Reporting to the associate director for Residential Colleges, the program manager for Residential Colleges at Vanderbilt University oversees student leadership development and community-wide programming. This includes the coordination and implementation of student orientation for various populations and other programmatic aspects of the Residential Colleges experience. The program manager works with enrolled students and their parents, faculty, university staff, and external entities.
As outlined in the university's Academic Strategic Plan, Residential Colleges strives to "Enrich the educational experience by completing and extending the residential college system and developing new infrastructure to foster further interconnections between discovery and learning"
(Academic Strategic Plan, p. ii). Aging residence halls are being replaced with residential facilities designed to encourage classmates from varying backgrounds to come together in shared communities, living alongside faculty members who help foster dialogue and discovery outside the classroom.
Known as residential colleges, this living-learning concept debuted in 2008 with construction of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons for first-year students, made up of 10 residence halls on the southeast corner of campus. Building then shifted to West End Avenue, starting with Warren and Moore colleges for upper-division students, which opened in 2014. E. Bronson Ingram College, opened in August 2018, replacing the former Vanderbilt and Barnard halls. The latest project, Nicholas S. Zeppos College, opened in August 2020. Construction is currently underway to continue expanding the system.
We believe that intentional and mutually beneficial educational networks among students, faculty, and staff create a residential collegiate experience that rests on discovery, creative inquiry, and engaged citizenship. Through the interaction among undergraduates, faculty and staff, residents of residential colleges will:
Master a course of study that will prepare students for professional, community, and civic affairs while cultivating a capacity for lifelong learning.
Interact with others outside of primary peer groups with civility, curiosity, and respect.
Exercise mature judgements and habits for healthy living.
Align values and commitments to their daily lives.
Engage with the diverse communities of Vanderbilt, Nashville, and the world.
Duties and Responsibilities
Supports student leadership development including:
Advises international orientation leaders within the iLEAD organization and first-year orientation leaders within the VUcept organization; recruits, selects and trains undergraduate peer mentors
Implements International Student Orientation including all activities and events, oversees the budget of the program, and assesses outcomes for future improvement
Oversees the Commons Leadership Council including recruiting, selecting, training, and providing weekly professional development for 40 first-year student leaders, and advising an upper-division peer mentorship team on programmatic and professional development and collaboration with faculty and campus partners
Develops community programming and supports its connection to campus partners
Develops first-year experience programmatic initiatives in consultation with the dean of The Ingram Commons
Collaborates with various university offices and departments, including but not limited to the Dean of Students Office, International Student and Scholar Services, the Office of Immersion Resources, and the Division of Communications
Develops a strategy to communicate initiatives and programs in Residential Colleges
Participates in the Campus Connectors program as a staff adviser
Represents Residential Colleges and Vanderbilt University on university, community, and national committees and boards
Remains up-to-date on current trends in higher education and student development; infuses this knowledge into intentional program development with residential faculty and across the residential college system
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary.
A Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is preferred.
At least three years of directly comparable experience is necessary.
Experience working with faculty and students in an academic setting is necessary.
Experience working in a diverse environment and/or experience working with students from a diverse background is necessary.
Previous experience with learning communities, service-learning, peer leader, or other first-year student success initiatives is preferred.
Effective verbal and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills are necessary.
Computer literacy is necessary, including the ability and willingness to learn how to use the student data management system.
Evidence of being a self-starter is necessary.
Strong organizational and management skills are necessary.
The demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and at varying organizational levels is necessary.
The ability to promote a working environment that builds collaboration, encourages interdisciplinary teamwork, and promotes diversity is necessary.
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.
Internal Number: 10000710
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.