Associate Director, Undergraduate Program in Data Science & Social Systems
Stanford Impact Labs · Stanford, CA
Associate Director, Undergraduate Program in Data Science & Social Systems
Stanford is launching a new undergraduate major in Data Science & Social Systems, designed for students who want to work at the intersection of statistics, computation, and the social sciences. Students in the program will develop a rigorous understanding of methods and approaches from computer science and statistics, alongside knowledge in area domains from the social sciences through a set of core courses. They will learn to apply technical tools to address substantive problems in areas such as public policy, sociology, political science, psychology and economics. Students will develop multiple fluencies: in computational methods, in domain knowledge and applications of social science broadly, and in the moral and political frameworks that shape social systems and illuminate the value trade-offs that are an inevitable part of social decision making. The degree is intended to prepare students for work in a range of industries that require integrating quantitative thinking with an understanding of human behavior or public policy and for careers in the public and social sectors where data-intensive approaches are increasingly prized. We are building out the leadership team of the new program now, as we prepare for its official launch in Fall 2022.
The degree is closely tied to a major new university initiative, Stanford Impact Labs, which is developing a new model of R&D for impact-focused social science. Stanford Impact Labs (SIL) is building on what works in the life sciences and engineering to turn academic discovery into medical advances and new technologies people use: significant multi-year investments in research and development cycles, and close partnerships between academics and leaders outside the university. As part of their degree programs, students will have the opportunity to hone and deploy their skills in the context of partnerships with public and social sector organizations.
Please submit a resume and cover letter through Stanford’s Career Portal.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
The Associate Director will play a pivotal role in shaping and delivering the new major. They will work closely with the Faculty Director to design the curriculum, coordinate new course offerings, develop practicum opportunities, secure internship opportunities, and lead co-curricular cohort activities. They will also be a key mentor to undergraduates in the program, both as an advisor and the leader of the practicum program. As the major is unique in its interdisciplinary and applied orientation, the associate director will work with faculty across Stanford campus and with practitioners outside of Stanford to develop course content and opportunities for students.
Specifically, the associate director will:
- Develop and lead the practicum program: designing practical, applied projects for students in partnership with internal and external partners who are using data to advance solutions to social problems.
- Teach, mentor, and advise a large cohort of undergraduate majors each year, helping them develop their intellectual pathways, advising them on research projects, and supporting them to explore career directions.
- Support the development of a problem-focused foundational course to introduce students to the new major and build enthusiasm about the potential for data science in tackling society’s greatest challenges.
- Work with leading experts in topical areas to develop core and elective courses that provide the necessary social science and data science skills, as well as opportunities to apply data science to social science topics.
- Develop a program of co-curricular activities to build a cohesive student community and provide a set of internships and career opportunities, in partnership with Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service and BEAM (Stanford’s Career Education Center).
- Cultivate a network of leaders in private, public, and social sector institutions who model careers at these intersections and are interested in bringing graduating seniors into their organizations.
- Manage the program’s day-to-day operations, working in collaboration with a full-time Student Services Officer.
WHO YOU ARE
- You have experience applying data science to social problems. You have leadership experience using data science in the private, public, or social sector.
- You have built programs and partnerships. You have experience conceiving of and developing new programs and/or partnerships to achieve strategic goals.
- You are an organized planner. You have led projects with large budgets, developed project plans, and managed multiple complex projects.
- You are a dedicated teacher/mentor/advisor. You have experience and enjoy teaching and/or mentoring students and overseeing staff teams.
- You are an effective communicator. You have excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, comfortable communicating with a wide range of stakeholders and exhibiting fluency in your area of specialization.
- You are committed to inclusion. You have experience working to make people from different experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives feel welcome, valued, and cared for.
WE WOULD ALSO LOVE
- Experience designing and delivering curricula. You have prior experience conceiving of both curricula and creative delivery to ensure programs are effective and engaging.
- Skills in strategic planning. You have experience leading strategy development and turning strategy into operational work plans.
- Experience with training, coaching and mentoring others on how to develop their own data science skills and capabilities.
- Ability to build and lead a team. Thoughtful leadership to build the necessary resources, skills and culture for high quality delivery.
No candidate will meet every requirement. We encourage applications from people who are a good fit - through work experience, volunteering, and other personal experiences - and who will grow and thrive in this position. Stanford Impact Labs is an equal opportunity organization deeply committed to racial and social justice. To that end, we particularly encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply for open positions.
To ensure equitable access to information about this job, we will not be holding informational interviews. Instead, we encourage all interested candidates to join us for an open information session at 1:00pm PT on November 22, where we’ll provide more information and take questions. To join us, please register for our information session here. We will also post the information session recording online for those who are unable to attend.
The deadline to apply for this position is December 6, 2020, at 9:00am Pacific Time.
This position is classified by Stanford University as an Academic Program Professional, Job Code 4112, Grade J. Details of core duties and minimal requirements of this job classification can be found here.
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classifications 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 their job.