Director - Stanford Programme in Oxford
Oxford, Oxfordshire - Full Time

The Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the Director of the Stanford Program in Oxford, United Kingdom.  This is a full-time, regular, administrative position.

The Director of the Stanford Programme in Oxford (Director) 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) centre and for making decisions on local resource allocations and priorities, recognizing both local practice and Stanford University operating principles.

The Stanford Program in Oxford is a three quarter academic program. This position supervises staff employees and manages the employment of lecturers and tutors associated with the program. The Director has immediate responsibilities for Stanford undergraduates attending the centre each quarter and for providing direction, leadership, advising and support for their needs, in close collaboration with BOSP home campus staff.  This position reports to the Faculty Director of BOSP.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Academic Program Management

  • Oversee the hiring and assignment of tutors who work with individual students as part of the tutorial program. Evaluate teaching performance and effectiveness on a regular basis.
  • Develop and implement a curriculum within the context of Stanford University’s academic organisation and standards, in coordination with the faculty director.
  • Launch new and innovative courses that make use of unique local opportunities.
  • Identify and hire local faculty to lecture and teach seminar courses at an appropriate academic level, bearing in mind cultural and pedagogical differences.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Oxford faculty and facilitate academic events hosted by the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) in Oxford, for visiting Stanford faculty in residence, local professors, and students.
  • Attend and host term faculty meetings and social events with the lecturers, as needed.
  • In collaboration with BOSP’s home campus staff, develop student application criteria, evaluate applications, and prioritise waitlists.
  • Teach courses as required by academic program needs.
  • Review program, course and tutorial evaluations and other feedback data with a view to enriching the program.
  • Provide academic advising for students.
  • Define, develop, and enable student and faculty use of local libraries, archives, and resources.
  • Follow Stanford academic policies and guidelines.
  • Develop and establish linkages with local academic communities, academic institutions, government agencies, alumni and donors.
  • Maintain awareness of emerging academic directions in the United Kingdom, including outstanding local scholars.
  • Maintain communication with local peers directing other US study abroad programs.

 Administration and Budget Management

  • Manage Center staff, including hiring, training, motivating, evaluating performance and salary recommendations to achieve program goals.
  • 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 local public safety, US consular, local country immigration officials, and other local governmental agencies and organisations to facilitate the operations of the program.
  • Work directly with BOSP home campus staff to prepare and manage annual budget; oversee all fiscal activities including authorization of expenditures, review and approval of monthly cash reports.
  • Oversee centre’s facilities and property.
  • In coordination with home campus staff, oversee the technological infrastructure of the Center and its uses for academic and administrative purposes.
  • Collaborate regularly with BOSP home office staff to ensure effective and efficient programme administration.
  • Oversee 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.

Student Life Oversight

  • Provide strategic oversight for program activities, meetings, and events, including those with external partners.
  • Ensure support to students for all questions relative to their cultural integration in the UK and identify where more support is needed.
  • 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.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Education and Experience

  • Doctorate degree required and five (5) to seven (7) years of relevant experience, including at least three (3) to  five (5) years of managing staff. 
  • Must have current teaching experience with undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated professional administrative experience in higher education in managerial position.
  • 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

  • An advanced level of English oral and written communication skills
  • Advanced knowledge of British culture, history and business etiquette
  • General knowledge of British 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 the United Kingdom.
  • Will work variable hours, evenings or weekends.
  • Will travel locally and internationally, including occasional overnight travel.

 

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.

For more information about BOSP Oxford, please click here.

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, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.