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Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Assistant Director, Carpenter Program

Vanderbilt University Divinity School


Job Summary

The Assistant Director of The Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality within the Vanderbilt University Divinity School works with the Faculty Program Director to advance the program’s mission. Since its beginning in 1995, the purpose of the Carpenter Program has been to foster conversation about religion, gender, and sexuality. The Assistant Director creatively engages various audiences at Vanderbilt, across Nashville and Tennessee, and around the nation on issues around religion, gender and sexuality understood intersectionality. This position will be responsible for creating, curating, leading, and coordinating programming in support of the Carpenter Program’s initiatives. The Assistant Director will focus on joint initiatives between the Carpenter Program and the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership, including but not limited to creation and expansion of lifelong learning and acting as cohort lead for program fellows.

This position is for a three-year term period but is potentially renewable depending on funding.

The Divinity School administrators and staff comprise a team committed to excellence in theological education. From different composite areas: admissions, community life, academics, special programming, communications, theological and religious library resources, and development and alumni relations, each person contributes to an innovative and collegial environment. The unit as a whole is committed to the mission of both the University and the Divinity School. We make equity, diversity, and inclusion a priority from a theological foundation of social justice, and we seek to lead the nation in the care, preparation, and professional qualification of our students to the religious and theological professions.

Job Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and enrich the Program’s public facing initiatives, including program design, implementation, and facilitation.
  • Execute activity and event spending plans with an eye toward fiscal responsibility.
  • Work with events and communication staff on event planning, marketing, and evaluation.
  • Engage with other staff, contractors, and consultants for program delivery, as needed
  • Design and deliver, or assist other staff and contractors in designing and delivering, public-facing events, webinars, workshops, trainings, etc.
  • For areas outside of the expertise of the director and assistant director, identify, hire, and assist guest speakers or workshop leaders for public events, trainings, in scope of work, delivery, and evaluation, etc.
  • Collaborate with other Vanderbilt Divinity School programs such as the Kelly Miller Smith Institute on Black Church Studies, The Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice, Religion Arts and Contemporary Culture, and the James Lawson Institute for Non-Violence.
  • Collaborate with other constituencies within Vanderbilt University such as the Women’s Center, Black Cultural Center, K.C. Potter Center for LGBTQI Life, etc.
  • Serve as a resource and clearinghouse for information and curriculum relevant to the specific programming initiatives undertaken; develop and disseminate own resources as necessary.
  • Maintain an understanding of institutional and departmental financial policies related to areas such as travel, procurement, expense, and time reporting to ensure compliance and proper stewardship of university resources.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • A Master’s Degree from an accredited institution of theological education is necessary.
  • Evidence of academic training in religion, gender and sexuality understood intersectionality is necessary.
  • Knowledge of program management and development procedures is necessary.
  • Time management, multi-tasking, and organizational skills is necessary.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail is necessary.
  • Ability to work independently, and as part of a team is necessary.
  • Knowledge of the Microsoft Office software and design software is necessary.
  • At least two years of relevant programming experience is preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills is preferred.
  • Experience with event planning and management is preferred.
  • Interest in training in trauma informed care is preferred.
  • Experience engaging a variety of types of constituencies, audiences, and organizations is preferred.
  • Interest in adult and working professional learning and training opportunities is preferred.
  • Experience with budget and financial management is preferred.

Additional Information


Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are.  We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

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

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

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About Us

Vanderbilt is a community of talented and diverse staff & faculty!

At Vanderbilt University , our work – regardless of title or role – is in service to an important and noble mission in which every member of our community serves in advancing knowledge and transforming lives on a daily basis. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, on a 330+ acre campus and arboretum dating back to 1873, Vanderbilt 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. We welcome those who are interested in learning and growing professionally with an employer that strives to create, foster and sustain opportunities as an employer of choice through:

  • Working and growing together as a community of communities… we are One Vanderbilt.
  • Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and best self, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and grow regardless of title or position.

We understand you have a choice when choosing where to work and pursue a career. We understand you are unique and have a story. We want to hear it. We encourage you to apply today so that you might become a part of our story.


Vanderbilt University has made the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University requires all employees to (1) participate in any required on-campus COVID-19 testing protocol as may then be in effect, or (2) show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

How to Apply

Apply at the Vanderbilt University job site: https://ecsr.fa.us2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX/requisitions/preview/10003653


  • Date Posted: April 27, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 08/01/2023
  • Working Hours: 9-5