Executive Director and Associate Vice Provost

Job Description

  • Job Title Executive Director Associate


Job Title: Academic Operations Manager 3

Working Title: Executive Director and Associate Vice Provost

VPUE Unit: Haas Center
for Public Service

Location: Stanford Main Campus; Hybrid

Job Code: 4133

Job Grade: M

FTE: 100%

Exemption Status: Exempt, continuing

The Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford is the university's home for public
service curricular, co-curricular, research, leadership and other offerings. The Haas Center inspires and prepares students to create a more
just and sustainable world through service, scholarship, and community partnerships. Guided by the Center's nationally-recognized Principles
of Ethical and Effective Service, graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to engage in local, national, and global service across
diverse pathways-community engaged learning and research, community organizing and activism, direct service, philanthropy, policy and
governance, and social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility. The Center offers its own coursework and programming for both
undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford, as well as serving as the hub for Cardinal Service, a campus-wide initiative to make public
service a distinctive feature of a Stanford education.

Launched in 2015, Cardinal Service is Stanford's University-wide initiative
to elevate and expand public service and civic engagement. It focuses on four dimensions that have proven transformative in the lives of
students: a full-time, quarter-long service experience (Cardinal Quarter); community engaged courses (Cardinal Courses); sustained service
engagement (Cardinal Commitment); and support to integrate service into any career and pursue work in the public interest (Cardinal

The Haas Center recently launched a five-year Strategic Action Plan that identifies four key initiatives: (1) Educate
students for lives of civic purpose, (2) Advance collaborative solutions that strengthen communities, (3) Cultivate a sustainable culture of
diversity, equity, and inclusion, and (4) Ensure the organizational vitality of the Haas Center. The Executive Director is the chief
executive officer of the Center, which has a staff of over 30 FTEs, with lead responsibility for the overall success of the Center's
activities. Reporting jointly to the Faculty Director and to the Vice Provosts for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, the Executive
Director is responsible for developing tactics and strategies to advance the Center's mission and initiatives, and for ensuring metrics to
evaluate progress.


The Executive Director of the Haas Center for Public Service is a senior university
leadership position located jointly within the divisions of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) and Vice Provost for
Graduate Education (VPGE). The Executive Director provides strategic leadership and management of all administrative and operational
functions at the Haas Center, including Cardinal Service, Stanford's flagship program that aims to make public service an essential part of
a Stanford education. The position exercises authority for policy and programmatic decisions to achieve research and teaching goals through
multiple levels of professional and supervisory staff. The position is supervised by, and partners with, the Center's Faculty Director and
the Vice Provosts for Undergraduate Education and Graduate Education. The Executive Director also serves as a member of the Vice Provost for
Undergraduate Education's executive cabinet and provides important leadership and institutional continuity for the Center, and is
responsible for extending the institutional reach and effectiveness of the Center. The Executive Director supervises and coordinates the
work of the Center's Associate Directors, and a staff of 30+ under the budgetary purview of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate

The Executive Director's primary responsibilities are divided into seven major categories: (1) Public Service Leadership
and Management; (2) University and Community Partnerships; (3) Staff Development; (4) Strategic Planning; (5) Financial Management; (6)
Fundraising; and (7) Field Building.


Provide strategic direction for and executive oversight of
the administrative and operations-related functions for the Haas Center for Public Service. Lead efforts to embed public service curricular,
research and co-curricular initiatives across the university's seven schools. Achieve public service and teaching mission and goals through
the management of staff and/or managerial staff. Partner with and/or influence faculty leadership on departmental affairs.

In this
role, you will:

Core Duties:
  • Direct staff and provide leadership to achieve goals and vision of the organization.
    Responsible for hiring and retaining staff, career coaching, professional development for direct reports and accountable for the performance
    of employees.
  • Oversee and direct strategic plans for the Center. Make recommendations that may impact the Center's academic and
    research capabilities. Identify and resolve strategic issues of substantial significance that affect the overall functioning beyond the
    Center, consult and advise senior university leadership. Oversee allocation of all resources.
  • Manage the direction of internal
    academic and administrative policy development for programs and administrative operations.
  • Lead Center activities to advance
    university's IDEAL initiative (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access in a Learning Environment)
  • Oversee and/or manage the
    finances across all sources for the annual budget cycle, including developing, monitoring, analyzing forecasting and reporting to ensure the
    financial success of the organization.
  • Manage and coordinate grants and contracts for the Haas Center. Ensure compliance with
    institutional and external requirements.
  • Advise university leadership on programmatic and policy development. May provide input to
    university leadership on institutional academic and administrative policies and guidelines.
  • In collaboration with human resources
    managers, direct managers in the interpretation and implementation of human resources policies, procedures and programs.
Center-wide and Divisional Responsibilities:

Other staff responsibilities are designed to support the Haas Center and the Cardinal
Service initiative towards a networked campus-wide public service culture. Responsibilities may include:
  • Representing the Center
    at campus and community meetings
  • Contributing to data collection and evaluation efforts
  • Representing Stanford and the
    Center in regional, national, and global initiatives on university public service and community engagement
  • Participating in unit
    and staff meetings
  • Engaging in professional development for self and Haas Center staff
  • Plan and attend conferences and
    retreats for and at Haas
  • Contributing to center-wide celebrations and supporting key annual Center events
  • Contributing
    to and/or teaching courses

Public Service Leadership and

The Executive Director oversees the management of several operational areas within the Haas Center,
including academic and co-curricular programs, fundraising and development, board and alumni relations, and finance and administration. The
Executive Director works with the senior leadership team to ensure that appropriate systems and processes exist to effectively facilitate
execution of the Center's work and Cardinal Service programs throughout the university.

In collaboration with the Faculty Director,
the Executive Director also manages the Center's National Advisory Board and Faculty Steering Committee. By setting agendas in collaboration
with the Board leadership and by monitoring the progress of Board priorities, the Executive Director ensures that Board meetings are fully
operational and effective, including follow-up to ensure that recommendations and priorities are acted upon.


The Executive Director is responsible for hiring and retaining staff and leads the Center's staff
development, team building, and performance assessment efforts. The Executive Director works in collaboration with the VPUE Human Resource
Manager, the Faculty Director, and Center managers in the interpretation and implementation of human resource policies, procedures and
programs. The Executive Director is responsible for the professional development of direct reports and accountable for the performance of
all employees within the Center.

Strategic Planning

The Executive Director works closely
with the Faculty Director, the senior leadership team, and national advisory board members to develop and implement the Center's vision and
strategic direction. The Executive Director advises senior university officials, and negotiates and influences in ways that have a
university-wide impact on issues related to public service, community partnerships, and civic engagement. They independently initiate and
create strategic plans of considerable complexity and scope for the Haas Center and Cardinal Service, and propose and manage implementation
of complex and significant programmatic changes that may impact the unit's academic, co-curricular, and research capabilities. They champion
major initiatives and lead complex, high visibility and innovative projects.

Financial Management

The Executive Director oversees the allocation of all resources and is responsible for oversight of the Center's finances,
including budget planning and management in collaboration with the Associate Director of Finance and Administration. The Executive Director
oversees the development and delivery of complex, comprehensive, short- and long-term financial analysis, high level strategic modeling, and
the consolidated annual budget plan. They are responsible for committing resources with limited review by senior officers and for managing a
diverse portfolio of revenue sources (endowments, expendable gifts, general funds, and external grants).


The Executive Director is responsible for the financial viability and success of the Haas
Center for Public Service. They work in collaboration with the Director of External Relations and the Faculty Director to guide fundraising
strategy, including events and efforts with individual donors. Together with the Faculty Director and Director of External Relations, the
Executive Director actively participates in raising funds for the Center through the University's designated fundraising campaigns aligned
with the Stanford Vision.

University and Community Partnerships

The Executive Director
is a principal representative of the Center with a variety of stakeholders, including both campus and community partners, and is responsible
for developing and managing partnerships and collaborative opportunities across the university. Through these relationships, the Executive
Director promotes the Haas Center's mission, principles, and values throughout Stanford, and fosters a culture of public service that
positively impacts students, faculty, and community partners.

Successful VPUE/VPGE partnerships include programmatic relationships
with Residential Education, BEAM, the Centers for Equity, Inclusion and Community, individual schools as well as several research institutes
and interdisciplinary programs (e.g., Freeman Spogli Institute, Program on Urban Studies, Center for Comparative Studies of Race and
Ethnicity, etc.).

The Executive Director manages efforts to cultivate and sustain partnerships with community leaders and
organizations that serve as sites for student learning and in other ways contribute to public service, service-learning, community engaged
scholarship, and other experiential civic engagement initiatives.

Field Building

the Haas Center's position as one of the preeminent public service centers in the country, the Executive Director has the opportunity to
participate in and lead intercollegiate networks that contribute to the development of an emergent field of community engaged scholarship,
civic engagement, and public service in postsecondary settings. The Executive Director provides thought leadership, develops and
disseminates frameworks and tools, and oversees efforts to engage faculty and staff (at Stanford and beyond) in efforts to build the field
by deepening both practice and research in related areas. They may be involved in research and/or joint initiatives involving multiple
institutions of higher learning.

*-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. Relevant experience includes leading and managing in postsecondary academic, nonprofit, or government
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills, including principled conflict resolution.
  • Excellent
    strategic planning and organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills. Able to influence people, solve problems,
    troubleshoot, think creatively, and resolve conflicts.
  • Appreciation of value of nonpartisanship in an academic environment and
    demonstrated capacity to engage diverse stakeholders respectfully.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
    values and tactics, and ability to promote DEI with respect to all Center stakeholders (students, faculty, staff, advisory boards, community
    partners, etc.),
  • Advanced financial expertise in accounting, budget planning, and financial forecasting.
  • Advanced
    expertise in grants and contract administration.
  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills. Strong knowledge of industry
    standards and/or regulatory requirements.
  • Strong negotiation and effective interpersonal skills with the ability to: cultivate
    strong collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and community partners; anticipate various stakeholder needs; demonstrate a high
    level of diplomacy in influencing many different constituencies at various levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Advanced expertise in business and management computer applications and databases.
  • Subject matter expertise in area(s) of
    • Expertise in community and civic engagement in a higher education, non-profit and/or government environment,
      including research, programmatic trends, and relevant policy.
    • Demonstrated experience and skill working with advisory boards
      and/or boards of directors.
    • Fundraising experience and skills, particularly working with individual donors.
    • Experience
      and skill in mentoring students in linking public and community service to their academic and life objectives.
    • Ability to work
      closely with a Faculty Director and staff to create and enhance a vision for the Haas Center, and to develop a strategic model to integrate
      public service into Stanford's teaching and research.
  • Adaptability so as to work effectively with faculty and
    administrators to promote public service in the wide range of programs offered at Stanford University.
  • Ability to multitask and
    manage deadlines.
*-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
characteristics include:
  • Master's Degree or higher
  • Experience running an organization and leading a team with vision,
    innovation and purpose, and driving initiatives in a shared decision-making environment.
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.


The mission of the Office of the Vice Provost for
Undergraduate Education (VPUE) is to partner with Stanford faculty, staff, and students to produce and educate knowledgeable, engaged
citizens and creative, confident leaders for our future world.

VPUE advocates for and supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and
belonging at Stanford through our teaching, policies, programming, and partnerships across the university. VPUE seeks to create a work
environment motivated and shaped by the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, in which all staff explicitly and mindfully act to
implement these principles. We seek a work environment which values input from all, transparency and openness in decision-making, and
respectful and supportive engagement.

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
  • 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
  • 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 supportive work-life balance, 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 interest in the position and how you feel your background and experience would make you a
successful candidate.

Please submit your complete application by September 30, 2022. Please note that completed applications will be
reviewed on October 3, 2022, and on a rolling basis thereafter.

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  • Schedule: Full-time

  • Job Code: 4133

  • Employee
    Status: Regular

  • Grade: M

  • Requisition ID: 96076


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