Coordinator for Communications and Employer Relations


Coordinator for Communications and Employer Relations



The Herbert College of Agriculture at the University ofTennessee seeks a dynamic individual to lead our communications and employerrelations efforts in order to enhance student recruitment and success. TheCollege has approximately 1500 undergraduate students enrolled in 10 majorsacross seven departments, plus nearly 300 graduate students enrolled acrosseight departments. A successful applicant will enhance the College’scommunications abilities and expand the network of employers and alumni tobenefit student careers.

The University

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is the state’s flagshipcampus and enrolls over 27,000 students. Nestled near the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville has beenidentified as one of the Top 100 places to live and one of the best places forbusinesses and careers.  The Collegebenefits from being part of the University of Tennessee’s Institute ofAgriculture (UTIA) which is particularly devoted to the University’s land grantmission through its AgResearch and UT Extension units, both of which providehistorically strong links with businesses in and out of the state.   

The Position

This Coordinator I is an exempt, Regular, full-time,12-month, non-tenure track staff position with commensurate benefits at a paygrade 39. The position will be housed in the Dean’s office along withspecialists in advising, recruiting, student life and diversity and will reportto the associate dean. 


Lead the College’s communication strategy and efforts(social media, web content, printed materials). Coordinate as needed with College leadership, staff, and UTIA Marketing& Communications and UTK Communication partners.  Manage and update the College website andregular communications with students through such venues as a weekly newsletter(Herbert Highlights).  Maintainup-to-date student list serves. Initiate and maintain communication withfaculty, internship coordinators, and staff about scholarship, job and employerengagement opportunities and strategies. Oversee the Herbert Scholars scholarship program for student interns.

Develop and maintain relations with key employers, includingtravel to critical employers.  Coordinateemployer visits to campus including facilitating guest lectures from industrypersonnel.  Collaborate with the UTK Centerfor Career Development to collect and post-employment opportunities and reportsuch information as needed; develop and maintain database of employers,employment/internships of College's students, salaries and other data usefulfor College's recruitment and student success efforts using existing technologysuch as HandShake.  Actively participatein and use AgCareers and/or other pertinent career-related societies to advanceopportunities and professional development for Herbert students.  Coordinate, manage and oversee the Collegecareer fair(s).  Keep current withemployment trends and opportunities.

Assist with coordination of College or UTIA-wide events asneeded (e.g., College Scholarship Banquet, Varsity Visit, Ag Day,Commencement), and meet other duties as assigned.  Liaise with other units on and off campus(e.g., Cooperative Extension, Farm Bureau) as needed, including committeeservice.  Work within assigned budget.



Bachelor’s degree.  Preferredrelevant field of study includes communications/marketing, agriculture/naturalresources, education, and/or human resources. Some experience in one or more ofthe following areas: communications or marketing, agriculture/family farmoperations, career development, secondary agricultural education, highereducation student services, or student advising.


Masters degree. Personal or professional experience and/orinterest in student development and/or agriculture, natural resources orrelated areas.  Background in, andexperience with, communications, developing and implementing career servicesand employer relations.  Background inworking with faculty, staff, and/or employers on diversity and inclusionaryinitiatives.  Proficiency in collection,analysis, reporting and interpreting data. 


Excellent verbal, written and electronic communication skills;strong interpersonal skills; ability to act professionally and engage studentsand employer representatives in productive outcomes; ability to demonstrateself-confidence in interpersonal communications; ability to influence andpersuade diverse audiences to new ideas, concepts or programs; ability toconceive, develop, and conduct programs and events; ability to organizestudents and information; ability to work with faculty, staff, and students tomaintain a welcoming and diverse environment; ability to integrate andeffectively relay information to stakeholders, colleagues and administration;ability to solve problems and act on own initiative; skilled in commonly usedsoftware such as Microsoft Excel and Word; ability to learn and use various softwareincluding databases, social media and website management; knowledge ofnational/regional trends, and effective career preparedeness and communicationsprograms.  Ability to travel by airlineand automobile. Preferred:  Skilled inuse of multiple forms of electronic communication; ability to work in andoccasionally lead teams; knowledge of agriculture, natural resources andrelevant career paths and employers; skilled in the art of effectively teachingappropriate behavior; ability to use introductory statistics to evaluate data


Applicants should submit a cover letterdescribing their interest and qualifications, a resume, and the names,addresses, email and telephone numbers for three references to  Review ofapplications will begin January 29, 2021, and continue until a successfulapplicant is found.  Questions may bedirected to Ms. Cassie Johnson at [email protected].

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: College Of Agriculture-Adm
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Dec 18, 2020, 10:57:14 PM

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