Program Coordinator, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality

Job Type

Full Time




450 Serra Mall
Building 370
United States


The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality invites you to apply for this position by visiting the Stanford Careers site. Please submit an online application, resume, and cover letter.


The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI) is a nonpartisan research center at Stanford University. The CPI’s mission is to conduct and facilitate research on issues of domestic poverty, mobility, and inequality and to disseminate the results of this research to scholars, policy makers, and the general public. The guiding principle of the Center’s work is that research findings should be evidence-based, the result of rigorous scientific inquiry, and communicated clearly and objectively. The CPI supports research by new and established scholars, trains the next generation of scholars and policy analysts, and disseminates the very best research on poverty, mobility, and inequality.


The Program Coordinator is a central member of the CPI team, with primary responsibility for (a) fostering the strong sense of community among our faculty, staff, postdoctoral associates, graduate students, undergraduate students, affiliates, visitors, and other CPI contacts both inside and outside of Stanford; (b) providing daily administrative, communications, financial, human resources, and operational support; and (c) planning and organizing core CPI programs. The Program Coordinator must take ownership of projects, work independently, contribute to larger project teams, and interact tactfully with a wide variety of people. The position requires excellent organizational and time management skills, with emphasis on accuracy and attention to detail. Good judgment and sensitivity to confidential information is required. The Program Coordinator facilitates CPI student programs and assistantships, including the Stanford Certificate on Poverty and Inequality, takes the lead in coordinating logistics and advertising for CPI-sponsored conferences and events, and maintains content on CPI websites and social media. Responsibilities occasionally entail working outside of normal business hours or during the weekend. In summary, the CPI Program Coordinator is involved in all aspects of fulfilling the CPI’s mission.


This is a 100% FTE two-year, fixed-term position with possibility of renewal.


Core duties*:


  • Respond to inquiries, and determine and take appropriate action as required. Serve as a resource regarding a defined set of policies and procedures.
  • Perform duties associated with scheduling, organizing, and operating conferences, seminars, and events, including recommending vendors for services, overseeing the production and distribution of materials, coordinating logistics, and serving as liaison with internal and external vendors.
  • Draft and/or generate routine communications; coordinate production (formatting, copying, etc.) and dissemination of documents, such as presentations, course handouts, grant proposals, conference and seminar materials, complex reports, brochures, and displays. Maintain contact database, electronic and print mailing lists, and licenses.
  • Plan and schedule calendars in consultation with CPI faculty and staff, resolve calendar conflicts, and arrange travel in compliance with CPI, university, and sponsor policies.
  • Process, review and monitor routine transactions for completeness and compliance including P-card, travel card, expense reimbursements, journal transfers, and gifts, and research and resolve discrepancies. Process purchase orders and invoices for contracted services and materials.
  • Maintain office supplies and equipment; obtain vendor quotations, as needed. Coordinate office moves.
  • Serve as the point of contact for general maintenance, health and safety, and other facility concerns within the Center; report any incidents or potential safety problems to appropriate representatives. Track completion of required training.
  • Maintain and update approved content on websites, social media, and affiliate databases.
  • Perform human resources transactional support, e.g. time cards, I9s, and/or faculty affairs support.
  • Guide, train and onboard students, postdocs, contingent workers, and visiting researchers including scheduling, assigning, and prioritizing workloads, setting appropriate deadlines, and reviewing work for quality and timeliness as needed.


* - Other duties may also be 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.


Stanford employees and their dependents are eligible for comprehensive benefits including health and life, retirement savings, worklife and tuition programs, and a variety of other perks and rewards.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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