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#127590 Senior Associate Director, Career and Professional

Filing Deadline: Mon 2/26/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 1/23/2024 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 2/1/2024. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will work a hybrid schedule which includes a combination of working both onsite on Campus and Remote.


Under the supervision of the Executive Director of the Career Center, the Senior Associate Director, Career and Professional Development is responsible for applying advanced professional career development concepts, conducting strategic needs assessments of gaps in the career program, and planning and developing program improvements and new career services to help students and recent graduates in career planning, setting career goals, and improving search competencies. Manage the delivery of programs via tabling, service overviews, orientation and special events participation, and specialty topic presentations and ensure that program/service offerings are reaching intended audiences. Research, plan, and develop relationships with potential employers, graduate and professional school admissions representatives, academic departments, and student organizations to meet the career development needs of students and/or recent graduates.

Manage an annual calendar of events, information sessions, campus visits and other events including visits and workshops for UC San Diego alumni and employers on various topics relevant to career planning and internship and full-time hiring of UC San Diego students. Develop, deliver, and assess individual advising sessions and calendared group programs (seminars, panel discussions, small groups, mixers, etc.) addressing self-assessment, career exploration, communications (resumes, cover letters, portfolios, interviews), job/internship search strategy, and industry trends/career field realities.

The Senior Associate Director will be part of the Career Center strategic leadership team supporting the Executive Director of Career and Professional Development of the Career Center. The Senior Associate Director role will serve as active and engaged partner to support the design, planning and implementation of the Career Center goals and KPIs. Duties to include, but not limited to goal setting, partner coordination, fiscal planning, marketing/communication design, event/logistics management, etc. The Senior Associate Director will supervise a team of Associate Directors and ensure the team is meeting established goals as set by the Executive Director of the Career Center. They will offer support and guidance to staff in order to solve problems, provide professional development, and maintain consistency with processes and programs within the unit. The focus of the Associate Director will be pre-grad/grad and PhD.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at UC San Diego and Advancement is committed to a continuous process of learning and updating practices to support systemic evolution toward equity, diversity, and inclusion for our team and constituents. We foster the UC San Diego Principles of Community by encouraging and developing a collaborative and positive environment among colleagues. UC San Diego provides resources and services so employees can develop a deeper connection to our diverse campus community. Explore more at: UC San Diego Staff Associations network and Campus Community Centers.

  • Must be willing and able to travel.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.


  • Bachelor's degree in education, counseling, psychology or related field and a minimum five (5) years of work related to student advising activities in an academic setting or equivalent combination of education and experience. Ph.D. or Doctorate strongly preferred.

  • Advanced knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling processes, career coaching techniques, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques. Knowledge of career development theory and student development practices, including ethical standards.

  • Advanced knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice; workshop and program design. Advanced knowledge to design and implement innovative 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.

  • Advanced knowledge of academic and career programs and opportunities with the ability to apply theories and principles of higher education in a college structure and recognize internship opportunities.

  • Advanced knowledge of UC programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, employment trends. Extensive experience and expert 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.

  • Strong ability to design and modify computer applications to meet program needs, problem identification, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills. Demonstrated 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.

  • Strong ability to work with people from diverse cultures. Advanced knowledge of effective interpersonal, group, and cross-cultural communication and leadership skills, Skill in leading, and promoting leadership within diverse populations, particularly students. Demonstrated experience with group dynamics and ability to lead and facilitate effective group discussions and dialogue.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills to establish goals and prioritize workload of self and others; ability to meet strict deadlines; ability to work efficiently and effectively on multiple projects with competing deadlines; flexibility in dealing with people and competing demands; ability to manage details of complex projects and events an to independently follow through to successful completion.

  • Proven ability to recognize marketing opportunities and to understand and utilize sound public relations/marketing techniques and strategies. Demonstrated ability to make effective presentations to large and small groups.

  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of intergroup relations, social justice, student development, intercultural communication, and diversity. Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and sensitively and to establish relationships of trust with a diverse multi-cultural population including parents, students, school officials, staff, and faculty.

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

  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to effectively work and interact with diverse groups and individual faculty, staff, students, university administrators and constituent organizations.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background check.

  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $74,300 - $134,500 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $35.58 - $64.42

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

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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