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Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s to PhD Bridge Program (FVBP), Nashville, TN

Posted by on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 in Job Opportunities .

We are searching for a new Executive Director for the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD Bridge Program (FVBP). Since its creation in 2004, the FVBP works to identify and foster underrepresented minority (URM) talent at the PhD level in Materials Science, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Biology, and Biomedical Science.

The Executive Director is responsible for the day to day operations of the FVBP. They will report to the Fisk and Vanderbilt Co-Directors and will work with an Assistant Director and Program Coordinator and will spend time at both Fisk University and Vanderbilt University located about 2 miles apart in Nashville, TN. The candidate will have mentoring, administrative, recruiting, instruction, evaluation, and dissemination responsibilities, and is expected to participate in writing proposals for external funding. Along with the team of directors, they help develop and implement long term strategies, goals, objectives, and best practices. They are key in a) supervising, coordinating, and evaluating program activities; b) tracking the budget allocation; and c) mentoring and formally tracking student career paths within an innovative holistic and high-touch mentoring model.

Evidence of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, through lived experience and/or prior successful DEI work is paramount. If you’re interested, please send a resume or CV, a list of three references, and a cover letter describing your interest and experience to Kelly Holley-Bockelmann ( Please write “FVBP Executive Director” in the email subject line. Below, we list job requirements and desirable experience, but if you’re interested and hesitate to apply because you think you don’t meet all the requirements, please contact Kelly Holley-Bockelmann ( and we’ll talk it over.

For more information, see the attached job description: FVBP-Executive-Director-Job-Description

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