Big Orange Pantry Coordinator (Part-time/Flex-year)- Division of Student Life

Knoxville, TN
Jan 17, 2021
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Announcement

Big Orange Pantry Coordinator


The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for the position of coordinator of the Big Orange Pantry. This part-time position is expected to work 20 hours per week during the academic year and will be off in June and July. Thisposition has the functional responsibility to support the organizational and programmatic logistics of the Big Orange Food Pantry.

The University: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the state's flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling more than 30,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee. As a land-grant university, it is committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. In all its activities, the university aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate society. The university values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.

The Division: The Division of Student Life is comprised of more than 400 staff members who serve our students through 19 departments and functions. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. In addition, we seek colleagues who are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students.

The Position: The incumbent is responsible for the implementation and operation of the Big Orange Pantry, UT’s first on-campus food pantry. This includes serving students, faculty, and staff during weekly hours and private appointments. This position works closely with the local food bank and sponsor to make weekly food orders.

The incumbent will participate in campus wide efforts to address student basic needs, including, but not limited to: food insecurity, clothing needs, housing insecurity, and other needs related to financial insecurity. This role will serve as liaison to community partners and collaborate with campus partners to serve our student community. 


Education: This position requires a bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: A master’s degree in a related field and experience with campus food pantries.


  • Experience with pantry operations and inventory systems;
  • Experience supervising and leading teams;
  • Experience developing relationships across complex organizations;
  • Basic knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
  • Ability to provide support, advocacy, crisis intervention, and appropriate referral information, using discretion, confidentiality, and an understanding of FERPA and other campus policies.
  • Skills in service orientation, active listening, critical thinking. Demonstrated ability to design and deliver basic needs support services and programs within higher education.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize in a fluid environment with shifting priorities. Ability to develop and implement both short term and long-term goals, and coordinate, collaborate and manage large scale projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Experience with social media as a tool of engagement (i.e. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc).
Position Description breakdown:

60% collaboration, building community partnerships, development of resources

20% working directly with students in need as referred

10% assessment

10% outreach and training for Office of the Dean of Students

Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and other qualifications and is accompanied by a standard university benefits package.

Application Process: A review of all applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. Questions regarding the search may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Abigail Brumfield, Interim Assistant Director for Outreach and Initiatives within the Office of the Dean of Students, Division of Student Life, at [email protected]. For full consideration, applicants must electronically submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of five references. All materials for the position should be submitted through the University of Tennessee Human Resources application system, which can be found at website address  

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 7964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 7 972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 7 990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 7 840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Job: Student Services
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Dean Of Students
Schedule: Part-time
Job Posting: Jan 15, 2021, 10:58:00 AM

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