Director, Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS)

Vanderbilt University  |  Nashville, TN

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Posted 4 weeks ago Full-Time

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Position Title:

Director, Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS)

Job Type: Service Learning/Volunteerism
Location: Nashville, TN
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 8,000 Students
Employer ID: 29354


Housing for Position:
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Housing for Position:
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Masters Required
Major Preference:
No Preference

Masters Required
Major Preference:
No Preference

Position Description

Director, Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) - (1801867)

Vanderbilt University has an exciting opportunity for the Director of our Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS).

About the Work Unit:
Embedded in the rich intellectual setting of Vanderbilt, OACS aims to support the university to achieve an undergraduate experience that exposes students to a wide variety of perspectives and experiences aimed at educating the whole person while cultivating lifelong learning. This is done by creating applied community service experiences that give every undergraduate an opportunity to engage, to question, and to create change locally and globally. OACS creates trans-institutional programming, including programs that embrace the centrality of public health, community development, and other thematic experiences central to the strategic mission of the university. OACS supports and advises students and student service groups in their activities and through leveraging and embedding the use of digital technology to foster interaction and learning between students and the communities in which they serve. OACS runs on the passion of individuals from various fields, disciplines, and years at Vanderbilt. A number of undergraduate and graduate students have contributed or are contributing to our work and have made a significant impact. Learn more:

Duties and responsibilities

Collaboration and Relationship-Building

  • Maintain long-standing relationships with key partners and stakeholders on campus, within the community, and in support of global service programs, and foster and steward new partnerships of strategic importance.
  • Participate regularly in meetings, committee involvement, and events in order to stay in-tune with pertinent issues and changes on campus, in the community, and in the field.
  • Serve as liaison and representative to service-learning professional associations and cultivate a culture of engagement across campus.

Vision and Strategy

  • Provide leadership and guidance for the development and implementation of high-quality and student-centered community engagement activities, programs, and initiatives.
  • Refine, develop, assess, and report student learning outcomes for all key office programs and functions.
  • Ensure that all student-led service organizations, global service programs, Local OACS DIVE, and other OACS programs and services comply with relevant state and federal laws, and University policies.
  • Ensure that OACS programs and initiatives are aligned with University goals, and that impact data is regularly shared with key university leaders.
  • Develop programs that align with the academic strategic plan by partnering with the Immersion Resources Office in support of Immersion Vanderbilt and DIVE (Design as an Immersive Vanderbilt Experience). OACS DIVE programs provide students a unique opportunity to work together with local non-profit organizations to address community-identified challenges in innovative ways using the processes of Human-Centered Design.
  • Build capacity and develop strategies related to institutional mission, strategic planning, and high impact practices

Student Mentoring and Development

  • Assesses student needs and interests, as well as remain abreast of current trends in the fields of Student Development
  • Utilize relevant data, scholarship, student development theories, and student advising models in planning and developing activities, programs, and services
  • Support staff advising approximately 70 student-led service organizations and enhance their capacity to provide student mentoring (e.g., program development, reporting structures, necessary training)
  • Ensure that OACS student mentoring and development strategy aligns with the goals of the Office of the Dean of Students.

Staff Development and Support

  • Provide supervision and support to a diverse professional team
  • Encourage and mentor staff in personal professional development plans
  • Identify opportunities for staff growth and development and coach individual staff members in setting and achieving goals
  • Maintain a reciprocal evaluation process
  • Provide consistent feedback to staff through regular 1:1 and team meetings
  • Advising staff on departmental and university strategic priorities
  • Share responsibility with staff work space for staff, graduate assistant, student workers in the preparation and implementation of key office programs, events, and functions.

Community Engagement & Active Citizenship

  • Developing and supporting community engagement models based on community-identified need, service-learning pedagogy, and best practices in the field.
  • Serving as the primary advocate for service-learning and other community-based learning programs to the campus community (including faculty, staff, and students) and across the broader field
  • Creating structures for voter engagement and active citizenship inclusive of students of all citizen statuses
  • Embedding critical reflection on identity, power, and privilege into OACS programs to deepen students' understanding of social justice issues
  • Identify learning outcomes, in collaboration with staff, for all OACS programs and student support models and develop tools for program assessment

Administrative Oversight

  • Manage the OACS budget and forecast future budget needs that reflect the office's goals and learning objectives.
  • Maintain human resources functions for the office, including staff onboarding and training, time-off request approvals, and performance appraisals.
  • Plan, evaluate, and improve office processes for efficiency and effectiveness

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • A Master's Degree in higher education administration, non-profit administration, or related field or PhD or equivalent required
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience is required, preferably related to service learning and/or community-engagement.
  • Eight years of professional experience in student affairs, NGOs, or related fields is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and communicate with diverse constituencies of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners.
  • Record of building strategic partnerships, both across campus and with community partners, in support of community engagement opportunities for students and faculty.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, including ability to prioritize and carry out multiple assignments in a timely fashion with minimal direction.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage programs and projects with efficiency
  • Experience with program assessment.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring professional staff.
  • Demonstrated and ongoing commitment to community engagement.

About Vanderbilt Benefits
In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University 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.

About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university's students and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University 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 bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus.”

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