Join the IPL team at Stanford as a Research Program Manager

Interested in contributing to our mission of advancing immigration policy worldwide? Read on for more details about our new position.                                                                           

About the Lab

Stanford University is seeking to hire a Research Program Manager to join the Immigration Policy Lab (IPL). In the face of the challenging social, political, economic, and ethical issues raised by the substantial increase in foreign-born populations, IPL conducts research that employs field and natural experimental methods to examine the impact of immigration and integration policies throughout the world. Using large datasets, creative research designs, and modern analytical tools, we bring new evidence to bear on the urgent problems practitioners face. Through collaborations with the people who set public policy, as well as those who serve immigrant communities, our research generates solutions with the potential to improve lives. IPL reorients academic training by placing postdocs in a hub of experiential research activity. Working side by side with faculty and professional staff, postdocs are fully immersed in an innovative research model that combines the efficiency and rigor of an academic lab with the energy and innovation of a civic-tech startup.


We are looking for a full-time Research Program Manager to further develop, implement, and lead our comprehensive research program focused on US immigration policy, immigration legal services, and public health. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Research Program Manager will manage the day-to-day operations of our wide range of research projects across the US, while continuing to expand the research portfolio. A core management area will be to coordinate a major, multi-site study of intergenerational immigrant health using medical claims data. While identifying and developing new areas for innovation and collaboration, the Research Program Manager will play a key role in building and maintaining relationships with the IPL’s external partners, which include governmental and non-governmental agencies. The Research Program Manager will also be responsible for developing and managing various research protocols, from large-scale field experiments and surveys to administrative data collection and analysis. The Research Program Manager will work closely with faculty, postdocs, students, and staff to ensure that research is adequately funded and completed effectively and efficiently. As part of our collaborative team, the Research Program Manager can receive co-authorship on papers resulting from projects that she or he manages. We are looking for candidates who have the ability, experience, and energy to manage and continue to grow a diverse research portfolio focused on immigrant integration, immigration legal services, and public health.

This is a one-year fixed term position with possibility of renewal.

Your responsibilities include*:

  • Develop and manage research programs by conducting research activities, including outreach to varied stakeholders within the program, assigning resources, and making program improvement recommendations that impact policies and programs.
  • Identify, recommend and implement opportunities for new research.
  • Source, collect, and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function.
  • Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • Contribute to and inform on strategic program/entity planning and related funding and financial sustainability.
  • May advise students and/or coach/mentor clients. Write and/or edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.
  • Develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.

* – Other duties may also be assigned; not all unique aspects of this job are covered by this job posting. A full job description will be shared during the interview process.

To be successful in this position you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience.
  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Advanced degree in relevant field.
  • Experience working with immigrant populations or agencies that serve them.
  • Experience managing projects using health or medical data.
  • Experience managing social science research involving experimental methods and/or managing refugee/asylum-seeker programs.
  • Demonstrated experience handling a multitude of highly detailed and complex tasks.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and interact with diverse research partners (e.g., government agencies, nonprofits, universities).
  • Demonstrated experience working in or managing activities within the nonprofit or government sectors.
  • Ability to communicate at a professional level in a second language.

* 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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