Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement

California, United States
Thursday, 17 September 2020
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Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The Office of Community Engagement is responsible for working with Stanford’s internal teams and external community partners to implement the new university vision. Community Engagement will lead the university development of strategies that provide for greater regional, national, and global service and engagement on the part of all Stanford constituencies. A key initial focus of this team will be to forge enhanced collaboration with local partners to address sustainability, affordability, education and other critical local challenges. 


The Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement, is a newly created strategic leadership role, responsible for directing programs or functions for university wide impact in consultation with the Associate VP of Community Engagement and larger External Relations team in order to enhance the public reputation of Stanford within both the internal Stanford community and the external communities in which the university operates. These program and functions will enhance and expand Stanford University’s relationships and standing with community-based organizations across sectors. This will require finding new and creative ways for Stanford to connect with internal and external communities to share best practices and work towards mutual outcomes, generate and disseminate ideas, discuss research and initiatives of importance to Stanford and its communities, forge new collaborations, and amplify impact. This position reports to the Associate Vice President of Community Engagement and will work closely with Stanford faculty and staff, and external stakeholders.   

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description


  •     Lead strategic planning and analysis for community engagement programs or functions with significant business, regulatory and/or technical challenges requiring subject matter expertise. Manage and direct the development, implementation, administration and evaluation of programs or functions. Monitor trends and recommend programs or functions direction. 
  • Manage and direct the enlistment and the strategy of matching regional stakeholder interests with university priorities to maximize the philanthropic investment of stakeholders on and off campus. 
  • Act as the subject matter expert for school/unit and/or the university regarding the interpretation, implementation and compliance with policies and regulations. 
  • Recommend actions and/or resolve complex issues that span organizational boundaries. 
  • Represent the Office of Community Engagement at the departmental and university level and to external/internal stakeholders and constituencies. 
  • Direct and manage outreach strategy that may include relationship development, communications, and compliance.
  • Oversee or supervise staff in the development and implementation of programs or functions. 
  • May develop and/or oversee budgets; manage finances including monitoring, analyzing, forecasting, and reporting. 

* - Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and seven years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in leading strategic planning and analysis for local community engagement programs or functions.
  • Expert knowledge of local government and community organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of Stanford preferred– or an institution of similar size – with multifaceted roles as a premier university, major employer, substantial trust, landholder and public policy stakeholder.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to influence and motivate constituencies which could span multiple organizational boundaries.
  • Demonstrated excellent planning, organizational and analytical skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound business decisions using good business judgment and innovative and creative problem-solving. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage financial, organizational and staff resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to cultivate professional and business partnerships.
  • Relevant subject matter expertise.
  • Strong program management skills.
  • Experience in business process improvement methodology.
  • Ability to act independently and as part of a team.

Certifications and Licenses:



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks. 
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally use a telephone. 
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.


  • May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Regular travel may be required.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

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 excellent retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, swim in our Olympic-sized pool, or choose from hundreds of health and fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide highly competitive health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commute programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

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: 4588
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: K
  • Requisition ID: 87214

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