Job Purpose: Provides leadership and coordinates cooperative education (Co-op), internships, and career paths to promote career development for Tennessee Tech students. Functions as a key member of Center for Career Development team and participates in all Center activities including professional development, career advising, and employer relations and stakeholder management.
Essential Functions: Direct and manage the University’s cooperative (Co-op) education program, internship opportunities, and experiential education. This includes developing and promoting each program, appointments, and ensuring students enrolled are following college/departmental guidelines regarding assignments. Assess students’ and alumni career interests and goals to provide career coaching, counseling, and career advising including resume preparation, job search strategies, and interview skills. Plan, deliver or co-lead the implementation of career education/career readiness programming (knowledge and skill-building) including individual assistance, small and large group workshops, panel discussions, and e-learning/media programs. Analyze job markets and trends as they relate to students’ co-op, internship, job, graduate school outcomes, and incorporate results into coaching students and Career Development programming. Build and maintain relationships with faculty, department chairs, Deans, and employers to remain responsive to the changing needs of Career Development stakeholders. Support day-to-day operations and other programs/events hosted by the Center for Career Development.
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Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Business, Education, or related field of study. Four years of related work experience. Strong interpersonal and customer service skills. Demonstrate initiative, positive attitude and the ability to work both independently and within a team. Strong writing, verbal, and presentation skills. Excellent organizational and project management skills. Ability to analyze current data and latest trends within the scope of the position’s responsibilities in order to lead student career readiness initiatives and job outlook awareness for academic programs.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Business Administration, Higher Education, Communication, Leadership, Human Resources, or related field of study. Four years of experience working in higher education. Understanding of career development principles and trends in the field. Experience in designing, delivering, and evaluating comprehensive career development or related experience in human resources/workforce development. Knowledge of theoretical foundations of career development and experience with practical application and delivery within a higher education environment. Technology and social media savvy with a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office products (including Excel).
Additional Salary Information: The University offers a competitive benefits package. Benefits include the accumulation of two vacation days per month and one sick leave day per month, and thirteen University holidays. Other benefits include medical and life insurance (shared cost with the university), retirement, optional 401k, and educational benefits.