The HireMojo Team
The Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the Director of the Stanford Program in Paris, France. This is a full-time, regular, administrative position.
The Director of the Stanford Program in Paris is charged with nourishing an intellectual and social environment that is supportive of excellence and high academic standards for Stanford undergraduates. The Director is responsible for the academic and administrative management and day to day operation of the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) center and for making decisions on local resource allocations and priorities, recognizing both local practice and Stanford University operating principles.
The Stanford Program in Paris is a three-quarter academic program serving an average of 100 undergraduate students per year. This position supervises four staff employees and manages the employment of lecturers and tutors associated with the program. The Director has immediate responsibilities for Stanford undergraduates attending the center each quarter and for providing direction, leadership, advising and support for their needs, in close collaboration with BOSP home campus staff. This position reports jointly to the Faculty Director and to the Associate Vice Provost, Executive Director for BOSP at the Stanford campus in California.
Academic Program Management
- Develop and implement a curriculum within the context of Stanford University’s academic organization and standards, in coordination with home campus senior staff and faculty.
- Launch new and innovative courses that make use of unique local opportunities.
- Identify, hire, evaluate, and coordinate local faculty to lecture and teach seminar courses or independent study at an appropriate academic level, bearing in mind cultural and pedagogical differences. Evaluate teaching performance and effectiveness on a regular basis.
- Promote interaction among local faculty and between local faculty and visiting Stanford professors, especially in discussions of pedagogy and curricular issues.
- In collaboration with BOSP at the home campus, develop student application criteria, evaluate applications, and prioritize waitlists.
- In collaboration with the Stanford Language Center, manage a language teaching program.
- Teach courses as required by academic program needs.
- Provide academic advising for students.
- Define, develop, and enable student and faculty use of local libraries, archives, and resources.
- Help supervise research projects, independent study, or individual directed reading.
- Develop and implement a guest lecturer program or other special activities coordinated with the particular quarter’s curriculum.
- Follow Stanford academic policies and guidelines.
- Develop and establishes linkages with local academic communities, academic institutions, government agencies, alumni and donors.
- Maintain awareness of emerging academic directions in France, including outstanding scholars.
- Maintain communication with local peers directing other US study abroad programs.
Administration and Budget Management
- Ensure that operations of the Center and the academic programs are in compliance with all policies, regulations and laws governing Stanford University, and in the country of program operation.
- Manage relations with partner universities, local public safety, US consular, local country immigration officials, and other local governmental agencies and organizations to facilitate the operations of the program.
- Manage Center staff, including hiring, training, motivating, evaluating performance and salary recommendations to achieve program goals.
- Work directly with BOSP home campus staff to prepare and manage annual budget; manages all fiscal activities including authorization of expenditures, review and approval of monthly cash reports.
- Manage facilities and property at the center.
- In coordination with home campus staff, oversee the technological infrastructure of the Center and its uses for academic and administrative purposes.
- Work in close contact with all BOSP administrative staff.
- Manage logistics to support effective participation of visiting Stanford faculty.
- Host Stanford University visitors, as appropriate.
- Maintain contact with and host advocates for the program, including donors and alumni.
- Develop and maintain community relationships.
Student Life Oversight
- Provide strategic oversight for program activities, meetings, and events, including those with external partners.
- Manage the resolution of program issues and concerns, interpret policies, and mediate complex and sensitive issues.
- Provide direct advice to students on a range of issues including, but not limited to, academic progress, academic program policies, personal matters, accessibility, housing, local environment, etc., to assist them in making appropriate choices and decisions.
- Advise and/or resolve multi-dimensional matters in response to students in crisis or at risk; counsel students and parents on sensitive and confidential issues.
- Implement university policy related to academic policies; oversee the implementation of policies and practices for students.
- Manage key processes, including contribution and direction on policy and program content.
These duties may be adjusted as needed to suit the academic and business needs of the Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program.
Education and Experience
- Earned Doctorate or equivalent experience with professional advanced degree
- 3+ years of university level teaching experience
- Demonstrated professional administrative experience in higher education in managerial role
- Professional experience with American undergraduates at an institution similar to Stanford preferred, but not required
- Experience with overseas study programs preferred, but not required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Near-native French language proficiency, both oral and written
- An advanced level of fluent English skills both oral and written to enable effective communications with those whose primary language is English
- Advanced knowledge of French culture, history and business etiquette
- General knowledge of French academic communities
- Ability to provide academic and managerial leadership of the program and office
- Computer proficiency with skill in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
- Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines, working independently and collaboratively as appropriate with professional colleagues both within the center and abroad in a team-oriented environment
- Ability to accomplish goals working through formal and informal channels, with diplomacy and tactfulness
- Demonstrated creativity, problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment, and decision making skills
- Understanding of working in a complex university or similar environment with proven ability to exercise patience and flexibility with students, parents, staff, and faculty and outside constituents
- Awareness of and sensitivity to the diverse population of Stanford University students
- Strong interpersonal skills, adept at fostering and maintaining effective collaboration, trust, teamwork and respect.
- Must be legally authorized to work in France
- Will work variable hours, evenings or weekends within French legal framework
- Will travel locally and/or internationally, with occasional overnight travel
- Salary will be commensurate with experience.
- At the time of hire must be legally authorized to work in France
- Must comply with all visa, work authorization, and tax related laws and regulations as a condition of employment.
- Position is benefits eligible subject to applicable French/US laws, regulations and Stanford University policy.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10 January 2021
STARTING DATE: 1 June 2021
Inquiries to the search committee should be directed to:
Executive Search Consultant
3160 Porter Drive, Suite 250
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Stanford University is one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. A key aspect of this is to provide serious international educational opportunities to our students. Sustaining and developing these rich offerings is an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging project.
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