Job Information

University of Utah Career Coach in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/13/2023

Requisition Number PRN33862B

Job Title Career Counselor

Working Title Career Coach

Job Grade D

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40 hours/week

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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 - 60,000, including an excellent benefits package.

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The University of Utah is seeking qualified applicants for a Career Coach. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with change in a fast-moving environment, strong customer service orientation, a desire to succeed in placement metrics, and a high level of professionalism. As a generalist career coach, you will assist students with a wide variety of Backgrounds throughout all phases of the career development process. You will meet with students 1:1 and in groups to help them reflect on their strengths, skills, and experiences.

  • Educates, guides, and prepares students for the transition from an academic environment to employment.
  • Proactively manages a portfolio of students and coordinates activities between students, employers, and U of U departments.

About Student Affairs

Student Affairs ( is comprised of over 20 departments and is focused on supporting student well-being and success with the ultimate goal of assisting students in discovering their passion, people, and purpose. To that end, we aim to foster an environment that encourages employees to embrace innovative service delivery methods to best meet the needs of our students. As a result, students have the opportunity to participate in the creation of campus culture, collaboratively working alongside professional staff, student leaders, and academic partners.

Student Affairs is committed to grounding our programs, procedures, and policies in the tenets of anti-racism and inclusion. We recognize the continued importance of education and accountability that promote equity and social justice. Our expectation is that all employees are engaged in this work to create a welcoming environment that supports the success of both students and staff and ensures they have the opportunity to be fully incorporated into university life.

An excellent benefits package is included (seehere ( for a full description of the benefits package):

  • 14.2% employer retirement contribution in addition to employee contributions (automatic and immediately vested)
  • Paid parental leave (in addition to FMLA )
  • 11 paid holidays per year plusvacation accruals each month (
  • Excellent health insurance options that are both affordable and allow access to care through the University of Utah health system
  • Tuition reduction for employees and family members
  • Options for short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and HSA / FSA savings plans are available
  • Free public transportation pass (seehere ( for more information)


  1. Coaches students in the discovery and decision-making process of selecting a career. Guides students through self-assessments to identify available resources and assist students with career research.
  2. Assists students with preparing resumes, interviewing skills, and searching for jobs electronically.
  3. Develops and presents multiple training workshops to prepare students on aspects of the employment and job search process.
  4. Utilizes department platforms such as Salesforce, Excel, Qualtrics, Acuity, and Handshake in working with students and colleagues.
  5. Team player that facilitates cooperative and collaborative community and institutional relationships. Relies on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  6. Other duties as assigned

Coaches must solve complex problems which relate to counseling individual students who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. These individuals are making life-changing choices. The resolution comes in the form of understanding and utilizing available resources to research options and provide individualized solutions. Coaches are involved in hiring and personnel decisions. Each coach must have knowledge 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. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description. Incumbents in this position are expected to be familiar with the department’s policies and procedures and have a working knowledge of university and department organizations and procedures to answer and assist staff and visitors. Incumbents are also expected to demonstrate sensitivity to others’ needs.

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 (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience) 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.


Bachelor’s degree in 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 are also required.

  • 3+ years of professional work experience
  • Exposure to coaching and mentoring students in business careers
  • Ability to troubleshoot the root cause of and resolve complex issues individually and through teamwork
  • Curious and flexible with an excellent work ethic
  • Knowledge and exposure to CRMs like Salesforce are preferred

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.