Members to NAGC can receive three publications -- Parenting for Gifted Children, Teaching for High Potential, and the academic journal, Gifted Child Quarterly. All are available through the mail and online.
The Executive Director of Programs for Talented Youth (PTY) sets the direction for all aspects of PTY in line with PTY’s vision and mission of developing talent in gifted students and those who support them. The Director provides intellectual and administrative leadership and oversees the successful implementation of all programs and services offered by PTY with a focus on providing evidence supported and high-quality K-12 academically accelerated day and residential programs. Other responsibilities include evaluating activities, course offerings, and procedures associated with PTY program implementation; networking with various stakeholders within and outside the university to support program initiatives; setting and overseeing the implementation of policies in alignment with Vanderbilt University protocols; creating and working within operating and capital expenditure budgets; supervising full time and seasonal staff; securing and overseeing special projects and grants; leading professional development for all stakeholders; and performing personnel administration functions. This position reports directly to the Dean of Peabody College.
Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth (PTY) is part of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education. PTY provides 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. 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.
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University 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 bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 382 top colleges and universities for “happiest students” - as well as #2 for “best quality of life” and “great financial aid,” #5 for “best run colleges” and “beautiful campus,” and #6 for both being in a “college city that students love” and having “great campus/city relations.”
Duties and Responsibilities
Guide the vision and mission of PTY and communicate the work of PTY to stakeholders (20%)
Develop goals and establish priorities for providing quality, evidence-supported services for and recruitment of students for PTY programs
Establish a strategic plan and establish the vision of PTY programs
Promote PTY programs and effectively communicate the mission and vision of PTY to a variety of stakeholders, including potential donors, granting agencies, internal offices, and external groups
Create networking opportunities with foundations and school partners to secure funding for special programs, grants, and projects – especially those that support furthering the knowledge of gifted education and providing access and opportunity for low-income and culturally diverse academically advanced learners.
Establish recruitment and marketing strategies for communicating services offered by PTY
Collect and report data on the impact of programs and services to a variety of stakeholders
Provide intellectual and administrative leadership of the department
Design and oversee high quality programs and services matched to the mission and vision of PTY and aligned to best practices in the field
Establish and evaluate programs, staff, and policies and procedures with full responsibility for controlling the work procedures
Ensure that staff are adequately prepared to effectively design and lead quality and evidence-supported programs and instruction
Establish and evaluate standards of performance to ensure safe, effective, and efficient operation of the department and programs
Determine personnel actions and performance expectations for staff including hiring, promotion, and termination in line with HR policies
Determine priorities for planning and implementing programs and services, including high quality professional development for educators, program instructors, staff, and parents
Ensure all goals and procedures align with current educational best practices in the field and policies/laws related to program operations and the protection of minors
Proactively address problems in a solution-focused way
Evaluate long-range impact of decisions and plans for all programs and operational decisions
Define and achieve financial targets in support of business goals of the institution
Develop an annual operating budget including projected amounts
Evaluate organizational functions and structures to best determine the allocation and utilization of resources
Analyze and evaluate budget variance to determine cause
Prepare justification or develop alternatives for cost containment/reduction
Project future budgets and determine cost of programs based upon analysis of current operations and the market
This position provides leadership to all PTY program staff and oversees all PTY office operations; this position reports administratively and functionally to the Peabody Dean of Education.
Ed.D. or Ph.D. required
Minimum of 6 years of experience in a commensurate role required
Experience with gifted education required
Experience working with minors and student educational programs required
Experience in leadership and management or experience with leading teams required
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 is a community of talented and diverse staff & faculty!
At Vanderbilt University, our work - regardless of title or role - is in service to an important and noble mission in which every member of our community serves in advancing knowledge and transforming lives on a daily basis. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, on a 330+ acre campus and arboretum dating back to 1873, Vanderbilt is proud to have been named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” as well as a top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area by Forbes for several years running. We welcome those who are interested in learning and growing professionally with an employer that strives to create, foster and sustain opportunities as an employer of choice through:
Working and growing together as a community of communities... we are One Vanderbilt.
Providing a work environment where every staff and faculty member can be their authentic and bestself, while providing the resources and opportunities to learn and grow.
Encouraging development, collaboration, and partnership both internally and externally while fostering the value that every member of the Vanderbilt community can lead and growregardless of title or position.
We understand you have a choice when choosing where to work and pursue a career. We understand you are unique and have a story. We want to hear it. We encourage you to apply today so that you might become a part of our story.
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