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Training Specialist - Institute for Public Service

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Training Specialist - Institute for Public Service (IPS)

Regular, Full-time, Market Range 10

The University of Tennessee Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) has an opening for a Training Specialist in either their Knoxville or Nashville offices.  NCEL is an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service that provides training and research for local, state, and federal government employees. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

One primary focus of this position will be to successfully develop and deliver training programs (both instructor-led and online) to government employees across the state on behalf of NCEL

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Adult learning, Education, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, Business, or a closely related field is required.  Master’s Degree preferred.


Job requirements include a minimum of 4 years’ experience in either adult learning or training. 

A combined minimum of four years developing curricula, evaluating instructional programs, performing logistical operations and/or delivering training and instructional programs and curriculum content, utilizing classroom and/or web-based delivery.  Requires team and independent planning, development and delivery of programs, curriculum, and course content. 

Preferred experience:

    Prefer familiarity with a learning management system.  Prefer experience in conducting research and grant writing.Prefer minimum of two years of program delivery in a government related setting. Prefer a minimum of two years of experience in providing technical assistance with executives and professionals including services such as mediation, coaching, program evaluation and needs assessments.

Requires knowledge of adult learning.  Must have the ability to write clearly and concisely.  Requires the ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups, ability to coordinate multiple programs simultaneously, work effectively with colleagues, University staff, clients, and key stakeholders. High levels of cognitive and intuitive skills are necessary to understand, design and implement successful training solutions for the needs of the client base.  Must have the necessary knowledge and skills to be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of tools. Candidates with experience in providing technical expertise in areas like strategic planning, program evaluation, executive coaching, needs assessments, mediation services, etc. would be preferred.

This position will exhibit qualities of emotional maturity, genuineness, self-confidence, common sense, judgment, fairness, creativity, discretion, decisiveness, diplomacy, tact, resiliency, adaptability, and tolerance for ambiguity. 

This position also entails exposure to highest level of confidentiality. Demonstrated behavioral expectations include:

    unquestioned integrity and trustworthiness.commitment to the University’s mission and strategic plan, as well as missions and strategic plans for each campus/institute.ability to make good, consistent, and fair decisions (based on fact and data).ability to work with cross-functional teams and to foster teamwork.

Nashville or Knoxville

Applicants are encouraged to review all job requirements prior to applying. Salary is based on a combination of professional experience and qualifications. 

Applicants must apply online to be considered for this position. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, and a writing sample to display the candidate’s ability to provide research on any given topic. 

Position is open until filled.

Job: Other Professional
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Other Locations: US-Tennessee-Nashville
Organization: Ips Leadership And Staff Development
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Aug 24, 2021, 4:40:20 PM


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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