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Careers with the Office of Development

When you join the Office of Development, you become part of a global team committed to bringing Stanford’s mission to life—supporting students, fueling groundbreaking research, and advancing solutions to many of the challenges facing our world. 

Whether you work directly with donors or behind the scenes, your contributions help Stanford to raise vital philanthropic support from our community of alumni, parents, families, friends, and institutional funders.

You’ll also be joining a team committed to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion, not only in our workplace but also in our fundraising practices and our donor community.

We welcome staff of any race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, religion, disability, or other identity—and our efforts are part of a Stanford-wide initiative on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in a Learning Environment (IDEAL).

“Stanford is an exceptional place to work in higher education fundraising. What truly makes it special is how collaborative and supportive fundraisers are with one another. This is a ‘team first’ place that supports our growth as individuals, both professionally and personally.”

Mike Theoharis
Senior Associate Director, Development, Athletics
10 years with Stanford

“I love working in the Office of Development because everyone I work with is friendly, helpful, and collegial, as well as committed to excellence. And Stanford spirit energizes us!”


Joan Passarelli
Editor, Office of Development
13 years with Stanford

“I highly recommend Stanford as a place to work and build your career. I’ve had endless opportunities to learn and grow, and the passion and energy at Stanford pushes me to be my best. I look forward to working and connecting with my colleagues (and friends!) each day.”


Thea Moreno
Program Manager, Engagement and Outreach
7 years with Stanford

Benefits and unique perks

From health care and retirement plans to time off and educational assistance programs, working at Stanford offers extraordinary benefits that sync with your life stages and priorities. While our benefits and perks are vast, highlights include: 

  • Generous paid time off, including 10 paid holidays, vacation and sick time, personal time off, and wellness time

  • Financial support for child care and adoption assistance programs

  • Comprehensive medical, life, dental, and vision plans

  • Free on-site confidential counseling to support your mental well being

  • Retirement contributions of up to 10% of earnings, which are immediately vested

  • Personalized career development assistance from career counselors; tuition and training assistance programs; instructor-led and self-directed learning opportunities (virtual or in-person); and resources to support your ongoing career growth

  • Special discounts for computing, cell phones, transportation, outdoor recreation, travel, entertainment, and more

  • Access to on-campus museums, gardens, and walking trails, as well as fitness centers and other on-site services