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Vanderbilt University Assistant Provost, Residential Colleges in Nashville, Tennessee

Assistant Provost, Residential Colleges (Job Number: 1901072)


The Assistant Provost, Residential Colleges and Experiential Learning, is the senior leader responsible for ensuring the programmatic integration of the residential college system with the major academic initiatives comprising Experiential Learning for undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University in accordance with the Academic Strategic Plan. This role will be filled by an experienced university leader with a track record of promoting collaboration, creativity, and engagement among faculty, students, and staff. This leader has demonstrated the ability to distribute resources strategically, a key skill as the university’s Residential College system grows in concert with key campus partners in service of the Academic Strategic Plan and its emphasis on Experiential Learning for undergraduates. This leader will also act as a public representative of Vanderbilt University with responsibilities that include frequent speaking to large groups as well other forms of written and oral communication with faculty, staff, students, current and former parents, prospective students, and alumni. This role will report directly to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

The Assistant Provost will manage executive leaders from multiple units comprising Vanderbilt’s co-curricular Experiential Learning as well as its residential college system, ensuring coordination of their work in concert with each other. The Assistant Provost will monitor the Residential College and Experiential Learning unit’s expenses to meet budgetary milestones and forecast future fiscal needs. The Assistant Provost will also interact frequently with students, faculty, and staff to create, revise and evaluate programs and related opportunities to promote student engagement.

About the Work Unit :

Vanderbilt University’s distinctive Residential Colleges and Experiential Learning offices are designed to encourage undergraduate students from varying backgrounds to learn together within shared communities, frequently alongside faculty members who help foster dialogue and discovery outside the classroom, while benefiting from co-curricular opportunities for research, community service, professional development, and creative expression.

Our Residential College 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-class students, which opened in 2014 and E. Bronson Ingram College, which opened in 2018. The latest project, the to-be-named Residential College-A is scheduled to open in fall 2020. All of the houses and colleges comprising this system provide avenues and opportunities to support students’ engagement with experiential learning at Vanderbilt.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advance the academic mission of Residential Colleges and Experiential Learning as integrated units in support of the Academic Strategic Plan.

  • Advise Campus Planning on future designs of Residential Colleges and related spaces created for use by Experiential Learning units.

  • Supervise executive staff in multiple units.

  • Manage the Residential College and Experiential Learning budget and forecast future fiscal needs that reflect organizational goals and learning objectives.

  • Host students, alumni, and campus guests for occasional events on behalf of the Residential Colleges and Experiential Learning.

  • Maintain long-standing relationships with key partners and stakeholders on campus, including deans and members of senior leadership.

  • Foster new partnerships of strategic importance on campus and in the community.

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • This leader is required to hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., or the highest terminal degree in their field. A Ph.D. is preferred.

  • At least 10 years of leadership experience within a higher education setting in a role requiring frequent interaction with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

  • At least 5 years of leadership experience within a residential college system at a college or university.

  • Evidence of outstanding organizational and communication skills is necessary.

  • Evidence of outstanding management skills as a supervisor of executive staff is necessary.

  • Evidence of outstanding fiscal responsibility and budget management is necessary.

  • Evidence of knowledge of current issues and challenges in higher education is necessary.

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).

Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

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

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 28320 - Residential Colleges

Job: Institutional Administrators

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