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(Archived) Exec Director, Career & Professional Development

Last Updated: 5/08/21

Job Description

UC San Diego

Exec Director, Career & Professional Development

Filing Deadline: Fri 4/16/2021

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience

Reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni, Annual Giving, Pipeline Development, the Executive Director has leadership and management responsibility over Career Services & Professional Advising, a one-stop service-oriented center that provides comprehensive, professional development assistance to UC San Diego students and alumni seeking to define career goals, build bridges to employing organizations and graduate and professional schools, and leverage other campus resources and services to prepare for fulfilling careers.

The Executive Director is accountable to effectively lead and administer a complex and multifaceted unit program, including directing staff and activities, allocating and monitoring resources, and negotiating and ensuring achievement of goals. The incumbent is expected to build and grow strong relationships with the campus community, alumni, industry leaders, employers, graduate and professional schools, and UC San Diego departments and programs. As a career coach and professional development expert, the incumbent will provide a high level of services-related expertise, as well as represent UC San Diego in regional and national associations with the goal of creating and delivering programs that support the lifelong professional, intellectual and personal success of students and alumni.

The Executive Director participates in the Associate Vice Chancellor’s Leadership Team to set goals and benchmarks for career services, utilizes the services of the Alumni Department to maximize program effectiveness, and serves as a vital and effective colleague in projecting UC San Diego's vision of engagement and support. The Executive Director provides strategy and direction to the Industry Engagement team, developing and expanding the university’s relationships with local, state, and national industry leaders. Results of these efforts should yield robust career fairs, including an increase in recruiters and in alumni representation. Also develops and directs services in graduate and professional school preparation; employer recruiting and employer relations; and career and job search counseling.

• Must be willing and able to travel.

• Occasional evenings and weekends may be required. Must have access to reliable transportation.


• Advanced knowledge of career development theory and its application to a highly diverse university population. Knowledge of comprehensive career development processes, including decision-making and goal-setting, job search preparation, and job search strategies. Ability to develop and conduct workshops, seminars, and other group instructional programs.

• Well-developed management skills to lead a large professional and administrative staff. Proven ability to manage a complex organization and to effectively direct and lead its staff. Willingness to involve others in the decision-making process and ability to increase staff effectiveness by fostering cooperation, collaboration, and supportive relations; effective as a team leader.

• Understanding of organizational and strategic planning and the capability to affect and manage culture and operational changes.

• Knowledge of the employment selection field and hiring practices of the business and government sectors.

• Knowledge of the admissions processes of graduate and professional schools. Knowledge of full range of programs and services provided in a university career services center setting including career development, employment services, professional/graduate school admissions services.

• Ability to manage a complex budget, create fundraising opportunities, and develop entrepreneurial partnerships to generate sources of revenue. Ability to prepare and manage a budget, make realistic, equitable fiscal decisions, and prepare cogent budgetary and annual reports. Ability to analyze short- and long-term fiscal needs and address them through systematic analysis and implementation of revenue-generating options including fees, grants, partnerships, and fundraising efforts

• Strong communication skills in writing, editing, and oral presentations, including public speaking before diverse audiences. Ability to interact effectively with students, staff, faculty, alumni, graduate/professional schools, parents, employers, and other members of the community.

• Ability to be self-initiating, self-motivating, and self-monitoring and to provide a positive role model for staff. Ability to plan, organize, delegate, and monitor work activities.

• Knowledge of program assessment and evaluation methodology and research and survey techniques, including instrument design, sampling and distribution techniques, data collection, comparative and longitudinal analyses, reporting of findings and implications.

• Ability to be extraordinarily adaptive to changing educational and economic conditions, identifying shifting emphases and addressing them to best serve the center's diverse constituencies.

• Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

• Ability to set specific, measurable, challenging, and realistic goals for the organization and for individual staff members. Ability to motivate and inspire staff to undertake challenging assignments in spite of varying resource and staffing allocations.

• Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.


• Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

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La Jolla, California, United States