Administrative Coordinator for the Urban Alliance

The Johnson University Center for Urban Alliance invites applications for a part-time Administrative Coordinator beginning August 2021. Successful candidates will demonstrate proven interest, experience, and aptitude for urban life; excellent written and verbal communication; the ability to relate to, collaborate with, and empower student workers and nonprofit leaders; as well as a passion for the mission, vision, and values of Johnson University and the Urban Alliance.

Special consideration will be given to applicants who have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of work experience in an administrative capacity. For more information, please review the information below.

Applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references via email to . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Title: Administrative Coordinator, Urban Alliance
Organization: Johnson University
Work Location: Multicultural Student Affairs Center at Johnson University
Reports to: Executive Director, Urban Alliance
Compensation: Commensurate with education and experience
Classification: Hourly, part-time (up to 28 hours/week)
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Required experience: Bachelor’s degree and two years of related work experience

About the Urban Alliance

The mission of the Urban Alliance is to connect needs and resources of urban Knoxville with needs and resources of Johnson University. The UA’s mission is carried out through a number of existing and emerging programs. Most–if not all–reflect collaborative efforts with organizations in the community and facilitative services within the Johnson University system, and especially the eight academic Schools.

Current Urban Alliance programs include:

  • Royal Explorers: a science camp for urban middle school students in partnership between Johnson’s Templar School of Education and the Emerald Youth Foundation;
  • Future of Hope: a leadership development program for urban high school students funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment and from Johnson’s School of Arts & Sciences;
  • Urban Scholars: a leadership development and scholarship program for urban college students;
  • Urban Plunge: an urban experiential living-learning community for college students under Johnson’s School of Intercultural Studies.

Position Summary

This position requires a highly motivated, organized, and creative individual to provide administrative support and coordination to the executive director of the Urban Alliance. Since some UA programs are led by program directors, the role of administrative coordinator may also include working under the direct supervision of a program director. The UA administrative coordinator works closely with the administrative analysts/coordinators in Johnson University’s School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Intercultural Studies, Templar School of Education, and the School of Congregational Ministry.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • General responsibilities include internal and external communication and coordination, marketing and public relations, report preparation, managing information and money requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, and organizing and scheduling meetings. This position requires a blend of excellent organizational and high-functioning interpersonal skills.
  • Specific administrative tasks include hospitality, scheduling, logistical coordination, report and record keeping, early and often communication, budget analysis, graphic design, office organization, and supervision of both interns and/or teaching assistants.
  • Managerial responsibilities include project facilitation, program/event coordination and planning, budget development, team building, resource development (grant research/writing, fundraising, earned income, networking)


Eduation, training, and related experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred)
  • Minimum two years related work experience
  • Demonstrated skill in digital environments (Microsoft Office, email, social media, etc.)

Knowledge and skill requirements:

  • An exemplary Christian witness
  • High standards of excellence and professionalism
  • Highly organized, attentive to details, with an eye for design
  • Takes initiative to solve problems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills via telephone, text, email, social media, and face-to-face with a diverse audience/clientele
  • A “people person” who works well empowering others and is not threatened by creativity

Working Conditions

This position is primarily sedentary, working at a desk in a climate-controlled office. The ability to drive campus vehicles is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity Provider

Johnson University is a Christian university affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ. Its mission is to educate students for “Christian ministries and other strategic vocations framed by the Great Commission in order to extend the kingdom of God among all nations.” Accordingly, Johnson University seeks to hire and educate individuals who share its vision and core values to carry out that mission. Johnson University does not unlawfully discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment practices.

Johnson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation, or disability–if such disability may be accommodated without undue hardship—in provision of educational opportunities, programs and activities, or employment opportunities and benefits, pursuant to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and subsequent amendments to that act, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and subsequent re-authorization of that act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and subsequent amendments to that act.

The University, however, reserves the right under those provisions to make certain employment decisions based on religion, marital status, or sex consistent with the University’s religious beliefs when establishing qualifications for certain positions. Further, as a Christian ministry, the University retains the right to select those who serve in ministerial positions, as that term has been defined by the courts in the context of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, based on criteria established by the University without regard to Title VII, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law governing the employment relationship.