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Director of Intercultural Education and Outreach

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
Posted Date
Sep 30, 2022

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The Director of Intercultural Education and Outreach (IEO) is a senior leader responsible for executing the programmatic and educational integration of initiatives to support EDI at Vanderbilt. This role will be filled by an experienced university leader with a track record of promoting collaboration, creativity, and engagement among faculty, students, postdoctoral scholars, and staff. This leader will have demonstrated the ability to manage and mentor staff and to distribute resources strategically, which are key skills as the Intercultural Education and Outreach develops in concert with key campus partners. Part of this entails partnering with colleagues to develop, sustain, and provide education and professional development opportunities that will include (but are not limited to): Unconscious and Implicit Bias, microaggressions, and bystander trainings. This leader will also act as a public representative of Vanderbilt University with responsibilities that include frequent speaking to large groups, as well as other forms of written and oral communication with faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral scholars, current and former parents, prospective students, and alumni. This role will report directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

The Director will supervise program coordinators and graduate assistants assigned to Intercultural Education and Outreach (IEO) to create and strengthen both inclusion and belonging across campus. The Director will partner with leaders (e.g., leadership in units comprising Vanderbilt’s co-curricular Experiential Learning as well as its residential college system; leadership in the Office for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness; leadership in the Office of Faculty Affairs including the Center for Teaching, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and Faculty Development), ensuring coordination to achieve shared objectives that maximize the success of our students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars. The Director will monitor expenses within IEO to meet budgetary milestones and forecast future fiscal needs. The Director will also interact frequently with students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and staff to create, revise, and evaluate programs and related opportunities to promote the advancement of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Director will collaborate with the Identity Centers to foster a safe and welcoming community at Vanderbilt that is inclusive and respectful of differences.

Intercultural Education and Outreach (IEO) mission is to work in partnership with members of the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and campus partners to ensure that we advance the success and affirmation of the Vanderbilt community. IEO oversees cultural awareness in both education and practice for all students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows. IEO works with the Deans’ Diversity Designates to advocate for inclusive excellence across the schools and colleges. The office is within Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and seeks to provide education to disrupt everyday bias within the processes and practices of the university. The office serves alongside the Identity Centers (i.e., the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, the K.C. Potter Center (LGBTQI Life), the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, and the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life) to support all students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advance the mission of EDI and support the Strategic Plan for Intercultural Education and Outreach.
  • Lead, coordinate, and/or implement educational trainings and workshops including ad hoc projects, outreach efforts, and presentations related to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Partner with colleagues to develop, sustain, and provide education and professional development opportunities that will include (but are not limited to): Unconscious and Implicit Bias, microaggressions, and bystander trainings
  • Create and implement evidence-based initiatives to close (and eliminate) academic performance disparities among students.
  • Supervise and mentor staff within Intercultural Education and Outreach.
  • Collaborate with the Directors of the Identity Centers.
  • Manage Intercultural Education and Outreach budget and forecast future fiscal needs that reflect organizational goals and learning objectives.
  • 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 broader community, beyond Vanderbilt
  • Manage academic and strategic projects as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Relationships

This position has supervisory responsibility for staff and the graduate assistant assigned to Intercultural Education and Outreach. This position reports administratively and functionally to the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


  • This leader is required to hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., or the highest terminal degree in their field. A Ph.D. is preferred.
  • At least 5 years of leadership experience within a higher education setting in a role requiring frequent interaction with faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
  • Experience developing and implementing programs for EDI is necessary.
  • Outstanding organizational and communication skills is necessary.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Excel, including the ability to create graphs, charts, and data. This includes strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Outstanding management skills is necessary.
  • Outstanding fiscal responsibility and budget management is necessary.
  • Knowledge of current issues and challenges in higher education is preferred.

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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.

About Us

Vanderbilt is a community of talented and diverse staff & faculty!

At Vanderbilt University, our work - regardless of title or role - is in service to an important and noble mission in which every member of our community serves in advancing knowledge and transforming lives on a daily basis. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, on a 330+ acre campus and arboretum dating back to 1873, Vanderbilt is proud to have been named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running. We welcome those who are interested in learning and growing professionally with an employer that strives to create, foster and sustain opportunities as an employer of choice through:

  • Working and growing together as a community of communities... we are One Vanderbilt.
  • Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position.

We understand you have a choice when choosing where to work and pursue a career. We understand you are unique and have a story. We want to hear it. We encourage you to apply today so that you might become a part of our story.


Vanderbilt University has made the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University requires all employees to (1) participate in any required on-campus COVID-19 testing protocol as may then be in effect, or (2) show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

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