Assistant Director, Queer Student Resources

Sep 12, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Assistant Director, Queer Student Resources

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For full consideration, submit your application by 5 pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

This is a 12-month full-time with an anticipated start date of October 2017.

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

Would you like to use your organizational expertise to support queer students at Stanford? Then the position of Assistant Director in Queer Student Resources, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs, may be the right opportunity for you!

Queer Student Resources is proud to be part of Student Affairs, which advances student development and learning; fosters community engagement; promotes diversity, inclusion and respect; and empowers students to thrive. The ideal candidate is an organized person with a talent for developing and maintaining systems - from financial, to scheduling, to supplies, to webpages, to facilities to programs & events, etc. QSR is looking for an Assistant Director with a strong understanding of student development and a well-developed sense of political acumen, who is forward-thinking, highly organized, intellectually curious, knowledgeable about gender and sexual identity and well-versed in social justice concepts. We are seeking a student services professional with a strong ability to work collaboratively within a diverse community and with a wide range of people.

JOB PURPOSE: Reporting to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Director of Queer Student Resources, the Assistant Director (“AD”) will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Director to plan and implement all facets of the center as it pertains to the mission. The AD is expected to administer, implement, and interpret university and department policies and procedures; and to identify, clarify, and resolve highly visible or complex issues with substantial significance and impact that may span multiple areas, using expert technical and professional knowledge requiring independent judgment. The AD will also be responsible for supervision of student staff, general campus programming, and outreach; representation at division-wide and campus-wide meetings; and will coordinate all financial and administrative functions of Queer Student Resources. The AD will assist in the development and implementation of policies and practices that foster greater university-wide appreciation for the educational, social, cultural, and policy needs identified by queer students, faculty and staff at Stanford.

  • Administer an area or program in student services:
  • Manage social networks and QSR website including up to date resources, and fellowship & scholarship opportunities and events
  • Manage facility needs associated with QSR space on campus (“QSpot”)
  • Support Sharing Our Stories at Stanford program by the SOSAS student team
  • Support student/staff/faculty initiatives with the help of the QuEST (Queer Events and Services at Stanford) team
  • Engage in critical analysis of student and program concerns to resolve substantial issues which may span multiple areas, using advanced professional knowledge.
  • Provide guidance and counsel, oversee and develop a wide range of programs and services, analyze effectiveness and make recommendations for future programs.
  • Direct House-Management staff (QSpot Manager and Online Coordinator) to maintain a welcoming and inclusive space, providing access to registered students 24/7, as well as an updated calendar of events
  • Mentor and support queer voluntary student organizations
  • Provide consulting advice to inter-departmental organizations; represent Queer Student Resources at meetings and conferences, and the university to external constituents.
  • Develop and implement plans for outreach efforts, develop and maintain external community and university liaison represent department and university at meetings and events.
  • Support ‘Queer Campus' outreach efforts across campus of queer resources (rainbow and trans awareness flags, stickers, brochures, etc.) with the help of the Queer Campus student tea
  • Provide direct advice to students on a range of issues including, but not limited to, sexual and gender identity, transitioning and coming out, creating community, intersectionality, family issues, academic progress, academic program policies, career plans, accessibility, community standards, etc., in order to assist them in making appropriate choices and decisions.
  • May oversee, analyze and assist in financial processes and development of budgets.
  • Manage financial processes and development of budgets using Stanford systems
  • May train and supervise other staff, volunteers and temporary workers.
  • Manage hiring of student staff, training, scheduling, duties, check-ins, teamwork.
  • Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
    Education & Experience: A Bachelor's degree and 3 years of relevant experience, or combination of equivalent work & educational experience.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Strong communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and management.
    • Advanced analysis and problem solving skills.
    • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite, accounting systems, google docs and managing social media and websites.
    • 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.

    • Master's degree in a related field preferred. Related fields include: student affairs, higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, psychology, feminist/queer studies, or gender studies.
    • Creativity, resourcefulness, initiative, and a high degree of motivation is required
    • Ability and willingness to learn and use Stanford financial systems is essential.
    • Knowledge of challenges faced by undergraduate & graduate students in a highly selective residential institution & ability to assist students navigating environment.
    • Understanding and knowledge of queer and gender theory, critical race theory and other identity-based theoretical frameworks and social justice approaches in an interdisciplinary context.
    • Understanding of social justice work & identity-based centers on college campus
    • Willingness to take on new challenges in a dynamic and changing environment
    • Ability to work w/ individuals & groups from many identities & backgrounds

    Ability to work some evenings and weekends

    • 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 rarely pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
    • Occasionally drive students to staff retreats, purchase items for meetings, events, and retreats, and move furniture around for events.
    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.

    • 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, .
    More about QSR Queer Student Resources (QSR) employs a solutions-oriented, values-driven and creative approach to addressing the challenges faced by students of diverse sexual and gender identities at Stanford. To that end the Assistant Director, in close collaboration with the Director, will foster community-building among diverse and historically underrepresented student populations, partnering with a wide range of university offices and student communities to create the conditions for students of all genders and sexualities to flourish at Stanford.

    QSR is committed to meeting student needs and challenges through innovative programs, resource development and campus partnerships. It offers a range of services for both undergraduate and graduate students and has a solid reputation for nurturing student, faculty and staff initiatives. Programs and services of Queer Student Resources are aligned with the aims of a Stanford Education and provide students with various opportunities to own knowledge, hone skills and competencies, cultivate personal and social responsibility and participate in adaptive learning.

    Experience a culture of excellence. Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose 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.

    If you're ready to work for an organization that nurtures diversity, respect, professional development and a comfortable work-life fit, we invite you to explore this opportunity and apply online, for the position of Assistant Director, Queer Student Resources.

    Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    Finalist candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background check.

    Job: Student Services

    Location: Vice Provost for Student Affairs
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

    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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