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Director of Equal Opportunity and Access Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University, top-ranked in both academics and financial aid, seeks an accomplished, assured, collaborative, innovative, and communicative leader to be the next Director of the Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) Office. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Equal Access, the Director is responsible for the oversight, implementation, and management of the University’s policies, procedures, response, investigation, and compliance efforts related to equal opportunity and affirmative action. Through assured, visible, and boundary-spanning leadership, the next Director will seek to enrich office services and deepen its contributions to a diverse and inclusive campus community dedicated to achieving a sense of belonging for all students, faculty, and staff. The Director will be supported by eager partners in many units, such as the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office; Human Resources; Student Affairs; Faculty Affairs; and Public Safety – all dedicated to the best practices in the equal opportunity and access field and elevating the stature of the EOA Office on campus.

Established in 2020 and serving 22,000 Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff, the EOA Office is undergoing a strategic revitalization to improve the services it provides and reform its identity amongst the community. Furthermore, the Office specializes in a space of ongoing change due to shifting federal and state regulations as well as evolving living, learning, and working needs in a higher education setting. The Director must be exceptionally well-practiced in civil rights and nondiscrimination compliance and lead the office with rigor, integrity, and warmth. The Director will manage, support, and develop a team of four and together the EOA Office will develop and encourage compliance processes that are accessible, high-quality, timely, and efficient.

In 2022, U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanderbilt University #13 in the top national universities and #8 in the list of best value schools. 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 inclusive excellence, believing that profound breakthroughs happen when scholars of different perspectives, races, gender identities, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds work together.

Becca Kennedy is leading this search with Tiffany Weber and Alexis Ditaway.


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