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#115433 Director, Student Employment & Career Development

Initial Review Date: Thu 4/21/2022

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

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Under the general supervision of the Executive Director of Career & Professional Development, the Director of Student Employment & Career Development serves as an active member and leader of the Student Employment Office within the unit of the Career Center. Specifically, the Director, Student Employment and Career Development Office (SECDO) sets objectives and provides strategic leadership for the SECDO team. In collaboration with the Executive Director of Career & Professional Development, the incumbent envisions, designs and implements a tailored career development program to help students elevate their professional skills with the goal of increasing students’ successful transition to meaningful work.

The Director will work closely with career center colleagues to develop scalable programs and interventions that engage student workers early on in career and life design and transferable skill /core competency development. The focus of the Director will also include serving as an informed connector in an opportunity platform and career ecosystem that empowers students, with special attention to underrepresented communities, especially first-generation and limited income.

A key responsibility of this position is to develop new long-term relationships with internal and external partners to secure employment opportunities for our students. Additionally, the incumbent will provide professional development trainings in partnership with human resources generalists that manage employment processes for student employees.

The Director also oversees and serves as a subject matter expert to campus and community partners on all aspects of the Student Employment Program. They direct compensation, classification and human resources functions for casual/restricted employees, primarily through efforts of their staff. They are independently responsible for analysis of policy and procedures, employment eligibility, interpretation and update of policies and training. They provide approval for issues in areas that are more complex in nature. In addition to overseeing the management of staff, operations and budget of SECDO, the Director serves as HR point of contact for Health Systems and Scripps Institute of Oceanography, advising on more complex matters related to student employment.

The position manages a budget, allocates resources, establishes a positive working environment and promotes an atmosphere of excellence where students are guided towards career alignment. The Director creates a holistic, positive, student-focused work environment, collaborates with staff on policy and process improvements and the use of technology, balances workload and monitors productivity, sets clear and reasonable performance standards, and ensures staff have the training and resources needed. The incumbent ensures alignment with the campus' strategic student employment and career development goals.

Utilizing data to inform direction, the director directs data collection, analysis, and dissemination of reports to show the effectiveness of training and development of student employees.

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  • Must be willing and able to travel occasionally overnight and multi-night domestically and rarely internationally.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required due to employer outreach events, special events, graduation, panel discussions, etc.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation to visit employers, corporate partners, conferences, attend career fairs, career events, etc.

  • This management position is exempt. It is not eligible for overtime pay.


  • Strong knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling processes, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques. Advanced degree in student affairs, career/educational counseling, higher education administration, human resources, organizational behavior or similar degree or experience.

  • At least five (5) years of management experience in a university creating policies, formulating strategies to deliver targeted career-related programming, implementing process improvements, facilitating cross-departmental relationships and efficiencies, and successfully introducing change. Experience student employment-related issues and the previous authority to recommend action and to guide direct reports and others when interpreting the complex rules of a large university in situations without precedent.

  • Knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice, and workshop and program design. Strategic planning experience, assessing needs and implementing an overall master plan related to career services. Experience conceptualizing, creating, implementing and managing new programs based on departmental goals and strategies for a sophisticated, specialty audience.

  • Experience delivering tangible results related to career programs, partnerships, services, employment, and internships. Experience and the ability to meet goals and metrics and collaborate with staff on strategies, outcomes, and metrics to ensure alignment towards goals.

  • Leadership experience: staffing, hiring, coaching, evaluating, training professional career advisors and support staff.

  • Experience introducing an atmosphere of customer service excellence and team collaboration. Experience delegating and assigning tasks, maintaining a positive work environment, monitoring production and quality of work, setting clear and reasonable performance standards and developing staff to their highest potential.
    Performance management experience.

  • Experience cultivating new relationships with the business community and other employers related to student employment possibilities. Experience interacting with high profile employers resulting in internship and employment opportunities and strong metrics regarding employment upon graduation. Experience identifying the varying needs of employers for students and relaying that information in a cogent, persuasive manner for strategic discussions with managers, faculty, leadership, colleagues, students, and others.

  • Ability to design and modify computer applications and to meet program needs, problem identification, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, organizational skills, leadership skills, and program development skills. Experiencing researching, analyzing, selecting and implementing tools, technology, techniques and programs designed to prepare students for career skills, specifically for student employment. Time management and prioritization skills. Collaboration and conflict management skills. Multi-tasking while progressing toward multiple goals.

  • Experience leading IT implementations and solutions to solve operational problems, resulting efficiencies. Experience analyzing data to enhance programming, create efficiencies, track performance.

  • Experience presenting information and working as a team with academic leadership and other faculty; rapport-building skills. The ability to establish a reputation for credibility, timely response, and innovative approaches to issues of concern to faculty.

  • Expert presentation skills. Extensive experience presenting career development information to individuals, small groups, and large groups. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Professional poise suitable to a business environment, diplomacy and tact .


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

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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