Strategy and Operations Lead Stanford University, School of Medicine United States

Strategy and Operations Lead


School of Medicine, California, United States

Information Technology Services


JCC: 4770

Grade: M


Stanford’s School of Medicine is recognized as one of the world’s premier medical schools, and is especially known for its leadership in improving health and wellness through medical research.  The Office of Information Resources and Technology (IRT) plays an important role in supporting the Med School’s research mission, particularly by investing in solutions that accelerate our researchers’ ability to obtain, integrate, process, and make discoveries from increasingly diverse and large sets of data.  The Research IT team within IRT is responsible for the creation, evolution, and maintenance of numerous technological systems and platforms used by our broad community of researchers.  In addition to supporting this centralized biomedical infrastructure, we also provide consultation services that range from helping researchers navigate technical and non-technical challenges to developing customized applications.  Across all of our services, we strive to provide an excellent experience that meets or exceeds our clients’ expectations for ease of use, performance, and quality.


Stanford University is seeking an Strategy and Operations Lead with operational experience to create a service that meets the following needs  :

  • Operate at scale: Research at Stanford lies at the frontier of innovation. Among other things, there are new devices being deployed for alpha testing, Big Data being analyzed for health predictions, and clinical trials afoot. We strive to provide unique IT, data management and software development services to our basic and clinical research community. We strive to be responsive, and want to say “yes” when researchers come to us with a compelling and complex frontier need. We propose to develop a nimble and innovative technology service arm that can meet the requirements in time and operate at the scale of  hundreds of simultaneous projects.
  • Development of partnerships: Our team at Stanford is fortunate to have excellent internal partners and is surrounded by exceptional industry partners. We are currently working with a wide range of service and solution/tool providers. Development and ongoing management of a partnership portfolio is critical in order to operate at scale and at the frontier.
  • Consistent practices: With a wider partnership network, it is also important to have consistent operational practices across the portfolio of partners e.g. programming and SecDevOps consistency between internal team and external workforce, knowledge sharing, and cross-training.


Work will involve unique combination of skills involving information theory, scientific and cloud computing, DevOps and business development.


* - Other duties may also be assigned



  • Experience in commercial technical partnership development and relationship management.
  • Experience with complex technology assessment, contract negotiation, security assessment, and regulatory integration.
  • Experience working with academic institutes or broader community in development of collaborative open source tools or data mgmt solutions.
  • Experience putting together request for proposals
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills with technical and non-technical stakeholders when discussing complex technical content.
  • Background in one or more of: software engineering, information technology, DevOps, SecDevOps, system architecture, cloud computing, High Performance Computing, information security, HIPAA/Privacy.



Bachelor's degree and ten years of increasingly technical work experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.



  • Deep understanding of information technology approaches, applications (which may include scientific applications), tools, and methodologies, as well as a broad background in a variety of technology platforms.
  • Knowledge of architecture and interrelationships (technical and functional).
  • Ability to combine information technologies to create solutions for complex problems.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and lead cross-functional teams.



  • Constantly seated, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, use a telephone, writing by hand, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.


* - 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 his or her job.



May work extended hours, 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,


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