Vanderbilt University — Assistant Provost for Inclusive Excellence

About the Position:
The office of the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence (VPIE) is seeking an Assistant Provost for Inclusive Excellence (APIE) with strong experience with faculty and keen awareness of undergraduate and graduate student life.

The position will report directly to the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence.

With the guiding principle of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at the forefront, the Assistant Provost will help design, implement, assess and improve faculty professional and leadership development initiatives, resources and practices while supporting the efforts of campus partners already engaged with students.

The Assistant Provost IE will evaluate and augment existing programs, including leadership development programs for faculty in administrative roles, orientation programs for new faculty and university engagement programs for faculty at all stages of their careers. The Assistant Provost will also consult with faculty leaders, administrators and units across all schools at Vanderbilt University to determine leadership development needs and then design and implement new programs based on those needs and the University’s strategic priorities. The APIE will ensure that equity, diversity and inclusion efforts are tailored to various stakeholders in local contexts, but are consistent across the university community. Additionally, the Assistant Provost will the aid the Vice Provost IE in efforts to attract, hire and retain a diverse array of faculty talent and in assessing and ensuring that undergraduates and graduates across subgroups are flourishing across a host of dimensions.

The Assistant Provost IE will assist the VPIE with pan-institutional communication coordination and messaging related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The Assistant Provost will serve as the primary convener of individuals within the schools/colleges and Dean of Students office tasked with inclusive excellence initiatives and will also serve as the VPIE’s primary designate. Additionally, cultivating relationships with undergraduate and graduate student leaders will be a significant portion of the APIE’s portfolio.

About Vanderbilt University:
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU 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 that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” – as well as #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.”

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Foster relationships and collaborate with partners across all Provost departments to implement initiatives and projects that support the University’s larger mission on equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Successfully communicate and coordinate all efforts within the Office of Inclusive Excellence to faculty, staff, and students across all schools and colleges
  • Advocate for and support programs that create a university climate that fosters a sense of belonging for faculty and students
  • Track and maintain data and metrics and deploy successful efforts across the university
  • Work with partners at other institutions to gather information on best practices
  • Produce reports, presentations and regular updates for the Vice Provost – which will be shared with the Provost and Chancellor
  • Forecast and maintain program and project budgets
  • Manage staff, students and volunteers supporting the programs and projects

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU 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.


  • PhD and a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience
  • Possess a nuanced understanding and regard for faculty
  • Experience designing and delivering leadership development courses and/or programs
  • Experience with coaching or mentoring faculty and students
  • Familiarity with the internal and external challenges currently facing academic leaders (at all levels of a college or university) and higher education more broadly
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with individuals across the university including college Deans, the Provost, graduate, undergraduate students, and staff
  • Hold a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Strong managerial, fiscal, and administrative abilities
  • Qualified candidates will all expect to draw from their significant interactions in and out of the classroom with students and faculty colleagues
  • An Entrepreneurial mindset and a “can do” attitude
  • Accessible and able to engage others while also addressing concerns
  • The ability to navigate and lead in a new and unpredictable sociopolitical environment
  • Ability to quickly learn the Vanderbilt culture
  • Proficient in office software tools (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and other software tools for communication, analysis and office operations