Director & Associate Dean-Summer Session

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Director & Associate Dean-Summer Session

Stanford University

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Director & Associate Dean - Stanford Summer Session

Job Code: 4133
Job Grade: M
Exemption: Exempt Stanford Summer Session
Summer Session is Stanford's fourth academic quarter, offering 225 courses from 45 departments to over 2,300 graduate, undergraduate, and advanced high school students. The Director & Associate Dean of Stanford Summer Session is responsible for leading the organization with an innovative spirit, helping to create a distinctive curriculum and educational experience that will resonate with matriculated and visiting summer students. The Associate Dean & Director ultimately oversees all aspects of the summer learning community: planning the curriculum with department chairs and administrators, hiring and training residential staff, supervising the marketing of the program, directing admissions and student support services, serving as summer judicial affairs officer, and managing a large annual budget.

Working with key stakeholders across Stanford's campus, the Director & Associate Dean will be collaborative, imaginative, forward thinking, results-oriented and be comfortable working with online courses and other digital tools. S/he will closely follow trends in the Summer Session field and, as needed, change dimensions of the program to ensure that Stanford Summer Session remains a vital educational experience for students, faculty and staff alike.

The Director & Associate Dean supervises a staff of 16 and reports to the Associate Provost & Dean of Continuing Studies and Summer Session.

The Director & Associate Dean's responsibilities will include:

  • Leading a talented team and helping them feel empowered to run a program dedicated to excellence and innovation. This includes overseeing the workflow and management of Summer Session staff members, and ensuring that the program is run effectively, from top to bottom. The Director must think strategically but also personally grapple with small important details.

  • Working with partners around the university, and the Summer Session team itself, to design innovative new programs that will serve the needs of matriculated and visiting students. Potential examples include:

    *Making the summer curriculum more purposefully-designed and allowing students to achieve unique academic goals during the summer quarter;

    *Launching a robust collection of online courses that serve Stanford students (while away from campus) and other students from afar;

    *Developing short-format courses (3-4 weeks) that are commonly found in Summer Session programs across the nation.

  • Effectively championing Summer Session both inside the university and outside (including building relationships with other universities nationally and internationally).

  • Creating a compelling curriculum each year - in large part by developing strong relationships with department chairs, department administrators, and individual faculty members.

  • Directing Summer Session academic support programs, student services, admissions & financial aid, and residential life. The leader would:
    *Oversee residential education functions, including judicial & student crisis response protocols, residential staffing, training & supervision;
    *Direct academic support services provided to visiting and matriculated populations, ensuring that advising and tutoring programs are robust and effective at supporting student success across the range of student populations;

    *Strategically develop and direct Summer Session's admissions and financial aid philosophies.

  • Understanding trends in the Summer Session field to ensure that Stanford Summer Session stays responsive and adjusts to changes on the horizon.

  • Ensuring that the program remains financially healthy by creating a compelling curriculum and marketing strategy.

  • Overseeing budgeting, reporting, forecasting and providing strong financial leadership for the program's $20M annual budget.

    Minimum Requirements
    Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or combination of education and relevant experience. An advanced degree and experience in academic administration and program development at the university level or equivalent experience running academic programs is preferred.

    To be successful in the position, the ideal candidate will need to:
    • Possess significant experience working with Summer Session programs, student affairs, and administrative management at the university level and will demonstrate a clear interest in the Summer Session field.
    • Demonstrate strong leadership skills, and the ability to create a healthy work culture, motivate staff, champion ideas and mobilize support to implement them. Execution is very important.
    • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to build partnerships with faculty and representatives from other Stanford programs. Be able to represent Stanford University to other universities in the United States and internationally.
    • Demonstrate a strong commitment to providing students a top-notch academic and residential experience.
    • Possess a strong understanding of the Summer Session market, and a keen sense of what programs are marketable, with the ability to provide guidance on how to market them. Also, analyze trends in the Summer Session field and recommend initiatives that will keep the program academically vital and financially healthy.
    • Demonstrate experience managing a budget and developing financial plans, preferably with experience managing finances for an academic program, unit, or organization.
    • Understand faculty and student relations, university administrative procedures, and financial planning and budget management.
    Why Stanford Summer Session is for you?
    Stanford Summer Session has a long history at Stanford, dating back to 1917. The new Director will have an opportunity to build on this foundation and help broaden the mission, scope and reach of Stanford Summer Session. Backed by a strong team and the university's resources, the Director can craft a transformative experience for thousands of students—one which these students will carry through the rest of their lives, and you will carry through yours too.

    "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."

    PLEASE NOTE: This position will move to Stanford's new Redwood City Campus in 2019.


    Location: Continuing Studies and Summer Session, California, United States
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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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    Posted: 2/27/2019
    Application Due: 4/10/2019
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