Senior Associate Dean for External Relations

Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Closing date
Oct 24, 2021

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Senior Associate Dean for External Relations[ðŸ"Office of External Relations, Stanford, California, United States](Sep 02, 2021 Post Date91167 Requisition #*Senior Associate Dean for External Relations*New Sustainability School at Stanford Stanford University is one of the world's premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives. We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community. Stanford is taking the historic step of creating a new school that will be focused on climate and sustainability, the first new school at the university in more than 70 years. The new school (name to be finalized) will be focused on a unifying goal of creating a future in which humans and nature thrive together in concert and in perpetuity. Faculty, students, and staff will pursue this goal through three primary pathways to impact:
* Advancing knowledge critical to sustaining life on Earth
* Preparing students as future sustainability leaders through rigorous, engaged education and research
* Catalyzing informed action globally to generate and accelerate local, national, and global solutions to the defining challenge for humanity
The research, teaching, and engagement activity in the new school will be grounded in eight scholarship areas:
* Climate Change
* Earth and Planetary Sciences
* Energy Technology
* Sustainable Urban Development
* The Natural Environment
* Food and Water Security
* Human Society and Behavior
* Human Health and the Environment
The new school will be composed of academic departments; institutes, including the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy, which will house initiatives to support faculty and student collaboration within and beyond the new school; and a Sustainability Accelerator, which will be focused on externalizing policy and technology solutions at scale. It will offer disciplinary and interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate degrees, courses and student experiences designed to enable all Stanford students to engage with sustainability scholarship, as well as professional education programs. The new school will be based in a new academic commons that will become an intellectual hub and a visible and welcoming environment for the entire Stanford community and beyond. The *Senior Associate Dean for External Relations (SAD)* is a new position that will report to the Associate Vice President in the Office of Development with a dotted line to the Vice President for University Communications and will oversee teams directing all development, alumni relations, communications, and events activities for the school. Direct reports include the Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations and the Associate Dean for Communications. The SAD will be a member of the new school's senior leadership team, working closely with and in service to the school's interim leaders (Vice Provost and Dean of Research Kathryn Moler and Dean of the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences Stephan Graham) and eventually the Dean of the new school. As the new school is being formed, the SAD will play a key role in designing and implementing a school staffing structure that leverages and optimizes current expertise and creates a roadmap for the future. We are seeking an exceptional candidate for this high visibility role-a senior leader who is a seasoned manager, successful strategist, experienced change leader, and who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced, and highly collaborative environment. This is a truly unique opportunity to play a central role in creating a new school at one of the world's top research universities and, in so doing, to contribute to a more sustainable future for people and our planet. Initial areas of focus for the SAD will include a series of high-visibility and large-scale school launch events to take place in spring or fall of 2022, a substantial fundraising effort, and significant staff realignment and hiring. *Principal Responsibilities:**Serve as senior leader within the school and within University External Relations:*
* Provide strategic advice and support to the school's academic leadership, including the Dean, Institute and Accelerator Directors, Department Chairs, and other faculty leaders.
* Represent the school and actively engage with colleagues throughout the university, particularly in the Office of Development and University Communications.
*Manage all aspects of School External Relations operations:*
* Develop, socialize, and implement an ideal organizational structure for External Relations, manage available resources, and make the case for additional resources when necessary.
* Hire and directly oversee External Relations leadership team, set individual performance goals and manage and assess progress toward goals, and offer career coaching and professional development guidance.
* Create departmental goals and objectives and provide leadership to meet them.
* Set and manage departmental operations budgets.
* Create and communicate departmental policies, processes, and best practices.
* Grow and nurture a positive and inclusive culture that demonstrates a commitment to diversity.
*Work closely with the Associate Deans, the Office of Development, and University Communications partners to create strategies and oversee implementation to meet objectives and goals including:*
* Advance programs and activities to promote the new school, meet significant fundraising goals, and meaningfully and productively engage with key external and internal constituents and audiences, including alumni, donors and potential supporters (both individual and institutional), volunteers, local community members as well as members of the public at large, the media, faculty, students and prospective students, and staff.
* Create and implement comprehensive and coordinated strategic communications, development, and events plans in support of all of the school's areas.
* Provide advice and consultation to faculty partners on effective communications, development, and events strategies.
* Develop key messages and strategies that make effective use of a wide variety of communications platforms and channels.
* Achieve favorable media coverage for the school.
* Establish and cultivate relationships with key volunteers and donors and drive fundraising results.
*Required Qualifications:*
* Bachelor's degree and ten years of experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience. Previous experience in fundraising/development and communications/events required. Experience in higher education, strongly desired.
* Considerable experience successfully managing a team of 10 or more.
* Demonstrated strategic leadership, planning and change management skills.
* Strong interpersonal skills and political acumen.
* An ability to cultivate strong collaborative relationships with faculty.
* Experience in alumni relations desired.
* Excellent strategic planning skills.
* Excellent communication skills.
* Ability to influence people, solve problems, trouble shoot, think creatively and resolve conflicts.
* Strong attention to detail and accuracy.
* Proven ability to manage large and complex issues through diverse and competing interests.
* Understanding of brand management principles.
* High tolerance for ambiguity.
*Preferred Qualifications:*
* Significant development/alumni relations, communications, and events experience, including at a senior leadership level and a track-record of success, preferably with a research university.
* Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
* Frequently sitting.
* Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
* Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
* Occasionally work evenings and weekends.
* 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,
*** We believe Stanford's future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community. 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.Additional Information
* Schedule: Full-time
* Job Code: 4144
* Employee Status: Regular
* Grade: O
* Requisition ID: 91167

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