The Dean of The Ingram Commons Office seeks focused, creative, and team-oriented candidates to collaborate with residential faculty to provide programmatic organization and to advise and mentor undergraduate student leaders. The position will build and implement programs within The Ingram Commons 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 strives 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).Residential facilities are designed to encourage classmates to come together in shared communities, living alongside faculty members who help foster dialogue and discovery outside the classroom.
Vanderbilt's Residential Colleges system debuted in 2008 with construction of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons for first-year students, made up of 10 residence halls on the southeast corner of campus. 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.
The mission of Residential Colleges is to cultivate intentional and mutually beneficial educational networks among students, faculty, and staff and create a residential collegiate experience that rests on discovery, creative inquiry, and engaged citizenship. Through the interaction among undergraduates, faculty and staff, residents of residential colleges:
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 judgements and habits for healthy living.
Align values and commitments to their daily lives.
Engage with the diverse communities of Vanderbilt, Nashville, and the world.
Work with residential faculty to develop and implement house-level programmatic initiatives focusing on the residential college system learning outcomes.
Support and develop members of the house councils.
Assist in the facilitation of residential colleges-wide programs, including new student orientation, large-scale community programs, and the residential colleges lecture series.
Develop, design, and manage online content for house level programs and residential colleges programs through the creation of content for print and social media.
Support student-led initiatives within The Ingram Commons that promote Residential Colleges learning outcomes.
Participate in the Campus Connection program as a staff adviser.
Collaborate 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.
Represent Residential Colleges and Vanderbilt University on university, community, and national committees and boards.
Remain up-to-date on current trends in higher education and student development; infuse 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. This includes an 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.
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 ability to prioritize, and carry out multiple assignments independently and in a timely fashion is preferred.
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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