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Operations Manager

companyStanford University
locationPalo Alto, CA 94305, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/8/2024

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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.

The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, also known as Stanford Seed, is a Stanford Graduate School of Business-led (GSB) initiative that is working to end the cycle of global poverty by training business leaders in developing economies, inspiring Stanford students to become globally engaged leaders, and supporting critical research from across the university to maximize our impact. Seed's mission is to partner with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving enterprises that transform lives.

Stanford Seed is seeking an Operations Manager, to independently implement and administer operational aspects of the Seed's Transformation Program (STP), a high touch entrepreneurship acceleration program for small to medium size businesses in Africa, South Asia, and Indonesia. As a member of the Program Delivery Team (PDT), the candidate should have strong project management and communication skills, and advanced computer skills. The ideal candidate is a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and being part of a collaborative team.

This is a full-time hybrid role, with the requirement to commute to Stanford campus and work in the Seed office at least two times per week.

The Operations Manager will collaborate closely with other STP PDT team members, as well as with global program managers in the field. Therefore, the role often requires a flexible work schedule to accommodate working hours in regional offices (India, Ghana, Kenya, Botswana, and Indonesia) for example, 6am-3pm. Additionally, some local and international travel may be required.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Independently implement, administer and evaluate day-to-day operational and administrative aspects of STP, by identifying objectives and executing tasks, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and working in collaboration with other STP PDT team members to achieve the goals of the program.
  • Analyze and interpret program operational systems and processes and make recommendations to optimize efficiency of program delivery.
  • Represent STP team with the GSB and external vendors: translation & caption services for online materials, ordering and shipment of promotional materials, technology and administrative support.
  • Provide technical support for program technology platforms: Google Drive, Zoom, Canvas, etc.
  • Organize and prepare communications and materials for online and in-person events.
  • Provide faculty logistical support for travel.
  • Monitor program expenses, prepare program and travel payments for processing, and provide input recommendations for budget purposes.
  • May direct regional program managers to perform various tasks and assignments, provide resources and information. May also supervise interns.

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in management of projects, including project planning, scheduling, tracking, and budgeting.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated ability to prioritize own work and multi- task.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and ownership of projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to direct the work of others, for jobs requiring supervision.
  • Advanced computer skills and demonstrated experience with office software and email applications. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Google Suite tools (Docs, Sheets, Slides).

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Experience with Canvas
  • Experience in international development, education, or business.
  • Experience in working cross culturally, with preference for experience in developing countries.

The expected pay range for this position is $66.560 - $94,000 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.

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 Ted Talk, 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 campusgardens, 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

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the "Apply for Job" button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and résumé along with your online application.

* 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.


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