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Kara Alves is the Job Location and Development (JLD) Coordinator for UCS fulfills an important access and equity need for UNC Students and serves three primary roles: 1) developing relationships with off-campus employers interested in hiring UNC students for paid jobs (primarily part-time); 2) giving presentations to student groups and increasing participation in meaningful part‐time employment with off-campus employers; and 3) serving as a member of the University Career Services (UCS) external relations team designing strategies to increase employment‐related opportunities for students. In addition, the position is tasked with connecting UNC students with employers who can provide professional part‐time job opportunities to: 1) support students earning potential during their studies; 2) support students attainment of pre-professional jobs/skills aligned with their academic majors and career goals.

Kara is a native of Gastonia, NC and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in marketing from Anderson University and a Master of Education in Student Affairs from Clemson University. Kara’s passionate about the growth and development of all students, and supporting the holistic college experience through career and professional development. She has work experience in Student Life and Development, Career Services, and Leadership Programs. In her free time, she loves to bake/cook, thrift, and spend time with her friends and family. 

Focus Areas

  • JLD Program design, administration, and promotion to students desiring paid off-campus Part-Time Jobs that align with academic majors and career goals
  • Promotes student enrollment in the UCS Professional Internship Experience Certificate; and provides analysis and reporting on the Part-Time Jobs market
  • Portfolio Manager for Supervisors of On-Campus and Off-Campus Part-Time student employees to ensure the development of NACE Career Readiness Competencies
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