Vanderbilt University Assistant Director, LGBTQI Life in Nashville, Tennessee

Assistant Director, LGBTQI Life (Job Number: 1801015)


About the Position:

This position serves on the management team of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Life Office at Vanderbilt Office.

About the Department:

LGBTQI Life is a cultural center and a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities and a resource for information and support about gender and identity. 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 LGBTQI-related campus groups and activities.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Expected Outcomes

Serves the leadership team of the office:

  • Provides guidance and decision-making in the absence of the director

  • Develops goals and objectives for the center in line with the university’s mission

  • Participate in periodic management meetings

  • Monitor, verify, and reconcile expenditures of a $40,000 programming budget.

Represent LGBTQI Life and the Office of the Dean of Students on University committees:

  • Represent LGBTQI Life, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the University on community and national committees and boards.

  • Maintain membership in professional associations and participate in programs, when feasible, to stay current with new development in the field and share this information with department personnel.

  • Plan, coordinate and control work procedures to obtain desired outcomes efficiently.

  • Create environment that encourages and supports self-development.

Design coordinate and deliver campus-wide LGBTQI-related events

  • Coordinate collaborative and intersectional programming and resources for the campus. Examples of programs are: LGBTQI Welcome Week, Celebrate Bisexuality Day, LGBTQI+ History Month, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Lavender Graduation and more.

  • Author educational and training materials.

  • Evaluate ongoing programs to identify areas where improvements can be made.

  • Encourage relevant scholarly dialogue around gender and sexuality studies.

  • Maintain program reports and statistics.

Advise student organization and support student efforts in relation to the Center's missions and values:

  • Advise student organizations regarding organizational and programming ideas.

  • Provide financial guidance to students organizations and student-driven programming

  • Serve as a resource for students, faculty, and staff, and make appropriate referrals.

Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate student staff:

  • Define qualifications and performance expectations for student staff positions.

  • Make recommendations for promotion and pay increases.

Note: this position is expected to interact with:

  • Prospective or enrolled students and their parents

  • General public for purposes of extension and engagement

  • Campus Faculty

  • Internal employees at a level above this position (Chancellor, Provost, Vice Chancellor, Dean, etc.)

  • General public/callers/campus visitors

  • University alumni or current or potential donors


  • A Bachelor's Degree and 3-5 years of directly comparable experience is required.

  • A Master's Degree and 5-8 years of directly comparable experience is preferred.

About Vanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU 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 that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review at among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt Chancellor Nick Zeppos and Dean of Students Mark Bandas have identified diversity, equity, inclusion, and mental health as top priorities for the institution and by extension the offices of the Dean of Students. Candidates must be able to articulate and demonstrate excellence and continued growth in knowledge, awareness, skills, and experience engaging with these priorities in a higher education environment.


In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU 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. In addition, 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 at

This position requires a Bachelors Degree and 2 Years of experience or the equivalent.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 30613 - LGBTQI Life

Job: Institutional Affairs Professionals