Vanderbilt University Program Coordinator, Student Leadership Development in Nashville, Tennessee

Program Coordinator, Student Leadership Development (Job Number: 1802065)


Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Student Leadership Development, the Program Coordinator for Student Leadership Development will be responsible for providing creative, logistical, marketing, and supervisory support for all leadership development programs. The Coordinator will work closely with the Director and Graduate Assistant to develop and implement innovative programs, program assessments, achievement of Success Plan, assist in supervision of Graduate Assistant, and foster close working relationships across the Office of the Dean of Students, and in the broader University and local communities.

About the Work Unit

Student Leadership Development is a place that strives to value wonder over worry, have backbones instead of wishbones, and applaud doing the best we can with what we have. We are perfectly imperfect people who work in an environment of the same caliber and believe in the value of simple and significant while getting the right things done. We’re a small and mighty team that occasionally runs with scissors and live the Strengths philosophy of “you can’t be anyone you want to be, but you can be more of who you already are.” We are a Clifton Strengths based office who subscribe to Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, Daniel H. Pink’s theory of motivation as explained in Drive: The SurprisingTruth About What Motivates Us , and Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team .

The Office of Student Leadership Development engages members of the Vanderbilt community in creating and sustaining a culture of lifelong leadership development, training, and education. OSLD seeks to empower students to become leaders by facilitating opportunities for intentional learning, self-reflection, and skill development. We believe in developing visionary, goal-driven, and action-oriented student leaders. Exhibiting an awareness of self and others, a student leader at Vanderbilt strives to be:

  • Accountable

  • Collaborative

  • Communicative

  • Ethical

  • Service-Oriented

  • Supportive of All

Student Leadership Development has created and adopted the following beliefs to promote everyday leadership and pursue a cohesive culture of leadership at Vanderbilt.

  • One can be a leader without a title

  • Who you are impacts how you lead

  • Leadership is relationship-driven

  • Leadership is situational. Sometimes you lead; sometimesyou follow

  • Leaders celebrate successes and learn from failures

  • Leadership is a purposeful process and the destination ischange

Vanderbilt’s Office of Student Leadership Development provides direction and support for the following programs:

  • EVOLVE, a personal leader development program forsophomores and transfer students

  • PREVAIL Women’s Leadership Conference hosted incollaboration with the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center

  • Spark*Sessions and Theory Talks professional developmentprograms for Vanderbilt staff

  • TEDxVanderbiltUniversity

  • Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence (VALE)

  • The Leadership Studio, series of skill development sessions

  • ASCEND, leadership development program for campuspositional leaders

  • Student Leader Survey, biannual assessment of positionalstudent leader experiences

  • CliftonStrengths workshops and leadership coaching

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nick Zeppos and Dean of Students Mark Bandas have identified diversity, equity, inclusion, and mental health as top priorities for the institution and by extension the offices of the Dean of Students. Candidates must be able to articulate and demonstrate excellence and continued growth in knowledge, awareness, skills, and experience engaging with these priorities in a higher education environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee a curated roster of SLD’s programs depending oninterest and skillset of Program Coordinator

  • Charged with implementing original passive and activeleadership development, education, and training initiatives to serve Vanderbilt’sundergraduate student population

  • Assist with implementation of all SLD’s programmaticefforts which could include logistical and administrative support as well asserving as a facilitator, speaker, or student coach

  • Attend weekly SLD staff meetings and 1:1 meetings withDirector of Student Leadership Development

  • Develop and implement outreach and marketing efforts thataddress all aspects of the Leadership Excellence Philosophy Statement andLeadership Beliefs

  • Build relationships with campus partners and co-designcollaborative educational efforts to serve each functional area and targetedstudent populations

  • Evaluate and assess all programming

  • Responsible for developing and implementing marketing andbranding efforts for programs including posters, fliers, tabling efforts,publications, and social media/media campaigns

  • Complete office administrative duties including budgetaryresponsibilities

  • Fulfill others duties as assigned

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s degree and 1 year relevant experience isnecessary

  • A Master’s degree in Higher Education, College StudentPersonnel, or other related areas is highly preferred

  • Demonstrated experience working in student leadershipdevelopment and/or programming within a student affairs setting is highlypreferred

  • Knowledge and application of student development theorieswith an emphasis on student leadership development theories and otherleadership development frameworks

  • Experience with and/or knowledge of Clifton Strengths andStrengths Based Leadership. Gallup certification is a plus but not required tobe a successful candidate for the position

  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, theideal candidate for this position is an engaging public speaker / facilitator

  • Strong organizational, problem solving, critical thinking,and interpersonal skills

  • Previous experience developing and facilitating leadershipdevelopment workshops

  • Ability to design assessment and evaluation efforts coupledwith the ability to make data driven decisions regarding programs andpriorities

  • Experience with marketing, branding, social media,Photoshop, and WordPress

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 VUBenefits 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,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having "great campus/city relations."

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: 30212 - Student Leadership

Job: Institutional Affairs Professionals

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