Asst Dir-Academic & Career Exploration
Position Title: Assistant Director, Academic and Career Exploration, Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration
Reports to: Senior Associate Director, Academic and Career Exploration
Grade/Classification: 41/Exempt

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications for the position of Assistant Director, Academic and Career Exploration Coach in the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration. This is an exempt, 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track staff position.

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 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 Department: The centralized, comprehensive career center is positioned within the Division of Student Success under the Provost. The center serves undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni from nine academic colleges across campus and assists with all career matters from creating career goals to implementing them. Staff is comprised of 22 professional and administrative positions, 4 graduate assistants, 10+ peer career advisors, and several student employees. The Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration (CCDAE) is committed to diversity and inclusion and helping students explore the impact of identity on career development.

Position Summary: Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Academic and Career Exploration, the Assistant Director of Academic and Career Exploration assists students with career-decision making through individual appointments, assessment interpretation, classroom instruction, and program delivery; coordinates efforts to promote the center to current students, prospective students, and families; directs the recruitment, selection, training, and performance of the Peer Career Advisors; supervises the Disability, Veteran, and Inclusion Initiatives Coordinator and assists with departmental DEI efforts.

Position Responsibilities:
Career Coaching and Education:
• Conduct individual and group career coaching sessions for exploratory students.
• Interpret Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, CliftonStrengths and other assessments for individuals and classes.
• Assist in supervising graduate and practicum students who are pursuing career coaching skill development.
• Support curriculum development and instruction of Counselor Education 205: Exploring Majors and Careers, a credit bearing course for exploratory students.
• Assist in maintaining the center's "What Can I Do With This Major?" website through research and updates.
• Develop career programs for various classes, organizations, and departments.
• Assist in coordinating the center's participation in orientation events, admissions events, first-year experience seminars, and programs supporting retention such as Math Camp, LEAD Summer Institute, and Volunteer Bridge Program.

Program Management, Campus Engagement, and Supervision:
Peer Career Advisor Program
• Direct all aspects of the Peer Career Advisor program with approximately twelve paraprofessional employees during fall and spring semesters and five to eight additional trainees each spring.
• Coordinate recruitment and selection processes, conduct training and supervision on topics including the career development process, career planning resources, conducting resume critiques and practice interviews, programming, marketing, and communication skills.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives
• Supervise the Disability, Veteran, and Inclusion Initiatives Coordinator.
• Monitor performance and recommend various personnel actions which can include hiring, merit increases, professional development, and vacation schedules.
• Provide guidance to develop goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion related events, staff trainings, and the center's DEI committee.
• Develop and maintain campus partnerships to increase student engagement with the center.
Leadership and Departmental Initiatives:
• Serve on leadership team for department to ensure most effective operations, analyze long-term impact of decisions and plans, and establish and evaluate standards of performance.
• Serve on various Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration departmental committees.
Required: Master's degree

Preferred: Counselor certification or National Career Development Association credential

• Three years of full-time experience helping college students or other clients develop career goals in a college career services, academic advising office, or other related setting
• Experience with career assessments such as the Strong Interest Inventory, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or CliftonStrengths
• Supervision experience
• Experience with a paraprofessional program
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
• Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
• Knowledge of career development theories and career resources
• Developed skills and techniques in career coaching
• Demonstrated ability to create and maintain collaborative relationships with diverse populations internally and externally
• Demonstrated ability to plan and execute programs
• Qualified to interpret B-level psychological assessments
• Familiarity with career-related technology and software, including career services management systems, for service delivery, record keeping, and reporting purposes
Salary: Low $50,000s commensurate with experience 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 at:

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.

Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
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Contact Information
Mary Mahoney
[email protected]
Univ. of Tennessee Center for Career Development
1015 Phillip Fulmer Way Level 2 - Student Union
Knoxville, 37996-4820