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#110976 Director, Outreach, Access, Recruitment& Retention

Extended Deadline: Tue 9/28/2021

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A cover letter is required for a complete application packet.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 08/10/2021 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 08/19/2021. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date: 8/19/21.


The Director of Outreach, Access, Recruitment, and Retention (OAR^2) will oversee a new office within the Student Affairs unit of the Graduate Division. The Director works with the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, The Dean of The Graduate Division, and the OAR^2 Advisory Board (composed of students, faculty, staff, and alumni) to imagine the evolution of a future-oriented equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) vision, and design and execute programs that will put that vision into practice for real impact. The Director will create relationships and spaces across the UC San Diego campus in order to improve the climate and diversity for graduate and professional students through both amplifying current best practices and operationalizing big new ideas for making our community more inclusive and equitable.

Through supervision of Outreach and Recruitment Specialists, Black Graduate and Professional Student Support Specialist, as well as graduate interns placed in each of UC San Diego’s campus community centers, the Director will develop an outreach, access, recruitment and retention strategy that includes robust programming with an emphasis on underrepresented students. The Director will also provide direct-to-faculty and direct-to-student support for programmatic efforts to address EDI needs across campus as well as improve student success and wellness. Finally, the Director will develop strong working relationships with graduate programs (and their respective leaders) with an eye toward supporting the local design and delivery of discipline-specific programming that The Graduate Division, alone, could not carry out.

  • A cover letter is required for a complete application packet.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required. Must be willing and able to travel.


  • Experience developing or contributing significantly to graduate recruitment planning and strategy, particularly for students underrepresented in the academy. Experience and ability in conceptualizing, planning and implementing student services, and outreach and recruitment programs. Experience working with graduate program faculty and staff in developing program specific outreach and recruitment programs.

  • Proven experience in conceptualizing, planning, and implementing outreach, recruitment and yield activities with significant knowledge of minority serving institutions in California and nationally. Ability to prioritize, organize, and coordinate programs and activities with other staff, departments and organizations to meet multiple deadlines. Ability to provide leadership, goal setting, deadlines, and priorities for committees and workgroups.

  • Proven knowledge and experience with a student information system, databases, CRM (Slate preferred), and other admissions tools to support student recruitment, application review and yield efforts.

  • Advanced knowledge of project management including program design, implementation, and evaluation. Ability to work independently and apply originality and creativity to develop retention programming for populations underrepresented in the academy. Ability to assess requirements and assign resources to meet project and program goals.

  • Demonstrated management and supervisory skills to hire, train, and direct professional and support staff to complete a high volume workload, successfully handle conflict resolution, initiate performance evaluation, and foster a cooperative working environment.

  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse faculty, administrators, staff, students, families, system officials, non-traditional populations, volunteers and the general public. Sensitivity to those educational issues affecting low income, first generation and underrepresented students and families.

  • Effective interpersonal skills. Ability to speak before large and small audiences with poise and confidence. Analytical skills to research issues and present findings in position papers, correspondence, and other types of communications on a variety of institutional issues.


  • Master's degree in related field preferred.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Duties may require direct contact and/or supervision of children (defined as individuals under the age of 18); completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form will be required.

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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