Associate Dean, Residential Education
Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description
The Associate Dean in Residential Education leads professional staff, Resident Fellows, residential student staff, and students in creating an undergraduate residential experience that fosters student health and well-being, belonging and community, and intellectual and personal growth.
The Associate Dean is responsible for overseeing a subset of Stanford’s undergraduate residential community consisting of a total population of 6500+ students (96% of undergraduates for all four years) in 70+ student residences of various types (Resident Fellow-led or student-managed; all-frosh or upperclass; university or ethnic themes, etc.) grouped into neighborhoods and staffed by 400+ residential student staff. Oversight of the residential experience demands innovative, nuanced, and sophisticated leadership pushing the boundaries of learning in community. This is accomplished through the following: robust staff supervision; direct student engagement; fostering dynamic and responsive relationships with the ~70 faculty and staff Resident Fellows; responsible budget management; astute formulation and interpretation of policy; integrating student learning; creating synergies through partnerships/collaborations across the University community and within each neighborhood; and strategic planning and practical execution of priorities for Residential Education.
The Associate Dean reports directly to the Assistant Vice Provost of Residential Education, and is a member of the AVP’s Leadership Team. The Associate Dean supervises a staff comprised of six to seven Community Coordinators and a Director or Associate Director of department administration, operations, or student staff selection/training. The Associate Dean also works closely with colleagues across the University and with the Resident Fellows, residential student staff, Residence Deans, Academic Advising Directors, Housing Building Managers, Housing Front Desk Supervisors, and Dining Managers in the neighborhoods they oversee.
Provide strategy, vision, and direction regarding issues and objectives impacting a significant unit of the university or a major university-wide program as part of the student services/affairs organization. Liaise with senior management and cross functional areas and schools to implement this vision and strategy. Manage the work of other employees, including managers.
Manage the work of other employees (may include those who manage others), processes, and projects, to implement the strategic goals of Residential Education and Student Affairs. Make hiring decisions, provide coaching and mentoring, and manage performance and staffing levels. Develop and ensure succession planning within area of responsibility.
Identify, clarify, and resolve complex issues with university-wide scope and strategic impact and substantial significance which may span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge requiring broad discretion and judgment and in-depth knowledge of university policies, governance and priorities.
Provide strategic direction for Residential Education in partnership with the Assistant Vice Provost’s Leadership Team, and manage a subset of Stanford’s undergraduate residential community, including the associated programs, staff, and forecasting, planning, and managing program budgets.
Develop, analyze, measure effectiveness and oversee programs and tools for delivery of student services or programs in Residential Education.
Review exceptions to university, Student Affairs, and Residential Education policies and procedures, and settle grievances. Make recommendations that may impact Residential Education and/or the Student Affairs division broadly.
Manage the direction of internal administrative policy development for programs and operations. Serve as advisor to Assistant Vice Provost on programmatic and policy development. Recommend new internal policies, guidelines, and procedures.
Manage, interpret, implement, and ensure compliance with university, Student Affairs, and Residential Education administrative, legal, and financial policies and external regulations within department functions/programs and neighborhoods. Recommend new internal policies, guidelines and procedures. Direct process improvement for department functions/programs and neighborhoods.
Lead university- or school-wide initiatives and campaigns; develop long range planning and policy development for Residential Education.
Direct complex, high-visibility process redesign and innovation projects related to the undergraduate residential experience. Champion major initiatives, develop and drive implementation of project initiatives in the department and in neighborhoods/houses.
Represent school/department programs and initiatives at senior level meetings, conferences, and to both internal and external constituents.
Evaluate and recommend the technological needs and effectiveness for delivery of student programs and services.
Identify, manage relationships, and negotiate with external and internal partners.
*- Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and eight years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience. Master’s degree and experience in higher education/student affairs setting preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated experience with and deep commitment to providing quality support and guidance to students, faculty, and staff representing diverse identities.
Experience with student programming and faculty engagement.
Knowledge of student development and community and belonging theory, as well as knowledge of current student interests, culture, and challenges.
Ability to inspire students to think creatively and to enable their success.
Demonstrated experience implementing university policies related to student organizations and events; experience developing such policies and enforcing them.
Ability to establish credibility and collaborate and work effectively with leaders of other offices across a complex university structure to develop an excellent student residential experience.
Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and all levels of management.
Strong leadership, organizational, and strategic planning/management skills.
Demonstrated experience managing people.
Strong analytical skills to review and analyze complex financial information.
Demonstrated experience with significant and complex budgetary/financial management.
Frequently sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
Occasionally stand, walk, twist, use fine manipulation, grasp, use a telephone, write by hand, sort and file paperwork, lift, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires an accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu/.
Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume with their application.
Experience a culture of excellence.
Stanford University, located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Finalist candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background check.