Vanderbilt University Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Program Strategist in Nashville, Tennessee
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Program Strategist (Job Number: 1900558)
The Program Strategist is part of the Vanderbilt University Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) office and is a key individual contributor who consults with various areas of the University to diagnose EDI needs. This position then collaborates with the University area to provide expertise, design, develop, implement, monitor and support solutions (ex. programs and initiatives) to effectively address the EDI need(s) that help to create and foster an open and inclusive environment. The Program Strategist will support the Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer in developing and integrating diversity goals and strategies into University area planning processes and practices. The Program Strategist will research, design, analyze, monitor, track and compile metrics and reports of the programs and initiatives in support of the University’s goals and direction.
Our office works to intentionally foster institutional equity, diversity and inclusion by creating educational opportunities, raising awareness and providing strategies and tools to bring to life the vision of inclusive excellence, both on our campus and in our city. The goal of our office is to help our community better understand one another so we can appreciate our differences, celebrate our common goals and work together toward inclusive excellence. Our office also collaborates with Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the university’s research and educational missions, creating a welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff.
Duties and Key Responsibilities:
Strategist and Consultant
Cultivate relationships with internal constituent groups by leveraging active listening, learning about their areas of responsibilities, challenges, triumphs, and needs.
Advise clients on how to integrate EDI to help achieve strategic goals and fundamentally evolve their organizations’ culture
Strengthen client relationships and internal team inclusion, engagement
Diagnose root cause problems, communicate, design, and deploy strategies and interventions as solutions.
Share best practices and provide guidance as a subject matter expert to resolve complex EDI matters throughout the University.
Provide strategic advice and counsel and serve as a trusted advisor to internal constituents while leading change and ensuring alignment to the University’s inclusive climate.
Project Management and Program Development
Define goals and objectives and plan and implement projects accordingly
Allocate project resources based on need and priority
Create a schedule and project timeline; monitor and report on project progress
Track project deliverables
Manage the relationships with the internal constituent group and all stakeholders
Perform risk management to prevent and minimize project risks
Extremely organized and able to coordinate both major and minor programs and events from inception to execution
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary
A Master’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred
Demonstrated commitment to the areas of multicultural affairs, diversity, inclusion, cultural competence,and/or social justiceis required. At least two years of experience in the area of multicultural affairs, diversity, inclusion, cultural competence,and social justiceis preferred
Ability to leverage an organizational development and consultant mindset to diagnose needs and create meaningful solutionsis necessary
Demonstrated knowledge and proven ability with project management is necessary
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are necessary
Excellent communication and presentation skills are necessary
Ability to collaborate with EDI team members and campus partners is necessary
Ability to prioritize work, multi-task, and meet work expectations including time deadlines is necessary
Attention to detail is necessary
Excellent organizational skills are necessary
Ability to successfully support multiple projects is necessary
Ability to build strong interpersonal relationshipsis necessary
Strong computer software skills (such as Microsoft Office, Outlook, Calendar, Excel, and PowerPoint) are necessary
Ability to gather and handle confidential informationis 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 https://hr.vanderbilt.edu/benefits/6.1.17BenefitsOverview-Candidate-.pdf .
About Vanderbilt Benefits
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.
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 2018 (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: 43000 - Equity Diversity and Inclusion
Job: Institutional Affairs Professionals
Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action