Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program (CSP) is a premier adult learning program offering more than 600 courses, workshops, and seminars to more than 17,000 students annually. The mission of Stanford Continuing Studies is to share the rich educational resources of Stanford University with adult students living in the Bay Area and beyond.
Stanford Continuing Studies is seeking an Assistant Dean to help provide high-level leadership that will position the organization for growth while maintaining a high-quality program and meeting budget targets. Reporting to the Associate Dean and Director, the Assistant Dean will play an integral role in setting the vision and strategy for course offerings, public programs, university partnerships, and CSP's new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative. This highly visible position will be responsible for building relationships with university stakeholders and external groups, faculty and instructors, and cross-functional teams within CSP. The Assistant Dean will also represent CSP at large-scale, high-profile courses and events held on campus or online. The ideal candidate will have previous experience leading change management and program development in a higher education setting, demonstrated experience in program delivery, and a growth mindset which embraces creative problem-solving, innovation, continuous improvement, and an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.
Collaborate with the Associate Dean and Director to set the vision and strategy for course offerings, public programs, university partnerships, and CSP's new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative. Develop and implement business and strategic plans to support development of CSP programs.
Oversee the development of a robust, relevant, and timely lineup of courses across all subjects (liberal arts and sciences, business, technology, communications, art studio, etc.) and formats (on-campus courses and both synchronous and asynchronous online courses). Apply market research, enrollment data, course evaluation data, and other research to inform decision-making about course offerings.
Provide leadership, direction, and oversight for high-enrollment and logistically complex courses. Provide oversight and direction to the Senior Course Manager and the Course Planning Specialist to ensure that project management processes address all stakeholder needs in order to have smooth and timely implementation and delivery of high-stakes courses.
Lead the Course Planning Team. Direct staff to achieve goals and vision of the organization including the implementation of policies and procedures.
Lead the Course Planning Team; advise and mentor staff curriculum coordinators to help create a balanced, effective lineup of courses overall. Follow trends to develop fresh curriculum ideas.
Lead instructor recruiting efforts by meeting with and vetting potential instructors. Align recruiting efforts with university goals regarding diversity and inclusion.
Partner with the Senior Manager of the Learning, Design, and Technology team to identify instructors to cultivate in order to create new and expanded courses, or to remediate in order to improve existing courses.
Establish and communicate expectations for developing course descriptions and manage quality control, ensuring all descriptions are compelling, accurate, and consistent; design should be developed in partnership with the marketing team and the Catalogue Editor.
Provide direction to staff on policies and procedures related to course programming.
Grow and nurture a positive and inclusive culture that demonstrates a commitment to diversity.
Represent CSP with the university and with external constituencies.
Maintain and grow relationships with university stakeholders such as the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD) and Office of Community Engagement (OCE). Coordinate with stakeholders on the development of public programs and DEI initiatives.
Serve as primary contact for high-profile faculty and instructors in the implementation of their courses and events, ensuring all stakeholder needs are identified, documented, and addressed.
Please note that due to evolving COVID-19 safety measures, there is currently flexibility regarding the work location - home or office is acceptable. Once COVID-19 safety measures are no longer applicable, this position will be based on the Stanford campus although part-time telecommuting may be an option, subject to operational need.
Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or combination of education and relevant experience.
A high level of curiosity that crosses a broad spectrum of disciplines including liberal arts and sciences; studio arts; business and economics; technology; society and politics; and medicine, health and wellness.
Passion for education and learning, desire to make a local and global impact, ability to be innovative and forward-looking to predict and respond to emerging trends.
The ability to think and act creatively, wisely and confidently in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Experience in curriculum development, design, and delivery.
Ability to align the program with industry standards, university policies and priorities, and legal and regulatory requirements.
Ability to work with business/management computer applications and databases.
Financial skills in budget planning and financial forecasting.
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