Breaking News: NDNU’s 2015 Commencement Speaker

16 04 2015

JakeIs none other than Jake Wilkerson!  Jake is an excellent student, part of our Human Services program, and if you’ve been in class with him you’ll remember him by his thoughtful input in discussions and great work, both that in the classroom and that he engages in the community and shares in class contributions.  Jake was recently hired as a firefighter by the North County Fire Authority, an extremely competitive position.    I’m sure that they are thrilled to have him working for them.

We are so proud that he will be representing the undergraduates at commencement on May 9!  Congratulations, Jake!


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Student Spotlight: Mario de Leon

15 04 2015

Mario class Human Services student Mario de Leon recently started his own business, running a martial arts studio.  He’s got a third degree black belt himself and experience training in Brazilian Jujitsu, wresting, Muy Thai, boxing, Hapkido, and Escrima stick fighting.  With 25 years of training experience and 18 years of teaching experience, his students are in good hands.  He reported that he has contracts to bring his services to several schools in the Santa Clara area.

Hurrah!  We love to cheer for student’s entrepreneurial successes!


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Interviewing Workshop Today, 5-6PM

7 04 2015

Interviewing Workshop

Interview Questions: What To Ask, How To Prepare

7 04 2015

QuestionsThis article, from an interview with Glamour magazine’s editor, Cindi Leive, gives some good ideas for those who are planning interviews, either for prospective jobs or for prospective new employees.  The full article, from aol jobs in partnership with career builder. com, can be found here and the full interview (which is an interesting read, with insights about women in leadership, the value of work, and more) can be found here.

Here’s an excerpt:

“I always ask people why they want the job,” she told Bryant. “There’s not one right answer, but I want to see that there is a reason.”

She also she wants a candidate to convince her of their value by saying “something along the lines of: ‘I really want this position. I think I could do something great with it, and I’d be so excited to join your team,'” she told Bryant. “I’m always pleased when somebody does that.”

Her second favorite is, “What would you be doing if you weren’t in this business at all?” With this question she is hoping to get a sense of what people’s lives look like outside of work, and wants to ensure that they value a work-life balance. “I have definitely seen that people who have full lives are not just happier but also tend to be better at their jobs,” she explained.

As for the rest of Leive’s interview questions, she says they’re designed to give her an idea of the candidates enthusiasm and curiosity. “At least half the questions I ask are to just hear how the person talks when they respond. Are they confident? Are they interested? Have they thought through a few stories before the interview?”


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Job Opportunity at Stanford University

6 04 2015
HaasExecutive Assistant 1– Haas Center for Public Service
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Job Code: 4160

Classification Level: G


Apply online at (search for job #66343)
*Only resumes with accompanying cover letter will be considered

Are you looking for an opportunity that empowers you and challenges you to excel? Then this position as Executive Assistant, supporting the Executive Director of the Haas Center for Public Service, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs at Stanford University, could be the right opportunity for you!

For three decades, the Haas Center for Public Service has served as a campus hub for undergraduate public service and national model for universities’ role in developing civic leaders. Its mission is to inspire Stanford University to realize a just and sustainable world through service, scholarship, and community partnerships. Each year, the Center supports more than 1,000 students in local and global public service across diverse pathways: activism, direct service, engaged scholarship, philanthropy, public policy, and social entrepreneurship through programs that include student leadership development, education partnerships, community-engaged scholarship, fellowships, and postgraduate public service.

Provide complex and diversified administrative support with minimal supervision. Anticipate the needs of senior level manager or chair (subsequently referred to as “supervisor” for this document) and proactively solve problems and/or independently handle issues. May be responsible for leading other administrative staff or subordinates.

• Plan and schedule complex calendar(s) with limited or no consultation, resolve calendaring conflicts. Negotiate and manage the needs of individuals or groups requesting time with the supervisor, independently committing his/her time. May occasionally represent the supervisor by attending meetings in his/her absence; speaking for the supervisor.

• Act on behalf of the supervisor in regards to establishing priorities and identifying and resolving problems that are administrative in nature. Use independent judgment to keep supervisor informed of all matters that require his/her attention.

• Serve as the liaison to various internal and external constituencies, including screening correspondence and telephone calls; keep the supervisor informed of all matters requiring his/her attention.

• Independently prioritize, plan, coordinate and/or oversee logistics and conferences with individuals and entities internal and external to the university, including executive and senior level staff, donors and government officials

• Compose correspondence; develop, review and edit presentations and documentation; independently research and analyze associated issues and/or compile materials needed for presentation and/or decision making purposes.

• Manage complex business travel in compliance with unit, university, and sponsor policies.

• Prepare reports and analyses, identify adverse trends and make appropriate recommendations or conclusions.

• Manage multiple projects simultaneously. Anticipate and track initial dates, events and associated action items; follow up with appropriate parties on behalf of supervisor to ensure deadlines are met.

• May also supervise staff.

* – Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:
High school diploma and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Demonstrated high-level administrative experience which includes advanced computer skills and demonstrated experience with office software and email applications.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including editing and proofreading.

• Excellent planning and organizational skills.

• Ability to take initiative and ownership of projects.

• Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality.

• Demonstrated ability to perform duties with a high level of professionalism, flexibility, discretion, judgment, diplomacy and tact.

• Ability to multi-task, adapt to changing priorities and meet deadlines.

• Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.

• Frequently sitting.

• Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

• Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl.

* – 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.

• May occasionally work flexible work schedule including weekends.

• 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,

Experience a culture of excellence.

Stanford University, located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, 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 to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Finalist candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background check.

TODAY, 5-6PM, Resume Writing Workshop

6 04 2015

Resume WorkshopCourtesy of our Career Center; thank you Carrie McKnight!

This Week on Campus (and a Next Week Save the Date Reminder)

1 04 2015

Tonight:  Creative writers event. Memoirist and novelist Janis Cooke Newman (foreign adoption, Mary Todd Lincoln) and Irish short story writer Ethel Rohan (one-armed identical twin, Dublin Reservist) will read in the Wiegand Gallery, 7:30. Book signing and reception to follow. See the attached flyer (CW April) for details.

Tomorrow (Thursday):  Career Fair aimed toward those interested in careers in the nonprofit or educational sectors.  3-5:30, Shoreway Conference Room, Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 350 Twin Dolphins Drive, Redwood City.  See flyer at right below; participating organizations listed here: Organizations Spring Fair 2015

Next week:  Each evening our marvelous Career Services Center is having a series of workshops:  See flyer at left below.

Career Workshops Spring 2015Career Fair Spring 2015


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