Associate Director, Black Community Services Center

California, United States
02 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Black Community Services Center (BCSC), affectionately called The Black House just commemorated it’s 50th Anniversary in 2019! This milestone has been achieved through the support of a strong and vibrant community committed to activism, scholarship, and social justice.

The BCSC is proud to be part of The Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership, within the division of Student Affairs. The Centers consist of the Asian American Activities Center, Black Community Services Center, El Centro Chicano y Latino, Markaz Community Resources Center, Native American Cultural Center, Queer Student Resources Center, and Women's Community Center. Each Center works to advance learning and student development through five pillars - Academic and Intellectual Engagement, Leadership Development, Mental Health & Well-Being, Community Building, and Alumni Engagement.


Reporting to the Associate Dean and Director of the Black Community Services Center and working alongside the Assistant Director, the Associate Director of the Black Community Services Center (BCSC) is an administrator that comprises the 3 career staff in in the center. The role serves as a campus partner and advocate within all functional areas of the university, including faculty, senior administrators, academic departments, administrative offices, staff, and alumni. This role takes the lead on providing leadership and development to the BCSC student staff and Black Volunteer Student Organizations connected to the BCSC.

This role works between and among university offices and departments with particular attention to advocating for Black undergraduate and graduate students and other marginalized communities on campus. The Associate Director must also be attuned to the dynamics between the individual, the institution, and the home environment of students. This position is expected to assist with advancing the needs of the Black community as well as a broader vision and definition of diversity, equity, leadership, and community.


  • Work collaboratively with the Director, Assistant Director and student staff to manage, plan and execute cultural academic and educational programs with university wide impact to meet the goals of the BCSC.
  • Manage the work of student employees, processes, and projects that includes hiring decisions, provide coaching and mentoring, and managing performance and staffing levels.
  • Advise Black Volunteer Student Organizations affiliated with BCSC on major event planning, organizational development, fundraising, recruiting, membership, retention, leadership development, and university policy for activities on campus.
  • Foster a collaborative environment connecting students and organizations with one another to work together on related programs or projects within BCSC
  • Oversight of department budget including drafting reports and forecasting
    • Manage BCSC operating and gift accounts; allocate money for programs
    • Regularly reconcile budgets
    • Originate and approve transactions
    • Ensure that center stays within spending limits
  • Develop and implement programming, make strategic recommendations for future programs.
  • Crisis prevention and intervention: conduct counseling, intervention, and referral when necessary to assist students in resolving personal/academic problems and crises
  • Analyze and develop reports, portals, and student facing communications.
  • Manage outreach programs, relationships with external community and university liaisons.
  • Apprise students of research, fellowship and scholarship opportunities, make recommendations and may award grants. 
  • Interpret and implement university policy related to academic policies; oversee the implementation of policies and practices for a student population or school.

* - Other duties may also be assigned 

To be successful in this position, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and all levels of management.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills to review and analyze complex information.
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity and proficiency with Google Docs and/or Box;
  • Advanced customer service skills.
  • Relevant computer systems/technology experience
  • Understanding of financial transactions.
  • Ability to ensure and apply compliance with legal, financial, and university policies and external regulations.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed

In addition, our preferred requirements include:

  • Master’s Degree. Experience in higher education setting preferred
  • Relevant experience that includes at least 5 years in higher education, focused on diversity, inclusion, and equity. 
  • Knowledge of Black student and community development in a university environment.
  • Student development knowledge and experience in student affairs or within higher education setting.
  • Knowledge of the challenges faced by Black undergraduate and graduate students in a highly selective residential institution and ability to assist students in navigating this environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with and gain support from a broad and diverse array of constituents, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, community members and visitors is essential.

* - 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 the job. 

Why Stanford is for You

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  • 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. Please address the following questions in your cover letter:

Please include why you are interested and qualified for the position. What do you think are the most pressing needs and concerns facing Black students and communities at Stanford? How would you go about addressing those needs as the Associate Director of the Black Community Services Center?

Classification Grade: I

Schedule: Fulltime (100% FTE Exempt)

Department: Black Community Services Center

Division: Vice Provost for Student Affair

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: I