Community Manager

Stanford University

California City, CA, USA Remote

Full time

$68-99k (annually)

Community Management


Sep 13

Stanford Data Science (SDS) is a dynamic and rapidly growing unit within the VP/Dean of Research. For more than four years, SDS has sought to advance data science and its application to all fields of study. Our community ranges broadly across all seven schools on campus, consisting of esteemed alumni, world class faculty, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students, dynamic staff and administrators. In realizing our mission, our staff are critical to supporting our organization’s goals and enabling Stanford faculty and students to accomplish their mission conducting cutting-edge research and innovation around how we learn from data, the tools we use, and the new methods needed to tackle the data-intensive future.

Our VPDoR Diversity Journey:

  • We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people.
  • We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community.
  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.
  • We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.


Stanford Data Science (SDS) Community Manager is responsible for operational planning and execution of key SDS center program activities including research programs, events, marketing, and web communications.  This position is responsible for successful planning, management, execution, communications, financial reporting, and impact reporting for all activities.  This position reports to the SDS Executive Director and works with all SDS staff and faculty as well as manages contracts with other internal organizations (Stanford Video, Stanford Conferences, Stanford Event Services, etc.) and external vendors (event planners, graphic designers, writers, production companies, PR agencies, and contractors).

 The ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills and enjoy working on teams with diverse backgrounds. Required skills include:

  • 5+ years of marketing and event management experience
  • Growth mindset, including comfort level with experimentation
  • Ability to solve problems and remove barriers
  • Good judgment, even in the face of ambiguity
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a Marketing or Communications discipline. 


  • Organize data science communities at Stanford
  • Plan and execute activities for SDS, SDS Centers and Women in Data Science at Stanford (WiDS@Stanford) that help advance the research agendas and community engagement goals. Activities may include: research, communication, marketing, events, such as seminars, conferences, and center meetings in partnership with relevant staff and faculty.
  • Plan and manage logistics, including registration and attendee tracking, presentation and materials support, and pre- and post- event evaluations. Procure and coordinate vendor services. Provide on-site event support. May research and provide recommendations for potential event locations and evaluate alternatives.
  • Create and implement marketing plans for SDS overall, as well as for each of the SDS research centers and WiDS@Stanford
  • SDS brand management, including sub-branding (if applicable) and regional event branding and associated marks.
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration, and do outreach and recruiting for collaborators, including co-marketing.
  • Develop an editorial calendar and produce content to support an on-going cadence of communications to SDS stakeholders, year-round.  Determine appropriate metrics, tracking, and reporting.
  • Provide co-marketing support for sponsor and funder stewardship.
  • Source, vet, and manage appropriate contractors and agencies to execute the Marketing plan.
  • Source and assess technologies to increase Marketing operations effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Manage the budget, including monthly budget reconciliation

Minimum Education and Experience Required

Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success planning events
  • Ability to manage shifting priorities and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability in problem-solving, taking initiative, judgment, and decision-making
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, time management, and customer services skills. Must be well-organized and detail oriented.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft offices suite and other online documents, such as Google docs
  • Ability to interact with a broad spectrum of contributing groups and customers


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Occasionally kneel/crawl, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, and grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 21-30 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork.

* - 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.


  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.


  • 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,

 For On-site or Hybrid positions:

The expected pay range for this position is $68,000 to $99,000 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

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

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.

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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