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Black Cultural Center Graduate Assistant

Department: Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Provost

Position Summary:

The BCC Graduate Assistant is part of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center in the Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives division at Vanderbilt University.  The BCC Graduate Assistant will work primarily with the Director of the Center in maintaining various data infrastructure systems and compiling analytical reports. Additionally, this role provides programmatic assistance in the form of development, logistics, and assessment support for the routine programs of the Black Cultural Center as well as special initiatives.

Time Commitment:

The position will begin in August 2020 and last for 9 months.  Continuation of the assistantship will depend upon satisfactory performance of your assigned duties and progress toward your degree. You will be expected to work 20 hours per week excluding university breaks. This may include some evening and weekend hours.

About the Work Unit:

The primary mission of the Black Cultural Center (BCC) is to enhance the collegiate experience of Black and African American students by providing effective programming and resources to meet their academic, cultural, and social needs.  Additionally, the BCC is an essential resource for Black faculty and staff at Vanderbilt and the greater Nashville community. Our programs and partnerships promote greater cultural understanding, student support and development, community building, and campus accountability in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

About the Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives

The Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives works in partnership with members of the Provost Office and Vanderbilt’s colleges/schools to ensure we advance the success and affirmation of all students and faculty.  Specifically, the goals of the unit are, 1) to attract and retaining top faculty and student talent from around the globe to Vanderbilt University. 2) Advancing efforts that ensure that our students and faculty have equitable access to resources, opportunities, support and recognition that allow them to maximize their success at Vanderbilt and beyond. 3) Striving beyond simply fostering success toward an increasing, intentional sense of belonging and affirmation at Vanderbilt for all students and faculty.

Key Functions and Expected Performance:

  • Provide programming assistance to support the BCC staff. This may include, but not limited to, program development, marketing, operations, and assessment.
  • Maintain the social media pages for the BCC to ensure that the content remains current and relevant.
  • Monitor the accuracy of data collected in the various analytical systems of the BCC through weekly and monthly audits.
  • Maintain the BCC data infrastructure to ensure a timely response to request for information and the timely completion of assessment reports.
  • Assist the Director of the BCC with the compilation of internal reports and external information requests.
  • Participate in university wide events as needed (Move-In Day, Rites of Spring, Diverse ‘Dores Day, MLK Day, etc.) to support colleagues and ensure these events run smoothly.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to support colleagues across the division in order to encourage the implementation or fulfillment of divisional goals and strategic priorities; other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Relationships:

This position reports administratively and functionally to the Director of the Black Cultural Center. 

Education and Certifications:

  • Full-time enrollment in graduate degree program at Vanderbilt University is required.
  • Enrollment in the M.Ed. Higher Administration Education program in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Peabody College is strongly preferred.

Experience and Skills:

  • Ability to work independently is necessary.
  • High level of attention to detail is necessary.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in using Micro Excel is necessary; a basic understanding of SPSS is strongly preferred.


The compensation for this assistantship includes an annual stipend of $11,300 paid over the 9-month period and a 66% tuition scholarship, (33% paid by the Office of the Dean of Students/Office of the Provost and 33% paid by Peabody College) paid directly to your student account. The tuition benefit is for the total minimum number of hours needed to complete your academic program.

NOTE: It is required that you apply for financial aid and request that any available work-study funding be used towards these positions.

*The tuition award is tied to your academic year, rising 2nd and 3rd-year students’ tuition scholarship differs.