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Regional Director, Stanford Seed South Asia

Job Summary

Job IDSouth Asia – Regional Director 2023
CompanyStanford Seed
LocationChennai, India
PositionRegional Director
TypeFull Time

Stanford Seed South Asia seeks qualified candidates for the position of Regional Director.  This position is based in Chennai, India. 

The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Stanford Seed) is a Stanford Graduate School of Business-led initiative that collaborates with entrepreneurs in emerging markets to build thriving businesses that transform lives. Stanford Seed currently operates in Africa and South Asia.

Stanford Seed provides training, mentorship and networking to the entrepreneurs in emerging markets via its various programs – Seed Spark, the Seed Transformation Program (STP), Seed Transformation Network.  These programs engage innovative and growth-oriented leaders and teams of small and medium-sized enterprises, who are committed to growing their businesses. During the programs, leaders are exposed to core business skills taught by Stanford University faculty and local experts, and then have access to local and regional peer networks, as well as other resources (e.g. coaching) upon completion of the program.  The Regional Director will be responsible for ensuring that all programs are delivered in a manner aligned with Seed’s mission, values and strategic priorities.

The Regional Director in Chennai, India is in charge of managing the execution of programs and all operations at the Seed South Asia Center.  This position will manage local support staff, strategic partnerships, and ensure the highest level of excellence and client satisfaction. The position reports to Seed’s Global Director.

The successful candidate will have responsibility to:

  • Manage and oversee execution of all aspects of Seed’s Transformation Program (STP) and Seed Transformation Network-related activities based in Chennai, India, and the South Asia region
  • Lead and manage employees based in Chennai, India, and other locations in India
  • Build and maintain relationships with local/regional stakeholders and program participants
  • Analyze data on program participants’ performance to inform continuous improvements to program design and operations
  • Play a lead role in the recruitment, identification, and evaluation of participants for STP, Spark and other programs
  • Manage Seed volunteer business coaches based in India and working throughout the South Asian region
  • Manage and oversee execution of Stanford student intern program in the region
  • Represent Stanford Seed South Asia at local and regional events
  • Serve as local host to Stanford and international visitors
  • Collaborate with peers based in other global regions


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university required
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree highly preferred
  • 10 or more years of senior level business experience in operations or related field highly preferred
  • Experience working with teams located across various countries and regions

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • An advanced level of fluent English skills both oral and written
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; The ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a team member in a small office
  • Advanced knowledge of South Asian culture, history and business etiquette
  • Exceptional project management skills and the ability to manage numerous and complex, multifaceted programs stretching across borders
  • Ability to interact with coaches, interns, entrepreneurs, and to exercise sound judgment, tact, and discretion.
  • Effective problem solving and decision-making skills with ability to identify problems, develop solutions, and take responsibility for implementation and collaborate with the Seed home office staff
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies and effectively develops relationships that enhance overall goals.
  • Ability to contribute to a cooperative and supportive office environment characterized by service-oriented flexibility, workload fluctuations and variable planning time.