Assistant Dean and Associate Director, Office of Military-Affiliated Communities

California, United States
Friday, 13 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 13 February 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: Office of Military-Affiliated Communities
Division: Vice Provost of Student Affairs

Stanford University, recognized as one of the most prestigious and innovative academic institutions in the world, has an immediate opening for an Assistant Dean and Associate Director, Office of Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC). We are seeking a leader who is passionate about mentoring veteran students, connecting them with grant funding and opportunities to work with faculty, and promoting engagement with military-affiliated communities.

The Assistant Dean and Associate Director plays a critical role in cultivating an inclusive and welcoming campus community with particular attention to the needs and concerns of veteran students. The Assistant Dean manages the OMAC’s programs, serves as a visible resource and advocate for the military-affiliated communities at Stanford and works in close partnership with the Certifying Officer for VA benefits who helps students navigate and understand the process of applying for veterans educational benefits. Learn more about our OMAC at

OMAC is proud to be part of Student Affairs, which advances student development and learning; fosters community engagement; promotes diversity, inclusion and respect; and empowers students to thrive. Student Affairs staff act with integrity in pursuit of the highest professional standards, as we educate, serve and learn. These guiding principles, and the overall quality of Stanford’s faculty, students and staff, make it an intensely creative and rewarding place to work.

Your Key Responsibilities*:

  • Manage OMAC programs, support services, and budget; understand veteran academic needs and requirements, match services and program offerings to support their success and analyze program effectiveness
    • Work closely with the VA Certifying Officer in interpreting policy and ensuring compliance with VA program requirements; provide input on program eligibility
    • Serve in admissions committees
  • Provide direct advice to students on a range of issues including, but not limited to, academic progress, academic program policies, career plans, accessibility, community standards, etc., in order to assist them in making appropriate choices and decisions
    • Facilitate resolution of student concerns by advocating for changes in policies and practices that have a negative effect on veteran student success
    • Work with other Stanford offices to manage all sensitive issues related to undergraduate and graduate students
    • Collaborate with the First Generation Low Income (FLI) Office to explore opportunity grants for FLI vet students
  • Chair the Stanford Military-Affiliated Advisory Council (SMAAC), whose primary role is to review current policy and make recommendations about military-friendly policies and guidelines; assist with achieving SMAAC’s goal of increasing veteran transfer student admissions
  • Develop and implement programming that is aligned with Student Affairs “Our Most Important Work”
    • Arrange/advocate for increased mental health resources for veteran students with CAPS and the local VA
    • Partner with Stanford Career Education to provide career education programs for veteran students
    • Coordinate special projects and events for veterans
    • Develop and deliver presentations to students and staff about veteran services
    • Coordinate information sessions to new veterans on all campus services available
  • Manage outreach programs and relationships with external community and university liaisons
    • Collaborate with the Office of Development to fundraise and build sustainable long-term funding for OMAC and sustain relations with current/potential donors
    • Represent Stanford in relationships with California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE), U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and Veteran Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System
  • Make strategic recommendations for future programs and develop a Long Range Plan

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience with increasing complexity and leadership responsibilities, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent reading comprehension skills.
  • Strong organizational, planning and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and make distinctions among competitive applicants.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Professional presentation skills.
  • Program planning skills.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy.

Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

How to Apply

We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit your résumé and a one-page cover letter along with your online application.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 7503
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I