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Operation Stand Down Tennessee

Manager, Career Initiatives

Operation Stand Down Tennessee


Job Summary

The Career Initiatives Manager leads and manages the operation of the Career Initiatives Program to provide career transition coaching/consultation services and facilitates Veteran connections to local industry. He/she ensures program effectiveness and compliance with funding requirements. He/she collaborates with stakeholders to provide support to Veterans in career transition and performs/supports outreach to identify new stakeholders and seek out Veterans in career transition.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop, plan, and execute career transition support processes for Veterans wanting to enter the professional business and corporate space.
  • Planned, managed, and executed the delivery of the Career Recon program.
  • Plan, managed, and executed the development and sustainment of the Veteran Career Transition Network (VCTN).
  • Build a network of volunteers to assess and provide resume, LinkedIn, interview, and networking coaching to Veterans.
  • Build a team of volunteers to support Veteran career transition networking.
  • Synchronize actions of volunteers to deliver support to Veterans in career transition.
  • Deliver career transition services to Veterans as required.
  • Develop, plan, and execute career transition support processes for Veterans wanting to enter the:
  • Information technology space.
  • Entrepreneurship and small business owner spaces.
  • Manufacturing, skilled trade, and/or technician spaces.
  • Route barrier Veteran clients seeking employment to American Job Center Disabled Veteran Outreach Program specialists operating in OSDTN spaces.
  • Coordinate processes with the Service Center Program Director and Regional Office Directors.
  • Serve as agency POC for coordinating Disabled Veteran Outreach Program support.
  • Administer grants for Career Initiatives.
  • Coordinate grant administration with the Chief Development Officer.
  • Support Operation Connect and coordinate activities/processes with the Operation Connect Program Manager
  • Participate in selected OSDTN engagement/outreach events.
  • Locate Veterans for Career Initiatives support.
  • Serve as OSDTN liaison to select employers, industry/professional groups, and universities.
  • Provide SMEs to employers and universities interested in starting Veteran 
  • Resource Groups/Student Veteran Organizations.
  • Create and sustain relationships with other government and non-profit programs that support Veteran career transitions.
  • Maintain SME on the Corporate Fellowship Program, Military Spouse Fellowship 
  • Program and Career Skills
  • Program (SkillBridge).
  • Maintain a relationship with Vanderbilt University SkillBridge Liaison.
  • Aggregate, analyze, and report Career Initiatives data to assist in the completion of grants, audits, and proposals.
  • In coordination with the Data Manager, ensure pre- and post-program and health and wellness surveys are accomplished, and data entered for all Veterans enrolled in Career Initiatives.
  • Remain current on national and state trends related to Veteran career transitions


Bachelor’s degree in Business or HR.  MBA or master’s degree desired. Possesses valid, current Driver’s License. 3+ years of relevant experience desired
in HR, career coaching, career counseling and/or corporate recruiting desired.

• Veteran, military spouse preferred, but not required
• Certification in human resources or project management preferred.
• Comprehensive knowledge of the region’s Veteran, community employment services and resources.
• Strong knowledge of career transitions and Veteran career transitions.
• Excellent organizational, multi-tasking and time management skills.
• Broad capacity for global thinking and creative problem solving.
• Ability to motivate clients and staff toward success.
• Compassionate, energetic and team focused.
• Comfortable in individual, group, and public speaking environments.

Additional Information


OSDTN has a great company culture and passion for our mission.  We have a liberal PTO policy, 40 hours of sick leave, a 401K plan, and subsidized employee healthcare, dental and vision plans.

How to Apply

A resume and cover letter should be submitted to jobs@osdtn.org. No phone calls, please. The selected candidate
must pass a drug test and background check.


  • Date Posted: January 5, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Start Date: 02/01/2024
  • Salary Range: $50K to $60K
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/week