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Job opportunity: "Innovation Director" at Stanford/Knight Fellowships

from Knight Fellowships at Stanford

As part of the Knight Fellowships’ new focus on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership, we will hire an innovation director. This is a new position that has just been approved, and it is posted on the Stanford jobs site as of today. If you are interested, or if you know someone who should be interested in the job, you can get more information by going to the Stanford Jobs site, http://jobs.stanford.edu/find_a_job.html, and entering the phrase “Innovation Director” in the keyword search. We’re also attaching a copy of the job description. You can only apply for the job through the Stanford website, not directly to us.

We’re excited about this new position and its potential for making our program more effective. Those of you who were at the reunion heard Dawn and me discuss the changes; those of you who didn’t will be able to watch a video of the discussion soon. We look forward to your thoughts as we go forward.

Jim Bettinger Dawn Garcia

Here is the job description:

Innovation Director

Job ID 35108
Job Location School of Humanities and Sciences
Job Category Administration
Salary 3P3
Date Posted Jul 22, 2009

Knight Fellowship Program
3P3 100% FTE – 3 year fixed term

The Knight Fellowships Program at Stanford University in the School of Humanities and Sciences is seeking candidates for Innovation Director, a new position that will report to the Deputy Director. The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships is a program for accomplished journalists, journalism entrepreneurs and innovators who spend an academic year at Stanford. The program has been on the campus since 1966. Each year, 20 Knight Fellows from around the world are selected in a competitive application process. After a strategic plan initiative that began in 2006, the program is embarking on major changes that require increased staff.

The Innovation Director, using special knowledge and professional experience, is principally responsible for implementing the Knight Fellowships’ new focus on journalism innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership. Fellows will be expected to come to Stanford with a concrete proposal and to have something to show for it by the end of the year. The Innovation Director will use independent judgment and considerable latitude to make decisions regarding how to manage the new focus of the program.

The person in this position will work closely with the 20 Knight Fellows on their proposals. The Innovation Director will research and seek out relationships with experts in innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership at Stanford, in Silicon Valley, among Knight alumni, and others to create a pool of key experts who might be appropriate mentors and advisers to help the Fellows achieve their goals. The Innovation Director will create strong connections with fellows before, during and after their fellowship year, and help build a more robust alumni network for the benefit of the program and to help address issues faced by journalism.


(40%) Work closely with 20 Knight Fellows, from start to finish, as they carry out their proposals. Create strong connections with fellows before, during and after their fellowship year.

(20%) Supervise a network of advisers and mentors, as well as a part-time Web Developer who manages the Knight Fellowships Web site. Supervise a planned fulltime Online Community Manager who will create a vibrant online community for the program. Coordinate and set guidelines for mentors and advisers on their work with the Fellows.

(10%) Arrange for the public dissemination of the results of the Fellows’ work, which might include public conferences, white papers or specific proposals to create new journalistic models or new journalistic business models. This dissemination would likely have a deep online and interactive component to enable shared learning with the wider journalism community.

(15%) Seek out potential mentors and advisers among Stanford faculty and researchers, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Knight Fellowship alumni, journalism colleagues and others, to create a pool of key experts that Fellows can draw on in carrying out their proposals. Systematically identify the focus and research interests of individual Stanford professors and researchers, in regular academic departments and in campus research center, as well as in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, in order to match Fellows with appropriate mentors and advisers.

(15%) Act as a liaison with Knight Fellowships alumni on mentoring, advising and other activities. Develop and nurture the alumni network, devoting time, energy and resources to engaging the alumni with each other on the issues confronting journalism and on the enhancement of the program itself. Build a more robust alumni network around the world.


• Intensive experience in journalism or related fields is essential, as is deep knowledge of current issues in the field.
• Understanding of organizations and experience in leadership and mentoring roles is required.
• Experience in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership is desirable.
• Demonstrated strengths in creative problem-solving and the ability to forge a path where none has existed before.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with small teams.
• Demonstrated exceptional organizational and communication skills.
• Ability to exercise sound judgment, tact, and discretion.
• Ability to identify and successfully assess the skills and talents of potential advisers.
• Ability to determine how public presentations should be executed.
• Excellent interpersonal skills working with a diverse population and the ability to establish credibility.
• Demonstrated effective supervisory experience.
• Four-year college or university degree required.

by teru kuwayama at 2009-07-22 21:39:33 UTC NYC , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

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