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Executive Director of Employee Engagement and Organizational Development, System Human Resources

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About the UT System 

The University of Tennessee System is comprised of campuses at Knoxville, Chattanooga, Pulaski and Martin; the Health Science Center at Memphis; the Space Institute at Tullahoma; and the statewide Institute of Agriculture and Institute for Public Service. The UT System enrolls about 54,000 undergraduate and graduate students statewide, and more than 13,000 students graduate from UT campuses each year with bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees, and is committed to providing undergraduate, graduate, and professional education programs in a diverse learning environment that prepares students to be leaders in a global society.

The UT System has a presence in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Through the combined force of education, research and outreach, the University serves students, business and industry, schools, governments, organizations and citizens statewide.

The University of Tennessee System has been named a certified Great Place to Work® for two consecutive years. The Great Place to Work survey is based entirely on what current employees say about their experience working at the UT System. Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention and increased innovation. The University is proud to provide a great work environment for all employees. 

About Employee and Organizational Development

The UT System Office of Employee and Organizational Development (EOD) embraces life-long learning and provides all employees with opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Each year, EOD delivers a wide variety of facilitated workshops, seminars, and conferences for the benefit of UT faculty and staff. Additionally, EOD offers a growing number of self-paced eLearning courses at no cost to employees on a full spectrum of topics—making it convenient for employees to meet their development needs.

About the Opportunity

Reporting directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), the Executive Director is a member of the  UT System Administration (UTSA) HR executive leadership team.

The Executive Director provides vision, consulting, and guidance, and directs services for employee engagement, performance management, inclusive leadership, succession planning, learning, and organizational development for the benefit of UT employees statewide.

The Executive Director works collaboratively with UT executive leaders across the System to address organizational development and performance needs. Additionally, the Executive Director guides and directs UT System efforts in the research, development of strategy, and delivery of innovative best workplace and workforce practices to provide inclusive opportunities that facilitate employee engagement, performance, learning, and well-being throughout the University of Tennessee.

As the leader of EEOD, the Executive Director provides guidance and direction to team members including the Director, the Learning Manager, and the EEOD Generalist in support of visionary strategies to assist EEOD staff in serving the unique employee and organizational development needs of each UT campus and institute.

Specific duties include of the Executive Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

  •  Employee engagement
  • Inclusive leadership
  •  Performance management
  • Succession planning
  • Executive leadership development
  •  Learning and development
  • Professional development and curriculum development consulting
  • Intercultural development inventory
  • Progressive leadership development
  • Executive coaching
  • Leads and provides guidance and direction in the administration of the University’s Leadership institute and other higher order institutes of leadership development

The Executive Director will support a culture of engagement and belonging by treating others with dignity and respect at all times, and is expected to contribute to the system-wide mission and fully embrace the University’s Be One UT Values.


Required Qualifications

A master’s degree is required. A minimum of ten years of professional-level experience in learning, teaching, organizational development, or workforce development is required. Experience in program development, leadership development, succession planning, and employee engagement preferably in higher education or a similar organizational structure is also required.

The successful candidate must have demonstrated supervisory experience and the ability to successfully lead and motivate teams.

The Executive Director must also possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Strong strategic decision-making  and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication and facilitation skills
  •  Exceptional listening and interpersonal communication  and relationship-building skills
  •  Strategic thinking and visioning skills
  • Performance management skills
  • Knowledge of employee engagement best practices
  • Demonstrated inclusive leadership practices
  • Knowledge of succession planning strategies
  • Learning and organizational development skills

The successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to travel.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with and providing guidance, coaching, and counsel to executive-level leadership on areas of organizational impact
  •  Executive leadership coaching experience
  •  Mediation skills and experience

Application Process

For full consideration, applicants must apply electronically with a resume, cover letter, and list of professional references.

Compensation for the position will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits and much more. Additionally, Tennessee residents do not pay a state income tax. For more information on the University of Tennessee’s benefits, visit

Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-knoxville
Organization: Employee & Organizational Development
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Feb 12, 2024, 2:21:06 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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