This position is responsible for coordinating training and professional development opportunities for DAR team members. Additionally, this position assists in the creation and facilitation of content, manages training projects, and develops new programs to assist with varying business needs. This role assures that quality professional development opportunities are available to all employees.
The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University's teaching and research programs.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Maintains and organizes DAR's annual training initiatives including research and recommendations for potential content or sessions
Track all training activities and provide comprehensive reports regarding departmental efforts
Gauge effectiveness of training programs through the use of surveys, feedback, ROI measures, promotion tracking, and turn over trends
Track spending and assure department remains on budget
Monitor training requests. Identify internal resources that can assist in filling skill gaps
Maintains vendor relationships and troubleshooting for any online training resources provided to DAR employees
Monitors completion of career path conversations and assists managers with the creation of individual career development plans
Tracks team building and team professional development budgets and makes purchases on behalf of the department
Develops and enforces policies related to team building and professional memberships. Tracks and purchases DAR employee professional memberships
Work with presenters to create dynamic PowerPoint presentations that encourage engagement and participation.
Facilitates various professional development initiatives, including but not limited to: DAR Academy (core development program for all DAR employees), Fundraising Excellence (new hire training for development officers), New Employee Orientation, Employee Engagement/Satisfaction Focus Groups, DAR Diversity Programming, and more
Navigate the logistics of scheduling complex meetings with multiple presenters and attendees
Develops and enforces policies related to training and professional development
Learning the Vanderbilt mission and the ability to communicate DAR's responsibilities to the mission
Attaining an in-depth understanding of the development programs
Collaborating with DAR staff to build and maintain best practices
Establishing a sound working relationship with DAR staff to enhance collaboration
Understanding and effectively communicating departmental policy and procedures
Clearly communicating and addressing concerns and questions to supervisor and staff
Soliciting guidance from supervisor and co-workers to improve training programs
Conveying thoughts to stakeholders on improving training, leading towards improved departmental performance
Exercising good judgment in discussing issues and results
Maintaining composure and a calm demeanor during challenging situations
Respecting the need for confidentiality of colleagues
Performing other duties as assigned
A Bachelor's Degree, or the equivalent, in Education, Human Resources, or similar is necessary
A minimum of 2 years of training development/coordination experience, or the equivalent, is necessary
Training experience in Higher Education preferred
Ability to organize events with large groups of hands-on participants
Excellent project management and organizational skills
Dynamic public speaking and presentation skills towards an audience of all levels of the organization
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Interpersonal skills and judgment suitable for exercising appropriate discretion and demeanor when presenting training materials
Ability to exercise good judgment in the handling of confidential information
Ability to use current computer technology, such as Windows, Excel, and Word. Advanced PowerPoint skills will be key
Value of the importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
Holds oneself accountable; takes responsibility for failures as well as successes, recognizes that trust is required to hold a team together.
Shares information. Communicates proactively. Transmits knowledge. Asks for advice and considers it thoughtfully.
Genuinely values teamwork and co-workers.
Expects and delivers excellence. Is a creative problem solver. Is proactive. Welcomes input on making things better. Places a high value on learning and getting better.
Self-managing; self-motivated. Manages time, activities and outcomes well so that progress stays on track. Can juggle multiple competing priorities simultaneously without becoming overwhelmed.
Values the importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
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.
Internal Number: 10000149
About Vanderbilt University
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