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Associate Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement
Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee
Date Posted 02/01/2021
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Vanderbilt University is seeking an ambitious, experienced leader to serve as our Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement . It is an exciting time at Vanderbilt as the University officially welcomed its new Chancellor, Dr. Daniel Diermeier, on July 1, 2020. The Associate Vice Chancellor will play a leading role in guiding the vision for Vanderbilt’s role in the greater Nashville community and directing the University’s approach for community involvement.

The position reports directly to the Vice Chancellor of Government and Community Relations and serves as a member of the Vice Chancellor’s core leadership team. Additionally, the Associate Vice Chancellor works closely with other members of the University Leadership Team including the Vice Chancellor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Vice Chancellor of Administration, the Vice Chancellor for Athletics and University Affairs, and the Vice Chancellor for Communications providing meaningful synergy and structural clarity for external community activities being conducted throughout the University.

Ultimately, through the collective efforts of its faculty, students and staff, Vanderbilt University aims to be a more active, invested and meaningful partner to the Nashville community promoting economic and social growth and innovation as well as maximizing quality of life and human potential.

About the Work Unit :

The Division of Government and Community Relations serves as the institution-wide hub for public policy and community initiatives by developing unique relationships with and communicating to Vanderbilt’s vast array of external and internal constituencies. We are an advocate, we facilitate, and we help fund community organizations that align with Vanderbilt's mission.

Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Working with leaders and stakeholders across campus, the position guides community relations and engagement for the University bringing necessary coordination and intentionality to existing and new partnerships. The Associate Vice Chancellor is at the center of strategic efforts to better communicate and coordinate activities while also enhancing collaboration between faculty, students, staff and members of the division of Government and Community Relations.
  • The Associate Vice Chancellor will be responsible for maintaining and expanding upon an existing inventory of established relationships and engagement activities currently occurring across campus and utilizing that information to build on a solid foundation through coordination of Vanderbilt’s resources and future efforts.
  • This leader will utilize the information to identify gaps and to maximize the talent and efforts of faculty, staff, administration and others to position Vanderbilt in deeper, more visible and more consequential ways in the community.
  • At least 10 years of leadership experience – foundation, nonprofit and/or community experience preferred – in a role requiring frequent relationship building efforts and understanding of the community as well as local politics; however, formal government relations work will not be part of the scope for this position.
  • Qualified candidates should be able to provide examples of proven accomplishments with high level and strategic projects involving community engagement. Ideally projects should involve partnerships between a city and an institution of higher education and/or private foundation.
  • An advanced degree is required, and the ability to communicate and connect with faculty in addition to strong community relationships locally or a track record of significant community engagement outside of Nashville is critical.
  • Along with a demonstrated ability to network and connect with a variety of organizations, thinking creatively and implementing out of the box ideas are also important traits for this candidate.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required . Master’s/Advanced professional degree (MA, JD, or PhD) is preferred .
  • Evidence of ability to achieve results and move projects forward is necessary.
  • Evidence of ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders including both those in academia and senior-level community leaders is necessary.
  • Evidence of a high level of organizational and project management skills is necessary.
  • Evidence of an ability to effectively problem solve is necessary.
  • Evidence of an ability to create meaningful relationships and alliances is necessary.
  • Evidence of an understanding of academia as well as a deep appreciation for Vanderbilt’s culture and mission is necessary.

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.

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