Executive Director

Vanderbilt University
Location Nashville, TN
Application deadline 29 February 2024
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary £63.4k to £80k depending on skill set and experience, plus a generous benefits package
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The McGee Applied Research Center for Narrative Studies (McGee Center) at Vanderbilt University seeks an experienced and visionary Executive Director to lead its mission of promoting media literacy and understanding the impact of news stories on society.

About the organisation

The Vanderbilt University College of Arts + Science and the Vanderbilt Libraries are in an exciting time of transformation. With new leadership at the Chancellor, Provost, Dean of the College, and University Librarian levels, the McGee Center will be re-envisioning the future of research at Vanderbilt. Through radical collaboration, the center will deepen student and faculty engagement with the information, equip students for life-long information proficiency, increase faculty research impact, create more opportunities for interdisciplinary experimentation, and optimize access to media and resources, including marginalised and hidden histories and cultures outside of the mainstream.

About the role

Through a holistic approach, innovative research endeavors, and Vanderbilt’s commitment to global impact and community engagement, the center envisions a future where media literacy becomes a cornerstone for informed and empowered citizenship in the 21st century.

Key roles and responsibilities

The Executive Director will report to the Dean of Arts + Science or their designee, and will provide strategic leadership for all aspects of the McGee Center’s operations. This includes:

  • Overseeing research initiatives, develop educational programs, and foster collaborations with internal and external stakeholders.
  • The Executive Director will also manage the renovation and expansion of existing campus media resources, including the Vanderbilt Television News Archive within the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries.
  • The McGee Center will lead the conversion of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive’s searchable metadata from summaries to full-text transcriptions, restoring the archive to its original purpose of providing the public with data-driven insight into the ways the news media shapes opinion.


Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be sent via the Isaacson, Miller website.