Published: 12/07/2020

Attention planetary health superstars! We’re hiring a Manager to support building out a new and exciting portfolio to influence policy and advance a high-impact planetary health agenda. The Human and Planetary Health Manager is a new position, based at the Center of Innovation in Global Health with close ties to the Woods Institute and the Program for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment. The Manager will direct large-scale planetary health initiatives under broad direction from leadership, to lead a new and exciting evidence-to-action lab, and support the creation of a strategic plan for Human and Planetary Health at Stanford.

The Center

Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health is committed to increasing wellbeing, world-wide. With nearly 200 faculty fellows from all seven schools within the university, we share knowledge, equip leaders and build interdisciplinary teams to address urgent global health challenges and achieve health equity. We focus our research and educational programs in three main areas – 21st century leadership, human and planetary health, and global health equity – and we partner with local organizations around the world to ensure that Stanford’s commitment to excellence extends well beyond our campus.

The Opportunity

The concept of “human and planetary health” acknowledges that the health of human communities and the health of the planet are inextricably linked. The health of human communities depends on local ecosystems, but unprecedented anthropogenic pressures are damaging planetary systems profoundly. Critical threats include biodiversity loss, pollution, climate change, mismanagement of freshwater resources and the ocean systems. Marginalized communities and low and middle-income countries are least prepared and are suffering disproportionately.

The Human and Planetary Health Manager is a new position, based at the Center of Innovation in Global Health with close ties to the Woods Institute and the Program for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment.


  • Partner with Human and Planetary health Faculty and Principal Investigators at Stanford to identify promising policy change targets which their research findings can inform. These may be industrial policies, national policies in low and middle-income countries such as Kenya or Indonesia, or state-level policies in the US.
  • Conduct comprehensive policy analysis, develop an agenda for strategically recommending 2-3 high-impact, evidence-based policies that will improve health outcomes. Develop white papers and policy briefs for policymakers.
  • Disseminate evidence-based recommendations. Forge and maintain strategic partnerships, convene stakeholders to conduct evidence-based advocacy and inform policy change.
  • Partner with the human and planetary health community at Stanford to obtain input and develop a University-wide strategic plan, to accelerate research and scholarship in this new field.
  • Partner with Leadership at Stanford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to develop a strategic plan and fundraising plan for the Stanford/LSHTM Postdoctoral Fellowship in Human and Planetary Health.
  • Contribute to fundraising, publications, advocacy pieces and dissemination of Stanford’s Human and Planetary Health research. Lead other activities on the critical path to success of the portfolio and continuation of the ALPHA program.
  • Manage and contribute to the development of outreach strategies, formalize partnerships locally and abroad
  • Conduct analyses regarding landscaping of activities at Stanford and beyond in the field of Human and Planetary Health
  • Lead and organize meetings with the Faculty Task force on Human and Planetary Health towards various strategic plans, such as on H&PH education, teaching, research, and impact 
  • Liaise with funders and the development office
  • Write small internal grants to leverage project ideas into further action

The Manager will report to the CIGH Executive Director, with a dotted line to the Senior Research Scientist at the Program for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment. Due to pandemic restrictions, a flexible work location will be considered.


  • Research or work experience with interdisciplinary teams, specifically in the field of planetary health or climate and health.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals across different levels of the organization, including Faculty and students.
  • Strong analytical abilities.
  • Experience in leading strategic communications and/or evidence-based advocacy and dissemination efforts.
  • Solid planning, program management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in strategic communications and evidence-based advocacy.
  • Understanding of the policy-making process, and how academic research can best influence and inform change.
  • Ability to develop and maintain international program partnerships.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness.
  • Knowledge of planetary health field including major players, funders, and issues.


  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize own work and multitask.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and ownership of projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to routinely and independently exercise sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Relevant subject matter knowledge.
  • Ability to direct the work of others, for jobs requiring supervision.

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