Vanderbilt University Educational Coordinator in Nashville, Tennessee

Educational Coordinator (Job Number: 1801394)


Position Summary:

The Educational Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the VSVS organization -- Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science. VSVS is a science education volunteer organization whose main purpose is to provide hands-on science experiences to students in Nashville area schools with the goal of increasing science literacy. Additional goals are:

  1. Provide Vanderbilt students with an opportunity to explain science to school children.

  2. Help college students recognize their responsibilities for community service and the importance of volunteer service in schools.

  3. Provide role models for school children.

  4. Stimulate an interest in teaching as a profession.

About the WorkUnit :

The Program for Communicating Science, Engineering, and Technology (CSET) is the intellectual home for VSVS. This program is dedicated to addressing issues at the interface of science communication, outreach and advocacy. Close collaboration with the School of Medicine, School of Engineering and other departments within the College of Arts and Science-particularly the departments of chemistry, biological sciences and physics.

Key Functions and Expected Performance:

  • Recruit, assign and train student volunteers (600+ each semester) for regular VSVS teams and all other special VSVS activities. Assist VSVS student board.

  • Supervise and facilitate VSVS team’s visits to classrooms, including maintaining weekly schedules, kit readiness, recording team attendance, feedback and POM compliance. Recruit, train and supervise VSVS lab assistants (20+) to assist.

  • Work with ViNSE (Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering) Program Director to oversee creation, and building of science kits to fit different rural curriculum and pacing guides. Train rural teachers on lessons and help coordinate distribution of materials. Assist other Vanderbilt Departments, Faculty and Staff with science outreach activities. Assist lab workers.

  • Price and purchase supplies for VSVS kits and office. Initiate/submit purchase requisitions and expense reports in Oracle.

  • Research and create lessons and kits to fit Metro Nashville and rural (through the ViNSE/VSVS partnership) school’s science curriculum. Print lesson and training manuals for all volunteers and rural teachers. Ensure current lessons are on VSVS website.

  • Serve as liason with teachers and schools willing to have VSVS teams visit their classes. Ensure schools are appropriate for VSVS volunteers.

  • Supervise, train and meet with VSVS student board to ensure responsibilities of Board are carried out in a timely fashion.

  • Write or assist in writing grants, budgets and reports. Reconcile all financial expenditures.

  • Work with Student Organization office

Education andCertifications:

A Bachelor’s degree with a major in science subject is necessary.

Experience and Skills :

  • 2 years of relevant experience is necessary.

  • Strongbackground in major scientific fields of chemistry, physics, biology and earthscience is necessary.

  • Afamiliarity with Metro middle school science classrooms and curriculum ispreferred.

KeyCharacteristics of a Successful Team Member in this Work Unit:

§ Analytical& Detail-Oriented – Accurately assesses information and applies applicable law, policy and procedure. Considers the long term implications of actions today and advises employees appropriately. Even small mistakes can create big issues; attention to detail work indicates care about the outcomes.

§ Reliable – Does what they say they will do, when they say they will do it. Shows up for work when expected. Doesn’t push the burden of work volume or deadlines to others.

§ Integrity – Holds oneself accountable; takes responsibility for failures as well as successes, recognizes that trust is required to hold a team together.

§ Maturity – Exhibits professional maturity; doesn’t pass the buck to dodge accountability; doesn’t engage in petty office politics or inappropriate social conduct

§ Raisesthe Bar – Expects and delivers excellence. Is a creative problem solver. Is proactive. Welcomes input on making things better. Places a high value on learning and getting better

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 at .

Job requires Bachelors and 2 Years of experience or the equivalent.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 12500 - Division of Science: Office of the Dean

Job: Academic Affairs Professionals