Vanderbilt University — Assistant Provost for Residential Colleges & Experiential Learning

About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Created from an initial $1 million gift from Cornelius Vanderbilt, who envisioned a place that would “contribute to strengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country,” Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff.

Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, and education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees. The combination of cutting- edge research, strength in the liberal arts, and nationally-recognized schools of education, medicine, law, business, engineering, nursing, and divinity, creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their educational experiences to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to solve complex questions affecting health, culture, and society.

Vanderbilt provides a gateway to greatness, drawing the best and brightest students from across the nation and around the world. Vanderbilt alumni can be found in Congress, on the judicial bench, among the list of Nobel laureates, heading corporations, conducting innovative medical research, writing for and appearing on the stage and screen, and playing in the NFL and major league baseball.

The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors, masters, education specialists and doctoral degrees. Vanderbilt is a member of the Association of American Universities.

About Residential Colleges and Experiential Learning
Vanderbilt University’s distinctive Residential Colleges and Experiential Learning offices are designed to encourage undergraduate students from varying backgrounds to learn together within shared communities, frequently alongside faculty members who help foster dialogue and discovery outside the classroom, while benefiting from co-curricular opportunities for research, community service, professional development, and creative expression.

Our Residential College System 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-class students, which opened in 2014 and E. Bronson Ingram College, which opened in 2018. The latest project, the to-be-named Residential College-A is scheduled to open in fall 2020. All of the houses and colleges comprising this system provide avenues and opportunities to support students’ engagement with experiential learning at Vanderbilt.

About the Position & Responsibilities
The Assistant Provost, Residential Colleges and Experiential Learning, is the senior leader responsible for ensuring the programmatic integration of the residential college system with the major academic initiatives comprising Experiential Learning for undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University in accordance with the Academic Strategic Plan. This role will report directly to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean for Residential Faculty.

The Assistant Provost will manage executive leaders from multiple units comprising Vanderbilt’s co-curricular Experiential Learning as well as its residential college system, ensuring coordination of their work in concert with each other. The Assistant Provost will also interact frequently with students, faculty, and staff to create, revise and evaluate programs and related opportunities to promote student engagement. Responsibilities of the Assistant Provost will include:

  • Advance the academic mission of Residential Colleges and Experiential Learning as integrated units in support of the Academic Strategic Plan
  • Advise Campus Planning on future designs of Residential Colleges and related spaces created for use by Experiential Learning units
  • Supervise executive staff in multiple units
  • Manage the Residential College and Experiential Learning budget and forecast future fiscal needs that reflect organizational goals and learning objectives
  • Host students, alumni, and campus guests for occasional events on behalf of the Residential Colleges and Experiential Learning
  • Maintain long-standing relationships with key partners and stakeholders on campus, including deans and members of senior leadership
  • Foster new partnerships of strategic importance on campus and in the community

Profile of an Ideal Candidate:

  • At least 10 years of leadership experience within a higher education setting in a role requiring frequent interaction with faculty, staff, students, and alumni
  • At least 5 years of leadership experience within a residential college system at a college or university
  • Evidence of outstanding organizational and communication skills is necessary
  • Evidence of outstanding management skills as a supervisor of executive staff is necessary
  • Evidence of outstanding fiscal responsibility and budget management is necessary
  • Evidence of knowledge of current issues and challenges in higher education is necessary

Living and Working in Nashville
Nashville is consistently ranked as one of the best places in America to live and work. It is the largest city in Tennessee, and a recognized center for music, healthcare, publishing, banking, and technology services. The climate is moderate, with four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. There is no personal income tax on earnings in Tennessee, saving the average relocating family between 3% and 10% of income – or a savings of $3,000 to $10,000 for every $100,000 earned.

The 10-county Nashville region is home to more than 1.8 million people and 40,000 businesses, with the city attracting more diverse new business from across the country than any city its size over the past 20 years.

The region is adding about 10,000 – 20,000 new jobs every year, in all sectors. Recently, Forbes ranked Nashville as the third best positioned city “to grow and prosper in the coming decade.” Nashville has over 12,000 acres of beautiful parks and a thriving, walkable downtown with a free bus and a bike-sharing system providing access to over 200 downtown restaurants and 124 performance venues for live music and the performing and visual arts.

The “arts participation” rate is nearly five times the national average. And, with 111,379 students in 18 colleges and universities, Nashville is the third largest college town in America.

Community Highlights in and around the Metropolitan Area:

  • Vanderbilt named #85 on “America’s Best Large Employers”, the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area for the 2nd year in a row, and as one of “America’s Best Employers for Women” in 2019 (Forbes)
  • Ranked #4 “Brain Magnet” for gains in people with college educations
  • Ranked #7 as “Best City for Finding Employment Right Now” (Forbes)
  • Ranked #17 as “Best Place for Business and Careers” (Forbes)
  • The Gulch, an urban mixed-use neighborhood in downtown Nashville, is the first “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) certified platinum neighborhood in America
  • Nashville is home to two of the top 100 K-12 public schools in America. (S. News & World Report)
  • Successful and well-respected NFL and NHL franchises
  • World-class symphony has received 13 GRAMMY® nominations and six wins
  • Ranked #1 “live music scene in America” (Rolling Stone)
  • Named a top city for foodies (Travel+Leisure)

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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.