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Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Stanford University

Stanford University
Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Stanford, California, United States

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Four-Year Institution

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Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Stanford University🔍Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Stanford, California, United StatesNew📁Administration📅1 day ago Post Date📅102306 Requisition #Stanford University, located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to societal challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The Stanford community includes approximately 7,800 undergraduates, 9,700 graduate students, 2,300 faculty and over 12,000 staff. The University has a fundamental mission of teaching, research, and learning, and has produced numerous Nobel Laureates and other leaders in every field of science, art, education and business.

Stanford seeks an accomplished leader for the position of Vice Provost for Student Affairs. The mission of the Student Affairs division is to support student life in service of our educational mission. Reporting directly to the Provost of the University as the University’s senior student affairs officer, this position provides leadership to both undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and other University officers in the area of student life and academic infrastructure. The Vice Provost shares with them responsibility for supporting the best possible educational experience for students, and for creating a social, physical, and organizational environment that advances the educational mission of Stanford. The Vice Provost is responsible for anticipating and addressing the rapidly-evolving needs of students and for demonstrating the University’s values of respect, inclusiveness and purposefulness.

The Vice Provost oversees the Student Affairs units that support undergraduate and graduate students largely outside the classroom. These units may include but are not limited to: residential education, the student health center, counseling and psychological services, the registrar, career education, diversity education, first-generation programs, graduate life, student unions, student organizations and leadership, fraternity and sorority life, accessible education, one-stop student services center, student information systems, the international student center, eight ethnic/cultural community centers, student financial services, student conduct, alcohol policy and education programs, classroom technology. In addition, the Vice Provost’s central administrative office provides finance, human resources, facilities, communications and other support for the division’s units.

The Vice Provost works in partnership with many offices elsewhere in the University including Residential and Dining Enterprises and Academic Advising. The incumbent participates in general University management as one of a small number of senior officers on the Provost’s and President’s cabinet.

The Vice Provost is responsible for:

    Serving as the University’s senior student affairs officer, providing leadership to University officers and faculty in all areas of student life related to undergraduate and graduate students including daily operations and services, co-curricular educational programming, residential life, crisis management and conflict resolution;Establishing strategic direction, deploying assessment initiatives and leading the key components of the Student Affairs organization to achieve both immediate and long-term institutional objectives within budget;Effectively managing a large organization, including a group of experienced and diverse student affairs professionals within the vice provost's organization, and fostering effective collaboration with other University departments;Anticipating the evolution of student needs and developing proactive and evidence-based policies related to student services and issues of student life on campus, while evaluating effectiveness of existing programs and implementing changes as necessary;Working in close partnership with the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity, Access and Community on all aspects of the student experience including aligning with broader educational priorities and themes;Serving as a visible model of educational and institutional leadership for students, faculty, staff, Stanford alumni and parents, and the higher education community;Overseeing financial, human and space resource planning for the division; collaborating with campus partners on University space planning, information technology and fundraising initiatives that impact the student experience.
Qualifications and Experience

    Strong leadership and management skills, consistent with those required to direct a complex, decentralized organization;A broad and flexible (conceptual and analytical) thinker with exceptional interpersonal skills and personal charisma who shares the institution’s values of inclusiveness and respect for all;Superior communication skills (written and oral); highly articulate with the ability to listen and to calm, persuade, influence, empathize and educate through words and style;Ability to make difficult high-profile decisions under considerable pressure and to maintain a high-energy level and graceful demeanor despite a strenuous schedule that includes frequent evening and weekend events;Exceptional respect for and understanding of the needs of a highly diverse and rapidly changing student body at both the undergraduate and graduate level;Understanding of large-scale events and programs that represent the institution to its many audiences;Significant experience formulating policy in a complex legal landscape about matters of support for students and of general student welfare, based on an educational vision that is grounded in an understanding of how students learn, develop, live in communities, and deal with conflicts and differences;Knowledge of current issues in higher education, particularly in the student affairs/services fields;Strong desire to partner and collaborate with the academic leadership of the institution for delivery of Stanford’s educational mission;Ability to establish collegial relationships within and outside of the University, to work collaboratively on matters of policy, to appreciate the needs and priorities of other University units;Ability to relate to a wide variety of constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, and alumni, and to appreciate the concerns of each group;Ability to work effectively with the mediaBachelor’s degree and at least ten years of experience leading a complex organization that is accountable and responsive to diverse stakeholders. Advanced degree preferred.

Applications accepted through Stanford Careers:

Finalist must successfully pass a pre-employment background check.

The expected pay range for this position is $400,000.00 to $468,000.00 per annum.
Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

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 the 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: 1025
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: N99
  • Requisition ID: 102306
  • Work Arrangement : On Site


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Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again.

We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career. 

At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment.

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Student Enrollment

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  • Graduates: 8,897


  • 8,180 contiguous acres in six governmental jurisdictions
  • Nearly 700 major buildings
  • 97% of undergraduates live on campus


  • 5,300 externally sponsored projects
  • $1.33 billion total budget


  • 2,043 faculty members
  • 21 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community
  • 5:1 student to faculty ratio

Stanford University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

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