The Program Coordinator for the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity (SCSJI) in the Dean of Students division at Vanderbilt University is a key contributor to serve, advise, and support international, multicultural, and underrepresented students through the student engagement and leadership model and structures relevant to the office's mission and the University's strategic plan. More specifically, the Program Coordinator will work to develop strategic initiatives, programming, and support for, in particular, international student leaders and organizations, as well as Latinx, Middle Eastern, and Chinese student leaders and organizations on the Vanderbilt campus. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to program planning and execution, facilitation of cultural competence trainings for all student leaders and organizations, departmental collaborations and committee work on issues of diversity and inclusion, and the completion of administrative tasks. Some evening and weekend hours dependent upon SCSJI, Dean of Students, and student organizations' activities and events.
SCSJI is an office within the Student Engagement and Leadership area of the Dean of Students division. The mission of SCSJI is to promote an environment of cultural competency, inclusivity, and awareness within the student population on the Vanderbilt campus.Its vision is to provide comprehensive advising and training services to ensure inclusive and culturally engaged student leaders and organizations dedicated to all forms of racial, cultural, gender, religious, ability, and sexual identity expression. SCSJI seeks to do this by equipping the Vanderbilt student community with the tools necessary to be to effective agents of social change in an increasingly diverse world.
Vanderbilt University leadership has 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
The Program Coordinator's Key Functions and Expected Performance include, but are not limited to, the following:
Facilitate training programs for student leaders and organizations that facilitate personal and organizational development around issues, including creating inclusive group environments, social justice, and cultural competence.
Facilitate culturally relevant educational and social programs to meet the needs and honor the experiences of international and multicultural students in the student leadership and organizational contexts.
Participate in international student orientation programming, as needed.
Coordinate SCSJI's multicultural wellness and mental health initiatives, including End of the Month Kickbacks and World Mental Health Day.
Assist international and multicultural students with the organization and planning of major student organization events to ensure the successful execution of events that support and celebrate student experiences and adhere to University policies.
Advise international and multicultural student organizations on goal-setting as well as the development and implementation of organizational community action plans that create more meaningful experiences for their members and leaders.
Attend international and multicultural student organization executive board meetings, as needed, to demonstrate support for student leaders.
Support student organization initiatives with regards to advocacy, inclusivity and diversity education to improve the experience for international and multicultural students.
Inform students of changes to student organization policies and procedures that enable them to more effectively manage their organization.
Utilize budgeting skills to support successful financial management and use of Oracle by student leaders and organizations.
Advise SCSJI and international and multicultural student organizations on developing, maintaining, and conducting effective and culturally relevant assessment activities.
Work with colleagues to create and implement pre- and post-test assessment tools to measure participant learning and programmatic goals.
Thoroughly document, narrate and identify trends regarding the experiences of international and multicultural students as they matriculate through Vanderbilt.
Assist with maintaining SCSJI and student organization records and documents on Anchor Link to support organizational continuity.
Create and maintain social media platforms for SCSJI in addition to sharing relevant content with international and multicultural student organizations through social media that will inform more students about engagement opportunities.
Facilitate agreements and contracts for speakers, performers, and approved vendors in a timely manner.
Complete and maintain records of program reviews and evaluations to support and enhance organizational effectiveness.
Serve on divisional committees and working groups to enrich the experience and resources available to staff across the division.
Participate in division wide events as needed (Move-In Day, Rites of Spring, Diverse 'Dores Day, MLK Day, etc.) to support colleagues and ensure these events run smoothly.
Maintain an understanding of institutional and departmental financial policies related to areas such as travel, procurement, expense, and time reporting to ensure compliance and proper stewardship of university resources.
Demonstrate a willingness to support colleagues across the division in order to encourage the implementation or fulfillment of divisional goals and strategic priorities.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Bachelor's Degree is necessary.
A Master's Degree is preferred.
At least 1 year of professionally relevant experience is necessary.
Experience with college students overseas or with international student populations at U.S. colleges and universities is preferred.
Excellent decision-making and time management skills are preferred.
A strong interest in mentoring and developing students is preferred.
Experience with public speaking, communicating with students, faculty and staff is preferred.
Ability to work effectively with students from diverse backgrounds attending a highly selective institution with a broad range of campus groups, departments and organizations is preferred.
Strong interpersonal/human relations skills including ability to develop and cultivate professional relationships is preferred.
Experience with event planning and event management skills are preferred.
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.
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