Digital Civil Society Lab

Consultant – Project Manager, DCSL Upgrade Initiative

Job Purpose:


The Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS seeks a creative and resourceful professional to provide consulting support to a new collaborative initiative (working title: “The Upgrade Initiative”). The Project Manager is a part-time consulting role, that will report to the lab’s Program Manager and provide lead facilitation and coordination of the Initiative, which is a collaborative effort of the DCS Lab, Center for Nonprofit Management, Community Partners and Citizen Clinic. The Upgrade Initiative is an 18-month project focused on integrating digital governance and security expertise into the core capacities of nonprofit leaders. The project requires regular meetings of the team, workshop facilitation, design and iteration of prototype learning tools, and outreach to potential participants and partners. The first 12 months of the project, calendar year 2020, are focused on building learning tools, opportunities, and shared resources for digital consultants and capacity builders in California. The second phase of the project (2021) is focused on sharing those tools and expanding the network nationally.


The Digital Civil Society Lab (DCSL) aims to understand, inform and improve the ways in which digital technology transforms civil society. It helps social sector organizations use digital resources safely, ethically, and effectively in pursuit of their missions. The lab teaches classes, produces public events and conferences, hosts post-doctoral and non-resident fellows, collaborates with practitioners and leaders in the field, and runs the Digital Impact community which includes a web-based suite of tools and resources for civil society organizations including a blog, data governance toolkit, and online workshops.


The Lab is directed by Professor Rob Reich, Stanford PACS Faculty Co-Director, and Lucy Bernholz, Senior Research Scholar. More information is available at on the DCSL homepage



Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and perform duties associated with scheduling, organizing, and operating collaborative workshops, meetings, and events, including arranging with vendors for services, overseeing the production and distribution of materials, administering logistics, arranging travel, and managing event within budget.
  • Plans and facilitates design sessions and workshops with partners and public.
  • Develop workplans, monitor project progress, track timelines, and remind partners of deadlines. Establish processes to manage scope of work for the duration of the grant period.
  • Compose and draft documents – prototype worksheets, checklists, design templates – gather and incorporate feedback. Manage third-party layout and design vendors.
  • Tracks participation, manages correspondence with community, and handles all follow up, including using databases to track financial expenditures.
  • Leads the development and/or revision of training materials.
  • Maintains active project files and briefs team members on project status.
  • Provide regular updates to Lab Director and team to inform funding and public reports
  • Compile, input and format data to support evaluation and grant reporting.
  • Travel to meetings, workshops, and other work-related events.
  • Use Zoom and other digital platforms to host conference calls and webinars
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in business, nonprofit, philanthropy or related field, or 5 years of related experience and/or training combined
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience at a manager level and/or project management experience
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines in a collaborative environment, strong attention to details
  • Ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative data for use by project team
  • Ability to work under pressure and demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience and comfort facilitating discussions, leading workshops, and public speaking
  • Demonstrate initiative and good judgement, professionalism, creativity and a positive attitude
  • Ability to routinely and independently exercise sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Familiarity with graphic design tools, WordPress and project management tools and software preferred.
  • High degree of ethics and integrity
  • Bilingual preferred (English and Spanish)


Physical Requirements:

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Ability to travel regularly within California
  • Frequent sitting.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl.


How to Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter outlining relevant experience and interest in the project to Digital Civil Society Lab  Program Manager Heather Robinson at, with “Upgrade Initiative – Consultant Project Manager” in the subject line.