The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) is a global interdisciplinary research center and publisher of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). Stanford PACS develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society, and address societal challenges. By creating a shared space for scholars, students, and practitioners, Stanford PACS informs policy and social innovation, philanthropic investment, and nonprofit practice.
Stanford PACS is dedicated to amplifying the work of scholars across the social sciences, humanities, law, business, and engineering by organizing a diverse and interdisciplinary group of scholars. To this end we offer 5 fellowships each year to promising PhD students who are pursuing research that will advance the study of civil society organizations and the role of philanthropy in promoting social change. We also offer 2-6 postdoctoral fellowships to emerging scholars pursuing original research related to philanthropy, social innovation, civic engagement, democracy, and civil society, either at the national or global level. Stanford PACS also hosts the annual Junior Scholars Forum that brings together researchers—including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty—from leading universities around the world. It provides an opportunity for scholars working in the areas of civil society and the nonprofit sector to participate in a cross-disciplinary intellectual community with the goal of enhancing the quality and visibility of research in these fields
Stanford PACS affiliated faculty and scholars teach courses and seminars for undergraduates, masters and Ph.D. students. Topics range from philanthropy and civil society to governance, policy, and more. Our flagship course is the year-long seminar taught by our three faculty directors and is intended for graduate students conducting research on the nature of civil society or philanthropy, and advanced undergraduates doing research or writing senior honor theses on related topics.
In addition to these activities, Stanford PACS supports 8 different research programs. In 2012 Stanford PACS launched its first international program in China with the aim to serve and connect academics and practitioners focused on the social impact sector in China. We host an annual conference each spring to explore topics related to philanthropy and social innovation and conduct China-focused research, provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in cross-cultural exchange, and host learning expeditions to Stanford for Chinese philanthropists, foundation and nonprofit leaders. We work with the Leping Foundation to produce a Chinese language version of the Stanford Social Innovation Review and have partnered with the East Asia Library at Stanford University to host the first ever digital archive of Chinese NGOs. In 2016, Stanford PACS expanded its international footprint to Australia and India, and SSIR is currently being translated into 7 different languages.
The Program Associate will report to the Deputy Director and as a key member of the Stanford PACS core team, will help define and implement a comprehensive, long-term strategy for our international expansion and will be instrumental in helping us refine our programmatic strategy in China. S/he will contribute to the planning of conferences and other educational programming, develop and manage key partnerships, and ensure visibility with key audiences. The Program Associate will also manage our scholar programs which includes but is not limited to PhD and postdoctoral fellowships, the Junior Scholars Forum, bi-weekly seminar, etc.
The position requires a demonstrated interest in topics related to philanthropy and social innovation and some experience with planning and executing academic convenings. Fluency in mandarin is required. This position is a two-year fixed term.
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