoover fellows, staff, donors, and university officials.
  • Experience with the preparation of reports and budgets through analysis and writing.
  • Proficient in Internet web technologies and applications, including Microsoft Office Suite and Stanford’s on-line systems (e.g. University’s Oracle financial systems)

Certifications and Licenses:

  • For teaching jobs, advanced degree or certification may be required for some programs.


  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.


  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients as well as 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,

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