Stanford University seeks a collaborative and creative leader to serve as its next associate director of graduate housing and special projects. This is an on-site and in-person role, and the associate director is eligible to participate in Stanford’s pilot one-day per week hybrid work program. The anticipated start date is mid-September 2022.

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, Stanford University is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), the largest auxiliary organization at Stanford University, supports the University’s academic mission by providing high-quality services to students and other university community members. The department has an annual operating budget of over $350 million, operates 24/7/365, and oversees a $3 billion asset portfolio comprising a 7 million square foot physical plant across the campus. R&DE provides housing for over 13,000 students and dependents, serves meals at 17 dining halls and 12 retail locations, and operates athletic concessions and conference operations. “Students (Customers) First” is the mantra of R&DE and the department’s strategic goals reflect its commitment to delivering quality and excellence to its constituents every day.

Stanford and R&DE are committed to creating and sustaining a diverse environment. R&DE’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is reflected in its work of providing service excellence to students.

The Position

Reporting to Dr. Imogen Hinds, executive director of R&DE student housing operations, the associate director of graduate housing and special projects provides management and coordination of administrative and facilities operations-related functions, with responsibility for overall success for Student Housing Operations (SHO), a division of Residential & Dining Enterprises. The associate director serves in a senior-level leadership role within SHO; provides direct oversight for a graduate housing region; and develops, leads, and implements assigned student housing-related programs and initiatives to achieve organizational goals and objectives. Additionally, they will provide strategy, direction, and vision for their assigned graduate housing region or SHO-wide programs and initiative by developing and implementing strategic plan(s).

The associate director will provide oversight and direction for custodial operations, facilities management, programs, and initiatives in the assigned region and across R&DE SHO. They will be responsible for overseeing the finances for their area of responsibility, as well as developing, monitoring, and analyzing a complex consolidated annual budget. Further, the associate director will establish strong relationships with students, university staff, and faculty and ensure that clear and timely communication to key stakeholders (students, colleagues, other university offices, etc.) is established and maintained.

The associate director supervises four assistant directors and indirectly supervises four housing facilities supervisors (non-exempt) and bargaining unit custodial staff. This position is part of the R&DE emergency response program, which includes serving as a primary point-of-contact and incident leader representing SHO.


A bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience in administrative and financial management, or a combination of education and relevant experience are required. Experience with custodial operations and facilities management in a residential university setting is strongly preferred.

It will be important for the new associate director to possess a strong understanding of custodial operations and facilities management for a residential setting; excellent planning and organizational skills; experience managing a customer-facing operation with a large and culturally diverse staff; knowledge of building systems, including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing, as well as furnishings and finishes; and demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills including conflict resolution.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin Monday, June 13, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel R. Frendian at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

COVID Vaccination Requirement

Employment, or continuation thereof, at Stanford is contingent upon being fully COVID-19 vaccinated (unless a medical/religious exemption is approved); proof of a COVID-19 vaccination is required before the start of employment.

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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.