Associate Director, Health and Human Performance- Lifeworks

Aug 21, 2017
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Associate Director, Health and Human Performance- Lifeworks

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Stanford's Department Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (“DAPER”) supports the campus Recreation and Wellness initiatives. The core tenets of the Departments culture, “The DAPER Way” are: Embrace Scholar-Athleticism, Pursue and Revere Excellence, Lead With Courage, and Work Cohesively. All department actions and employees are guided by these principles.

The Division of Health and Human Performance (HHP) in Recreation and Wellness is hiring for a full-time Academic Program Professional to lead Lifeworks, a key program within HHP. The LifeWorks program for integrative learning fosters the growth of “whole students,” cultivating their ability to live boldly, reflectively, and responsibly. Our courses integrate scholarship, creative expression and embodied practices such as mindfulness and self-reflection to help students connect their academic work with their core values and goals. LifeWorks students gain a strong sense of personal and collective identity, and deepen those capacities--including courage, resilience, and compassion--that will help them contribute to an increasingly interdependent world. For information about LifeWorks, go to


Work under the general direction of the Director of Health and Human Performance (HHP) to develop, implement, and administer the vision, strategy, and goals of the Lifeworks and Leadership Innovations academic programs. Participate in strategy development, long-range planning, and campus partnership development. Teach courses within the HHP Division, including Tools for a Meaningful Life and the Leadership Intensive.


Administrative Responsibilities (50-60%)
  • Develop, implement, administer, and evaluate programs, including outreach to varied stakeholders by: conducting research activities within the program; analyzing data, creating reports, reviewing trends, and making program improvement recommendations. May develop or contribute to outreach strategy related to program communications, development, partnerships, and fundraising/funding.
  • Create and advise in the development of curriculum while maintaining Division and institutional standards. Serve on the Division academic policies committee.
  • Outreach to university faculty to build curricular offerings through departmental partnerships and cross-listing courses.
  • Contribute to and inform on strategic program planning and related funding and financial sustainability of the Division.
  • Manage budgets for both the Lifeworks and Leadership Innovations programs and gift accounts.
  • Recruit, hire, and mentor teaching staff. Work with human resources to create contracts and offer letters.
  • Conduct annual reviews of teaching staff according to Divisional standards.
  • Draft quarterly course load and work with the administrative associate to post class schedules and assign classrooms.
  • Facilitate quarterly Lifeworks faculty meeting. Conduct quarterly one-on-ones with teaching staff. Attend meetings of the Division and key Departmental gatherings.
  • Conduct annual audits of courses to ensure they are properly entered into the PeopleSoft system. Work with the administrative associate to correct or update any issues.
  • Write and edit complex content for proposals, research grants, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities.

    Instructional Responsibilities (40-50%)
    Conduct academic experiences for students of the Stanford community in both traditional classroom and field-based environments. Annual teaching load varies depending on course type, between 10-18 units annually. May advise students.
    Education and Experience
    Earned doctorate and three or more years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. ABD will be considered. At least three years teaching experience preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness.
  • Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment and, decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and meet budget goals.
  • Demonstrated solid planning and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong relevant subject matter knowledge.
  • Ability to develop program partnerships and funding sources.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff.
  • Basic knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans.


  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 40 pounds.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
  • Ability to use voice to present information/communicate with others.
  • On-campus mobility.

    * - 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.


  • May work extended hours, evenings or weekends.
  • May travel locally.
  • Occasional overnight travel.


  • 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,

    Job: Athletics

    Location: Athletics
    Schedule: Full-time
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    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.


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