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Education Manager

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the foundation of a liberal arts education at Stanford. The school encompasses 23 departments and 25 interdisciplinary programs. H&S is home to fundamental and applied research, where free, open, and critical inquiry is pursued across disciplines. As the university’s largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. Graduate students work alongside world-renowned faculty to pursue and shape foundational research that leads to breakthroughs and discoveries that shed new light on the past, influence the present, and shape the future. Together, faculty and students in H&S engage in inspirational teaching, learning, and research every day.

Department/Program Description:  The Bill Lane Center for the American West is dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of the past, present, and future of western North America. The Center supports research, teaching, and reporting about western land and life in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The Center's vision of the West extends from San Francisco Bay to the fabled 100th Meridian, from western Canada to all of Mexico, and outward to the Pacific world. As a hub for research and expertise about the American West, we work with Stanford students, faculty, and outside partners to address challenges facing the region. One of our main objectives is to provide helpful tools, reporting, and research to leaders who make decisions that impact California and the American West. In addition to supporting sound policymaking, we also strive to showcase the art, history, and culture of the West to preserve and foster appreciation for the region’s uniqueness. The Center’s work is highly interdisciplinary and involves numerous partnerships both on and off-campus.

Position Summary: The Bill Lane Center for the American West is seeking an experienced professional to serve as its Education Manager. The Education Manager will work under general supervision of the Associate Director and will administer the Center’s student programming. The Center has a suite of graduate and undergraduate programs, including a robust summer internship program, a three week travel-study course,  an introductory course on the American West, and potentially other course offerings. The Education Manager will be the key contact for the Center’s educational programs, responsible for logistics, program budgets, vendor selection and management, marketing and publicity, scheduling, and related administrative support for the faculty director.

Successful candidates must possess and demonstrate a positive outlook on continuous process improvement efforts while maintaining a team-based and customer-focused mindset. It is critical that the person in this position exhibit the abilities to practice sound judgment and decision-making, effective written and oral communication, strong attention to detail and respectful relationship management. This position must also exhibit a strong desire to continuously learn new and unfamiliar business topics, policies and procedures as they relate to supporting educational programming – the ability to translate this information into operational successes will be critical.

This is a 100% FTE exempt position. This position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting (hybrid of working on-site and off-site), subject to operational need.) If you believe that this opportunity is a match for your knowledge, skills and abilities, we encourage you to apply. Thank you for considering employment opportunities with the School of Humanities and Sciences.

In this role, you will:

  • Independently implement, administer and evaluate day-to-day activities of the unit, function or program by identifying and executing tasks and objectives, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and assigning resources to achieve the goals of the program.
  • Collect and analyze data, create reports, review and explain trends; formulate and evaluate alternative solutions and/or recommendations to achieve the goals of the program or function.
  • Analyze and interpret policies; develop, revise and implement procedures for program or function.
  • Represent the program or function as the key contact and subject matter expert within the department, unit or school. Commit resources and provide information and/or training. May also represent the program or function to external/internal stakeholders and constituencies.
  • Organize and/or participate in outreach activities that may include developing communications and training, planning/promoting events and/or conferences.
  • May participate in development of budgets, monitor, and approve expenditures. May perform limited forecasting and provide recommendations that determine the budget.
  • May direct staff to perform various tasks and assignments. May also supervise staff.

 

Specific duties include:

 

  •  Manage the recruitment, interviewing, and selection of 18+ student summer interns. Including coordination with host agencies, and management of student blog posts and stewardship letters.
  • Manage student recruitment, logistics, and itinerary management for field-study courses, including annual trips with Stanford’s Sophomore College program (SoCo). 
  • Manage flagship American West course, including faculty meetings, syllabus development, and recruitment, mentoring, and ongoing management of course TAs.
  • Keep track of other courses the Center is sponsoring. Work with Faculty Director and Associate Director on development of, strategy for, and execution of new course offerings and enhanced educational programming
  • Represent the Center at on-campus outreach events geared toward students. Serve as primary liaison with campus partners such as the Sophomore College office, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs, and others.
  • Manage creation of print and digital marketing and communication materials for the Center’s educational programs. Communicate with students through a variety of channels, including an email newsletter and Instagram. Maintain the student section of the website.
  • Recruit and manage student ambassadors and workers.
  • Provide support for the Center’s academic and public events and conferences. (Several of these events and conferences occur off-campus, either out-of-state or potentially in Canada or Mexico.)
  • Provide orientation to the Center’s activities to visiting scholars, student workers, temporary employees, and other sponsored guests of the Center.

 

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize own work and multi-task.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and ownership of projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to routinely and independently exercise sound judgment in making decisions.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Relevant subject matter knowledge.
  • Ability to direct the work of others, for jobs requiring supervision.

Certifications and Licenses:

None

 

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Interest in and experience working with students
  • Interest in subject matter relating to issues facing the American West

 

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  • 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.
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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classifications 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 their 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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