Vanderbilt University Director, Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) in Nashville, Tennessee

Director, Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) (Job Number: 1801867)


Position Summary:

Vanderbilt University has an exciting opportunity for the Director of our Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS).

About the Work Unit:

Embedded in the rich intellectual setting of Vanderbilt, OACS aims to support the university to achieve an undergraduate experience that exposes students to a wide variety of perspectives and experiences aimed at educating the whole person while cultivating lifelong learning. This is done by creating applied community service experiences that give every undergraduate an opportunity to engage, to question, and to create change locally and globally. OACS creates trans-institutional programming, including programs that embrace the centrality of public health, community development, and other thematic experiences central to the strategic mission of the university. OACS supports and advises students and student service groups in their activities and through leveraging and embedding the use of digital technology to foster interaction and learning between students and the communities in which they serve. OACS runs on the passion of individuals from various fields, disciplines, and years at Vanderbilt. A number of undergraduate and graduate students have contributed or are contributing to our work and have made a significant impact. Learn more:

Dutiesand responsibilities

Collaboration andRelationship-Building

  • Maintainlong-standing relationships with key partners and stakeholders on campus,within the community, and in support of global service programs, andfoster and steward new partnerships of strategic importance.

  • Participateregularly in meetings, committee involvement, and events in order to stayin-tune with pertinent issues and changes on campus, in the community, andin the field.

  • Serve asliaison and representative to service-learning professional associationsand cultivate a culture of engagement across campus.

Vision and Strategy

  • Provideleadership and guidance for the development and implementation ofhigh-quality and student-centered community engagement activities,programs, and initiatives.

  • Refine,develop, assess, and report student learning outcomes for all key officeprograms and functions.

  • Ensure thatall student-led service organizations, global service programs, Local OACSDIVE, and other OACS programs and services comply with relevant state andfederal laws, and University policies.

  • Ensure thatOACS programs and initiatives are aligned with University goals, and thatimpact data is regularly shared with key university leaders.

  • Developprograms that align with the academic strategic plan by partnering withthe Immersion Resources Office in support of Immersion Vanderbilt at and DIVE at (Designas an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience). OACSDIVE programsprovide students a unique opportunity to work together with localnon-profit organizations to address community-identified challenges ininnovative ways using the processes of Human-Centered Design.

  • Buildcapacity and develop strategies related to institutional mission,strategic planning, and high impact practices

Student Mentoring and Development

  • Assessesstudent needs and interests, as well as remain abreast of current trendsin the fields of Student Development

  • Utilizerelevant data, scholarship, student development theories, and studentadvising models in planning and developing activities, programs, andservices

  • Supportstaff advising approximately 70 student-led service organizations andenhance their capacity to provide student mentoring (e.g., programdevelopment, reporting structures, necessary training)

  • Ensure thatOACS student mentoring and development strategy aligns with the goals ofthe Office of the Dean of Students.

Staff Development and Support

  • Providesupervision and support to a diverse professional team

  • Encourageand mentor staff in personal professional development plans

  • Identifyopportunities for staff growth and development and coach individual staffmembers in setting and achieving goals

  • Maintain areciprocal evaluation process

  • Provideconsistent feedback to staff through regular 1:1 and team meetings

  • Advisingstaff on departmental and university strategic priorities

  • Shareresponsibility with staff work space for staff, graduate assistant,student workers in the preparation and implementation of key officeprograms, events, and functions.

Community Engagement &Active Citizenship

  • Developingand supporting community engagement models based on community-identifiedneed, service-learning pedagogy, and best practices in the field.

  • Serving asthe primary advocate for service-learning and other community-basedlearning programs to the campus community (including faculty, staff, andstudents) and across the broader field

  • Creatingstructures for voter engagement and active citizenship inclusive ofstudents of all citizen statuses

  • Embeddingcritical reflection on identity, power, and privilege into OACS programsto deepen students’ understanding of social justice issues

  • Identifylearning outcomes, in collaboration with staff, for all OACS programs andstudent support models and develop tools for program assessment

Administrative Oversight

  • Manage theOACS budget and forecast future budget needs that reflect the office’sgoals and learning objectives.

  • Maintainhuman resources functions for the office, including staff onboarding andtraining, time-off request approvals, and performance appraisals.

  • Plan,evaluate, and improve office processes for efficiency and effectiveness

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • A Master’sDegree in higher education administration, non-profit administration, orrelated field or PhD or equivalent required

  • Minimum offive years of professional experience is required, preferably related toservice learning and/or community-engagement.

  • Eight yearsof professional experience in student affairs, NGOs, or related fields is preferred

  • Demonstratedability to work collaboratively and communicate with diverseconstituencies of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and communitypartners.

  • Record ofbuilding strategic partnerships, both across campus and with communitypartners, in support of community engagement opportunities for studentsand faculty.

  • Outstandingorganizational skills, including ability to prioritize and carry outmultiple assignments in a timely fashion with minimal direction.

  • Demonstratedability to manage programs and projects with efficiency

  • Experiencewith program assessment.

  • Excellentpublic speaking and presentation skills.

  • Experiencesupervising and mentoring professional staff.

  • Demonstratedand ongoing commitment to community engagement.

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 is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students 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. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” a

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

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 30211 - Active Student Citizenship

Job: Administrative Unit Heads / Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action