The Thornton Center seeks candidates for one (1) Student-Athlete Development Graduate Assistant position. This GA position is part of a Young Professional Development Program that prepares one for full time positions in the Student-Athlete Support Services profession. Only young professionals that have a long-term career interest in Student-Athlete Support Services and who are committed to this program should consider applying.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
This position will be responsible for assisting with all facets of the Thornton Center operations. The individual in this position will be expected to learn all aspects of what is required to be a successful student-athlete development support staff member. The Thornton Center staff is committed to developing all skills needed to be a great professional in this field. By the end of the two-year graduate assistant experience, you will be able to:
Create programming for student-athletes that demonstrates a progression from year to year with a particular emphasis on leadership development, professional development, community outreach, diversity and inclusion, and character development.
Collaborate with campus departments such as Center for Career Development and Jones Center for Leadership and Service to identify and implement career programming and leadership opportunities for student-athletes.
Monitor and document community outreach requests and activities.
Proactively connect and engage with campus departments, organizations, faculty, and staff to facilitate a positive working relationship.
Recruit student-athlete leaders to participate in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Provide guidance to student-athletes in group and one-on-one settings as it pertains to their professional development and career interests.
Assist with website communication, social media, newsletter, and marketing designs.
Understand and be able to communicate the principles of a Student-Athlete Development program to a wide audience (prospects, coaches, staff, campus partners, etc).
Contribute to meaningful professional conversations and produce high quality outcomes based on your previous professional development opportunities and involvement on local and national levels.
How to Apply:
Submit cover letter, resume, and reference list electronically to: Thornton@utk.edu. Subject line Student-Athlete Development Graduate Assistant Application.
Review of resumes will begin February 2021 and continue until the position is filled.
Suggested start date is June 1, 2021 with coursework beginning August 2021.
Bachelor’s degree required
Excellent communication skills; strong work ethic, well organized, self-starter, and self-motivated; willingness to collaborate; ability to prioritize a workload and work under pressure in order to meet deadlines; exhibit a professional disposition
Desire to obtain full-time employment in student-athlete support services
Must be admitted to a graduate program at the University of Tennessee by the start of the Fall 2021 term
About University of Tennessee - Knoxville / Thornton Athletics Student Life Center
With 18 full-time staff members, the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center offers academic counseling services, career development program, student development program, comprehensive tutoring program, writing lab, math lab, computer lab, and accommodations for students with special needs.
What’s Our Mission?
We foster the pursuit of comprehensive excellence through the holistic development of each student-athlete. We cultivate champions for life by maintaining a culture of integrity, utilizing an innovative approach, and displaying leadership while honoring and fulfilling the volunteer spirit.
We are Thornton!
What’s Our Vision?
We will be constant in our pursuit of excellence through transformative programs and services that set the national standard. We will inspire greatness that transcends sport by empowering student-athletes to become self-directed learners and thinkers, developing ambassadors who embody the volunteer spirit, and preparing graduates for global success.