Job Positions

Undergraduate Placement Specialist

Categories: South Central Region 7


School of Information


University of Texas at Austin

Date Posted:

Sep 7 2021 4:52PM

Close Date:

Nov 7 2021

Position Description

To support undergraduate students in the School of Information through career exploration, career coaching, and career education.


Career Counseling:
Serve as primary career advisor for undergraduate students and recent alumni of the School of Information to include strategic career planning, job search strategies, and employer connections. Coordinate with Texas Career Engagement (TCE) to refer students to central career advising as appropriate. Serve as back-up to graduate student placement specialist. Maintain associated student files. Career Development Programming: Oversee undergraduate career development programming, including individual counseling, workshops, panels, and other informational and instructional activities. Coordinate with TCE to bring in external training as needed. Develop outreach initiatives to engage students in career development services. Communications: Educate and inform students through frequent digital and in-person communications. Prepare and develop routine correspondence and program outreach materials (for example, flyers, e-newsletters, presentation materials, and digital ads), monitor budget, and track program success/ROI via ongoing review of engagement levels. Employer Relations: Develop and maintain relationships with employers, coach employers through using Handshake to post and promote job openings. Identify emerging employer needs. Build corporate and external relations to include corporate sponsorship opportunities in close concert with the Director of Development and Alumni Relations as needed.

Data Management:
Design and apply qualitative and quantitative data collection methods to collect and analyze employment data to advise deans, faculty, and students on the changing demands for information professionals for purposes of program and curricular development and for student recruitment. Professional Development: Identify and remain abreast of emerging employment topics and focus areas in the field of Informatics. Collaborate with career advising colleagues across campus.

Application Process

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Institution Information

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest employers in the great city of Austin, offering thousands of career opportunities in a wide variety of fields. Deeply committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and talented workforce, the university offers competitive salaries, full benefits, an extensive support network, and above all, an enriching and highly collaborative working community that is deeply passionate about our vision for higher education and public service. The Informatics undergraduate degree programs offered by the School of Information focus on how information intersects with people, technology, and data. With advancements in information technology such as big data, artificial intelligence/machine learning, and the internet of things, there is an increased need for experts who not only understand how technology functions, but also understand the social, cultural, and ethical issues surrounding the design, development, support, and access to these technologies. The programs are designed to serve undergraduate students who are interested in either a liberal arts-based or STEM-based approach to the rapidly growing intersection of people, information, technology, and data. Concentrations to be offered include Cultural Heritage Informatics, Health Informatics, Human-Centered Data Science, Social Informatics, Social Justice Informatics, and User Experience Design.

Additional Information

At the School of Information (iSchool), we believe that diversity in our faculty, students, and staff creates an optimal learning and research environment. The iSchool is committed to social justice and we endeavor to make the world a better and fairer place through excellence in research, teaching, and public engagement: Our Vision & Values. We welcome applicants from under-represented groups and those who can demonstrate a commitment to inclusion through their words and actions.

Contact Information

Dona Kurtz,


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, information studies, or a related field. Three years of professional experience in career services or student advising role. Excellent interpersonal, analytical, communication and presentation skills. Knowledge of recruitment practices in diverse employment sectors and industries and a thorough knowledge of occupational trends and needs throughout the broad realm of the information professions. Experience with public-facing roles that require a high degree of interaction and engagement.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree. Experience working in higher education career services, including building and maintaining relationships with students, alumni, faculty, and recruiters. Ability to present information effectively to individuals or large groups. Technical acuity with software and Web apps such as Excel, Google Drive, Box, Qualtrics, etc.