Associate Dean of Students and Director, Office of Community Standards

Oct 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Associate Dean of Students and Director, Office of Community Standards

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Stanford University, recognized as one of the most prestigious and innovative academic institutions in the world, has an opening for an Associate Dean & Director of the Office of Community Standards, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs. This Division, with students as our focus, engages with a range of constituents including faculty, staff, parents, alumni, as well as other groups in the external community. Student Affairs staff act with integrity in pursuit of the highest professional standards, as we educate, serve and learn. These guiding principles, and the overall quality of Stanford's faculty, students and staff, make it an intensely creative and rewarding place to work.


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.

This position will report to the Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students. As a senior-level staff person in the Dean of Students Office, the Associate Dean & Director of the Office of Community Standards works closely with the AVP to address issues that impact the student community broadly.

  • Manage all office operations and the work of managers and other employees, processes, and projects, to implement the strategic goals of the Office of Community Standards (OCS). Make hiring decisions, provide coaching and mentoring, and manage performance and staffing levels.
  • Identify, clarify, and resolve complex issues with university-wide scope and impact and substantial significance which may span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge requiring broad discretion and judgment.
    • Serve as the primary spokesperson for student and group conduct issues.
    • Provide leadership to implement the recommendations of the student conduct system review.
    • Represent the AVP as needed in discussions about student conduct.
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction for and manage OCS, including forecasting, planning, and managing the budget planning process for OCS.
  • Develop, analyze, measure effectiveness and oversee programs and tools for delivery of OCS services or programs.
    • Develop and implement outreach to faculty, students and staff concerning academic integrity issues.
    • Serve as the primary source of outreach to faculty; engage faculty in broad education about the Honor Code and Fundamental Standard.
    • Develop and implement a centralized recruitment and training system for individual and group conduct process volunteers.
  • Review exceptions to university, program or unit policies and procedures, settle grievances.
  • Interpret, implement and ensure compliance with university, academic and administrative policies within an organization or program. Recommend new internal policies, guidelines and procedures. Direct process improvement for organization or program.
  • Represent department programs and initiatives at senior level meetings, conferences, and to both internal and external constituents. Respond on behalf of the AVP and Dean of Students, as needed, to student-related concerns that impact the community broadly.
* - Other duties may also be assigned

Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. Experience in higher education setting preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • User knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and all levels of management.
  • Strong analytical skills to review and analyze complex financial information.
  • Strong leadership and strategic management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience managing people.
  • Understanding of underlying technological needs and requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. Certifications and Licenses:

    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a diverse community of faculty, staff and students.
    • An ability to oversee a wide variety of initiatives, to define problems and to propose and implement solutions, while being able to set and readjust often to competing priorities is critical to success in this position.
    • Must possess diplomacy, tact and the ability to manage confidential student information with discretion.
    • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the undergraduate and graduate experience in a selective, demanding residential university is required.
    • Demonstrated ability to be analytical in the process of assessing a situation and rendering sound, unbiased judgments.
    • Must possess excellent independent judgment, as errors in judgment could have significant legal implications.


    • 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.

    * - 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. WORK STANDARDS:

    • 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, .

    Specific Info about the Posting Unit: The Dean of Students Office is managed by the Associate Vice Provost (“AVP”) for Student Student Affairs and Dean of Students and encompasses the Office of Community Standards; the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education; and the Graduate Life Office.

    The units within the Dean of Students Office provide a variety of services to the community including programs, education and training, advising, conflict resolution, leadership training, crisis response, and student conduct administration.

    The Office of Community Standards (“OCS”) administers the student and group conduct processes; recruits and trains student, faculty and staff volunteers; and conducts outreach and education about academic integrity and student behavior in the Stanford community.

    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.

    Job: Student Services

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

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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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