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Stanford University — Assistant Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community and Executive Director of Equity, Community and Leadership

Assistant Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community and Executive Director of Equity, Community and Leadership

Job Summary

Mar 17, 2023






Hybrid Eligible

Student Affairs is recruiting for an Assistant Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community and Executive Director of Equity, Community and Leadership in the Office of Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning. This position reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Inclusion, Community & Integrative Learning (ICIL) and oversees the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership (CECL) whose mission is to empower students to be bold collaborators and innovative leaders preparing them to navigate a complex world with the most vulnerable in mind.

The Assistant Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community and Executive Director of Equity, Community and Leadership will provide strategy, vision, leadership, direction, advocacy, support, establish overall objectives and develop long range plans impacting the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership, as part of the student affairs organization. The Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership consist of the Asian American Activities Center, Black Community Services Center, First Generation and/or Low-Income Student Success Center, El Centro Chicano y Latino, Native American Cultural Center, Markaz Resource Center, Queer Student Resources, and the Women’s Community Center.

This is a key role that will liaise with leadership, cross-functional areas and other schools to implement this vision and strategy. This position will also manage the work of other employees, including senior level staff, a program administrator, and a two-year fixed term position.

Inclusion and diversity are integral to Stanford’s commitment to excellence. We are interested in candidates who have demonstrated experience engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students and staff from diverse backgrounds, or incorporating diverse perspectives in their work. We seek candidates who can support the vision of a new office, work to help establish a new outlook, mission and values, and support Our Most Important Work.

In this role, you will:

• Support efforts of managers; develop those in leadership positions and in the leadership pipeline, make hiring and compensation decisions, provide coaching and mentoring, manage performance, determine staffing needs, develop and ensure succession planning within the area of responsibility.
• Lead the centers in creating a collective vision.
• Provide direction and/or support of programs (i.e., Changemakers Series and LEAD – Leading through Education, Activism and Diversity).
• Serve as a liaison between the centers and various constituents, as it relates to campus wide initiatives and concerns related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
• Advocate for institutional equity as it relates to the programs, resources, and requests related to the centers and offices within the portfolio.
• Evaluate current programs, partnerships, and ensure proper stewardship of university partners’ financial contributions.
• Work closely with ICIL Director of Finance & Business Operations in monitoring the budget of each center/office. Develop annual budget requests.
• Represent CECL to Office of Development and advocate for center endowments and other major gifts.
• Identify, clarify, and resolve complex, highly visible issues with university-wide scope and strategic impact and substantial significance which may span multiple areas, using advanced technical and professional knowledge requiring broad discretion and judgment and in-depth knowledge of university policies, governance and priorities.
• Act as liaison to upper-level management with individual students and student groups.
• Serve as an experienced thought partner on DEI issues and initiatives.
• Provide counsel and collaborate with senior leadership, in long range planning, policy development for CECL.
• Work with other areas in Student Affairs and University partners to create consistent policies, systems and messaging for various issues.
• Work independently to make decisions regarding projects, programs, and initiatives, with limited or no review by senior management: commit university resources with limited or no review by senior officers.
• Support the centers, student organizations, and campus partners in programs that are in line with Our Most Important Work.
• Participate in setting the direction of CECL’s internal administrative policy development for programs and administrative operations. Negotiate and influence on matters of university-wide impact.
• Lead the development of program assessments to evaluate impact of CECL’s work • Serve as senior advisor to Associate VP on programmatic and policy development. Recommend new internal policies, guidelines and procedures.
• Manage, interpret, implement and ensure compliance with legal, financial, university, academic and administrative policies and external regulations within CECL.
• Direct complex, high-visibility process redesign and innovation projects; champion major initiatives, develop and drive implementation of project initiatives.
• Lead, identify and develop priorities for CECL student services initiatives, and outreach programs in consultation with the directors.
• Represent department programs and initiatives at senior level meetings, conferences, strategic committees, task forces and to both internal and external constituents.
• Partner with key individuals from across the university to determine new and ongoing business and technology initiatives.

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

• Bachelor’s degree and ten years of relevant experience including five years working in a student affairs or student services office, or combination of education and relevant experience. Advanced degree and experience in higher education setting strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated experience and knowledge of critical issues in higher education as it relates to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, community and cultural centers and the centers, offices, and services that support students directly.
• Demonstrated experience and ability with leading a large and diverse professional staff team, including hiring, supervision, and professional development.
• Advanced written and oral 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.
• A well-developed sense of political acumen and ability to strongly advocate for equity and inclusion at all levels of the institution.
• Ability to critically analyze requests for engagement on DEI initiatives and articulate responses based on organizational priority and capacity.
• Understanding of underlying technological needs and requirements.
• Ability to establish credibility and effective working relationships across organization.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.
• Demonstrated experience with significant and complex budgetary/financial management.
• User knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

The expected pay range for this position is $171,000 to $200,000 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.

Working Conditions:

• The university requires all staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless granted a medical or religious accommodation.
• This is an ( hybrid position requiring at least 3 days of onsite work per week and more as needed to meet student and departmental needs).
• Work evenings, as needed and occasionally on weekends.

Working Standards:

• 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,

How to Apply:
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter. Within the cover letter (no longer than two pages), please share your philosophy on the role of community centers and offices supporting marginalized students on a college campus and include specific examples of your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education setting. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled; complete applications received by April 21, 2023, will be assured full consideration.

Stanford University has retained Spelman Johnson, a leading national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries and nominations may be emailed to Jim Norfleet at

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.

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