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Associate Vice Provost for Education and Director of CTL

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Associate Vice Provost for Education and Director of CTL
Vice Provost for Undergrad Education, Stanford, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4133
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: M
Requisition ID: 90439

Job title: Academic Operations Manager 3

Working Title: Associate Vice Provost for Education and Director of CTL

VPUE Unit: Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

Job Code: 4133

Job Grade: M

Job Status: Exempt, 100% FTE, Continuing

Heralded as a hub of undergraduate innovation, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) creates and sustains meaningful interactions between students and faculty both within and outside the classroom. As a collaborative team member of VPUE, you have a unique opportunity to advance and support programs that touch and enhance the lives of every undergraduate student at Stanford.

VPUE and VPGE are seeking an Associate Vice Provost for Education and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) with a primary role of providing leadership and strategic direction and developing long-range plans for CTL's programs, workshops and services that embody Stanford's commitment to liberal education. CTL supports evidence-based and inclusive learning and teaching practices, educational programs and training, community building, and strong collaborations and partnerships with schools, departments, and other offices.

Support for faculty and instructors includes integrated services and programs to help advance pedagogy, engage students in active learning, and promote inclusive learning. Essential resources and learning support services to Stanford students and TAs include academic skills coaching, peer subject tutoring and foreign language conversation partners, completion coaching, workshops and courses, among others.

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has been serving the Stanford community since 1975, offering a portfolio of programs and services to advance teaching and learning. Support is based on evidence-based and inclusive learning and teaching practices, and includes educational programs and training, community building, and strong collaborations and partnerships with schools, departments, and other offices.

The Director of CTL reports jointly to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, with an administrative home in VPUE. This dual report recognizes the strong interest that both units have in the education and professional development of graduate students.

In this role, you will:
  • Leadership: Direct staff and provide leadership to achieve goals and vision of the organization. Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, personal development for direct reports and accountable for the performance of employees. Lead the CTL leadership team in cultivating a sense of community and developing shared goals and collaborations across programs to meet CTL's mission and priorities and to ensure the implementation of directions and plans. Provide leadership for professional development activities within CTL, informed by VPUE and VPGE values and practices and CTL priorities.
  • Supervise senior CTL staff in directing appropriate administrative support to all levels of the organization, including IT, finance, space, equipment and facilities, personnel, program administration, student services, and all other administrative duties.
  • Assessment: Develop an assessment and program evaluation plan and process to ensure CTL's programs are effective and align with institutional goals. Develop programmatic goals, meaningful metrics, methods, and resources, and analytics that enable the CTL leadership to evaluate the effectiveness of programs.
  • Strategic Planning: Lead the development and implementation of CTL's strategic plan in alignment with the mission and priorities of the VPUE and VPGE and the university's long-range plans, considering collaborations, partnerships, efforts, and resources with other units. Make recommendations to and consult with the VPs about the development of new programs in CTL.
  • IDEAL Education Initiative: Lead the IDEAL Inclusive Teaching efforts with the goal to create institutional culture change that fosters a sense of belonging and thriving for all students and instructors. Contribute to the IDEAL Education goals to close preparation gaps for students coming from underprepared backgrounds
  • Program Development: Collaborate with the schools and units to develop and implement a professional development teaching curriculum for graduate students and postdocs. Collaborate with VPUE's academic advisors to expand academic skills and support programs for students on academic leave and probation.
  • Communication and Outreach: Partner with VPUE and VPGE Communications to leverage CTL's communication and outreach strategy plan highlighting CTL's programs, cultivating a culture of inclusive teaching at Stanford for internal and external audiences, and ensuring access to CTL programs. Implement the Teaching Commons proposal with partners across the university to expand the use of and contributions to the Teaching Commons website, the regular teaching events, and communities of practice across units.
  • Budget and resource oversight: Prepare annual budget plans and the annual budget letter based on CTL's goals and priorities and VPUE and VPGE directions. Propose long-term and short-term financial decisions informed by priorities, goals, and the strategic plan. Hold program directors accountable through a quarterly process that involves regular meetings with the unit manager. Oversee CTL's IDEAL and teaching advancement grants and ensure they support CTL's goals and university-wide initiatives
  • Fundraising: Contribute to VPUE and VPGE development plans to ensure CTL's support of units' long-term visions.
  • Committee service: Serve on university-wide committees that advise and support university leadership decision making processes and long-range plans, such as the Academic Continuity Committee and Teaching and Learning Support working group and the IDEAL leadership committee. Support the university's accreditation efforts. Serve on VPUE leadership and faculty committees, such as the VPUE executive cabinet; VPUE's committees in support of undergraduate education, and unit steering committees to build strong partnerships across campus.

**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.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:
  • Bachelor's degree and seven years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory, planning and change management skills.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills. Able to influence people, solve problems, troubleshoot, think creatively, and resolve conflicts, and to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Advanced financial expertise in budget planning, and financial forecasting.
  • Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, discretion, and judgment.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Advanced competence in use of office, financial and internet software as management tools.

*-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.

In addition, preferred requirements include:
  • Advanced degree (strongly preferred).
  • 5+ years of successful teaching experience at the university level.
  • 8+ years of strategic planning experience in an educational context.
  • 8+ years of experience in budget management, including planning, forecasting, and reporting.
  • 10+ years of progressively responsible educational administration in a complex organization, preferably in a university environment.
  • 10+ years of supervisory experience, including professional development and performance management of staff.
  • Ability to motivate staff to attain high standards of job performance in a multi-faceted, team-work oriented academic program.
  • Extensive knowledge of current issues in higher education teaching and learning.
  • Understanding of the complex structure of administration in an academic environment and knowledge of university policies in relevant operational areas.
  • Expertise in effective pedagogy and understanding of student learning, and ability to guide faculty in matters relating to pedagogy and curriculum design.
  • Understanding of technology in support of teaching.
  • Proven ability to establish program goals and administrative priorities and to oversee their implementation.

About the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE)

For undergraduates, VPUE is the nexus for programs and initiatives that help students define and achieve their intellectual ambitions at Stanford. These include investigative introductory courses taught by esteemed faculty, targeted classes in writing and rhetoric, undergraduate research support, academic advising and mentoring, overseas and off-campus study programs, and undergraduate scholarships and fellowships. For faculty, VPUE serves as a principal conduit for furthering interaction with undergraduates and discovering ways in which working with students can enrich one's research agenda. VPUE advocates for undergraduate education in collaboration with faculty, departments and schools across Stanford. All VPUE resources are dedicated to involving faculty with the undergraduate experience, connecting students with phenomenal opportunities and fully realizing a liberal education at Stanford.

About the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE)

The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) is a dynamic and fast-paced team that delivers programs to Stanford's 9,000+ graduate students and 2,400+ postdoctoral scholars. We work collaboratively across the university with schools and other vice provost areas to enhance the graduate educational experience. We support programs, administration, and service to the university community and graduate students in five portfolio areas: fellowships and funding, professional development, diversity and inclusion, interdisciplinary learning, and academic guidance.

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 individuals 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 course auditing opportunities. 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!

*-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.

How to Apply

If you're ready to work for an organization that nurtures diversity, respect, professional development and a comfortable work-life fit, we invite you to explore this opportunity and apply online. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background and experience in university level teaching practices and educational program administration, your motivation in applying for the position, and your vision for CTL under your leadership.
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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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