Reporting to the College of Communication and Information (CCI) Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Advising, the CCI Director of Career Development (DCD) is responsible for: working with the Assistant Dean and with the UTK Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration (CCDAE) to develop and implement a robust recruiting program for CCI students; assisting students with career planning strategies and implementation through individual and group career coaching; delivering training/programs to student groups, classes, and university staff; building relationships with and connections among members of the career community, alumni, employers and others to create opportunities for experiential learning, networking, job searching, and graduate school admission; working with employers needing to hire UT students; working with CCI’s dean, associate dean for academic programs, school directors and other relevant academic personnel to develop and manage identified career outcomes; developing goals and objectives to identify and build relationships with local, regional and national employers to increase opportunities for recruitment of CCI students; and managing, in cooperation with the CCDAE, one or two large career fairs annually and facilitating CCI student participation in other niche job fairs.
Develop goals and objectives in conjunction with the CCDAE Associate Director of Employer Development to strategically identify and build relationships with local, regional and national employers to increase opportunities for recruitment of CCI students.
Implement short- and long-range goals to strengthen partnerships with existing employers and establish partnerships with new employers within the communication and information industries.
Travel to visit employers locally, regionally and beyond to cultivate relationships with key communication and information employers.
Plan and manage alumni and parent programs as they pertain to employer development (experiential and post-graduate opportunities) for students.
Consult with designated employers to develop marketing strategies for enhancement of employer presence on campus.
Network with alumni, community members and others to develop relationships with potential hiring organizations.
As needed, assist CCDAE to bring communication and information organizations to UT to participate in the Employer Summit and other related events.
Strategically plan and implement one or two large annual CCI-focused career fairs with assistance of the CCDAE office-wide career fair committee.
Provide support to CCDAE employer relations team for niche fairs and events.
Implement periodic employer needs assessments to evaluate and improve services, resources and programs for communication and information employers.
Maintain employer data in Handshake.
Track employer contacts to facilitate record keeping, goals setting and follow-up activities.
Implement strategy for development of and relationship management with local, regional and national communication and information employers who can offer employment opportunities to CCI students.
Deliver recruiting consultation to designated employers.
Maintain successful recruiting activity via job and internship advertising utilizing online technologies and on-campus recruiting programs such as Handshake.
Conduct individual/group career coaching sessions for students within communication and information majors on industry information, job and experience strategies, development of communication resources such as resumes, interviews, letters, and LinkedIn profiles, etc.
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 academic advisors and other college staff to provide programming.
Guest lecture/provide career development content for CCI professional seminar courses.
Utilize Handshake and other relevant technologies to facilitate communication/marketing and maintain counseling case notes.
Data and Assessment
Collect and compile data including but not limited to appointments, programming, recruiting activity, assessments and first destination outcomes.
Track students from CCI 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 CCI administration.
Create learning outcomes for programs and conduct assessments.
Supervision, Guidance and Direction
Develop employer-related goals and objectives for outreach and relationship with CCDAE.
Direct employer-focused student programming and events.
Other Professional Responsibilities
Assist with other CCI and School activities, events, and programs that are in line with the mission of CCI’s Career Development Program, including student orientation, visit days, etc., and community outreach.
Hold membership and participate in professional organizations that are aligned with the mission of CCI’s Career Development Program and the UT CCDAE.
Required Education and Experience
Master’s Degree, preferably in higher education administration/student affairs, human resources, communications, business, or related field.
Minimum of three years’ full-time experience in a higher education or corporate environment focused on employer relations, college recruiting, sales, development or other areas where building relationships with individuals/organizations is a major responsibility.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of a career services management system such as Grad Leaders, Handshake or Symplicity and the ability to run reports.
Knowledge of employment trends, job search strategies and career development theories, best practices, and resources.
Preferred experience in a college career center.
Internal Number: 21000001CF
About University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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 28,000 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 works to engage each scholar's experience by supporting their unique strengths and goals. In collaboration with UT faculty and staff, we help each scholar maximize their individual strengths and understand how their strengths contribute to their academic dreams, career paths, and personal well-being. The Division seeks candidates who will passionately advocate for students.
The Department: The centralized, comprehensive career 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. The Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration is well positioned to increase its impact on the career and professional development of all students and committed to positively impacting racial justice through career programming. Staff is comprised of 20 professional and administrative positions, 4 graduate assistants, 10 peer career advisors and several student assistants. The department works collaboratively with the Undergraduate Professional & Career Development office in the Haslam College of Business.