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Director, Student Program Office

Categories: Mid South Region 3



Owen Graduate School of Management


Vanderbilt University

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Position Description
The Director, Student Program Office is responsible for assisting in the effective delivery of an exceptional experience for approximately 600 full-time graduate students across multiple degree programs: MBA, EMBA, MS Finance (MSF), Master of Accounting (MAcc), Master of Marketing (MMark), Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Management Health Care (MMHC). This position has oversight for 3 main areas: Academic Programs; Academic Advising; Student Life.

Academic Programs:
•Work in collaboration with faculty and university academic committees to provide strategic direction to maintain and execute the academic policies and infrastructure that support the school’s teaching mission
•Develop a schedule of courses for each module and manage revisions as needed to accommodate emerging issues
•Coordinate scheduling of classes for the undergraduate Business Minor (UGBM) taught by Owen and liaise with the UGBM program director
•Facilitate the yearly update and publication of the Student Handbook and Course Catalogue

Academic Advising:
•Communicate regularly with students regarding curriculum planning, degree progress, and academic difficulties
•Counsel and advise students regarding course work and program requirements
•Serves as the general liaison with other university offices (e.g., University Registrar, ISSS, and Student Access Services)
•Participate in a leadership role in program initiatives including orientation, graduation, academic registration and academic planning
•Serve as the administrative representative for the Honor Council, assisting with onboarding new members and preparing the annual Honor Council Report for the Office of Academic Integrity and Accountability

Student Life:
•Provide oversight and leadership of all student activities outside of the academic experience including Orientation, Student Professional Clubs and Affinity Clubs, International Summer Business Program (ISBP), Exchange Students, International Travel, and overall Student Wellness
•Manage a team member who advises all student organizations and student leaders (25+), coordinating new student organizations’ development, policies, and approval processes
•Serves as key liaison for students in crisis or in need of counseling to appropriate University services, including advisor for all disability support services and liaison between students and faculty on matters of disability support
•Oversee operating budget, student travel budget, ISBP budget, and other student requests for funding

Application Process
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Institution Information
Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, TN, is a top-15 private research university offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Created from an initial $1 million gift from Cornelius Vanderbilt, who envisioned a place that would “contribute to strengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country,” Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff.Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, and education and human development, as well as a full range of graduate and professional degrees. The combination of cutting-edge research, strength in the liberal arts, and nationally-recognized schools of education, medicine, law, business, engineering, nursing, and divinity, creates an invigorating atmosphere where students tailor their educational experiences to meet their goals and researchers collaborate to solve complex questions affecting health, culture, and society.Vanderbilt provides a gateway to greatness, drawing the best and brightest students from across the nation and around the world. Vanderbilt alumni can be found in Congress, on the judicial bench, among the list of Nobel laureates, heading corporations, conducting innovative medical research, writing for and appearing on the stage and screen, and playing in the NFL and major league baseball.The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors, masters, education specialists and doctoral degrees. Vanderbilt is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Additional Information

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Required Qualifications
•At least 5 years of experience in a student services and/or higher education environment, which may be substituted with experience in a comparable MBA program, is required.
•Bachelor’s Degree is required. Master’s degree in higher education or related field of study is strongly preferred.
•Experience in a graduate MBA/MS university setting is required.
•Proven ability to connect with the students, listen to their ideas and needs, synthesize all the opinions, and strategically and creatively come up with viable solutions. Must be the voice for the student population.
•Leadership and presence are key skills both in front of faculty, students and staff.
•Must be a team builder and truly invested in the Student Programs Office team both as a team and as individuals.
•Must be a multi-tasker, extremely organized, and can work in a high- pressured environment, with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Must be a self-starter who is dedicated to enhancing the student experience.

Preferred Qualifications