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Associate Director, China Program

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The China Program at Shorenstein APARC works to facilitate multidisciplinary, social science-oriented research on contemporary China, with a dual emphasis on basic and policy-relevant research. The China Program is committed to preparing Stanford students for broader and deeper interactions with China. Through this combined focus on research and teaching, the China Program aims to influence current and future generations of leaders in their disciplines to engage with China with nuance, depth, and understanding and to provide empirically-driven research and fact-based inquiry into contemporary China and U.S.-China relations.

The China Program conducts collaborative research with scholars and experts from across China and North America; provides education and training opportunities to students and emerging scholars; shares research findings and policy recommendations in academic and general-interest publications; and convenes academic and public forums on pressing China-related issues.


Reporting to the Faculty Director of the China Program, the Associate Director will help build an active research program, implement fund-raising efforts for the program, facilitate training and outreach programs on Contemporary China, and organize and facilitate Stanford based program activities at Shorenstein APARC, which may include activities that take place at or involve the Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU). The Associate Director will assist with the creation and management of the China Program’s long-term research and educational partnerships with individual experts, academic institutions, research centers, and with government and non-government organizations.

This recruitment is for a one (1) year fixed-term, 100% FTE benefits-eligible position at which begins on the start date and may be renewable in the future based on funding availability. For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter. All final candidates must successfully complete a background check.

Job Purpose: Work under the direction of faculty or other management to implement and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the assigned academic entity/program(s) utilizing specialized/technical knowledge.


  • Oversee and administer research activities by evaluating academic 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 goals of the program.
  • Teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses. Create and/or advise in the development of curriculum. Make recommendations for course improvements.
  • Write and edit content for proposals, peer-reviewed 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 and subject matter expert within the department, unit or school and develop communications for internal and external constituencies. Organize and/or participate in outreach activities such as events, partnerships, fundraising, training, and conferences. Lead workshops and facilitate meetings.
  • Monitor expenses, budgets, and finances of the program. Make recommendations on funding based on program spend.
  • May oversee and train student workers.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. An advanced degree may be required for some programs. Program administration and or research experience may be required.

Ph.D. Preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Chinese language ability, most important is oral, reading also desired, writing less necessary.
  • Excellent writing skills, demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.   
  • Knowledge of Contemporary China affairs and U.S.-China issues desired and scholarship on Contemporary China.
  • Ability to oversee and provide basic direction to staff.
  • Management experience in organizing and executing the design, development, and execution of complex research projects with multiple disciplines and deadlines desired.
  • Demonstrated team leadership, diplomacy, judgment, and decision-making skills desired.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment desired.


  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.

* - 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 the job.


  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.