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#110929 GPS Career Consultant/ Career Services Specialist

Filing Deadline: Mon 9/27/2021

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/05/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/16/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date 08/17/21.


The University of California’s only school of international affairs, the School of Global Policy & Strategy (GPS) provides a unique resource for training leaders, creating ideas, and building networks for the governance of globalization and its local impacts. GPS is internationally renowned for its innovative programs, superb faculty and outstanding students and now stands among the world's top graduate schools of international relations and is the established leader in its focus on Asia and the Americas. GPS instructs a diverse student body consisting of 60% domestic and 40% international students in MPP, MCEPA, MIA, BA-MIA, MAS, joint PhD with Department of Political Science and executive education programs. GPS also administers the International Studies Program, a fast-growing interdisciplinary program with over 1700 declared undergraduate majors, that offers a rigorous curriculum for undergraduate students interested in international affairs.

Offering nine B.A. degree options, three combined BA/MIA programs, and a minor program, the International Studies Program explores the interaction between the international and national, global and local, contemporary and historical ideas shaping globalization. GPS is also the parent organization to major research centers: Center for Commerce and Diplomacy (CCD), Center on Global Transformation (CGT), Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, 21st Century China Center, Fudan-UC Center on China, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), Policy Design and Evaluation Lab (PDEL), and Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology (JFIT).

The Career Consultant works collaboratively with the Director of Career Services to create and deliver a comprehensive career services program in support of the diverse needs of the multicultural, multidisciplinary group of GPS graduate students and alumni. The Career Consultant utilizes a theoretical understanding of career development to identify client population needs, identifies relevant information, implements and delivers programs and resources, and evaluates outcomes. The Career Consultant plans and conducts one-on-one individual counseling appointments and group advising / coaching, career planning, setting career goals, decision making, and improving internship, job search competencies as well as alumni career services. Responsible for guiding the students through a career management process addressing self-assessment, career exploration and development of an individualized marketing plan for an internship or job search process.

Leads employer relations and career coaching for the private sector. Maintains relationships with alumni, employers, representatives, and other organizations to establish contacts to meet the career needs of students. Serves as liaison between employers and alumni to deliver employer-involvement events, such as industry nights, networking events, and mock interviews.

  • Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.


  • BA or advanced degree in career counseling, education psychology, or related field, and four to six (4 - 6) years experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling processes, career coaching techniques, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques.

  • Broad occupational knowledge acquired through counseling accreditation program and/or professional experience, with an understanding of career development theory and issues, job search methodologies, as well as local, national and international employment trends.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop comprehensive curricula for workshops and courses aimed at facilitating career transitions and related soft-skill training.

  • Proven strong ability to build relationships and manage a complex, highly visible set of services for graduate students, alumni, donors, and corporate employers.

  • Proficient in a highly computerized environment (databases, electronic bulletin boards, e-mail, Microsoft Office and the Internet). Willing to use and leverage audio-visual technology.

  • Knowledge of laws, rules and regulations pertaining to hiring practices. Demonstrated knowledge of private, nonprofit and public sector hiring practices.

  • Strong ability to quickly assess students' career related needs and provide useful responses and advice within brief time frames.

  • Excellent skill and background in providing graduate level career advising in a university setting.

  • Ability to use computer systems and applications, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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