In the latest column, news about a job offer as a personal assistant for a Stanford student, the East Palo Alto City Council’s nomination for interim city manager, and Stanford alumni set to take the speak at the opening ceremonies in June.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE EMPLOYER… A student’s responsibilities can sometimes be overwhelming, from making sure assignments are turned in on time to determining their post-graduation plans. A Stanford University student seeks to lighten her workload in an atypical way: hiring a personal assistant at an hourly rate of $50.
“Applicants should have previous experience assisting a wealthy individual,” according to the job listing shared on In effect, which was released on March 24 and has since expired. The opening was published by lament, a recruitment agency based in New York. A Lambent representative told SFGate that the list is valid.
Part-time work near campus would involve running errands, such as grocery shopping; driving the student to appointments, shops and the airport; home organization; communicate with contractors/repairers and its owner; take your cat to the vet; and manage your schedule.
The position requires a commitment of 15 to 20 hours per week, plus more hours on occasion. Each shift would last approximately eight hours and cover the afternoons, but on-call shifts could occur.
The assistant must also be a college graduate with “excellent written and verbal communication skills and professional demeanor”. A screenshot of the job posting was shared on Twitterwhere he received over 63,600 likes and over 2,400 retweets.
UP THE RANKS… On Tuesday, the East Palo Alto City Council approved the appointment of an assistant city manager Patrick Heisinger as Acting City Manager, effective May 1.
Heisinger would once become the city hall’s top official Jaime Fontes leaves office on April 30 after three years at the helm.
“The City of East Palo Alto has an incredibly passionate and dedicated workforce,” Heisinger said in a statement ahead of Tuesday’s vote. “I appreciate the City Council’s confidence in me, and I’m delighted to lead this team and continue our efforts during this pivotal time.” The board unanimously approved the appointment.
Heisinger brings nearly two decades of experience as a manager and senior executive in local government to the position. Since joining the city in 2018, he has worked as a housing manager and director of community and economic development. Since 2019, Heisinger has served as Deputy City Manager.
“Patrick is a seasoned local government executive, knowledgeable about East Palo Alto, and has been a driving force behind many successful projects and improved management in our city,” the mayor said. Ruben Abrica said in the press release. “I believe Patrick will strive to have the full confidence of City Council and City staff during this executive transition.”
Under the approved employment contract, Heisinger will receive an annual salary of $222,500, in addition to benefits such as health coverage and pension contributions.
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO THE DIPLOMA… Stanford University lined up two well-known alumni to serve as this year’s kick-off speakers at in-person ceremonies in June.
netflix co-founder and CEO Hastings Reed has been selected to address the Class of 2022 on June 12. Former NASA Chief Scientist Frances A. Cordovacurrently president of the Philanthropic Scientific Alliance, will speak on June 11 to students who graduated in 2020 but only had a virtual ceremony. (The event is also open to 2021 graduates who did not attend their debut in person.)
“Frances Córdova and Reed Hastings are trailblazers who will inspire our graduates,” Stanford president said Marc Tessier-Lavigne said in a statement. “Through their words and examples, they will both lift our graduates’ gaze beyond day-to-day concerns and encourage them to look forward, with great optimism, to how their experiences at Stanford have helped prepare them. to make the world a better place.”
Hastings, a Stanford graduate in 1988 with a master’s degree in artificial intelligence, was selected by Stanford’s office of president, which received input from that year’s senior class presidents. He previously served on the California State Board of Education and is currently a board member of several educational organizations, including KIPP Public Charter Schools.
Córdova graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1969 and earned her doctorate in physics from California Institute of Technology. Her previous positions include that of Director of the national science foundation and chancellor of University of California, Riverside.