Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) is seeking an Executive Director to provide strategic and administrative leadership as it continues its efforts to reach new audiences and expand its influence within California’s education policy system. Since 1983, PACE has played a unique and essential role in California, bridging the gap between the academic research community and policy-makers. We are seeking candidates who will continue to advance and strengthen PACE’s reputation for high-quality academic contributions to policy and practice while deepening the organization’s engagement in the hard work of policy debate and policy change.
The Executive Director will work closely with PACE’s faculty directors to develop and implement PACE’s organizational mission and strategy, with additional guidance and support from a strong and engaged Advisory Board. While this position will be based at Stanford University, PACE is a partnership between Stanford, the University of Southern California and UC Davis, and the Executive Director will be expected to work closely with faculty and staff at each university. Given the multi-university partnership that is PACE and the statewide focus of the work, much of the day-to-day work of the Executive Director will take place virtually, with frequent travel. For this reason, there is some flexibility as to where the candidate is located, with a strong preference for proximity to Stanford or Sacramento.
Additional information and the on-line application form can be found here.
- Set and execute PACE’s statewide strategy, including the development of products, services, and convenings that strengthen the use of research in policy decisions.
- Serve as a strong and effective advocate for the importance of research to inform and guide policy decisions in California’s education system.
- Build and maintain relationships with multiple constituencies including policy scholars in California universities, policy-makers and advocates in Sacramento, and local education leaders throughout the state.
- Promote the integration of PACE research and insights into relevant education policy forums and publications.
- Lead fundraising and revenue generation efforts to support PACE’s growth
- Organize PACE events in Sacramento and elsewhere.
- Supervise PACE’s research agenda and publication program.
- Manage PACE’s small administrative team.
- Demonstrated familiarity with current research in education policy, particularly within California.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse partners including academics, policy-makers, and administrators at all levels of California’s preK-12 and higher education systems.
- Demonstrated experience using data to drive policy decisions and/or experience translating research to inform a diverse set of audiences.
- Ability to work independently, including a high level of skill with virtual communication.
- Advanced degree (doctorate preferred) in education policy or a related field.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Experience in academic and/or non-profit administration
- Experience in fundraising, from philanthropic and other sources
This position will be based at Stanford University. However, because PACE is a partnership between Stanford, the University of Southern California and UC Davis, the Executive Director will be expected to work closely with faculty and staff at each university. Further, given the multi-university partnership that is PACE and the statewide focus of the work, much of the day-to-day work of the Executive Director will take place virtually, with frequent travel. For this reason, there is some flexibility as to where the candidate is located, with a strong preference for proximity to Stanford or Sacramento.
• Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford and other university colleagues, with teachers and other school personnel, and with policy-makers and other organizations in California’s education policy system.
• 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.
BACKGROUND CHECK: The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a background check prior to employment.
FIXED-TERM: This is a fixed-term position with an annual renewal every year. (Note: all positions funded through grants are fixed-term, but it is fully expected that this position will be funded long term.)
Candidates should submit a pdf version of a cover letter (outlining why this position is of interest and they feel they’re qualified) and a pdf version of their resume, along with the online application. No additional materials are needed.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position; all candidates must be eligible to work in the US.
Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) is an independent, non-partisan research center based at Stanford University, the University of Southern California, and the University of California – Davis. PACE seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California’s education system, from early childhood to postsecondary education and training. PACE bridges the gap between research and policy, working with a wide network of scholars from California’s leading universities and with state and local policymakers to ensure that their decisions are informed by academic research.
Founded in 1983, PACE
- Publishes policy briefs, research reports, and working papers that address key policy issues in California’s education system Convenes seminars and briefings of all sizes that make current research accessible to policy and practice audiences throughout California
- Provides expert testimony on educational issues to legislative committees and other policy audiences
- Works with local school districts and professional associations on projects aimed at supporting policy innovation, data use, and rigorous evaluation
- Conducts original research to support school district improvement, primarily through a broad CORE-PACE research partnership.