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Professional Development & Career Coach (Diplomacy/Global Affairs)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Competitive Salary
Date posted
Oct 13, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

Professional Development & Career Coach (Diplomacy/Global Affairs)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Position Number: 20047722

Salary Shown to Applicants (Hiring Range):  $54,300 - $75,000

Department Description:  
Honors Carolina is a four-year academic program geared toward the top 10% of undergraduates at UNC, and is comprised of a remarkable collection of courses, study abroad programs, special events, career development, and other learning opportunities. It is the University’s way of investing in truly exceptional undergraduate students by providing academic and non-academic challenges and opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom.

Approximately 2100 students are currently members of Honors Carolina. These students enjoy priority enrollment in more than 200 honors courses each year. These are small classes, taught by award-winning professors who encourage classroom discussion and hands-on research. Outside of the classroom, members of Honors Carolina attend a diverse roster of co-curricular programs designed to help students explore their interests; prepare for life after graduation; and connect with students, faculty, alumni, and leaders around the globe. The Honors Carolina ‘Go Anywhere’ initiative is a comprehensive plan to elevate the program’s reputation among industry leaders, position it as a destination of choice for top recruiters, and prepare students to seize opportunities before them through intensive advising and coaching.

Sub departments include:

- Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS). ODS serves as the main point of contact for prestigious and nationally competitive awards. UNC-CH remains the national leader in both Schwarzman and Luce Fellowships. We are the number 2 public university (after UVA) for total number of Rhodes Scholars. The ODS office advertises and recruits for these opportunities, runs workshops and info sessions to help students prepare to apply, invites and hosts representatives from the institutions that offer these distinguished awards, builds networks on campus, creates new material and means of disseminating information, increases awareness of opportunities and tries to empower and encourage students to pursue higher goals.
- Winston House. Winston House is UNC’s European Study Center, administered by Honors Carolina, and serves as a hub for UNC’s study abroad programs and research initiatives across Europe. The facility is available for use by University of North Carolina students, faculty, staff, and alumni. It is also available for use by other educational institutions in London and the United States.

- Burch & Honors Study Abroad. With Chapel Hill as a launching pad, Honors Carolina students pursue opportunities to live and study in some of the world’s greatest cities. The Office of Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad coordinates with the UNC Study Abroad Office to offer innovative undergraduate programs in the U.S. and overseas. Faculty-led, semester-long programs allow undergraduates the chance to explore the world and conduct on-site research and internships in locations such as London, Rome, Cape Town, Washington, D.C., Vietnam, Rwanda, and Brazil. The Burch Fellows Program awards fellowships to UNC undergraduates to pursue an interest or passion somewhere in the world.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Description:  
This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement that may include a partially remote work location, consistent with System Office policy. UNC Chapel Hill employees are generally required to reside within a reasonable commuting distance of their assigned duty station.

This position is located in the Honors Department within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Professional Development & Career Coach for Diplomacy & Global Affairs will provide industry-focused leadership and strategic direction for designing, developing, and managing innovative programs that will elevate Honors Carolina’s reputation among industry leaders and position Honors Carolina as a destination of choice for top recruiters. Reporting to the Director of Alumni & Career Networks, the Coach works with Honors Carolina students to foster their academic and career exploration, self-assessment, and post-graduate preparation. The Coach will develop and foster on-going relationships with internal and external stakeholders, introducing students to career exploration and development resources, job shadowing experiences, and internship and full-time job opportunities. This will include developing and coordinating in-person and virtual opportunities for students to connect with Honors Carolina alumni and friends through three new Washington, D.C-based programs: a three-week summer seminar, a global speaker series, and a three-day career trek. Additionally, the Coach will facilitate ongoing industry-focused career advising and coaching in the areas of resume development, graduate school application, cover letter and personal statement writing, interviewing, networking, job search methods, and career preparation.

As they undertake these tasks, the Coach will draw on advice and support from the Honors Carolina Advisory Board and sector-specific advisory councils of alumni and industry leaders.

Essential Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:  
At least five (5) years of experience in one or more settings directly related to diplomacy and global affairs. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with key stakeholders and to foster a spirit of engagement among diverse constituencies.

Education Requirements:  
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent educational or instructional activities associated with the delivery and/or management of student support functions, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and at least 1 year of relevant experience in substitution.

Qualifications and Experience:  

- Master’s Degree in diplomacy, public policy, global studies, or related field.
- Must be able to travel between Chapel Hill, NC and Washington D.C., as needed to focus on creating and sustaining a network of partner relationships. Employer relations/development experience.
- Employer relations/development experience.
- Experience working with or managing a board is preferred.
- Experience using electronic career resources, including career services management software, and the ability to deliver virtual/recorded programs is preferred.
- Unwavering commitment to the highest ethical standards and professional integrity.
- Exceptional communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment.
- Understanding of and commitment to diversity issues in the delivery of programs and services.
- Ability to utilize technology in the delivery of student programs.
- Demonstrated skills in writing, speaking, giving presentations, managing projects, coordinating events, and leadership. 
- Ability to use all products in the Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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Department Contact Name and Title:  Todd Ballenger, Director of Alumni & Career Networks

Department Contact Telephone or Email:

Posting Open Date:  10/10/2023

Posting Close Date:  10/31/2023

Open Until Filled:  No

Office of Human Resources Contact Information:  If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to
Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

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