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Last Updated: 9/24/21

Job Description

UC San Diego

Senior Associate Director, Career Center

Filing Deadline: Fri 9/3/2021

Hiring Salary Range: $70,000 - $85,000 /year

The Senior Associate Director, under the supervision of the Executive Director of the Career Center, 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/alumni in career planning, setting career goals, and improving search competencies. Incumbent will manage the delivery of programs via tabling, service overviews, orientation/special events participation, and specialty topic presentations and ensure that program/service offerings are reaching intended audiences.

The Senior Associate Director will research, plan, and develop relationships with potential employers, graduate / professional school admissions representatives, academic departments, and student organizations to meet the career development needs of students and/or alumni. The incumbent will 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.

Incumbent will 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 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Ability to recognize marketing opportunities and to understand and utilize sound public relations/marketing techniques and strategies.

Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of inter-group relations, social justice, student development, intercultural communication, and diversity.

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

Thorough 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.

Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills to effectively work and interact with diverse groups and individual faculty, staff, students, university administrators, constituent organizations, parents, and students. Demonstrated ability to make effective presentations to large and small groups.


Job offer is contingent on clear Background check.

Must be willing and able to travel.

Must have access to reliable transportation.

Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

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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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Company Details

La Jolla, California, United States