Career Coach - Career Development & Academic Exploration

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position Title:                    Career Coach, Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration

Reports to:                         Assistant Director for Employer Development  

Grade/Classification:     MR07/Exempt, full-time staff position

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for the position of Career Coach in the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration (CCDAE).

The University: The University of Tennessee is the state’s flagship research institution, a campus of choice for outstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrolling over 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 Success at UT works to engage each student scholar’s experience by supporting their unique strengths and goals. It collaborates with UT faculty and staff to help each student scholar maximize their individual strengths and understand how their strengths contribute to their academic dreams, career paths, and personal well-being. As a member of Student Success, the center’s mission is empowering student scholars to create and achieve career goals by providing comprehensive career education.

The Department: The center provides comprehensive career development offerings and resources to undergraduate and graduate students from nine academic colleges. Staff is comprised of 22 professional and administrative positions, 4 graduate assistants, 10+ peer career advisors, and several student employees.  The CCDAE is committed to diversity and inclusion and helping students explore the impact of identity on career development.

Position Summary: The career coach assists undergraduate and graduate students in designated majors, STEM/pre-health, with career plan strategy and implementation through individual and group career coaching; delivers presentations/programs to student groups, classes, and university staff as needed. Builds relationships/connections among the career community to create opportunities for experiential learning, networking, job searching, and graduate school admission. Coach assists employers with their hiring needs and making connections with students.

Position Responsibilities:


  • Conduct individual/group career coaching sessions for students in designated majors on career opportunities within industries, job and experience strategies, development of communication resources such as resumes, interviews, letters, and LinkedIn profiles;
  • Plan/Develop/Facilitate new career events and initiatives to address career needs and create opportunities for engagement and connections with employers and alumni; Partner with faculty, academic advisors, and other college staff to provide programming;
  • Potential to teach career development course for designated area each semester; Develop/Evaluate/Revise course materials and assess student learning outcomes;
  • Utilize Handshake and other relevant technologies to facilitate communication/marketing and maintain case notes.

  • Collect and compile data including but not limited to appointments, programming, recruiting activity, assessments and first destination outcomes;
  • Track students from designated majors and industry areas and collect data on internships and first destinations of graduating seniors and graduate students in the 12Twenty system; Create and disseminate reports based on this information to college administration;
  • Create learning outcomes for programs and conduct assessments.

  • Develop employer relationships through need-based recruiting consultation; Aid employers in recruiting and connecting with students by utilizing on-line technologies and on-campus programming;
  • Increase employer engagement on campus via participation in events (career fairs, networking events, etc.);
  • Collaborate with faculty/professional staff to deliver career development and employment information and services to various majors/classes/organizations/ departments (advising centers, student professional organizations, and others).

  • Co-hire, train and supervise graduate assistant; Provide limited direction and assistance to Peer Career Advisors and practicum/intern students.

  • Assist in other departmental activities, events and programs that align with the center's mission, including career fairs, orientation, visit days, and community outreach;
  • Participate in activities that are in line with the overall mission of the Division of Student Success;
  • Hold membership and participate in professional organizations that are aligned with the center, division's and university's mission.



Required: Master's degree at time of hire. Preferred: Degree in higher education administration/student affairs, human resources, or related field


Required: One academic year experience (which could include graduate assistantships) working with college students or one academic year experience working with other clients on job search/career development related skills and topics. Preferred: One academic year experience (which could include graduate assistantships) working with college students in a setting related to career development, academic advising or student success; Experience working with students from designated academic disciplines or associated employment industries.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including oral, written, and listening communication capabilities;
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate events and programs;
  •  Strong computer skills.

Preferred: Knowledge of job search strategies and career development theories, best practices, and resources; Knowledge of on-line career database systems and other current/emerging technologies within the career development field; Ability to build relationships across populations, internal and external to the University.

Salary:  Low $40,000’s and accompanied by a university benefits package.

Application Process: A review of all applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. For full consideration, applicants must apply electronically through the Taleo system including submission of cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references.

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 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 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), 1840 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: Career Developmnt & Academic Exploration
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Oct 5, 2021, 2:26:19 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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