Full Time (100%FTE)
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The Black Community Services Center (BCSC), affectionately called The Black House, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2019! This milestone has been achieved through the support of a strong and vibrant community committed to activism, scholarship, and social justice.
The BCSC is proud to be part of The Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership, within the division of Student Affairs. The Centers consist of the Asian American Activities Center, BCSC, El Centro Chicano y Latino, Markaz Community Resources Center, Native American Cultural Center, Queer Student Resources Center, and Women’s Community Center. Each Center works to advance learning and student development through five pillars – Academic and Intellectual Engagement, Leadership Development, Mental Health & Well-Being, Community Building, and Alumni Engagement.
The Associate Dean and Director of the Black Community Services Center (BCSC) is the chief administrator for the BCSC at Stanford. The Associate Dean and Director provides strategy, vision, and direction for the Center and serves as a campus partner and advocate within all functional areas of the university, including faculty, senior administrators, academic departments, administrative offices, staff, and alumni. The Associate Dean and Director of the BCSC is the primary conduit between and among university offices and departments with particular attention to advocating for the Black undergraduate and graduate students and other marginalized communities on campus.
The Associate Dean and Director must also be attuned to the dynamics between the individual, the institution, and the home environment of students.
This position is expected to advance the needs of the Black community as well as a broader vision and definition of diversity, equity, leadership, and community.
Manage the work of managers and other employees, processes, and projects, to implement the strategic goals of the Center. Make hiring decisions, provide coaching and mentoring, and manage performance and staffing levels.
Work directly with and advise students, manage professional employees, including an Assistant Dean and Assistant Director.
Identify, clarify, and resolve complex issues with university-wide scope and impact and substantial significance which may span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge requiring broad discretion and judgment.
Crisis prevention and intervention:
conduct counseling, intervention, and referral when necessary to assist students in resolving personal/academic problems and crises.
Provide strategic direction for and manage the Center, including forecasting, planning, and managing program budgets.
Lead strategic planning and assessment to identify the evolving needs and concerns of Black students; conceptualize programs and services, and allocate resources to address these needs and concerns.
Develop, analyze, measure effectiveness and oversee/implement programs and tools for delivery of student services or programs.
Collaborate with other university offices and administrators, such as Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Undergraduate Advising & Research, Residential Education, and Residence Deans when necessary
Develop appropriate outreach, education, and programming to proactively address unique mental health and wellness issues affecting Black students.
Review exceptions to university, program or unit policies and procedures, settle grievances. Make recommendations that may impact the unit’s academic capabilities.
May manage the direction of internal academic and administrative policy development for programs and operations. May serve as senior advisor to the dean on programmatic and policy development.
Interpret, implement and ensure compliance with university, academic and administrative policies within an organization or program. Recommend new internal policies, guidelines and procedures. Direct process improvement for organization or program.
Lead university- or division-wide initiatives and campaigns; develop long range planning and policy development for a school or program.
Represent Center programs and initiatives at senior level meetings, conferences, and to both internal and external constituents.
Evaluate and recommend the technological needs and effectiveness for delivery of student programs and services
Identify, manage relationships, and negotiate with external and internal partners, including: CAPS, Graduate Life Office, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Undergraduate Admissions, New Student Orientation, Diversity & First Gen Office.
Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and eight years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience. Experience in higher education setting preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
User knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences, client groups, and all levels of management.
Strong analytical skills to review and analyze complex financial information.
Strong leadership and strategic management skills.
Demonstrated experience managing people.
Understanding of underlying technological needs and requirements.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
Ability to work evenings and weekends.
Certifications and Licenses:
Relevant experience that includes at least 5 years in higher education, focused on diversity, inclusion, and equity.
Knowledge of Black student and community development in a university environment.
Student development knowledge and experience in student affairs or within higher education setting.
Knowledge of the challenges faced by Black undergraduate and graduate students in a highly selective residential institution and ability to assist students in navigating this environment.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with and gain support from a broad and diverse array of constituents, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, community members and visitors is essential.
- 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 rarely pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
- - 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.
- 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, http://adminguide.stanford.edu .
Experience a culture of excellence.
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 big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.
Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.
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.
Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application, and address the following questions in your cover letter:
Please include why you are interested and qualified for the position. What do you think are the most pressing needs and concerns facing Black students and communities at Stanford? How would you go about addressing those needs as the Associate Dean and Director of the Black Community Services Center?
Finalist candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background check.