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Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
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Jun 15, 2021

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Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full-range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Founded in 1873 with a $1 million gift from “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt to establish an institution that would “contribute to strengthening the ties that should exist between all sections of our common country,” today Vanderbilt University is globally renowned for its transformative education and research. The university's 10 schools reside on a parklike campus set in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, providing a collaborative culture that empowers leaders of tomorrow.

Top-ranked in both academics and financial aid, Vanderbilt offers an immersive residential undergraduate experience, with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, music, education and human development. The university also is home to nationally and internationally recognized graduate schools of law, education, business, medicine, nursing and divinity, and offers robust graduate-degree programs across a range of disciplines.

Vanderbilt is committed to the strength of its interdisciplinary research enterprise and to inclusive excellence, believing that profound breakthroughs happen when scholars of different perspectives, races, gender identities, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds work together. The university's prominent alumni base includes Nobel Prize winners, members of Congress, governors, ambassadors, judges, admirals, CEOs, university presidents, physicians, attorneys, and professional sports figures playing in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, the PGA and LPGA.

Vanderbilt—an independent, privately supported university—and the affiliated nonprofit Vanderbilt University Medical Center engage in frequent cross-disciplinary collaboration to drive innovation and positive change across society at large. Together, the number of people employed by these two organizations exceeds that of the largest private employer in the Middle Tennessee region.

The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a member of the Association of American Universities, and a member of the Southeastern Conference for NCAA D1 athletics.

The Associate Vice Chancellor is part of the Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) at Vanderbilt University and serves as a key member of the leadership team responsible for providing support, direction, and guidance on achieving the goals of the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Working with Vice Chancellors and other stakeholders, the Associate Vice Chancellor will play a key role in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion across campus and within the community for Vanderbilt.

Reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will serve as a thought leader in developing a support model of equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels; providing intellectual, strategic, tactical, and collaborative institutional leadership to facilitate an integrated vision and shared responsibility for advancing institutional goals; and for fostering and affirming a campus culture to achieve the university goals surrounding equity, diversity and inclusion. The AVC for EDI:

  • Provides leadership, management, assessment, and tactical and strategic planning for the design and implementation of an institution-wide framework and initiatives that ensure diversity, inclusion, equity, and respect.
  • Facilitates and shares best practices for enhancing inclusivity, engagement, and cultural proficiency at Vanderbilt University.
  • Serves as a strategic consultant to senior administrators and department leaders to support diversity and inclusion efforts in their areas.
  • Works closely with the Vice Chancellor and the University Diversity Council to build on existing strengths and identify areas of growth.
  • Prepares analyses of data and other evidence related to the progress of the institution in equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Ensures the most effective operations of the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion through staff and resource management, program development, process improvement and coordination/integration of processes with other departments; Participates in listening and information sessions with faculty, staff, and students, serves as representative for the Vice Chancellor in his absence.
  • Assists in creating an organizational culture (both within and across departments) that provides a safe, enriching, and inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students and builds a qualified, competent team to meet those needs.
  • Performs other duties and executes initiatives as determined by the Vice Chancellor for EDI, Administrative Leadership, and the evolving needs of the University.

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion works to intentionally foster institutional equity, diversity and inclusion by creating educational opportunities, raising awareness, and providing strategies and tools to bring to life the vision of inclusive excellence, both on our campus and in our city. The goal of our office is to help our community better understand one another so we can appreciate our differences, celebrate our common goals and work together toward inclusive excellence. The office also collaborates with partners across campus to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the university’s research and educational missions, creating a welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff.

Vision for the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion endeavors to help make Vanderbilt University a leading learning institution where achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion are its highest priorities as it trains global citizens who will contribute to the development of a better nation and world.


  • A Master’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary. A terminal degree is preferred.
  • 7+ years of experience designing and implementing equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives at an institution or organization of similar size and complexity is necessary.
  • Advanced education/training in diversity-related fields is necessary.
  • Demonstrated success with infusing diversity, inclusion and belonging practices within a professional setting; particularly adept at collaborating with others and with sensitivity to multicultural variances within one organization.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate in a diverse environment; an ability to work effectively trans-institutionally both as an organizational leader and valued colleague; strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence all levels of an organization through a consultative methodology.
  • Significant experience managing and developing teams to execute day-to- day operations and strategic initiatives.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a leader of a team, task force, or committee with experience building consensus and managing conflict.
  • Discretion and superior judgment to appropriately handle confidential information.
  • Knowledge of current trends in EDI best practices, a creative and innovative approach to solutions driven problem solving, demonstrated ability to foster and support university wide collaborations, and strong communication and presentation skills with ability to write and communicate clear, concise, logical, presentations and analytical reports to a wide range of audiences is necessary.

Nashville is consistently ranked as one of the best places in America to live and work. It is the largest city in Tennessee, and a recognized center for music, healthcare, publishing, banking, and technology services. The climate is moderate, with four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. There is no personal income tax on earnings in Tennessee, saving the average relocating family between 3% and 10% of income – or a savings of $3,000 to $10,000 for every $100,000 earned.

The 10-county Nashville region is home to more than 1.8 million people and 40,000 businesses, with the city attracting more diverse new business from across the country than any city its size over the past 20 years.

The region is adding about 10,000 – 20,000 new jobs every year, in all sectors. Recently, Forbes ranked Nashville as the third best positioned city “to grow and prosper in the coming decade.” Nashville has over 12,000 acres of beautiful parks and a thriving, walkable downtown with a free bus and a bike-sharing system providing access to over 200 downtown restaurants and 124 performance venues for live music and the performing and visual arts.

The “arts participation” rate is nearly five times the national average. And, with 111,379 students in 18 colleges and universities, Nashville is the third largest college town in America.

More information regarding the greater Nashville region, including helpful information for those relocating to the area is available at:


  • Vanderbilt is ranked perennially as one of the top 15 universities in the nation, a top tier best value school, and recognized on multiple “best of” lists for its learning communities, service learning, undergraduate teaching, and is a top 25 “Most Innovative School” according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • The Princeton Review has long held Vanderbilt in high esteem, ranking it as having some of the happiest students in the nation, as a college city that gets high marks, as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, and as a one of the nation’s best run colleges.
  • The University is proud to have been named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running.
  • Nashville has been ranked as a top five "Brain Magnet” for gains in people with college educations and Forbes has ranked the city as a top ten “Best City for Finding Employment Right Now” and as a top twenty “Best Place for Business and Careers.”
  • The Gulch, an urban mixed-use neighborhood in downtown Nashville, is the first “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) certified platinum neighborhood in America.
  • The Nashville region is home to two of the top 100 K-12 public schools in America and the top school district in the state of Tennessee.
  • Nashville is home to successful and well-respected NFL, NHL, and MLS franchises. The Nashville Symphony is recognize internationally and has received 13 GRAMMY® nominations and six wins.
  • Rolling Stone has ranked Nashville as the number on “live music scene in America.”
  • With a growing number of restaurants. spread across the region, to meet a variety of price points and culinary interests, Nashville has been named a top city for foodies by Travel+Leisure.

For more facts and highlights about Vanderbilt University, please visit the University Quick Facts and FutureVU pages, and for more information about Nashville and the exciting goings on for visitors and residents at Visit Music City and VU Your Life.

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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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