Associate Dean and Director, The Markaz Resource Center
Job Number: 84094
Appointment Duration: 3-year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension based on funding.
Stanford University is searching for an exceptional leader for The Markaz Resource Center. The Associate Dean and Director will work with students and colleagues on community building, institutional structures, intellectual engagement, mental health & well-being, leadership development, and alumni engagement.
The Markaz Resource Center:
The Markaz supports a vibrant community of students who identify with or are interested in Muslim experiences both here and around the world. It provides a welcoming space and timely programming to engage, educate and empower the entire Stanford community. Whether addressing the issues of today or celebrating our rich heritage, the Markaz fosters a sense of belonging and builds connections across Stanford's diverse community.
The Markaz Resource Center has been inspired and shaped by the legacy and contributions of Stanford's Community Centers, now referred to collectively as the Centers for Equity, Community and Leadership (ECL): the Asian American Activities Center, the Black Community Services Center, El Centro Chicano y Latino, the Native American Cultural Center, the Queer Student Resources Center, and the Women's Community Center.
The Director is responsible for advancing the mission of the Markaz Resource Center, coordinating and mentoring the professional and student staff, and administering the programs and daily activities. They will oversee the ongoing development and growth of the Markaz, working closely with the Assistant Vice Provost of Student Affairs for Equity, Community, and Leadership (ECL), colleagues within the ECL unit, the Dean of Students Office, the Office for Religious Life, the Markaz Advisory Board and the Office of Development, with input from student staff and affiliated student organizations. They will collaborate with Stanford faculty and administrators to ensure that the needs of students and student groups connected to the Markaz are met.
Your responsibilities include:
Provide strategic direction for and manage the Markaz programs. Assess, forecast, conceptualize, collaborate, allocate resources, implement, and evaluate.
Manage Markaz professional staff and other employees, processes and projects. Make hiring decisions and provide coaching and mentoring.
Engage proactively in crisis prevention and intervention: conduct counseling, intervention, and referral when necessary to assist students in resolving personal/academic problems and crises.
Foster student-initiated programming and opportunities related to the center's mission to support students in their academic and extracurricular interests as well as mental health and wellness.
Advise student groups affiliated with the Markaz and offer one-on-one counseling to students with personal and academic interests related to Muslim experiences and identities.
Work with senior leadership on programmatic and policy development.
Interpret, implement and ensure compliance with university, academic and administrative policies with the program. Recommend new internal policies, guidelines and procedures. Direct process improvement for the Markaz.
Actively participate in the ECL leadership team, including strategic planning efforts, cross-function efforts, and ongoing cross-center collaborations.
Represent department programs and initiatives at senior level meetings, conferences, and to both internal and external constituents. Serve on University committees.
Identify, manage relationships, and negotiate with external and internal partners, including: Counseling and Psychological Services, Graduate Life Office, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Undergraduate Admissions, New Student Orientation, Dean of Students, Office of Religious Life, Diversity & First Generation Office.
Work with the Office of Development to align the Markaz with institutional fundraising work and take an active role in that process.
To be successful in this position, you will bring:
A Bachelor's degree and substantial professional experience required.
Experience working with students
Extensive knowledge of Muslim experiences in the United States and around the world, as demonstrated by public service, advocacy, prior work experience, or academic expertise.
Ability to develop community and assist students in navigating the university environment.
Ability to work with students to engage, mentor, support, lead, and develop programming.
Ability to work collaboratively with and gain support from a broad and diverse array of constituents, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents, community members and visitors.
Advanced 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, develop and manage budgets and expenditures.
Understanding and experience of leadership and management.
Ability to work evenings and weekend hours, as needed, to support student programs, services and events.
In addition, our preferred requirements include:
Master's or Doctoral degree in relevant field
*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.
Why Stanford is for You
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How to Apply We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit your resume and a cover letter along with your online application, and address the following questions in your cover letter:
What do you think are the most pressing needs and concerns facing students who identify with or are interested in the Muslim experience in a highly selective residential university? How would you go about addressing those needs as the Associate Dean and Director of The Markaz?
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.