The Program Coordinator for Social Innovation works in the Wond'ry , Vanderbilt University's Innovation Center. The ideal candidate embodies a demonstrated commitment to, and interest in, social and/or environmental change and innovation. The Social Innovation Program Coordinator will help lead the coordination and facilitation of core programming, event planning, and communication with Social Innovation program participants and key partners, with a focused emphasis on programs including Map the System and the Coffee Equity Lab, to include the Coffee Equity Design Challenge. The Program Coordinator will also help develop and coordinate partnerships and collaborations with other on- and off-campus partners, and they will help manage the recruitment, onboarding, and evaluation of partner organizations and student participants involved with the Wond'ry's Social Innovation programming.
The Wond'ry is the university's center for innovation and design. We are an outwardly facing, customer service-oriented unit that serves the entire Vanderbilt community of faculty, staff, and students from all colleges and schools, while also working to build up the innovation ecosystem in Nashville and beyond. We provide a variety of programming, resources, and funding opportunities to help our constituents express and test their ideas, to develop design and systems thinking skills and an innovation mindset, as well as facilitate interdisciplinary and immersive learning experiences. Because we assist with the development of innovations and collaborations across all disciplines, we look for dynamic, curious individuals with a variety of background experiences they can leverage to help people along their innovation journey.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Program Coordinator for Social Innovation and Systems Change performs a variety of complex duties, ensuring the success of Wond'ry Social Innovation Programs and the Wond'ry generally. Responsibilities include:
Lead the coordination of programming for the Social Innovation Practice Area at the Wond'ry, with an emphasis on Map the System and the Coffee Equity Lab.
Assist in the facilitation of programming for the Social Innovation Practice Area at the Wond'ry, including Map the System and the Coffee Equity Lab.
Assist with the integration of equity-centered design and systems thinking curricula into select Social Innovation programs and for-credit course integrations with on-campus partners
Assist in the coordination of future collaborations in the practice area that involve on- and off-campus organizations, community partners, and mentors.
Support and co-promote events and activities with current and future partner organizations.
Assist in the co-creation of systems thinking and social innovation curricula for core social innovation programming.
Assist with the co-creation of practice area training materials or website content as needed.
Ensure that activities in these areas are aligned with the mission of both the Wond'ry and Vanderbilt University.
Communicate respectfully with program participants and community partners.
Project a welcoming attitude that ensures participants feel invited and supported as they engage in Wond'ry programming.
Partnerships, Collaborations, and Strategic Outreach
Coordinate and manage the design and production of promotional materials on an as-needed basis to create awareness about specific workshops, programs, and events and motivate participation.
Work with University partners and Wond'ry colleagues to develop articles, blog posts, etc. to promote the Wond'ry and the creative projects its participants undertake.
Assist in the creation, on-boarding, and training of an inclusive network of mentors who help advance the mission of Social Innovation programming.
Assist in the identification and recruitment of strategic on- and off-campus partners.
Oversee Wond'ry related events and events held at the Wond'ry by third parties as needed, including but not limited to, speaker series, seminars, workshops, and competitions.
Participate in regular team meetings and strategic planning sessions.
Assist in the identification of grant opportunities that could support core Wond'ry areas and related initiatives.
Provide assistance to other team members and work on other projects on an as-needed basis.
Collaborate with other core staff to turn strategic priorities into meaningful programming.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is necessary .
A Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education is strongly preferred .
Familiarity with and experience in the nonprofit, social sector or social innovation fields are strongly preferred.
Experience with systems thinking, equity-centered design, and/or leading social innovation programming is strongly preferred.
Experience facilitating workshops and events a plus.
Familiarity with the global coffee industry, sustainable development, sustainable supply chains, and/or another global industry is a plus.
Demonstrated interest in and commitment to service, social impact, and the common good.
Demonstrated celebration of and commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
Extremely well organized with excellent time management skills and the ability to successfully handle multiple programs at once.
Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to interact fluidly with the many different individuals and organizations that will contact and work with the Center.
Experience navigating university policies and procedures, and a desire to expand and deepen that knowledge and experience.
Proficient in office software tools (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Airtable, MailChimp), and other software tools for communication, analysis, and office operations.
Flexible with job expectations and schedule in an office that is on the cutting edge of innovation.
Willing to jump in wherever needed.
Positive, energetic, "can-do," proactive entrepreneurial attitude with a passion for innovation and creativity.
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.
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.