IPL Seeks a Director for GeoMatch

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


About IPL

The Immigration Policy Lab (IPL) at Stanford University designs and evaluates policies to advance the integration of immigrants and refugees worldwide. By producing new evidence and translating it into creative solutions, we seek to improve refugees’ and immigrants’ opportunities and strengthen their host communities.

Using new data and cutting-edge analytical tools, we bring evidence to bear on the urgent problems facing immigrants, refugees, and their service providers. We engage with community-based organizations as well as local, state, national, and international government agencies to test the effectiveness of current policies. In addition, we co-design new policies, programs, and tools that ultimately affect millions of immigrants, as well as increase the economic and social prosperity of the communities in which they live. Our talented team of faculty, professional staff, postdocs, and students has created a research model that combines the quality and rigor of an academic lab with the efficiency and innovation of a civic-tech startup.

About the Position

We are looking for a full-time Director to further develop, implement, and lead our comprehensive research program focused on the implementation and research of GeoMatch tools to improve immigration and refugee integration outcomes around the world in our multi-country portfolio. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of GeoMatch will oversee, lead, and manage the strategic design, development, and implementation of all GeoMatch portfolio research projects; manage full-time GeoMatch research staff, postdocs, and faculty affiliate researchers; conceptualize, develop, and manage external research partnerships and projects with government agencies and practitioners; and manage the growth and impact of the GeoMatch portfolio, including shaping the portfolio’s short-, medium- and long-term planning and implementation strategy. A key component of the GeoMatch applied policy research projects is working with external partners, and many core duties of this role will require working in partnership with external organizations and stakeholders to implement complex research studies and assist partners to implement and institutionalize GeoMatch AI tools in the long-term. This is a one-year fixed-term position with possibility of renewal. This position will be based on the Stanford campus with an option of telecommuting (hybrid of working on-site and off-site), though we will also consider candidates who are fully remote (off-site).

The Director will play a key role in building and maintaining relationships with the GeoMatch external partners, which include policymakers and practitioners in governmental and non-governmental agencies. The Director will also be responsible for overseeing various research management processes including research protocols, data use agreements, and associated contracts of large-scale field experiments and surveys to administrative data collection and analysis. The Director leads on the design and implementation of long-term strategic planning, vision, and high-level programmatic priorities; managing a full-time product team to meet partnership, project, and program needs and ensuring the team is working together toward shared goals; and establishing an engagement model and organizational infrastructure to onboard new research partnerships currently in our pipeline and source new collaboration opportunities to enable research, testing, and implementation of GeoMatch tools at scale around the world.

The Director will also work closely across the full-time GeoMatch team and the faculty directors/affiliates to make recommendations, deliver strategic insights, and provide leadership capacity to ensure each of the GeoMatch projects are driving toward their established deliverables and project-specific goals. The Director will manage three direct reports (Program Associate, Data Scientist, and Software Developer) as well as part-time staff and contractors to achieve program deliverables and work with Faculty Directors to ensure the GeoMatch portfolio projects are adequately funded. As part of our collaborative team, the Director 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 enthusiasm to lead, manage and grow a diverse applied research portfolio and team focused on the intersection of immigrant integration, data science and machine learning, and institutionalizing evidence-based policy and program change.

For more information about GeoMatch and the Immigration Policy Lab, visit http://immigrationlab.org/geomatch

Core Duties

  • Visionary leadership: Lead and oversee the overall GeoMatch strategic plan, including the design, implementation, administration, and evaluation of research programs and activities related to GeoMatch priorities, including large-scale complex RCT research projects in collaboration with government and non-profit partners around the world
  • Team management and hiring: Manage and hire (as needed) a cross-functional product team (software developers, data scientists, designers, research and program associates) through a positive and collaborative culture to achieve project milestones and conduct high-quality partnership engagement
  • Partnership management: Partner with governments, non-profits, and multilateral organizations to implement GeoMatch tools and projects, serving as the main point of contact, relationship manager, and a “translator” between diverse sectors (i.e. academia, government, philanthropies, private sector, media, etc)
  • Fundraising: Identify external funding opportunities and write proposals and research grants to ensure long-term sustainability of the research program, personnel, and project activities
  • Strategic planning: Lead long-term strategic planning for the program/entity in support of the mission of the GeoMatch portfolio at the Immigration Policy Lab
  • Program development: Serve as the key stakeholder to oversee analysis, reporting, and program improvements, as well as the development, adherence to, and implementation of program policies and procedures.
  • Thought leadership: Provide expert consultation related to program development, funding opportunities, or other specialty areas
  • External outreach: Develop strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships and fundraising/funding; represent Stanford, IPL, and GeoMatch through public engagement and outreach both at Stanford and major global conferences and events
  • Financial management: Develop and oversee strategic financial planning and sustainability for the program/entity, as needed; monitor performance and ensure appropriate controls
  • Stakeholder engagement: Build, manage, and maintain a portfolio of relationships with a broad set of stakeholders including technology, regional governments, privacy and legal officers, steering committees and working groups, and internal administration teams inside and outside of Stanford University
    Funding stewardship: Serve as the principal contact for GeoMatch’s funders and lead stewardship activities as well as guide spend down of awards/gifts through detailed financial management
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
  • Advanced degree and 5-7 years of relevant experience in areas of specialization or combination of relevant education, training, and/or experience (i.e. in refugee- or immigrant-serving organization, government experience in relevant department/agency, machine learning technology/AI for social good, product management in technology company, applied policy research management)
  • Experience leading the management and implementation of advanced research methods and projects, including large-scale RCTs
  • Experience with fundraising/stewardship, managing budgets, and developing financial plans with researchers, funders, immigration service providers, and government partners
  • Knowledge of application domain (e.g. machine learning/AI, causal inference/RCTs, etc.)
  • Experience developing research and program partnerships and securing funding sources
  • Experience leading large, distributed teams with global external partners
  • Advanced oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in areas of specialization
  • Experience managing and directing cross-functional technical and non-technical staff
  • Strong communication skills with both technical and non-technical stakeholders to translate and enable alignment across project and partnership needs
In addition, preferred requirements include:
  • Experience working with refugee populations or agencies that serve them
  • Experience in complex large-scale project, product, and program management including application design, user experience and interface testing, and advanced project and change management methodologies, especially with AI/machine learning methods
  • Experience with 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 a region outside the U.S. (e.g., MENA, sub-Saharan Africa)

We recognize that the job description may not exactly match your qualifications. If you think you may be a good fit, we encourage you to apply.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted here and include a CV, a cover letter with an explanation of your interest and qualifications for the role, and a writing sample.

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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.

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