Assistant Director, Office of LGBTQI Life

Vanderbilt University | Nashville, TN

About Job

The Assistant Director is part of the Office of LGBTQI Life in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt University and is a key contributor responsible for overseeing the programmatic mission and day-to-day management of LGBTQI Life. This position works closely with the Director of LGBTQI Life to ensure the fulfilment of the Center’s mission alongside the larger Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion’s (EDI) initiatives to promote environments that are affirming, welcoming, equitable, inclusive, and diverse. Reporting directly to the Director of LGBTQI Life, the Assistant Director meets periodically with our Program Coordinator and their assigned graduate student worker and serves as needed on Vanderbilt committees and working groups to enrich the experience and resources available to students, faculty, and staff.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life at Vanderbilt University is a cultural center and a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. Housed in the K.C. Potter Center, LGBTQI Life serves all members of the Vanderbilt community –students, faculty, staff, and alumni—by creating educational, cultural, and social opportunities. The office also supports and advises LGBTQIA+ related campus groups and activities. The LGBTQI Life staff is deeply engaged in the life of the University and is highly collaborative. The team aspires to center intersectional justice in its initiatives, programming, and structure.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Program Support and Development
– Oversee the development and implementation of LGBTQIA+ related programming
– Work closely with the director in developing, implementing, and assessing the center’s strategic plan
– Collaborate with the center’s staff, campus, and community partners to develop and/or co-sponsor programs
– Manage the logistical processes of program planning which includes, but is not limited to securing venues, speakers/facilitators, equipment, accessibility resources, and other event needs
– Work closely with the program coordinator to develop and oversee marketing and advertising strategies
– Conduct program assessments and maintain attendance reports to inform ongoing, targeted outreach
Cultural Center Operations
– Serve on the leadership team of the office, providing guidance and decision-making
– Author educational and training materials
– Plan, manage, and integrate work procedures to ensure the center runs through efficient processes
– Work closely with the Director and Program Coordinator to develop staff training sessions, training materials, and routine staff meetings
– Maintain up-to-date resource lists to meet the developing needs of our LGBTQIA+ communities
– 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
– Recommend graduate and student staff personnel actions, including hiring, promotion, and termination
– Help manage communication platforms and file management systems, including but not limited to the LGBTQI Life website, shared drives, event calendar, listservs, and newsletter
Community and Campus Collaborations
– Serve as a resource for students, faculty, and staff and make appropriate referrals
– Encourage relevant scholarly dialogue around gender and sexuality studies.
– Represent the Office of LGBTQI Life on University and wider community committees.
– Advise student organizations regarding organizational and programming ideas.
– Help oversee, coordinate, and manage LGBTQIA+ affinity groups.
Supervisory Relationships:
This position has supervisory responsibility over one graduate student worker. The position also co-supervises two interns. This position reports administratively and functionally to the Director of the Office of LGBTQI Life.
– This position requires a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. On occasion, candidate must be willing to work variable hours, including evenings and weekends. Must have at least two years of relevant experience in equity, diversity, and inclusion work.
– Master’s degree in student personnel, higher education administration, gender, or sexuality studies, ethnic or cultural studies, sociology, or a related field.
– Experience in student affairs, sexuality education, intercultural work, trauma-informed practices, or social justice education or advocacy.
– Experience coordinating LGBTQI programming and services in a higher education setting.
– Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in offering training and educational programs on gender and sexuality.
– Demonstrated understanding of LGBTQI identities and ability to support individuals in and raise awareness about the intersections of race, gender, class, ability, sexual orientation, faith, and other identities.
– Expertise in creating/conducting presentations, speaking effectively in public and writing.
– Ability to communicate with students, faculty, staff, and community members in a manner that promotes dialogue and understanding.
– Outstanding organizational skills, including ability to prioritize and carry out multiple assignments in a timely fashion with minimal direction.
– Strong collaborative skills.
– Proficient in common software programs, social media, and technology in the contemporary work environment.
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.