Program Coordinator

Vanderbilt University Nashville , TN 37201

Posted 2 months ago

Residential Colleges seeks focused, creative, and team-oriented candidates to collaborate with residential faculty to provide programmatic support and to advise and mentor student leaders. The position will build and implement programs within the residential colleges that help develop students outside the classroom by focusing on the Residential Colleges learning outcomes. This position will assist in implementing key programs within Vanderbilt's residential college system, including new student orientation, academic seminars, student professional development, and large-scale community events. In this role, the program coordinator will advise student leaders, and work with students, faculty, and staff from across the university.

As outlined in the university's Academic Strategic Plan, residential colleges strive to "Enrich the educational experience by completing and extending the residential college system and developing new infrastructure to foster further interconnections between discovery and learning" (Academic Strategic Plan, p. ii). Aging residence halls are being replaced with residential facilities designed to encourage classmates from varying backgrounds to come together in shared communities, living alongside faculty members who help foster dialogue and discovery outside the classroom. Known as residential colleges, this living-learning concept debuted in 2008 with the construction of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons for first-year students, made up of 10 residence halls on the southeast corner of campus. The building then shifted to West End Avenue, starting with Warren and Moore colleges for upper-division students, which opened in 2014. E. Bronson Ingram College opened in August 2018, replacing the former Vanderbilt and Barnard halls. The latest project, Nicholas S. Zeppos College, opened in August 2020. Construction is currently underway to continue expanding the system. We believe that intentional and mutually beneficial educational networks among students, faculty, and staff create a residential collegiate experience that rests on the discovery, creative inquiry, and engaged citizenship. Through the interaction among undergraduates, faculty, and staff, residents of residential colleges will: Master a course of study that will prepare students for professional, community, and civic affairs, while cultivating a capacity for lifelong learning. Interact with others outside of primary peer groups with civility, curiosity, and respect. Exercise mature judgments and habits for healthy living. Align values and commitments to their daily lives. Engage with the diverse communities of Vanderbilt, Nashville, and the world.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with residential faculty to implement and develop college programmatic initiatives focusing on the residential college system learning outcomes.

  • Advises student leaders within the college council, focusing on student development.

  • Assists in the facilitation of residential colleges-wide programs, including new student orientation, large-scale community programs, and the residential college's lecture series.

  • Develops, designs, and manages online content for college-level programs through the creation of content for print and social media.

  • Supports student-led initiatives within upper-division residential colleges that promote the Residential Colleges learning outcomes

  • Supports purchasing for the residential colleges, including the oversight and coordination of university student purchasing cards.

  • Participates in the Campus Connectors program as a staff adviser

  • Collaborates with various university offices and departments, including but not limited to the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Immersion Resources and the Career Center Represents Residential Colleges and Vanderbilt University on university, community, and national committees and boards.

  • Remains up-to-date on current trends in higher education and student development; infuses this knowledge into intentional program development with residential faculty and across the residential college system.


  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.

  • A Master's degree in Student Affairs Administration/Higher Education from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.

  • At least one year of directly comparable experience is necessary.

  • Experience working in higher education is necessary, with a demonstrated understanding of how a higher educational institution works.

  • Understanding of the strategic challenges, knowledge of the formal structures, and an appreciation of the internal and external political context and how that influences appropriate behavior.

  • Professional or graduate-level experience in higher education is preferred.

  • Experience working with residential faculty is preferred.

  • Experience developing and delivering educational programming is preferred.

  • Expertise in creating/conducting presentations, speaking effectively in public, and writing is preferred.

  • The ability to utilize student development theory to inform programming, assessment, and co-curricular efforts in a residential setting is preferred.

  • Ability to communicate with students, faculty, staff, and community members in a manner that promotes dialogue and understanding is preferred.

  • Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize, and carry out multiple assignments independently and in a timely fashion are preferred.

  • The ability to collaborate with others in a team environment is preferred.

  • Ability to utilize current technology and social networking to enhance work is preferred.

  • Desire to work with undergraduate and graduate students is preferred

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion is preferred.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

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