Director, Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center

Nashville, Davidson County
Jul 21, 2014
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Vanderbilt University is a private research university located in Nashville, TN. The Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center leads co-curricular campus initiatives related to women's and gender issues, creating innovative opportunities to make the Vanderbilt community safer, more inclusive and equitable. Toward this end, the Women's Center partners with many departments to raise awareness about the ways in which gender shapes and is shaped by our lived experiences. We celebrate women and their accomplishments and foster empowerment for people of all identities. 

Position Summary:

The Director of the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center serves as a campus resource and expert on women's and gender issues. The Director oversees a department that serves the University community on all levels - students, faculty, staff, and alumni - and builds strategic partnerships to address the needs of individuals across a complex university environment.


Key Functions and Expected Performances:


  1. Program Development and Collaboration
    1. With the Women's Center staff, design, implement, and assess educational, cultural, and social programs to address the needs of women and around gender issues on campus
    2. Lead community-building and outreach activities to increase community engagement in women's and gender-related initiatives
    3. Work in close partnership with Greek Life (50% of undergraduate women are sorority members) to provide guidance and support as needed
    4. Develop new programs to facilitate women's self-assessment, identity development, career exploration and placement, and professional development.
    5. Work in close partnership with Residential Education, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) Life office; the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center; and the Office of Intercultural Affairs, among others, on broad issues of campus diversity
    6. Collaborate with the Project Safe Center on issues of power-based violence and sexual assault
    7. Assist related student organizations in coordinating programs and partnerships toward shared goals
    8. Encourage relevant scholarly dialogue related to women's and gender topics, and their intersection with other social identities (including sexual orientation, race, class, ability, religion, nationality, etc.)

  2. Service to the Vanderbilt Community
    1. Provide resources, support, and referrals to students, faculty, and staff
    2. Facilitate the integration of women's and gender issues into the goals and initiatives of the larger division and institution
    3. Create and maintain relationships with local and national women's and gender organizations and supportive agencies

  3. Administration/Leadership
    1. Develop and implement a strategic plan to address the needs related to women and gender more broadly on campus, and participate in campus-wide strategic planning for inclusion
    2. Define the qualifications and expectations for all staff positions(2 full-time + graduate/undergraduate student workers), including specific job descriptions and measurable performance standards.  Create an environment that encourages and supports self-development and learning for all staff through regular feedback, ongoing professional development, and regular annual evaluations. Provide advice/consultation to staff regarding problems.
    3. Provide financial oversight to the Women's Center, including full responsibility for the preparation and management of relevant budgets 
    4. Manage the Women's Center facility, including operations and building maintenance
    5. Generate reports as necessary and provide assessment-based results for inclusion in Dean of Students annual reports

f.      Represent the Women's Center, the Dean of Students office, and Vanderbilt University on university, community, and national committees and boards

Additional Information:

      This is a full-time position.

      Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment. Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation.

      Vanderbilt is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1801-1810. In accordance with that law and Vanderbilt policy, smoking is prohibited in all enclosed areas on Vanderbilt property.

Vanderbilt is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer

Basic Qualifications

Job requires Bachelor's and 8 years of experience or the equivalent.

Preferred Skills:
  • Master's degree or PhD in Higher Education Administration; Women's, Gender, and/or Sexuality Studies; or a related field
  • Six years of experience in higher education (administration or teaching), local community leadership, education, and/or advocacy, and a demonstrated commitment to women's and gender-related issues
  • Proficiency in designing, presenting, and assessing educational programs or initiatives on women's and gender-related issues
  • Familiarity with federal legislation related to gender, including Title IX, the Clery Act, etc., and their application to campus
  • Experience working in a campus-based women's or gender center
  • Proven leadership and management skills
  • Capability to speak effectively in public, employ current technology, and write well
  • Ability to communicate with students, faculty, staff, and community members in a manner that promotes dialogue and understanding
  • Demonstrated understanding of women's and gender-related topics and ability to support individuals in and raise awareness about the intersections of gender, sexual orientation, race, class, ability, religion, and other identities
  • Experience supervising professional staff

Job Professional and Managerial

Primary Location TN-Nashville-Sarratt Student Center

Organization CLIPS 146115