Center Director
Incheon, - Full Time

The Stanford Center at the Incheon Global Campus (SCIGC) is Stanford University’s sole research entity operating in the Republic of Korea.  

The Center Director of this new entity is responsible for leading and advancing Stanford’s research interests in the Republic of Korea, along with executing a range of programs and initiatives while working closely with the center operations staff to manage Stanford’s legal entity in the Republic of Korea. The legal entity (Jaedin Bupin) is governed by a Board of Directors, but many responsibilities require local representation, which may be delegated by the Board to the Center Director. This position will work with the Board, create strategic partnerships, manage local staff, and ensure the highest level of excellence and client satisfaction.  Building positive relationships with external partners, including government, industry, and academia, is also a core function of this position. 


The Center Director (CD) will lead the business, administrative and governance functions of the Stanford Center at the Incheon Global Campus (Center). The role will collaborate closely with the Faculty Director, be responsible to the entity Board of Directors, and will report to Stanford's Director of Finance Operations (DFO) of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Palo Alto, California.

Primary Responsibilities

Strategic Planning

  • Oversee an expanding research operations model that will maximize use of SCIGC to enable the long-term success and financial sustainability of the center.
  • Assess the needs of a developing, broad-based Stanford community in South Korea.
  • In partnership with the Faculty Director and the SCIGC Business Manager, develop, publish and implement an annual business plan and budget.
  • Develop and execute outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships and fundraising/funding. Identify external funding opportunities and assist in writing proposals and research grants on behalf of SCIGC and Stanford University.

Relationship Management/Outreach

  • Develop and maintain relationships for purposes of coordination with appropriate individuals and departments within Stanford University, the Stanford Alumni Association, and potential donors in South Korea.
  • Build and maintain relationships between the Center and local/regional stakeholders.
  • Serve as local host to Stanford and international visitors who use the Center as base of operations for research and other Stanford or client related activities
  • Represent SCIGC at local and regional events.

Financial Management and Regulatory Compliance

  • In partnership with the SCIGC Business Manager and Stanford’s Regional Controller, set the “tone at the top”, ensuring that the internal controls environment is established and operates effectively.
  • In partnership with the Faculty Director and the SCIGC Business Manager, develop and publish required research, financial and business activity reports.
  • Provide ongoing guidance to research projects working through SCIGC and advise the Stanford community about the working environment in South Korea.
  • Coordinate periodic reviews and meetings with managers, staff, and project teams.


  • Manage and oversee execution of all aspects of SCIGC, based in South Korea including coordination of research activities.
  • Oversee senior research staff and center researchers to help identify and prioritize strategies to improve and implement research.
  • Ensure all center staff operate at the highest level of excellence, compliance, and client satisfaction

These duties may be amended from time to time to suit the business of the Stanford Center at the Incheon Global Campus.

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in civil engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, management, or a related field.
  • Several years' experience living and working in an English-speaking country, which may include educational experience.
  • 8-10 years of relevant work experience, including 4-6 years of research project administration and general management experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Near-native South Korean language proficiency, both oral and written.
  • An advanced level of fluent English skills, both oral and written, to enable effective communications with others whose primary language is English.
  • Significant knowledge of South Korean culture, history, and business etiquette.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage shifting priorities and to handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines, working independently and collaboratively as appropriate with professional colleagues within SCIGC.
  • Ability to accomplish goals working through formal as well as informal channels, with diplomacy and tact.
  • Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment, and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work in a complex environment while exercising patience and flexibility with a diverse group of constituents
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and an aptitude for fostering and maintaining effective collaboration, trust, teamwork and respect.
  • Must be legally authorized to work in South Korea.
  • Willing to work variable hours, including evenings or weekends as needed.
  • May travel locally and/or internationally with occasional overnight travel.

The position reports to the Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Palo Alto, California.

The Stanford Center at the Incheon Global Campus (SCIGC) is Stanford University’s flagship research center operating in the Republic of Korea.  As a top-tier, global research institution in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford has a long history of international collaboration through research, education, and engagement.   SCIGC, located in Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, is at the center of Stanford’s growing interactions with South Korea and Asia.  Branching across seven schools and many research institutes, SCIGC is a Stanford-wide interdisciplinary research center initially engaging in smart city technology implementation, sustainable urban systems and wellness, innovative entrepreneurship methods and business models, and sustainable development and global economic competitiveness. 

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.