Vanderbilt University Director of Professional and Masters Programs - School of Engineering in Nashville, Tennessee

Director of Professional and Masters Programs - School of Engineering (Job Number: 1800565)


About the Position:

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, the Director of Professional and Masters Programs (DPMP) will provide leadership, strategic direction, management, and oversight for all activities related to non-doctoral graduate and professional students, including recruitment, marketing, admissions, and financial aid for the Vanderbilt School of Engineering. The Director of Professional and Masters Programs will also be responsible for program development in the areas of online education, and new revenue generating graduate and related programs. The Director of Professional and Masters Programs will be the person who is primarily responsible and will be held accountable for the following efforts:

  • Facilitating an annual process, alongside the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and other School of Engineering leadership to set annual enrollment targets.

  • Collaborating with Directors of the Interdisciplinary Professional Programs (CPS, RRR, VISE and others to be developed) and the Directors of Graduate Studies (DGS’s) to provide information, resources, and advisory support necessary to meet programmatic enrollment goals.

  • Providing quantitative and qualitative reporting on applications, admissions and enrollment data in the context of the enrollment landscape.

  • Serve as liaison with internal Vanderbilt offices in the area of graduate and professional education as well as external parties, including but not limited to 2U and Trilogy.

  • Work with the faculty and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies to develop new MS and / or MEng degree programs in strategic areas.

About the School of Engineering

The Vanderbilt School of Engineering is internationally recognized for the superior quality of its research and education programs in selected fields of engineering. The School prepares students to become leaders and innovators in solving increasingly challenging and significant problems. The School includes five major departments and the Division of General Engineering. At Vanderbilt, we offer depth, breadth, and agility in graduate engineering education and pride ourselves on a rich tradition of multidisciplinary research. You can expect to enjoy the richness of collaboration and long-term relationships built within a solid community, but with the intimacy and faculty contact of a private university.

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:

  • Creating a targeted communication and marketing strategy, continuing to enhance website, and developing program specific materials, in partnership with the Directors of the Interdisciplinary Professional Programs, DGS’s and the School’s Office for Communication

  • Developing recruitment tools such as webinars, visit strategies, recruitment fairs, and working with faculty to develop industry contacts

  • Work with the School’s Office for Communication to develop a communication strategy to launch new programs and drive applications

  • Setting application and admissions targets and tracking and reporting on admission progress

  • Managing admitted student events, website, etc.

  • Creating and updating enrollment management progress dashboards

  • Reporting yield progress to school leadership and Directors of the Interdisciplinary Professional Programs / DGS’s

  • Work with the School’s Chief Business Officer (CBO) to develop a business plan for new revenue generating programs

  • Coordinate application process by managing graduate (MS) and professional (MEng) student applications in the applications/admission management system (SLATE); review applications for completion, work with the faculty program directors to proceed with action to accept or reject.

  • Enter Recommendation for Action (RAF) decision in SLATE on behalf of the faculty program director and liaison with Associate Dean for Graduate Studies regarding admission decisions.

  • Manage communication flow with prospective students, applicants, and matriculants

  • Assist with registration as needed for all current students in the Masters and Professional programs, tracking student progress from first year to terminal year.

  • Confirm graduate student course enrollment in the University’s Student Enrollment System (YES) in planning financial support per semester.

  • First contact resource for resolving discrepancies in course credits to student accounts; communicating administrative information about program activities, basic information about curriculum and academic regulations for Masters and Professional programs.

  • Work closely with the Directors of our Interdisciplinary Professional Programs and DGS’s to resolve problems and assist with student issues.

  • Work closely with Office of Student Accounts to ensure that all Masters and Professional students' accounts are charged accurately.

  • Maintain a database with student career placement data as well as other demographic information

  • Work with the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies as well as the Directors of the Interdisciplinary Professional Programs and DGS’s with respect to accreditation.


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

The successful candidate will have the following skills and credentials

  • Masters degree required (PhD or EdD preferred)

  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art developments in higher education, including distance learning, online programs

  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience

  • Ability to cultivate creative risk-taking and innovation

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written

  • Highly developed organizational skills, including demonstrated ability to coordinate complex and multi-faceted projects, as well as to manage multiple projects concurrently

  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively

  • Capacity to manage others

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, alumni, and other offices on campus, as well as industry and other constituents

  • Experience with admissions platform such as SLATE

  • Experience with Student Management platforms (PeopleSoft, YES, Nolij, etc.)

  • Advanced level proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Access and other analytical tools

  • Professional speech and written communication

  • Strong problem-solving skills, showing initiative and diplomacy

  • Ability to adapt to changes

  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines accordingly

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 15100 - Engineering: Business Affairs

Job: Administrative Unit Heads / Professionals