Associate Director, Taube Center for Jewish Studies
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Description of Workplace
The Taube Center for Jewish Studies offers an interdisciplinary program for the study and understanding of Jewish cultures, literatures, languages, religion, politics, and history. Established as a program in 1986 and endowed as Center with a permanent presence on campus, Jewish Studies prides itself of more than 20 affiliated, interdisciplinary faculty including scholars of ancient Jewish texts, Modern Jewish History, Sephardi Studies, Yiddish and European Jewish Literature, Hebrew and Israeli culture, Contemporary Jewish Life; Education, Sociology, Music, and even Genetics. With nine core faculty members, the existing program is enhanced by a vibrant and diverse program of visiting scholars and lecturers, including a post-doctoral fellowship program.
The Taube Center offers a robust graduate student program. While our graduate students earn their doctoral degree in their respective departments, they gather regularly for a research colloquium in Jewish Studies and contribute to the visiting scholars’ program and work with the core faculty across departments. Undergraduate students can major and minor in Jewish Students.
The Associate Director position provides leadership on programmatic, curricular, and administrative issues. The Associate Director works closely with and as a thought partner to the Faculty Director to devise and implement the vision, strategy and goals of the Center for Jewish Studies and its affiliated faculty and students. Key responsibilities include assisting the Faculty Director in strategic planning, academic and public outreach programming, financial management and annual budgeting, and relationship cultivation. Other key responsibilities include: managing the Jewish Studies undergraduate program (affiliated with the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity), and recruiting and retaining majors and minors; facilitating the strengthening intellectual community of our graduate students and faculty, including facilitation of the graduate student research colloquium; developing and managing the programs’ communications strategy within the University as well as among regional, national, and international networks; administration of our annual endowed lecture program and lecture series. The AD may help with developing and reviewing curricula, facilitating the creation of new courses for the program by affiliated faculty. The AD manages the programs’ day-to-day operations in collaboration with a full-time Events and Finance Coordinator and student employees. Working with Human Resources and the Finance Department, the AD oversees the program’s budget. The AD also works with and manages the Administrative Associate to ensure the growth of the program.
If you believe that this opportunity is a match for your knowledge, skills and abilities, we encourage you to apply. Please attach a resume and cover letter expressing your interest as well as including your experience with Jewish Studies. Thank you for considering employment opportunities with the School of Humanities and Sciences.
In this role you will*:
- Oversee and administer research activities by evaluating academic programs, including conferences and visiting lectures, making recommendations that impact policies and programs, and coordinating and implementing changes.
- Teach and/or assist in the teaching and administration of courses. Create and/or advise in the development of curriculum. Make recommendations for course improvements.
- Write and edit content for proposals, peer-reviewed publications, and other program activities under the general direction of PI. Assist with the development of research grants, (i.e., may suggest new funding opportunities, write portions of grants, and/or summarize data for grant support).
- Monitor expenses, budgets, and finances of the program. Make recommendations on funding based on program spend.
- Represent the program or function as the key contact and subject matter expert within the department, unit or school and develop communications for internal and external constituencies. Organize and/or participate in outreach activities such as events, partnerships, fundraising, training, and conferences. Lead workshops and facilitate meetings.
- May oversee and train student workers.
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
- Bachelor’s degree and two years of relevant experience or combination of education, training, and relevant experience. Advanced degree may be required for some programs. Program administration and or research experience may be required.
- Demonstrated oral, written, and analytical skills, exhibiting fluency in area of specialization.
- Ability to oversee and provide basic direction to staff.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
- An advanced degree in Jewish Studies or relevant to the field of Jewish Studies is a desideratum. Ability with Hebrew is a plus, but not required.
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Other duties may also be assigned, not all unique aspects of this job are covered by this job posting. A full job description will be shared during the interview process.
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.
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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