Accreditation Project Manager (3 Year Fixed Term)

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Accreditation Project Manager (3 Year Fixed Term)

Stanford University

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Three Year Fixed-Term Position

The Accreditation Project Manager (APM) will assist with the University's reaccreditation process, including gathering information and supporting the Accreditation Steering Committee. The APM is responsible for documenting goals and action plans, tracking progress, and communicating the status of projects among a broad range of project collaborators. S/he also assists with the development of outreach plans and communicates with faculty, staff, and students about reaccrediation projects and processes. The APM will have the opportunity to work with a broad range of Stanford community members across Stanford's seven schools. The reaccreditation process entails self-study of Stanford's educational effectiveness; by supporting these activities the AMP contributes to Stanford's educational mission. The APM will play a central role in high-visibility and high-criticality projects for the university.

Job Duties:

  • Support project planning and organization of Stanford's reaccreditation. Understand criteria for review, the reaccreditation process, and the higher education regulatory context.
  • Represent the Accreditation Steering Committee and the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs with campus partners and collaborators.
  • Develop outreach strategy that may include relationship development, communications, and compliance.
  • Manage program facilitation and projects for the Provost and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs coordinating the activities of various committees and task forces. Provide analytical, project and related general administrative support for the Provost and the Vice Provost Academic Affairs.
  • Lead the planning and operations for functions or programs that may have significant business, regulatory and/or technical challenges requiring subject matter expertise.
  • Plan and oversee high-level meetings and events for the Provost and VPAA. Respond to requests on behalf of the Provost and VPAA including staffing faculty committees, search committees, ad hoc faculty evaluation committees, ad hoc faculty committees and task forces; board committee support; works extensively with faculty and administrators across the campus.
  • Coordinate follow-up actions with other university staff, and summarizing decisions in writing; track progress of issues from initial identification to final resolution; providing analytical support to faculty committees.
  • Review and analyze trends to advise and develop recommendations to achieve or modify the goals of the program or function.
  • Manage various proposal processes, as well as work on projects associated with the University's accreditation efforts.
  • Helps to design and maintain the policies, systems, and processes that ensure effective committee functions in support of key academic programs. S/he works closely with key partners to design, coordinate, and communicate policies, committee decisions and recommendations, and to document these. S/he also develops outreach plans and communicates with faculty, staff, and students about programs and the work of the committees.

Committee Support and Management
  • Coordinates accreditation project committees, including managing complex calendars, guests, and their documents. Manages schedules, logistics, deadlines.
  • Documents committee business, discussion, and decisions. Tracks action items.
  • Drafts materials, including agendas, minutes, and reports.
  • Researches and provides supporting documentation on questions of interest to committees. In some cases, this may involve hiring and supervision of graduate student research assistants or liaising with partners who provide data.
  • Composes and edits a range of correspondences; prepares documents (formatting, copying, etc.), such as for presentations and reports; writes, maintains, modifies, and ensures accuracy of content in various unit documents, displays, reports, brochures, and websites.
  • In partnership with Institutional Research & Decision Support, Registrar's Office, and other data owners, collects and records data, such as survey responses, exam scores, records, etc.; researches and gathers data for reports; displays findings most effectively; enters and/or verifies database entries.

Process Design and Maintenance
  • Assists in the design, development, and testing of new systems (e.g. assessment reports).
  • Partners with owners of data relevant to committee business to design regular reports and systems.
  • Works closely with the chairs of various committees to determine what systems, procedures, and data will be necessary in each case.
  • Designs and implements procedures to ensure unit's sensitive information is guarded by adequate controls; maintains and organizes unit's information in electronic or hard copy filing system; maintains unit's database and records.


Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • 1-2 years of experience in higher education administration required; 3 - 5 preferred.
  • Extensive experience with Microsoft Office suite of applications and familiarity with database management software (e.g. Access, Filemaker, SQL, Oracle).
  • 1-2 years of experience with Stanford-specific applications desirable (e.g. Oracle, Peoplesoft, Axess).
  • 1-2 years of experience organizing events, meetings, seminars.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Familiarity with the academic operations and organization of a research university.
  • Broad knowledge of administrative procedures
  • Uses excellent organizational skills.
  • Acts with and uses sound judgment, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary for interaction with a wide range of people with various levels of knowledge.
  • Ability to interpret and explain complex academic policies and procedures in person, over the telephone, and in written correspondence.
  • Ability to listen to complex discussions and distill key points and action items.
  • Flexibility and the ability to coordinate multiple complex activities, set priorities and work independently under tight deadlines and in high pressure situations while keeping in mind the importance of thoroughness.
  • Ability to carry out confidential tasks or manage situations with tact, sensitivity, and discretion.
  • Uses a high degree of professionalism and maintains a service orientation with respect to the quality of work and interaction with others.
  • Ability to produce charts and spreadsheets from data provided by other sources, and to partner with data experts on queries to produce desired information.
  • Demonstrates accuracy, thoroughness and effectiveness in carrying out job assignments/managing projects. Sets and accomplishes goals.
  • Writes, speaks and presents clearly, succinctly, correctly, and effectively.
  • Makes timely and effective decisions.
  • Is dependable, delivers on promises, and follows through on commitments.
  • Fosters and maintains effective collaboration, trust, teamwork and respect; effectively interfaces with a diverse community.
  • Proactively addresses issues and opportunities.
  • Changes direction and focus when needed to maintain alignment with priorities.
  • Uses time effectively and efficiently.

  • May work extended hours or weekends.

  • 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,

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4122
  • Employee Status: Fixed-Term
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 87337


Location: Office of the Provost, 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: 9/22/2020
Application Due: 9/22/2032
Work Type: Full Time