About Residential & Dining Enterprises
Founded in 1891, Stanford University is among the top academic institutions in the country, excelling in a wide range of fields from the humanities to information technology to the health sciences and medicine. The university is located near Palo Alto, 35 miles south of San Francisco, on an 8,800-acre campus.
Residential & Dining Enterprises, the largest auxiliary organization at Stanford University, supports the academic mission of the University by providing the highest quality services to students and other members of the university community. The Department has an annual operating budget of over $206 million, oversees a 5 million sq. ft. physical plant across the campus, and provides housing for over 12,000 students, serves over 18,000 daily meals at 30 dining and retail locations and over 500,000 meals at Athletic Concessions events, and hosts 20,000 conference guests annually. Additionally, R&DE comprises 660 FTE staff in the following divisions: the Office of the Senior Associate Vice Provost, Student Housing, Stanford Dining, Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries, Stanford Conferences, and a team of R&DE strategic business partners: Finance & Administration, Human Resources, and Information Technology.
“Students (Customers) First” is the mantra of R&DE and our strategic goals reflect our commitment to delivering quality and excellence to our constituents every day. In R&DE, “Excellence is defined by aligning our strategic goals and performance with our vision.”
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 our work of providing service excellence to our students. Diversity is more than a commitment—it is foundational to what we do. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other characteristics that make us different.
The Assistant Director of Sustainable Food Systems with direction and guidance from the Director of the Stanford Food Institute (SFI), and Associate Director of Hospitality Strategy and Major Events, lead multiple program efforts, including student and staff education, food waste diversion, kitchen electrification, food-related greenhouse gas emissions reduction and resilience/adaptation strategies throughout the supply chain, and other programs in support of the vision for the overall enterprise-wide initiatives. Specialize in sustainable food systems, data analysis, multistakeholder engagement, collaborative program coordination and management, communication with diverse stakeholders, and change management within foodservice operations.
This role is currently designated as hybrid and may provide incumbents with flexibility for partial telecommuting.
Lead specific sustainability programs’/services’ development and manage all aspects of program execution in keeping with the vision for the overall initiative. Specialize in a key sustainability work area of analytical or outreach program management.
- Perform program management activities independently including: designing, communicating, compiling, and reporting program performance indicators, trends and metrics to various organizations and stakeholders.
- Manage program budget; 3rd party vendors and contractors.
- Represent Stanford in industry and community events.
- May manage junior staff or student interns.
- Analytical program management roles include: providing oversight to the data collection and reporting process for surveys, reports, and publications; managing the analysis of campus sustainability performance and cases for various third party evaluations and surveys; managing various data-driven assessment projects for campus buildings, maintaining communication and outreach related to these programs; and designing, communicating, compiling, and reporting key sustainability performance indicators, trends and metrics to various organizations and stakeholders. This may include but is not limited to preventing, measuring, and reducing food waste, as well as reducing food-related greenhouse gas emissions.
- Create, develop, and manage budget for assigned area(s). Support development and fundraising needs of SFI, for opportunities related to sustainable food systems. Develop and manage frameworks for impact measurement and program evaluation across the Institute’s programs.
- Outreach program management roles include: providing oversight to the designing, planning, and delivering campus education and training components of sustainability programs and services, raising campus awareness of sustainability goals and practices; managing schools’ and departments’ coordination for increasing the adoption of sustainability programs and services; managing sustainability publications, collateral, website, events, and online presentations; sourcing and coordinating external sustainability publicity, and promotional opportunities; and submitting proposals for national and regional conferences. Contribute relevant SDHA data and engage stakeholders in support of key SFI partnerships and strategic targets, both on campus and beyond, such as: Scope 3 Emissions Program, Climate Action Plan, REGEN1, Drawdown Labs, Zero Waste Committee, Black Farmers Purchasing Program, and the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, as well as any future sustainability-related partnerships. Liaise between SFI-based living lab research and research occurring in the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, contributing Stanford faculty and dining expertise to relevant MCURC research projects as well as implementing and translating insights generated from MCURC research, education, and culinary projects into SDHA operational improvements. Provide programmatic support to the MCURC Racial Equity Working Group, in support of R&DE’s overarching diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) values and programs
- Direct and develop programs for sustainable food operations, communications, and community relations. Support programmatic needs across food research, education, and flavor and innovation. May include supporting SFI Internship, SFI-hosted events, the annual SFI Research Symposium, on-campus educational courses and student projects, and collaborative research projects with faculty and staff using dining halls as living laboratories.
- Support SFI Director, R&DE Strategic Communications, and SFI Comms Lead on collateral, presentation content, editorial, website, and other communication needs related to SFI—as relates to sustainable food systems. Create and make presentations to showcase results, savings, and progress. Serve as subject matter expert on sustainable food program and climate-smart dining issues, and support media and public relations concerns; collaboratively coordinate the media relations efforts with leadership.
Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
Knowledge, Skills And Abilities
- Familiarity with higher education organizational and operational structures with the, ability to objectively think through initiatives’ impact in an institutional setting.
- Knowledge and clear understanding of green building practices, sustainability opportunities and the technical expertise for addressing such concerns.
- Ability to manage a complex and often competing set of priorities in a high-pressure, results-oriented environment.
- Strong communications skills, both written and oral (including proofreading) and ability to use sound judgment in following policies and procedures, using creativity to solve problems.
- Demonstrated skill in the use of spreadsheets, database programs, and word processing programs and basic-intermediate skills in creative programs suits (Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator and/or Photoshop).
Certifications And Licenses
- Frequently sitting, perform desk-based computer tasks, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
- Occasionally stand/walk, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, use a telephone, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 11-20 pounds.
- Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, writing by hand, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds.
- - 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 the job.
- Work on weekends and evenings.
- Work involves long hours of standing and sustained communications/dialogue.
- May work in mechanical equipment rooms, kitchens, waste management areas, construction sites.
- Travel, local and non-local.
- Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
- Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
- Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
The expected pay range for this position is $90k to 97K per annum or ( $43.27-$46.63 / hour).
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.
Why Stanford Is For You
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enriches the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
- Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or course auditing. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
- A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
- A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
- Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
- Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
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.