University of Utah Graduate Career Coach in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/27/2018

Requisition Number PRN17788B

Job Title Career Counselor

Working Title Graduate Career Coach

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F, 8-5, or as needed

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00304 - Career & Professional Dev.

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $50,000, plus $1,700/year for Professional Development

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The University of Utah is expanding its graduate career coaching program to meet the career-development needs of all U graduate students not on a defined professional track. This position has 2 openings, each with a focus on a specific set of University of Utah Colleges:

•Graduate Career Coach 1: Humanities, Fine Arts, Architecture & Planning, Education

•Graduate Career Coach 2: Social Science, Social Work, Health, Nursing

Please indicate in your cover letter which opening most interests you. (You may still be considered for both.)Each graduate career coach will work specifically with the graduate students in their assigned group of Colleges. The career coach will help students with career exploration, job search and networking, and prepare them for effective resume design, interviewing, and negotiating compensation.

Each career coach will be tasked to create, develop, launch, and coordinate a new graduate student career-coaching program for their assigned colleges, focusing primarily on professional careers outside academia but with some support students pursuing a career in research/academics. (Preparation for the latter is assumed to be largely provided by their faculty.) This will consist of outreach to various departments in each College, as well as outreach in the community with employers and industry professionals. The goal is to develop relationships with appropriate organizations and businesses relevant to the career needs of the graduate students in these Colleges.

Each career coach will assist in the development and delivery of programs and workshops to further engage students in the career development process, including workshops, webinars, mock interviews with employers, etc. The successful candidate will be skilled at assisting students with all aspects of the career development and planning process.

The graduate career coaches will join a highly supportive and dynamic Career & Professional Development Center team. The University of Utah is located in a spectacular mountain setting, and is one the Pac-12 flagship research universities of the western United States.


•Assists graduate students in the selected Colleges with developing skills in finding and applying for jobs & internships/practicums, designing resume and cover letters, interviewing, and negotiating compensation. Also assists them in successfully navigating complex situations that may arise a different steps during the job search and hiring process.

•Develops and presents multiple training workshops to prepare students on aspects of the job search and employment process.

•Interacts with employers and alumni to enhance recruiting University of Utah graduate students. Conducts site visits to employers to develop and promote internships and career opportunities.

•Conducts ongoing research to provide information and feedback about recruitment and after-graduation activities for graduate students in assigned areas.

•Maintains accurate data and produces statistical reports on job placement, salaries, recruitment activities, and other information. Coaches must keep abreast of career research, employment trends, salaries, and labor statistics of relevance to graduate students, as well as job postings and web-based tools of the career services profession.

•Coordinates activities between the Career & Professional Development Center and assigned departments through interactions with graduate advisors, faculty, and administration in the assigned Colleges, as well as through other departmental liaison roles.

Each graduate career coach must help students with a wide variety of backgrounds solve complex problems related to clarifying career choices and navigating through their job search and hiring process. These students are making life-changing decisions. The coach helps them use available resources to explore and discuss options, and to co-develop solutions.

Coaches make decisions regarding the appropriateness of an employer’s requests for job postings and interview schedules. Each coach must be knowledgeable of employment laws and ethical standards for hiring and recruiting. Decisions are based on the adopted standards of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Candidates should demonstrate exemplary interpersonal skills, effective communication skills, strong presentation skills, prompt follow through, initiative, attention to detail, high energy, ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, and a commitment to foster an inclusive environment.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a Social Science, Communication, Counseling, Human Resources or a related field plus three years of experience in occupational or career counseling or equivalency required; demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required. Master’s degree in a related area is preferred. Training and experience in basic testing and measurement is preferred. Experience with career counseling in the assigned area may also be preferred.

Department Specific Requirements

•3+ years’ professional experience in a nonacademic setting (business entity, government agency, nonprofit organization)

•2+ years demonstrated skills and experience coaching individuals in developing career or other professional skills.

•Minimum of a Master’s degree, with a strong preference for a PhD degree.

•Must possess superior skills in writing and editing.

•Must be an effective presenter, able to engage graduate-level student groups, faculty, and employers.

•Must be able to communicate with students from a wide variety of cultures and ethnicities.

•Must possess advanced interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish relationships with University administration, academic departments, faculty, employers, and university students/alumni.

•Must have demonstrated high adaptability to change, and be able to continuously learn and apply evolving best practices.

•Skilled at diplomatically handling complex questions and problems. Able to assist people under stressful situations while remaining calm and in control.

•Must be technologically astute and proficient in social media, webinars, and other technologically driven programs.


•Strong preference for a PhD degree.

•The following kinds of experience are a plus:

―Working with professionals with advanced degrees

―Working with professionals with backgrounds in the disciplines assigned

―Career coaching, advising, or supervising graduate students

―Career coaching in the disciplines of the assigned Colleges

―Working within Higher Education in Student Affairs or Academic Affairs

•Training and experience in basic testing and measurement (MBTI, Strong Interest Inventory, StrengthsFinder, etc.).

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.