Vanderbilt University Associate Director of Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities - Career Center in Nashville, Tennessee

Associate Director of Post-Baccalaureate Opportunities - Career Center (Job Number: 1800654)


About the Position:

The Career Center at Vanderbilt University is seeking to add a highly organized administrator to our dynamic team to administer and manage services related to post-baccalaureate opportunities. Reporting to the Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center, this position is part of an innovative and successful Career Center which supports the professional development of undergraduate Vanderbilt students.

The individual in this position will work closely with the Career Coaching and Employer Relations teams in the Career Center, as well as with Vanderbilt students, faculty, administrators, and representatives from other institutions and external organizations. It is expected that the individual will develop and enhance undergraduate awareness of graduate and professional study and scholarship opportunities through advising, workshops and presentations; undertake campus outreach; create administrative procedures and advising plans; cultivate additional participation and collaboration with faculty, academic programs, and departments; and critically assess the performance of the post-baccalaureate initiative. In addition, the Associate Director will train career coaches on post-baccalaureate study and scholarship opportunities. The Associate Director will play the lead role in organizing the overall strategy for post-baccalaureate opportunities and will supervise staff members.

About the Department:

The Vanderbilt Career Center serves undergraduates enrolled full-time in the Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Science, School of Engineering and Peabody College. In addition the Center provides career coaching to recent graduates (0-2 years) after graduation. The Center provides many opportunities for students to learn about and explore professional opportunities including career coaching, workshops, career panels, on-campus recruiting, job fairs, and industry-based Treks.

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.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Expected Outcomes:

Program Management

  • Provide overall structure and design for post-baccalaureate opportunities programming including strategic planning and management of administrative procedures.

  • Determine key duties of staff to ensure clear understanding of responsibilities.

  • Ensure all those affiliated with the program are trained and knowledgeable about their area of activity.

  • Directly supervise staff members.

Student Recruitment and Coaching

  • Partner with Career Center staff and others to provide workshops, classroom presentations, and other activities to ensure widespread knowledge of opportunities.

  • Provide coaching services to students seeking opportunities.

  • Ensure the Career Center team is trained, updated and informed about post-baccalaureate opportunities and graduate study advising and develop ways in which they can support the initiatives.

Relationship Development

  • Promote internal and external awareness of the program. Cultivate relationships with faculty, departments, and academic programs to ensure cross-campus participation in identifying and mentoring candidates, serving on selection committees, and providing letters of support.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with external funding agencies and foundations, ensuring appropriate campus preparation and selection procedures. Represent Vanderbilt at regional and national conferences as needed.

Process Management

  • Manage the overall process for the program including publicizing and promoting opportunities and deadlines and establishing advising committees.

  • Develop innovative strategies for programs and presentations to faculty, departments, student groups, etc.

  • Oversee the communication plan for services, including an enhanced website presence.


  • Master’s Degree and five years of relevant experience in an academic setting, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience managing a program for post-baccalaureate opportunities including scholarships.

  • Candidates with a terminal advanced degree (e.g. PhD, Ed.D, JD etc.) are preferred.

  • Exceptional written communication, data management, and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously, including meeting deadlines established by external agencies.

  • Flexibility and organizational skills.

  • Ability to manage multiple complex tasks, meet deadlines, set priorities, and work both independently and with a team.

  • Excellent interpersonal and coaching skills.

  • Strong commitment to ethics, and the ability to exercise good judgment and discretion in dealing with sensitive material.


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. 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 at

This position requires a Master's degree and 5 years of experience or the equivalent.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 25300 - Career Center

Job: Student Affairs Professionals