Job Description

Payroll Title:
Career Services
Hiring Salary Range
$69,000 - $75,600 / Year
Appointment Type:
Appointment Percent:
Total Openings:
Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri with occ. evenings and weekends

#116086 Associate Director, Career Development & Industry

Initial Review Date: Thu 5/12/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This position will remain open until filled.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 5/03/2022 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 5/12/2022. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under the leadership of the Executive Director of Career and Professional Development and Senior Associate Directors, the Associate Director of Career Development and Industry Engagement serves as an active member in the Career Development, Career Education, Operations, and Industry Relations pillars within the unit of the Career Center. The Associate Director provides a range of services and programs to meet the career development and education needs of students and alumni. Utilizing various theoretical frameworks integrated with the understanding of career and life design, experiential learning, and mentoring in the academic and co-curricular learning experience for all students, advises students/alumni on a full range of career and professional development opportunities, including individual or group advising/ coaching, career planning, setting career goals, decision-making, and improving career readiness competencies. Provides a holistic approach to student/alumni career coaching and creates and facilitates workshops and presentations as necessary. Develops and sustains relationships with current or potential employers and other organizations to build lasting relationships while augmenting recruiting efforts and aligning career opportunities with students.

The Associate Director will collaborate with career communities including academic, alumni, employer, parent, and business communities in addition to partnering with senior leadership and major stakeholders across the university. The Associate Director will work closely with Senior Associate Directors and the Executive Director to develop scalable programs and interventions that engage students in career and life design, experiential learning, alumni and employer connections, and transferable skill/core competency development. The focus of the Associate Director will also include developing a "hub" of connections as an informed connector in an opportunity platform and career ecosystem that empowers students and alumni, with special attention to underrepresented communities, especially first-generation and limited income. Performs independently, but may receive guidance in developing new career advising/coaching services and programs.

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  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

  • Must be willing and able to travel.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, psychology, or related field and a minimum of three (3) years of work related to student advising/counseling activities in an academic setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Strong knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling process, career coaching techniques, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques.

  • Thorough knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice, and workshop and program design.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of University programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, and employment trends.

  • Proven knowledge of academic, vocational, career programs and opportunities with the ability to apply theories and principles of higher education in a college structure.

  • Demonstrated theoretical and practical knowledge of intergroup relations, social justice, student development, intercultural communication, and diversity.

  • Skills and knowledge of program evaluation and assessment techniques, as well as policy analysis, and development.

  • Proven ability to design and implement innovative general and niche-focused career development programs that empower students to develop and utilize their self-awareness, professional development skills, and proven resources to identify and pursue their career goals.

  • Extensive experience and ability to identify campus resources and to foster strong, collaborative outreach and positive relationships with campus- and system-wide offices and administrative staff contacts. Working knowledge of academic department, major, minor and general education requirements.

  • Basic knowledge and ability to work with fiscal related matters including budgets, expenditures, and reimbursement processes.

  • Proficient computer and web development experience and skills to apply and learn various programs (MS Office, spreadsheets, databases) and to lead website organization to accomplish outreach and intake and advising online. Ability to design and modify computer applications to meet program needs.

  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to effectively work and interact with diverse groups and individual faculty, staff, students, university administrators and constituent organizations. Proven ability to work with people from diverse cultures. Skill in leading, and promoting leadership within diverse populations, particularly students. Experience with group dynamics and ability to lead and facilitate effective group discussions and dialogue.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

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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