Associate Director of Campus Engagement and Public Program

California, United States
11 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

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. Stanford highly values diverse candidates and fostering a workplace that fully embraces diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Stanford Live presents a wide range of the finest performances from around the world fostering a vibrant learning community and providing distinctive experiences through the performing arts. With its primary home at Bing Concert Hall, Stanford Live is simultaneously a public square, a sanctuary, and a lab, drawing on the breadth and depth of Stanford University to connect performance to the significant issues, ideas, and discoveries of our time. Stanford Live presents over 120 performances annually in several venues around the Stanford campus. Stanford Live is committed to significant outreach to students on campus and in the communities beyond Stanford. 

Reporting to the Director of Music Programs, Education and Engagement, the Associate Director of Campus Engagement and Public Programs will focus on engaging Stanford students across a wide spectrum of disciplines and interests, including both the undergraduate and graduate student communities. This role must balance the needs of many campus constituents, including visiting artists, Stanford students, faculty, major supporters of Stanford Live.

Position Summary:

  • The Associate Director of Campus Engagement and Public Programs is a collaborative individual who will be responsible for planning and implementing Stanford Live’s campus engagement programs. This individual will be a member of the curatorial team for Stanford Live and develop substantial engagement programming in tandem with the programming of the overall season. The associate director will be also be responsible for curating several dance and theater programs each season that amplify the season themes and provide avenues for deeper engagement with the university.
  • Stanford Live’s goal is to integrate with the academic mission of the university through collaboration with Stanford faculty by both connecting with existing research interests and developing new initiatives. The successful candidate will be responsible for connecting Stanford Live’s vision and strategy with faculty, students, artists, and administrators to develop projects that will resonate with the Stanford community and respond to issues of global significance. The engagement program is continually evolving and experimentation with new formats and voices is encouraged.

Core Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the curatorial team (Executive Director and Director of Programming) to develop a portfolio of events and multi-disciplinary activities that provide a deeper path into the artistic programs and season themes. 
  • Design engagement programs that includes high-profile speakers, panels and talks involving visiting speakers and Stanford voices, documentary film series, and activities to facilitate student engagement with the arts by connecting visiting artists and their work to a variety of campus constituencies.
  • In-person implementation of all campus engagement events (some evenings and weekends required), including coordinating production and logistical needs.
  • Design residency plans for visiting artists connecting them with a range of academic departments and campus entities.
  • Contribute to the development of program budget and manage budget effectively.
  • Create an appropriate evaluation process for the campus engagement programs, including determining ways to get feedback from students, faculty, and artists.
  • Manage student intern(s).
  • Execution of programmatic logistics, including all technical requirements, scheduling, and communications with all relevant parties.
  • Conduct evaluations of each residency. Write and distribute final reports for residency projects as appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the Arts or Education and 3-5 years of relevant experience required, or a combination of education and relevant experience. Experience in arts and/or higher education environment preferred; PhD or other advanced degree candidates are highly desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Developed and proven ability to work collaboratively with professional educators, professional artists, students and faculty.
  • Ability to develop and maintain vital campus relationships with key faculty and administrators, including department chairs.
  • Ability to think strategically and translate strategy and goals into design and action.
  • Experience and skill in planning, implementing and managing complex collaborative projects with multiple departments.
  • Ability to execute full project management cycle. 
  • Ability to work in a highly team-oriented environment and contribute to a group decision-making process.
  • Successful track record working in a university environment, especially in the educational arts space.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the performing arts. 
  • Expertise and programming experience in dance and theater highly valued.
  • Ability to work independently, yet be accountable and report in regularly to supervisor.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work independently, as a team member and as a leader.
  • Energy, ability, and willingness to work nights and weekends at performances and engagement events.

Physical Requirements*:

  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, and use a telephone grasp lightly/fine manipulation
  • Occasionally kneel/crawl, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, and grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 21-30 pounds.
  • Ability and willingness to pick-up and deliver materials and lift and carry up to 25 lbs.

* - 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.


  • Requires working some evenings and weekends.


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,