Program Coordinator, Stanford University

We are seeking an energetic, creative, and experienced Program Coordinator to join a dynamic collaboration of child development researchers at Stanford University working closely with community-service leaders in San Jose CA. The Program Coordinator is responsible for the effective management of diverse activities in the Habla Conmigo Academy program, and for overseeing the rigorous evaluation that is central to this research initiative.

The  Habla Conmigo Academy is a unique science-and-service collaboration between the Language Learning Lab at Stanford University and Grail Family Services, a community service organization in San José, CA.  This innovative intervention is designed to help vulnerable Latino parents in low-income families learn how to engage more effectively with their infants and toddlers and learn why such engagement is crucial for language and cognitive development – with the goal of reducing the “vocabulary gap” between disadvantaged and advantaged children.

In the Habla Conmigo Academy program, parents gain new skills and knowledge in both group workshops and home visits, based on cutting-edge scientific research on child development.  Children’s language outcomes are assessed using powerful experimental measures of their emerging language proficiency.  Central to our effort is a rigorous scientific evaluation of the efficacy of this new intervention model, showing that positive changes in the quality of caregiver-child interactions can in fact strengthen children’s language skills and cognitive development.

If you’re ready to take on a leadership role in an innovative community-based intervention program that combines service to vulnerable Latino families and children with the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research on child development at Stanford, we invite you to apply. 

The Habla Conmigo Academy program builds on a strong foundation of basic research at the Stanford Language Learning Lab exploring the crucial role of early language experience in children’s cognitive development:

To translate our science into action, we began by designing and implementing the first level of the Habla Conmigo Academy program for Latina mothers with 1-year-old children.  In workshops combined with home visits, caregivers acquire new scientific knowledge and practical skills that enable them to engage more effectively with their toddlers. Based on promising preliminary results, we are now expanding the program to include families with 2- to 4-year-olds as they prepare their children for preschool.

 The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Principal Investigator, Dr. Anne Fernald, and the Program Director, Dr. Blanca Quiroz, and will play a central role in developing and achieving the ambitious goals of this new intervention.   The Program Coordinator will work both at our main lab on the Stanford campus and at our community lab in Sunnyvale, as well as at Grail Family Services - our community partner organization in San Jose.


  • Oversee implementation, administration, and evaluation of the Habla Conmigo Academy program in the next stages of its growth.
  • Manage, coach and mentor professional staff, students, and consultants.
  • Coordinate core activities in the intervention, including workshops and home visits.
  • Supervise and support the research evaluation team to ensure that data are collected in a timely and meticulous manner.
  • Design and conduct statistical analyses.
  • Work with parents, and community partners to ensure a collaborative and supportive team environment.
  • Develop and execute training programs for use in expanding the program
  • Establish and strengthen relations with community leaders, local service organizations, foundations, potential funders, and other stakeholders to advocate for support and to further the goals of the Habla Conmigo Academy program.
  • Develop innovative uses of social media tools and technology

Education & Experience:


• Advanced degree in a relevant discipline and at least 3 years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience

• Demonstrated successful leadership and management experience.

• Demonstrated effective supervisory skills and ability to work as a team member with an outcome focus.

• Previous independent research experience and statistical expertise.

• Previous experience working with children in diverse populations including immigrants and low-income families.

• Business experience would also be welcome.

• Spanish language skills desirable

• A valid driver's license and access to a car are necessary


Personal Characteristics: 

• Mission-driven and passionate about improving academic outcomes and life opportunities for disadvantaged children in vulnerable families.

• Strategic thinker and visionary leader.

• Able to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, to analyze and solve complex problems, and to exercise sound judgment in a high-pressure work environment.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.

• High degree of energy, creativity, patience and a sense of humor.

• Adaptable and resourceful in the face of challenges and new priorities.

• Able to manage overlapping projects and deadlines effectively.

• Impeccable integrity, positive attitude, and self-directed with a commitment to working collaboratively with other team members.


Benefits:  Stanford University offers excellent benefits.

Salary:   Commensurate with experience.