Academic Program Professional

Policy Analysis for California Education | Stanford Graduate School of Education

Job Summary

Date Posted: 8.24.2021
Schedule: Full-Time
Job Code: 4111
Employee Status: Fixed-Term
Grade: H
Requisition ID: 91015

Research Associate


Who We Are

Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) seeks an Academic Program Professional 1 to join our team. This position will require working as part of a research team on one or more pre-existing PACE initiatives and studies. This professional will participate in data collection, analysis, and presentations of findings in writing and at meetings and conferences. Over time, it is likely that the candidate will lead tasks as part of project teams. This is a very exciting and dynamic time for PACE as it works to ensure that research-based evidence enters major educational policy discussions around COVID-19 recovery and how we can support our partners in adapting their work to the new context. This position will report to the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) is a top-ranked school of education, known for its prestigious faculty, rigorous graduate degree programs, and its impact on the quality of education across the world. The GSE is committed to developing leaders in education research, practice and policy. Our GSE community includes over 60 faculty, 400 students, 200 staff, 14,000 alumni and countless people from the local and global communities we work with and impact. The culture is very diverse and inclusive with many benefits from working at Stanford.  The work environment is dynamic, deadline-driven, fast-paced, and energetic.

Core duties will include:

  • Oversee and administer research activities by evaluating academic support 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 PACE mission and goals of the program.
  • Write and edit content for policy briefs, proposals, peer-reviewed PACE publications, and other program activities under the general direction of PI. 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 within the department and with partnering organizations. Develop communications for internal and external constituencies. Organize and/or participate in outreach activities such as partnerships, conferences, and other PACE events.
  • May oversee and train Stanford student workers.

What You’ll Bring

We are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal skills who can collaborate with other researchers and work well with external partners. The ability to manage multiple tasks and timelines and communicate clearly with collaborators will be central to success in this position. This position requires strong analytic and writing skills. A good sense of humor is appreciated (where appropriate) and the ability to take initiative and complete appropriate tasks independently is a must. Some additional requirements include:

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience is required. Advanced degree is desired. Competitive applicants will have teaching, program administration, and/or research experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent written, oral, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to collaborate closely with colleagues with diverse skill-sets.
  • Basic knowledge conducting and managing research projects.

How to Apply

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

  • This is a fixed-term position with an end date of 8.31.22 and is renewable based on performance and funding.
  • Finalist must successfully complete a Stanford background check prior to working at Stanford University. 
  • Applicants to this position must be available to work in the United States without sponsorship for 2 years or more. OPT permit holders should confirm that they are eligible to work in the US at the Stanford GSE for 2 years or more.
  • Candidates currently located here in Silicon Valley or the greater San Francisco Bay Area near PACE and Stanford University are preferred.


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, Stanford 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.