Vanderbilt University Director of Academics - Programs for Talented Youth in Nashville, Tennessee

Director of Academics - Programs for Talented Youth (Job Number: 1801979)


The Director of Academics is a position with Programs for Talented Youth (PTY) at Vanderbilt University, Peabody School of Education and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of academic life for PTY day and residential programs. The key role of the Director of Academics is to recruit program faculty and teaching assistants to teach in PTY programs, support faculty course design, and provide professional development and ongoing support to instructional faculty prior to and during program implementation. Reporting directly to the PTY Director, the Director of Academics will develop collaborative relationships with Vanderbilt University departments, local schools, and families to ensure the appropriate offering, selection, and delivery of accelerated and engaging courses in a variety of content areas. The Director of Academics supervises instructors, teaching assistants, and part time/seasonal staff members.

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth (PTY) works to develop in gifted students and those who work with them. PTY is part of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and is led by award-winning faculty and staff who are dedicated and experienced in providing evidence supported talent development opportunities for academically advanced learners in a creative, supportive, and academically rigorous environment. PTY also supports families and educators in learning more about gifted students, including those from low income and culturally diverse backgrounds through specially designed workshops, conferences, and coursework. Faculty and staff conduct research and publish books, articles, and curriculum. Founded in 2000 under the vision and leadership of Dean Camilla Benbow, a protégé of Dr. Julian Stanley and founder of talent search programs, PTY is comprised of a dedicated, hard-working and passionate group of individuals.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Course Selection and Faculty Recruitment

  • Collaborate with departments oncampus and with external entities to recruit experienced and knowledgeableinstructors and teaching assistants to teach weekend and summer courses

  • Interview and hire instructorsand teaching assistants for all year round and summer residential and dayprograms

  • Support instructors indeveloping accurate and engaging course descriptions withinpre-established deadlines

  • Develop a comprehensive,diverse, engaging, and instructionally appropriate repertoire of courseofferings for academically advanced students in grades K-12

  • Collaborate with programdirectors and administrative personnel to promote PTY program courseswithin the larger Vanderbilt community and across the world

  • Work with Director andExecutive Director to determine the number of course offerings for a givenprogram and the expectations for course offerings and instructionaldelivery

Collaboration, Supervision, and Oversight

  • Design and oversee systems forthe timely acquisition of instructor’s course materials, course-packs andreadings, use of computers and computer labs, and the securing ofclassrooms with appropriate space configurations and equipment

  • Communicate expectationsregarding the protection of minors policies and oversee appropriateimplementation in classrooms

  • Oversee seasonal staff memberswho support academic life

  • Serve as a “bridge” between theacademic and residential components of programming to ensure seamlesstransitions and the development of a collaborative residential andacademic community

  • Collaborate with the day andresidential program directors to ensure that each program follows similarprocedures, professional development requirements, policies, andexpectations for classroom instruction

  • Serve as the primary contactfor instructor inquiries and support

  • Collaborate with PTYadministrative support staff to ensure that instructors and teachingassistants are hired and have completed all required documentation priorto program inception

  • Design, revise, and overseedata collection and course evaluation efforts; provide detailed findingsto PTY Director and Executive Director with recommendations for ongoingsuccess

Family and Student Support

  • Support instructors andteaching assistants in problem-solving and brainstorming strategies toengage students who are struggling in a course

  • Talk with parents as necessaryto learn more about a student’s particular learning needs and to discussappropriate fit in a given course or PTY at large during and prior toprogram inception

  • Oversee current partnershipsand develop new partnerships with institutions and foundations thatpromote access and opportunity for students who are underrepresented ingifted programs

Professional Development

  • Collaborate with other PTYleadership members to design, coordinate, and implement engaging andrelevant professional development sessions for teaching assistants andinstructors prior to program inception

  • Meet individually withinstructors to support the development and design of courses including butnot limited to reviewing syllabi and suggesting ideas to enhance coursecontent, rigor, and appropriateness for academically advanced and giftedlearners

  • Observe in instructorclassrooms and provide timely and constructive feedback using an evidencesupported protocol

  • Supervise instructors, teachingassistants, and seasonal administrative staff in cultivating a positiveclimate and culture, a student-centered focus, and a quality learningexperience

  • Communicate expectations,timelines, logistics, and policies to instructors and teaching assistantsin a timely and efficient manner

  • Lead professional developmentsessions as requested during PTY’s Gifted Education Institutes, held eachfall and spring

  • Collaborate with PTYeducational consultant and Executive Director/Director to implement localand national contracts and grants, as requested

Profile of an IdealCandidate:

  • Master’s degree in education orrelated field with expertise in gifted education or a content domain isrequired.

  • Experience designing andleading professional development sessions and supervising educators isstrongly preferred.

  • 1 year ofexperience in an educational leadership capacity is required; 5 years of experience ispreferred.

AboutVanderbilt Benefits:

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

About Vanderbilt University:

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.

VanderbiltUniversity is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women,minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouragedto apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 21730 - Programs for Talented Youth

Job: Research, Extension, and Other Education Professionals

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action