Associate Director, Strategy & Curricular Support

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Associate Director, Strategy & Curricular Support

Stanford University

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Stanford Graduate School of Business

Residing in Silicon Valley, the heart of innovation, Stanford GSB has built a global reputation based on its immersive and innovative management programs. We provide students a transformative leadership experience, push the boundaries of knowledge with faculty research, and offer a portfolio of entrepreneurial and non-degree programs that deliver global impact like no other. We strive to change lives, change organizations, and change the world.

The MBA & MSx Programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) seeks an experienced business professional to serve as Associate Director, Strategy & Curricular Support. The primary focus of this role is to conduct and continue evolving strategic analysis of the student experience. The candidate needs to have proven experience analyzing and translating data, both quantitative and qualitative, to relevant business metrics and actionable information. The Associate Director will also serve as an academic advisor to a cohort of MBA Students, guiding them to meet the Program requirements.

The successful candidate will have successfully influenced decision making and delivered positive outcomes to an organization through meaningful quantitative analysis. The candidate needs to have strong critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills, and data analysis experience. The candidate will have the ability to gather data from disparate sources, synthesize data, perform statistical analysis as needed, and visualize data to identify trends and make recommendations to stakeholders. Analyses include the use of pivot tables, formulas such as vlookup, and charts, as well as tools like Tableau, Hyperion, and Salesforce. The candidate will possess excellent communication and presentation skills to share findings and recommendations with faculty, staff and students.

The academic advising portion of the position involves working collaboratively with the team of academic advisors; developing in-depth knowledge of GSB courses and degree requirements; curriculum structure; faculty and student issues and needs; policies, processes, and resources of the MBA Program and the GSB; and academic and student services throughout Stanford University. Advising responsibilities include fielding questions and feedback, explaining and upholding academic policy, and maintaining a positive attitude and professionalism. Student advising responsibilities will in turn inform approaches to quantitative analysis projects.


Administer, implement, and interpret university and department policies and procedures to the student experience. 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.

Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Manage an area or program in student services, analyze effectiveness, and make final decisions on program eligibility.
  • Engage in critical analysis of student and program concerns to resolve issues which may span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge.
  • Develop and implement programming, make strategic recommendations for future programs.
  • Evaluate and determine recommendations on technology resources, negotiate with resources options and vendors.
  • Analyze and develop report requirements, portals, and student facing communications.
  • Engage in critical analysis of student and program concerns to resolve substantial issues which may span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge.
  • Provide direct advice to students on a range of issues including, but not limited to, academic progress, academic program policies, career plans, accessibility, community standards, etc., in order to assist them in making appropriate choices and decisions.
  • Apprise students of research, fellowship and scholarship opportunities, make recommendations and may award grants.
  • Interpret and implement university policy related to academic policies.
  • Manage financial processes and development of budgets.
  • Oversee key processes, including contribution and direction on policy and program content.
  • Provide consulting advice to internal and external organizations; act as subject matter expert in a specialized field.
  • Lead university wide teams and projects.
  • Contribute to development of staff training programs.
  • Be flexible to completing any other additional assigned duties.

  • 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.
    • MBA preferred.
    • 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 Google G Suite.
    • 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.

    *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.

    Why Stanford is for You

    Stanford's dedicated 16,000 staff come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere. We provide competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our generous perks align with what matters to you:
  • Freedom to grow. Take advantage of career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a Ted Talk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.
  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Visit campus gardens, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computers, cell phones, recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!

  • We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

    How to Apply

    We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application

    Additional Information
    • Schedule: Full-time
    • Job Code: 7503
    • Employee Status: Regular
    • Grade: I
    • Requisition ID: 84526


    Location: Graduate School of Business, Stanford, 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: 9/11/2019
    Application Due: 4/17/2020
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