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VSA 2022 Summer Positions

Vanderbilt Summer Academy

Are you passionate about creating amazing and life-changing experiences for middle and high school students? Do you thrive when working closely with others in a fast-paced and mission driven environment?

Housed within Programs for Talented Youth (PTY), a department within Peabody College, Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) hosts around 500 academically gifted middle and high school students through residential summer programs. VSA students join us from around the world to immerse themselves in academically accelerated coursework and a full pre-college residential experience.

For more information about VSA, learn more about the Residential Life experience and browse through the Student FAQ

Vanderbilt Summer Academy is a residential program for middle and high school students, and due to legitimate resident privacy interests, residential halls and/or floors are separated by gender.

The Residential positions are VSA Proctors who live on the same hall as their assigned same-gender-identity proctor group of 8-12 students and Area Coordinators, who supervise Proctors and live on the same hall as their assigned same-gender-identity proctor cluster.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and due to legitimate residency privacy interests, gender is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ) to allow assignment to gender-specific living spaces. Applicants for Residential positions (VSA Proctors, Area Coordinators and Student Support Assistants) will need to confirm whether their gender identity corresponds with a male or female living space. For logistic purposes only, we must consider gender identity when hiring to make sure we have appropriate adult coverage on each residence hall floor. If you have questions about this policy, please contact Mark Shivers at mark.m.shivers@vanderbilt.edu.

COVID-19 Vaccination/Testing Requirement

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 routine on-campus COVID-19 testing or (2) show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

VSA 2022 Summer Positions

Please follow the links below for individual position job descriptions. For any questions about summer positions, please contact Mark Shivers. Applicants both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest.

There is no deadline to submit interest in VSA positions. Statements of interest will continue be accepted until all positions are filled.

 

 

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Summer Teaching Assistant


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Non-Residential
 

Job Description: 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy is a summer residential program for academically advanced students. Students take college-level classes taught by Professors, PhD students and content experts. The Teaching Assistant (TA) works with the instructor and VSA staff to ensure that students are appropriately challenged, supported and supervised during their time with the program. Standard hours are Monday-Friday, 7:55AM–4:10PM and Saturdays, 8:55AM–12:30PM. TAs also assist with airport logistics during Check-in (Sunday) and Check-out (Friday) as well as assist with supervising at least one weekend residential activity. Additional optional weekend hours supporting activities may also be available. 

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of advanced middle and high school students. 
  • Working on the campus of a nationally-known institution.  
  • Adding a unique experience to your resume.
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with lunch included.  

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, VSA Teaching Assistants manage four domains of responsibility: 

  1. Program Support — Supervise students, provide accountability to students and instructors for program schedules and policies, assist VSA staff on check-in and check-out days which may fall on weekend afternoons, adhere to and support compliance of program and university policies including the protection of minors, guidelines and regulations, and provide additional support as determined by administrative staff. 
  2. Logistical Support — Set up for labs and other classroom activities and other duties necessary to the smooth operations of the classroom. 
  3. Pedagogical Classroom Support — Assist with differentiated instruction, classroom management and engagement, work with the instructor to develop short teaching/breakout models as appropriate, supervise study halls and labs as applicable. Teaching Assistants will also coordinate meetings with instructors prior to the program to help prepare for the class. 
  4. Student Support — Liaise with appropriate staff about students’ socio-emotional and academic concerns. 

Qualifications: 

Qualified applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree by the time of employment. Current Master’s or Ph.D. students preferred. Applicants both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest. We offer a variety of courses in the maths, sciences, and humanities, and so we seek applicants from a broad range of disciplines. Teaching experience and/or experience working with advanced students is a plus. 

Compensation:

$14.50/hr

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA
  • Onsite Training: TBA
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022 
  • Standard hours are Monday-Friday, 7:55AM–4:10PM and Saturdays, 8:55AM–12:30PM. 
  • TAs assist with Airport Logistics during Check-in (Sundays) and Check-out (Fridays) as well as assist with supervising at least one weekend residential activity.  

* TAs may work one or multiple sessions. Preference will be given to applicants who are available for the entirety of the summer. Dates subject to change. 

*dates subject to change 

 

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Summer Head of Operations


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Non-Residential 

Job Description:  

The Vanderbilt Head of Operations oversees all office and internal logistics of VSA programming and develops structured and efficient processes to ensure program success. Leading a team of program assistants as well as the Assistant Head of Operations, the HOO manages the VSA Summer Office which serves as the central hub for all internal and external program communication, inventory control, student medication processes and transportation scheduling. Serving as the initial point of contact for parent concerns and questions, the HOO’s team will demonstrate elite customer service leading to efficient response and resolution metrics. This is a non-residential position that requires flexible weekend hours on Check-in/Check-out Days and during the weekends of program operation. 

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of gifted young scholars.  
  • Working at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation.  
  • Loving what you do while building your resume with leadership experience.  
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with meals and private room in residence hall included.  

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, the VSA Head of Operations is expected to: 

  • Possess strong organizational and communication skills along with proven problem-solving abilities. 
  • Design efficient operations and workflow strategies in a rapidly changing and fast-paced residential program.  
  • Supervise and lead a vibrant VSA office that serves as the central hub for scheduling, record keeping, documentation of confidential information and program logistics.  
  • Be highly mature and able to assist with the management of a residential community of a summer academic program for teens. 
  • Engage willingly as a team player with humor, enthusiasm and a compassionate understanding of middle and high school students. 
  • Enthusiastically adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences.  
  • Serve as a key voice on the VSA Leadership Team. 

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree. (Candidates both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest.) 
  • Have experience managing a successful and diverse team.  
  • Have experience in a complex office setting or in a setting requiring diverse logistics implementation.   
  • Be present and available throughout VSA. (Academic classes, part-time jobs, and scheduled recreational commitments are strongly discouraged during employment.) 
  • Work closely with other leadership team members to accomplish program goals and address problems in a timely manner. 
  • Design and implement role specific training for Program Assistants.  
  • Serve as support, guide, and resource to program assistants in all aspects of their multifaceted roles. 
  • Exemplify VSA’s purpose, identify and communicate the cornerstones of a respectful residential and academic community and serve as a role model for all staff and students. 
  • Uphold and enforce all program and University rules as outlined in staff and student handbooks. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude, and collaboration. 

Compensation:

$18.50/hr

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA
  • Onsite Training: TBA 
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022 
  • The standard weekday shift is 9:00AM-5:30PM. Weekend hours will vary.

*dates subject to change 

 

 

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Head of Activities


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Non-Residential 

Job Description:  

The Head of Activities serves as activity leader and event planner for the Vanderbilt Summer Academy, a residential program on Vanderbilt University’s campus that provides accelerated courses for academically advanced and gifted middle and high school students. The HOA is responsible for designing and overseeing developmentally appropriate and engaging student activities and ensuring the efficient implementation of all student events and activities throughout the summer. The HOA supervises a team of Activity Assistants and reports to the PTY Assistant Director of Residential Programs.  

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of gifted young scholars.  
  • Working at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation.  
  • Loving what you do while building your resume with leadership experience. 
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with meals and private room in residence hall included.  

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, the VSA Head of Activities is expected to: 

  • Ensure the quality, effectiveness and mission alignment of all activities and events including off-campus excursions. 
  • Enthusiastically lead a team of Residential Assistants in efficiently preparing for and supporting all activities and contributing to a positive team atmosphere. 
  • Effectively create and implement internal communication systems and strategies to build awareness and excitement for all activities.      
  • Design efficient systems for student selection of activities. 
  • Oversee, with administrative support, the supervision of all activities following stated guidelines, safety procedures, and protection of minors policies. 
  • Possess strong organizational and communication skills along with proven problem-solving abilities. 
  • Handle unexpected student issues, including but not limited to:  student illness, violations of stated community code of conduct, student support and encouragement, and the like. 
  • Establish a strong rapport with Residential Proctors and Area Coordinators while working with them in brainstorming and co-developing a variety of diverse, safe, and developmentally appropriate activities.  
  • Meet regularly with the leadership team and provide information and ideas for improving activities, transportation and logistics of all events.  
  • Engage willingly as a team player with humor, enthusiasm and a compassionate understanding of middle and high school academically advanced students as well as the proctors and other staff members who support them. 
  • Adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences.  
  • Assume other program related responsibilities as assigned by administrative staff. 

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Have extensive residential life and/or summer program experience at the secondary school or college level. 
  • Have leadership, recreation and/or team building experience.
  • Be present and available throughout VSA. (Academic classes, part-time jobs, and scheduled recreational commitments are strongly discouraged during employment.) 
  • Work closely with other team members to accomplish program goals and address problems in a timely and effective manner. 
  • Exemplify VSA’s purpose, identify and communicate the cornerstones of a respectful residential and academic community and serve as a role model for all staff and students. 
  • Uphold and enforce all federal, state, University, and program policies as outlined in staff and student handbooks and other referenced materials. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude, and collaboration. 

Compensation:

$18.50/hr

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA 
  • Onsite Training:  
    • Training: June 8 – June 15, 2022 
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022
  • The standard weekday shift is 3pm-10pm in addition to extensive weekend hours.  

*dates subject to change 

 

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Summer Assistant Head of Residential Staff: Residential Staff Scheduler


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Non-Residential 

Job Description:  

The VSA Assistant Head of Residential Staff is responsible for the daily scheduling of an estimated 35-40 residential staff during program operation. Reporting to the VSA Head of Residential Staff, the Assistant Head schedules all residential staff to ensure compliance with Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Protection of Minors, Programs for Talented Youth and the State of Tennessee policies. This staff-facing (this role has limited interaction with students) position is a detailed oriented role that requires the majority of the work day utilizing internal scheduling and communication software. This is a non-residential position that requires flexible weekend hours on Check-in/Check-out Days and during the weekends of program operation. 

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of gifted young scholars.  
  • Working at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation.  
  • Loving what you do while building your resume with leadership experience. 
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with meals during scheduled shifts. 

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, the VSA Assistant Head of Resident Staff is expected to: 

  • Create complex daily staff schedules that ensure policy compliance, budget optimization and staff morale.  
  • Possess strong organizational and communication skills along with proven problem-solving abilities. 
  • Be highly mature and able to communicate effectively with undergraduate, graduate and professional staff. 
  • Engage willingly as a team player with humor, enthusiasm and a compassionate understanding of middle and high school students. 
  • Enthusiastically adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences.  

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Have residential life, summer camp or school leadership experience at the secondary school or college level. (Candidates both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest.) 
  • Have experience creating and adjusting complex schedules. 
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree.  
  • Be present and available throughout VSA. (Academic classes, part-time jobs, and scheduled recreational commitments are not recommended during employment.) 
  • Work closely with other leadership team members to accomplish program goals and address problems in a timely manner. 
  • Uphold all expectations for VSA staff roles and responsibilities. 
  • Exemplify VSA’s purpose, identify and communicate the cornerstones of a respectful residential and academic community and serve as a role model for all staff and students. 
  • Uphold and enforce all program and University rules as outlined in staff and student handbooks. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude, and collaboration. 

Compensation:

$15.00/hr

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA 
  • Onsite Training:  
    • Training: June 8 – June 15, 2022 
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022
  • The standard daily shift is 12:30pm-7:30pm. Weekend hours will vary.

*dates subject to change 

 

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Summer Assistant Head of Operations: Night Lead


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Non-Residential  

Job Description:  

The VSA Assistant Head of Operations reports to the Head of Operations and operates as the Night Lead in the VSA Office. The VSA Assistant Head of Operations supports the Head of Operations in  managing  the VSA Summer Office which serves as the central hub for all internal and external program communication, inventory management, student medication processes, procedures and transportation scheduling. Serving as the initial point of contact for parent concerns and questions during the evening shift, the Assistant Head of Operations will demonstrate elite customer service leading to efficient response and resolution metrics. This is a non-residential position that requires flexible weekend hours on Check-in/Check-out Days and during the weekends of program operation. 

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of advanced middle and high school students. 
  • Working on the campus of a nationally-known institution.  
  • Adding a unique experience to your resume. 
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with most meals, provided while in session, and private room in residence hall included. 

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, the VSA Assistant Head of Operations is expected to: 

  • Possess strong organizational and communication skills along with proven problem-solving abilities. 
  • Be ready to implement operations and workflow strategies in a rapidly changing and fast-paced residential program.  
  • Supervise and lead a vibrant VSA office during the evening shift that serves as the central hub for scheduling, record keeping, documentation of confidential information and program logistics.  
  • Be highly mature and able to assist with the management of a residential community of a summer academic program for teens. 
  • Engage willingly as a team player with humor, enthusiasm and a compassionate understanding of middle and high school students. 
  • Enthusiastically adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences.  

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree. (Candidates both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest.) 
  • Have experience in a complex office setting or in a setting requiring diverse logistics implementation.  
  • Be present and available throughout VSA. (Academic classes, part-time jobs, and scheduled recreational commitments are strongly discouraged during employment.) 
  • Serve as support, guide, and resource to program assistants in all aspects of their multifaceted roles. 
  • Exemplify VSA’s purpose, identify and communicate the cornerstones of a respectful residential and academic community and serve as a role model for all staff and students. 
  • Uphold and enforce all program and University rules as outlined in staff and student handbooks. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude, and collaboration. 

Compensation:

$15.00/hr

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA 
  • Onsite Training:  
    • Training: June 8 – June 15, 2022 
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022
  • The standard weekday shift is 4pm-11pm. Weekend hours will vary.   

*dates subject to change 

 

 

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Summer Assistant Head of Student Support: Day Lead


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Non-Residential   

Job Description:  

Reporting to the Head of Student Support, the Vanderbilt Assistant Head of Student Support operates as Day Lead and takes full responsibility for the socio-emotional health of Vanderbilt Summer Academy students. In working with the Head of Student Support, this position will be specifically responsible for nurturing and shaping a strong and welcoming environment in which the VSA students reside. This position will further liaise with the Assistant Head of Academics to support any social-emotional needs during VSA classes. This is a non-residential position that requires flexible weekend hours on Check-in/Check-out Days and during the weekends of program operation. The typical daily schedule is 8am-5:00pm. 

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of gifted young scholars.  
  • Working at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation.  
  • Loving what you do while building your resume with leadership experience.
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with meals provided during scheduled shifts. 

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, the VSA Assistant Head of Student Support is expected to: 

  • Establish and communicate an environment of support to staff and students. 
  • Serve as a resource to students and teaching assistants who may need that extra level of guidance when dealing with a personal, roommate, or family issue or when struggling with a group dynamic. 
  • Facilitate communication across the program when student issues come to the surface, helping to bring necessary parties together in service of the student. 
  • Empower proctors and teaching assistants to engage with their students in respectful, meaningful, and thoughtful ways. 
  • Embody empathy and compassion in conversations with parents, students and staff  
  • Handle unexpected student issues, including but not limited to: student illness, behavior, violations of stated community code of conduct, etc. 
  • Be highly mature and able to assist with the management of a residential community of a summer academic program for teens. 
  • Engage willingly as a team player with humor, enthusiasm and a compassionate understanding of middle and high school students. 
  • Enthusiastically adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences.  

 

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Have residential life leadership and/or summer camp leadership experience at the secondary school or college level. (Candidates both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest.) 
  • Possess a master’s degree or comparable formal training with graduate coursework in clinical psychology, social work, or counseling. Professional counseling experience is strongly preferred. 
  • Be present and available throughout VSA. (Academic classes, part-time jobs, and scheduled recreational commitments are not permitted during employment.) 
  • Work closely with other leadership team members to accomplish program goals and address problems in a timely manner. 
  • Serve as support, guide, and resource to proctors and office staff in all aspects of their multi-faceted roles. 
  • Exemplify VSA’s purpose, identify and communicate the cornerstones of a respectful residential and academic community and serve as a role model for all staff and students. 
  • Uphold and enforce all program and University rules as outlined in staff and student handbooks. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude,  and collaboration. 

Compensation:

$15.00/hr

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA 
  • Onsite Training:  
    • Training: June 8 – June 15, 2022 
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022
  • The typical weekday shift is 8:00am-5:00pm in addition to extensive weekend hours.

*dates subject to change

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Summer Assistant Head of Activities: Supplies


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Non-Residential 

Job Description:  

The VSA Assistant Head of Activities manages the purchasing, inventory and distribution of all supplies for VSA residential activities. Reporting to the Head of Activities, The Assistant Head of Activities supports the planning, developing, and executing residential experiences that ensure optimal student experience and provide high quality activity implementation. This role also works closely with the PTY Administrative Officer to complete expense reports related to the Vanderbilt Student Purchasing Card. This is not a student facing role. This is a non-residential position that requires flexible weekend hours on Check-in/Check-out Days and during the weekends of program operation.  

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of advanced middle and high school students. 
  • Working on the campus of a nationally-known institution.  
  • Adding a unique experience to your resume. 
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with lunch provided.  

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, the VSA Assistant Head of Activities is expected to: 

  • Be a role model for all student participants and colleagues. 
  • Uphold and exemplify community values, regulations, and expectations. 
  • Curate a safe, cordial, and supportive residential community for all students and staff. 
  • Support age-appropriate engaging, and fun recreational activities. 
  • Enthusiastically adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences.  
  • Collaborate with other Activities Assistants to ensure a positive community culture. 
  • Support the residential team in developing diverse and age appropriate recreational activities. 
  • Ensure residential activities are set up with the appropriate materials, space, and technological needs required. 
  • Maintain an organized and efficient system of monitoring program supplies and VSA inventory. 
  • Assist with facilitation of some large scale events, including but not limited to, carnivals, ABC nights, dances, talent shows, and field trips.  
  • Assist with various administrative duties and processes to ensure smooth operations. 

 

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Be a current undergraduate student or graduate student at Vanderbilt University.  
  • Demonstrate exceptional maturity and character.  
  • Have experience with program coordination, implementation and with working with teenagers in a youth development or educational setting. (Residential life/camp counseling experience a plus.)  
  • Embody a strong team player ethic and sense of humor. 
  • Be able to successfully and positively communicate with individuals of all ages, experiences, and roles. 
  • Be prepared for the physical demands of the position, including lifting up to 15lbs. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude, and collaboration. 

Compensation:

$15.00/hr

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA 
  • Onsite Training:  
    • Training: June 8 – June 15, 2022 
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022
  • The typical weekday shift is 12:30pm-7:30pm in addition to extensive weekend hours.  

*dates subject to change


 

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Assistant Head of Academics: Logistics


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Non-Residential 

 

Job Description:  

Reporting to the PTY Director of Academics and the PTY Assistant Director of Residential Programs, the Assistant Head of Academics (AHOA) supervises Teaching Assistants and ensures optimized logistics implementation to ensure exceptional student experiences within the academic components of the program. The AHOA is responsible for a variety of pre-program and in-program objectives including but not limited to: academic material ordering, communication with Teaching Assistants concerning schedules and policy compliance, scheduling and distribution of PTY technology to classrooms, scheduling of parent-instructor conferences and managing academic field trips. This is a non-residential position that requires flexible weekend hours on Check-in/Check-out Days and during the weekends of program operation. The standard shift is 7:30AM to 4:15PM Monday-Friday with some weekend work required.  

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of advanced middle and high school students. 
  • Working on the campus of a nationally-known institution.  
  • Adding a unique experience to your resume. 
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with most meals, provided while in session, and private room in residence hall included. 

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, the Assistant Head of Academics is expected to: 

  • Serve as a role model for all student participants and colleagues. 
  • Implement efficient operations and workflow strategies in a rapidly changing and fast-paced residential program.  
  • Maintain a vibrant VSA academic office that serves as the central hub for scheduling, record keeping, documentation of confidential information and program logistics for the academic side of the program. 
  • Liaise between academic and residential life through facilitating effective communication across multiple program areas.  
  • Uphold and exemplify community values, regulations, and expectations. 
  • Enthusiastically adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences. 
  • Assist with various administrative duties and processes to ensure smooth operations. 
  • Assist with compliance related protocol and issues. 

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Possess a bachelor’s degrees, be a graduate student or a professional. A teaching or education background is preferred. (Candidates both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest.) 
  • Demonstrate exceptional maturity and character.  
  • Have experience communicating with parents or key stakeholders of an organization.  
  • Embody a strong team player ethic and sense of humor. 
  • Be able to successfully and positively communicate with individuals of all ages, experiences, and roles. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude, and collaboration. 

Compensation:

$15.00/hr

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA 
  • Onsite Training:  
    • Training: June 8 – June 15, 2022 
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022
  • The standard shift is 7:30AM to 4:15PM Monday-Friday. Weekend hours will vary.   

*dates subject to change


 

 

Job Title: Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Summer Program Assistant


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Non-Residential 

Job Description:  

The Program Assistant (PA) position is a pivotal position within the VSA summer office staff, responsible for managing a variety of tasks essential to VSA operations. The work of the PA ensures that day-to-day operations run smoothly for all VSA parties, including residential life programming, academic and classroom requests, parent questions and concerns, and student needs. PAs report to the VSA Head of Operations.  

Individual tasks and assignments will vary according to strengths, schedules, and interests of each PA, but general responsibilities include establishing a friendly and professional point of contact in the VSA office, directing calls, managing medication procedures, monitoring supply and equipment inventory, and assisting with all Check-in/Check-out procedures.  

Additionally, the Program Assistant serves as a mature presence to VSA students and staff in the VSA Office. Program Assistants will work closely with each other and all members of residential life to form a team of individuals dedicated to fostering a safe and supportive residential community that prioritizes student wellbeing. This is a non-residential position. VSA Program Assistants generally work 6 hour shifts (Sun-Sat) that could be scheduled for morning, afternoon or evening. Check-in/Check-out Days as well as weekend hours may include extended shifts. 

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of gifted young scholars.  
  • Working at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation.  
  • Loving what you do while building your resume. 
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with meals included.  

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, VSA Program Assistants are expected to: 

  • Be a role model for all student participants and colleagues. 
  • Implement efficient operations and workflow strategies in a rapidly changing and fast-paced residential program.  
  • Maintain a vibrant VSA office that serves as the central hub for scheduling, record keeping, documentation of confidential information and program logistics.  
  • Liaise between academic and residential life through facilitating effective communication across multiple program areas.  
  • Uphold and exemplify community values, regulations, and expectations. 
  • Enthusiastically adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences. 
  • Assist with various administrative duties and processes to ensure smooth operations. 

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree, be a current graduate student, or a professional. (Students both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest) 
  • Demonstrate exceptional maturity and character.  
  • Have experience working within an office or customer service intensive role.  
  • Have experience communicating with parents or key stakeholders of an organization.  
  • Embody a strong team player ethic and sense of humor. 
  • Be able to successfully and positively communicate with individuals of all ages, experiences, and roles. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude, and collaboration. 

Compensation:

$14.50/hr

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA 
  • Onsite Training:  
    • Training: June 8 – June 15, 2022 
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022

*dates subject to change 

 

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Summer Activities Assistant


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Non-Residential 

Job Description:  

A VSA Activities Assistant (AA) serves as an event planner for VSA residential activities. Through facilitating and supporting diverse activities, Activities Assistants are critical to enhancing the social experience of VSA students. Reporting to the Head of Activities, Activities Assistants primarily serve in pivotal support roles in planning, developing, and executing residential experiences that ensure optimal student experience and provide high quality activity implementation. This is not a student facing role. This is a non-residential position that requires flexible weekend hours on Check-in/Check-out Days and during the weekends of program operation.  

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of advanced middle and high school students. 
  • Working on the campus of a nationally-known institution.  
  • Adding a unique experience to your resume. 
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with lunch provided.  

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, VSA Activities Assistants are expected to: 

  • Be a role model for all student participants and colleagues. 
  • Uphold and exemplify community values, regulations, and expectations. 
  • Curate a safe, cordial, and supportive residential community for all students and staff. 
  • Support age-appropriate engaging, and fun recreational activities. 
  • Enthusiastically adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences.  
  • Collaborate with other Activities Assistants to ensure a positive community culture. 
  • Support the residential team in developing diverse and age appropriate recreational activities. 
  • Ensure residential activities are set up with the appropriate materials, space, and technological needs required. 
  • Maintain an organized and efficient system of monitoring program supplies and VSA inventory. 
  • Assist with facilitation of some large scale events, including but not limited to, carnivals, ABC nights, dances, talent shows, and field trips.  
  • Assist with various administrative duties and processes to ensure smooth operations. 

Compensation:

$13.50/hr

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Be a current undergraduate student, graduate student or professional (Candidates both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest.) 
  • Demonstrate exceptional maturity and character.  
  • Have experience with program coordination, implementation and with working with teenagers in a youth development or educational setting. (Residential life/camp counseling experience a plus.)  
  • Embody a strong team player ethic and sense of humor. 
  • Be able to successfully and positively communicate with individuals of all ages, experiences, and roles. 
  • Be prepared for the physical demands of the position, including lifting up to 15lbs. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude, and collaboration. 

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA 
  • Onsite Training:  
    • Training: June 8 – June 15, 2022 
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022
  • The standard weekday shift is 3pm-10pm in addition to extensive weekend hours.  

*dates subject to change


 

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Summer Residential Proctor


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Residential 

Job Description:  

A Proctor serves as in-residence counselor and leader for a group of 8-12 middle through high school students during Vanderbilt Summer Academy, a residential program on Vanderbilt campus that serves gifted students. Through leading creative and meaningful evening activities, facilitating daily team-building and intentionally building community, Proctors are critical to enhancing the academic and social experience for students. This is a residential position that requires flexible weekend hours on Check-in/Check-out Days and during the weekends of program operation. 42-52 hours weekly is typical. Flexibility is essential in this position.  

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of gifted young scholars.  
  • Working at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation.  
  • Loving what you do while building your resume. 
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with meals and private room in residence hall included.  

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, VSA Proctors are expected to: 

  • Lead, supervise, continually check-in and support  a group of 8-12 students during each session. 
  • Be a role model for all student participants and colleagues. 
  • Uphold and exemplify community values, regulations, and expectations. 
  • Curate a safe, cordial, and supportive residential community for all students and staff. 
  • Co-create and implement age-appropriate and unforgettable recreational activities. 
  • Enthusiastically adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences.  
  • Collaborate with other Proctors to ensure a positive community culture. 
  • Remain in frequent communication with the leadership team regarding student well being and engagement. 
  • Assist with various administrative duties and processes to ensure smooth operations. 

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student. (Students both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest.) 
  • Demonstrate exceptional maturity and character.  
  • Have experience working with teenagers in a youth development setting. (Residential life/camp counseling experience a plus.)  
  • Embody a strong team player ethic and sense of humor. 
  • Be able to successfully and positively communicate with individuals of all ages, experiences, and roles. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude,  and collaboration. 

Compensation:

$9.25/hr

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA 
  • Onsite Training:  
    • Training: June 8 – June 15, 2022 
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022
  • The standard weekday shift is 3pm-10pm in addition to extensive weekend hours.  

*dates subject to change


 

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Area Coordinator


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Residential 

Job Description:  

A VSA Area Coordinator serves as an in-residence leader and supervisor during Vanderbilt Summer Academy, a residential program on Vanderbilt University’s campus that serves middle and high school advanced students. At VSA, residential small groups of middle and high school students grades 7-12, are led by proctors.  Each proctor is responsible for activities, check ins, and is first line support of students. An Area Coordinator (AC) serves as “a proctor for the proctors” by providing support and supervision to proctors and serve as the bridge between proctors and the leadership team. Reporting to the Head of Residential Staff, Area Coordinators reside in the residential hall with VSA students and staff. This is a residential position that requires flexible weekend hours on Check-in/Check-out Days and during the weekends of program operation. 45-55 hours per week is typical, including weekend shifts. Flexibility is essential in this position.  

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of advanced middle and high school students. 
  • Working on the campus of a nationally-known institution.  
  • Adding a unique experience to your resume. 
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with most meals, provided while in session, and private room in residence hall included. 

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, VSA Area Coordinators are expected to: 

  • Supervise VSA Proctors in all aspects of their roles.  
  • Grow and maintain Residential Proctor morale and performance through routine group and 1:1 meetings and conversations.  
  • Ensure the quality and effectiveness of nightly proctor meetings as well as filling in to lead these meetings as needed. 
  • Possess strong organizational and communication skills along with proven problem-solving abilities. 
  • Handle unexpected student issues, including but not limited to:  student illness, violations of stated community code of conduct, student support and encouragement, and the like. 
  • Be highly mature and able to assist with the management of a residential community of a summer academic program for teens. 
  • Brainstorm, with proctors, ideas for working with students who may be struggling academically, socially, emotionally, physically, or otherwise, referring to the leadership team as needed. 
  • Meet regularly with the leadership team and provide information and ideas for maintaining a positive and healthy community of students and staff. 
  • Engage willingly as a team player with humor, enthusiasm and a compassionate understanding of middle and high school academically advanced students as well as the proctors and other staff members who support them. 
  • Enthusiastically adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences.  
  • Assume other program related responsibilities as assigned by administrative staff. 

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Have extensive residential life and/or summer program experience at the secondary school or college level. (Candidates both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest.) 
  • Have extensive leadership and/or team building experience. 
  • Possess at least a bachelor’s degree.  
  • Be able to live in the summer residence hall with VSA students and proctor staff. 
  • Be present and available throughout VSA. (Academic classes, part-time jobs, and scheduled recreational commitments are not permitted during employment.) 
  • Work closely with other team members to accomplish program goals and address problems in a timely and effective manner. 
  • Uphold all expectations for proctor roles and responsibilities. 
  • Exemplify VSA’s purpose, identify and communicate the cornerstones of a respectful residential and academic community and serve as a role model for all staff and students. 
  • Uphold and enforce all federal, state, University, and program policies as outlined in staff and student handbooks and other referenced materials. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude, and collaboration. 

Compensation:

$13.50/hr

Program Dates and Times:* 

    • Online Training: TBA 
    • Onsite Training:  
      • Training: June 1 – June 15, 2022 
    • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
      • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
      • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
      • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
      • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022
    • The standard weekday shift is 3pm-10pm in addition to extensive weekend hours.  

*dates subject to change


 

 

Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) Summer Student Support Assistant


Location: Nashville, TN
Type: Residential 

Job Description:  

Reporting to the Head of Student Support, a Vanderbilt Student Support Assistant works to support the overall social and emotional health of VSA students. One of the SSA’s major responsibilities is to accompany VSA students for any needed clinic or hospital visits. This involves detailed record keeping, communication with parents and VSA leadership as well as a flexibility of work schedules. Living in the residence halls, SSA’s also work to promote positive VSA values through community building initiatives and activities. This is a residential position that requires flexible weekend hours on Check-in/Check-out Days and during the weekends of program operation. Flexibility of hours is essential for this position.  

Perks: 

Your summer includes: 

  • Making a difference through investing in the lives of gifted young scholars.  
  • Working at one of the most prestigious universities in the nation.  
  • Loving what you do while building your resume. 
  • Joining a team of dedicated staff who are passionate about developing talent in gifted students.  
  • Competitive compensation with meals and private room in residence hall included.  

Expectations: 

Within their wide array of duties and responsibilities, VSA Student Support Assistants are expected to: 

  • Be a role model for all student participants and colleagues.
  • Uphold and exemplify community values, regulations, and expectations.
  • Curate a safe, cordial, and supportive residential community for all students and staff. 
  • Enthusiastically adapt and pivot as needed to ensure optimal, engaging, and safe student experiences.  
  • Collaborate with other team members to ensure a positive community culture. 
  • Remain in frequent communication with the leadership team regarding student well being and engagement. 
  • Assist with various administrative duties and processes to ensure smooth operations. 

Qualifications:  

The ideal candidate will:  

  • Be a current undergraduate or graduate student. (Students both internal and external to Vanderbilt are welcome to express interest.) 
  • Demonstrate exceptional maturity and character.  
  • Have experience working with teenagers in a youth development setting. (Residential life/camp counseling experience a plus.)  
  • Embody a strong team player ethic and sense of humor. 
  • Be able to successfully and positively communicate with individuals of all ages, experiences, and roles. 
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, demanding work environment that requires continuing flexibility, a positive and caring attitude, and collaboration. 

Program Dates and Times:* 

  • Online Training: TBA 
  • Onsite Training:  
    • Training: June 8 – June 15, 2022 
  • VSA Sessions operating June-July 
    • VSA June Session 1 (7th-8th): June 19 – June 24, 2022 
    • VSA June Session 2 (9th-10th): June 19 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Intensive (11th-12th): June 26 – July 1, 2022 
    • VSA Session 3 (11th-12th): July 10 – 22, 2022
  • The standard weekend shift is 3:00PM-11:30PM with multiple breaks in addition to extensive weekend hours.

*dates subject to change