The Program Coordinator is part of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center (BCC) within the Provost's Office for Inclusive Excellence at Vanderbilt University and is a key contributor responsible for executing the programmatic mission of the BCC and ensuring that the Center employs evidence-based practices in the areas of student support and development. This position works closely with the Director of the BCC to ensure the fulfilment of the Center's mission alongside the larger University initiatives surrounding, immersion, residential education, student wellbeing, and equity, diversity, and inclusion. Reporting directly to the Director of the BCC, the Program Coordinator supports the expanding array of programmatic efforts that engages with Black faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
The primary mission of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) is to enhance the collegiate experience of Black and African American students by providing effective programming and resources to meet their academic, cultural, and social needs. Additionally, the BCC is an essential resource for Black faculty and staff at Vanderbilt and the greater Nashville community. Our programs and partnerships promote greater cultural understanding, student support and development, community building, and campus accountability in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
The Provost's Office for Inclusive Excellence (OIE) has as its mission to work in partnership with members of the Provost Office and Vanderbilt's colleges/schools to ensure that we advance the success and affirmation of the Vanderbilt community. The Provost's Office for Inclusive Excellence oversees and establishes strategic initiatives to promote (1) academic advancement, (2) belonging and inclusivity, and (3) cultural awareness in both education and practice for all students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars.The Office works to assess the progress of inclusive excellence across all areas of Academic Affairs. TheOffice works with the Deans' Diversity Designates to advocate for inclusive excellence across the schoolsand colleges. The Office serves as an umbrella structure for the Identity Centers (i.e., the Bishop JosephJohnson Black Cultural Center, the K.C. Potter Center (LGBTQI Life), the Margaret Cuninggim Women'sCenter, and the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life) to support all students, faculty, andpostdoctoral scholars. The office partners with the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion to provideeducation to disrupt everyday bias within the processes and practices of the university.
Duties and Responsibilities
Program Support and Development
Propose innovative programming ideas to meet the needs of BCC constituents. This includes undergraduate students, graduate/professional students, faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars,and alumni.
Ensure that the BCC provides adequate programming in each of the nine clusters included in the mission of the Center.
Develop and implement marketing and branding efforts for programs including posters, fliers, tabling efforts, bulletin boards, publications, and social media/media campaigns to increase awareness of BCC programs available to students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and staff.
Register BCC events in Anchorlink and on the University event calendar.
Ensure that BCC upcoming programs appear on the website.
Send program notifications to the various BCC listservs when relevant.
Send personalized event invitations to special guests.
Maintain a current and active presence on all the BCC social media pages.
Manage the logistical details for all BCC programs. This includes, but is not limited to securing venues, contacting speakers/facilitators, technical equipment and other A/V needs.
Coordinate student and staff worker coverage schedule for BCC programs.
Track attendance via card swipes, physical counts, paper logs, etc
Collaborative Programming and Partnerships
Create collaborative programing with campus partners, especially other offices in the Provost's Office for Inclusive Excellence and relevant academic departments.
Serve as a support representative for the BCC at programs sponsored by campus partners as well as those programs sponsored by student groups advised, officially and unofficially, by the BCC.
Complete the Staff Program Assessment (not for every event).
Complete the Program Evaluation Report.
Disseminate the Program Attendee Assessment Survey (not for every event).
Maintain the individual and cumulative Anchorlink attendance files.
Other reports as assigned.
Professional Obligations and Development
Maintain membership with at least one national professional higher education organization.
Foster and maintain relationships with various community organizations and, when possible, engage in community service activities.
Divisional and University Functions
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 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.
A bachelor's degree is necessary.
A master's degree in a related field is strongly preferred.
At least twelve months of relevant experience is necessary.
Demonstrated knowledge of Black issues, history, and culture in general and as they relate to and impact the experience of Black students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and staff in higher education is preferred.
Demonstrated experience in conducting cultural programming, mentorship, and interactions with diverse audiences is preferred.
Competency working with students of different cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds is strongly preferred.
Demonstrated experience with completing projects from inception to implementation is strongly preferred.
Demonstrated experience with cultivating collaborative interpersonal relationships with internal and external constituencies is strongly preferred.
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
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