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Assistant Vice Provost for Accessible Education

Stanford University
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 12, 2024

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Faculty Positions, Education, Special Education
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Full Time

Stanford University
Assistant Vice Provost for Accessible Education

Stanford University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of assistant vice provost for accessible education.

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, Stanford is one of the world's leading undergraduate teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges, preparing students for leadership in a complex world, and advancing human knowledge and research in the many fields of humanities, social science, engineering, arts, and sciences.

This hybrid position requires at least three days of onsite work per week or more to meet student and departmental needs. The anticipated start date is early summer 2024.

The Position
The assistant vice provost (AVP) for accessible education is the strategic leader of the office of accessible education (OAE). The AVP is instrumental in setting vision and direction, leading and working collaboratively with a dedicated multidisciplinary team and colleagues, and engaging the campus community in creating, strengthening, and maintaining a culture of access, holistic well-being, and belonging that supports students with disabilities at Stanford.

Reporting to the senior associate vice provost and dean of students and working closely with the director of diversity and access and ADA Section 504 compliance officer, the AVP will promote an accessible and inclusive environment for students with disabilities. The AVP must be innovative and offer a demonstrated capacity for effective change management, have a complex understanding of the many challenges facing students, and be prepared to engage in all aspects of the university to ensure a broad and coordinated strategy to address those needs. The AVP will guide and support the OAE leadership team, collect and analyze metrics to forecast trends and assert resource needs, and remain current in industry best practices. The successful candidate will identify, clarify, and resolve complex, highly visible issues with university-wide scope and strategic impact and demonstrate a keen and authentic ability to establish credibility and effective working relationships, particularly with faculty and academic schools, as well as across the department, division, and institution.

The AVP provides guidance and expertise to campus leadership around disability-related issues, oversees comprehensive accommodation support for about 30 percent of Stanford undergraduate and coterminal degree students and 24 percent of graduate and professional degree students annually, and manages a dynamic professional team of 24, including four direct reports.

A bachelor's degree, ten years of relevant experience, and progressive experience in promoting disability access or in a student affairs or student services office with a specific emphasis on disability support services is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. An advanced degree and experience in a higher education setting are strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience and knowledge of critical issues related to disability access and support resources; experience leading a large and diverse professional staff team, including hiring, supervision, and professional development; proven ability in leading organizational transformation, with the capacity to effect change in the institutional culture and operations; and strong communication, organizational, fiscal, and relationship building skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with key campus and community partners. A demonstrated commitment toward accessibility, equity, inclusion, and belonging as well as cultural competency in all aspects of campus life, will be important considerations in the selection of the next assistant vice provost for accessible education.

Application Process
Stanford University has retained Spelman Johnson, a leading national executive search firm, to assist with this search. This hybrid position requires at least three days of onsite work per week or more to meet student and departmental needs.

Review of applications will begin April 4, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with a cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the position specification may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

The expected pay range for this position is $175,000 to $219,000 per annum. Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.

Stanford University requires all staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless granted a medical or religious accommodation.

Visit the Stanford University website at
Visit the Stanford University Office of Accessible Education website at

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.

Diversity has been a core value at Stanford since the university's founding in 1891. That year, Stanford opened its doors to men and women from diverse religious, national, and racial backgrounds in its quest to train useful citizens.

The diversity of Stanford's first class reflects our commitment to providing opportunities for advancement to any deserving student. We value the rich perspectives, skills, and ideas people from varied backgrounds bring to the Stanford community.


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