Assistant Director, Queer Student Resources

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Assistant Director, Queer Student Resources

Stanford University

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Queer Student Resources (QSR), a community of students, university staff, and faculty at Stanford University, seeks a new Assistant Director to lead in our efforts to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of historially marginalized students, along with others facing historical, institutional and structural barriers to flourishing: queer, trans, non-binary and questioning students; Black, Latinx, Asian, Native and indigenous students; students with disabilities; Muslim students and others with intersectional cultures, experiences and identities. Inclusion and diversity are integral to Stanford's commitment to excellence and Our Most Important Work.

We're looking for a person who can be an active collaborator in our ongoing work:

  • Building community, forging connections and encouraging experiences of belonging.
  • Helping students navigate the institutional terrain and access resources equitably.
  • Collaborating with partners across campus on the larger project of making Stanford a place where people of all genders and sexualities can flourish.

QSpot, QSR's community space is a welcoming and inclusive environment filled with windows, sunlight, couches and views of the trees outside. (Visitors often say that being at QSpot feels like spending time in a cozy treehouse.) QSpot is a place for students to relax, study, connect and simply be in a queer community space featuring art, diverse forms of nourishment, and a growing family of potted plants.

QSR forges connections programmatically through affinity groups like Blk QTs, Trans&, QTPOC Kickback, Queer Salam and Refuge: Queerness, Spirituality and Religion; hosts a wide range of workshops, gatherings, curricular and healing activities such as the Queer Arts & Learning Initiatives, the Queer Futures Project, the QT Umbrella Fund and Clinic and Wellness @ QSpot; and works closely with partners like the Weiland Health Initiative to provide resources, change culture, lead institutional change and help trans and nonbinary students thrive.

One of seven community centers comprising the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership (ECL), QSR is deeply committed to centering marginalized students and those facing institutional and structural barriers at Stanford, continually seeking new ways to nurture opportunities for student and community growth, creativity and flowering.

In this role, you will:
  • Engender trust and connect with students.
  • Model healthy boundaries, self- and community-care and work-life balance.
  • Take initiative in navigating a decentralized campus.
  • Connect with and support students, trusting the integrity of their unique paths.
  • Develop, manage, support and assess student-centered programs.
  • Write and edit.
  • Design and curate intentional visually engaging physical and digital spaces.
  • Listen and provide a sounding board to students on a range of sometimes difficult issues, making referrals to other resources and campus partners where appropriate.
  • Advise a wide range of students and groups affiliated with QSR on major event planning, organizational development, fundraising, recruiting, & university policies for campus groups and activities.
  • Analyze and attend to student needs, concerns, and conflicts by designing and revising student programs and services addressing emerging priorities.
  • Manage the recruitment, hiring, and supervision of 20-30 student staff members.
  • Work collaboratively with QSR Director and Associate Director to develop comprehensive training for student staff and to design facilitate an annual QSR staff retreat.
  • Supervise student staff use of shared purchasing card; ensure that students stay within budgeted spending limits.
  • Manage financial processes and budgets using Stanford systems; supervise operating and gift accounts.
  • Transfer funds to student groups; verify all financial transactions; initiate interdepartmental journal transfers; issue payments; ensure that expenditures stay within budgeted spending limits.
  • Manage all facilities and supplies needs associated with QSR's designated space, including usage by student groups and other campus organizations.
  • Manage relationships with vendors, work orders related to facilities and access needs, alarm system, capital improvements, etc.
  • Work with designated campus partners on select collaborative projects.

* Other duties may also be assigned

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. Master's degree preferred.
  • Candidates who have a Bachelor's degree and two years of relevant experience may be considered for appointment to the Program Associate position (Student Services Officer 1) in QSR and will be assigned duties appropriate to the position.
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Strong communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, various constituents (students, faculty, staff, alumni), and to all levels of management.
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • An understanding and knowledge of feminist and other identity-based theoretical frameworks and social justice approaches to use within higher education in an interdisciplinary context.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with individuals and groups from various identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Student development knowledge and experience in student affairs preferred.
  • Ability to use computer and technology for word processing, accounting, managing social media and website presence; familiarity and proficiency with google docs.
  • Understanding of and ability to process financial transactions; strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to ensure and apply compliance with legal, financial, and university policies and external regulations.

  • 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 pull objects that weigh up to 30 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 accommodations to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

How to Apply:

For full consideration, submit your application, resume and cover letter by May 16, 2021.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

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: 7502
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: H
  • Requisition ID: 89371


Location: Vice Provost for Student Affairs, 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: 5/3/2021
Application Due: 5/3/2033
Work Type: Full Time