Associate Director, Career Development Center

San Diego
May 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Title: Associate Director, Career Development Center
University of San Diego
Department: Career Development Center 	
Admin Full-Time
Job IRC#23636

Job Description:
The Associate Director, Career Development Center will work collaboratively with the Director to provide effective leadership, direction, and supervision of USD's career development initiatives and programs, helping students and alumni develop and achieve career goals that lead to meaningful lives. The Associate Director will manage the counseling team in providing relevant services to USD students and alumni, while maintaining the campus and office commitment to access and inclusion. In addition to overall strategy and counseling team management, the Associate Director will develop and maintain on- and off-campus relationships, and provide career counseling and workshops when needed.

The Associate Director reports to the Director of the Career Development Center. The Associate Director directly supervises, trains, coaches, and evaluates seven professional career counseling staff members. Exercises supervision over other staff and student workers for project management as assigned.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:			

Strategy and Management					
In collaboration with the Director and with support from the Careers team, develops and implements data-driven strategic goals, objectives, and initiatives for the career development needs of USD students and alumni. With Director, evaluates and selects self-assessments, online platforms, and other resources to best support service delivery. Coordinates writing and publication of career materials, including the Torero Career Guide. Supervises the development and implementation of campus-wide as well as school- and college-specific career programming and initiatives. Leads career counseling team of nine professional staff; directly supervises, coaches, and evaluates six FTE. Coordinates office-wide professional development planning; leads counseling team meetings; helps team plan appropriate scheduling and coverage of appointments and drop in/office hours.

On- and Off-Campus Partner Relationships				
Develops and maintains partnerships with campus departments in academic affairs, student affairs, university relations, and other campus areas. Monitors and reports on trends in employment, hiring, and the careers field. Is active in relevant professional organizations.

Career Counseling/Outreach						
Provides individual career counseling and group workshops in person, online, and by telephone for diverse USD students and alumni, on topics such as resume writing, interviewing skills, job search strategies, networking, and graduate school planning. Develops and presents outreach activities to students and external partners.

Professional Development						
Sets and meets professional objectives that enhance the Career Development Center and maintains the professional reputation of the department and the university. Serves as liaison to professional associations to stay abreast of current developments in career counseling, higher education, and/or employment trends. Encourages updated policies and procedures to maintain the Career Development Center's professionalism and to best serve constituents.


∙ Master's degree in counseling, student affairs, higher education or related area (required)

∙ Five+ years of relevant experience in university or business setting
∙ Demonstrated experience in managing individuals and teams effectively
∙ Proven project management experience
∙ Experience working with undergraduate and graduate students in a university setting
∙ Demonstrated experience in developing professional and collaborative relationships with students, alumni, staff, administrators, faculty, employers, and parents
∙ Experience in career counseling
∙ Demonstrated experience in public speaking and written communication

Special Qualifications & Conditions of Employment
∙ Flexibility and willingness to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends as needed
∙ Flexibility and enthusiasm for representing Career Development Center at major institutional events

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
∙ Thorough knowledge of management and supervision of professional staff
∙ Thorough knowledge of resume construction
∙ Thorough knowledge of interviewing techniques
∙ Thorough knowledge of job search strategies
∙ Thorough knowledge of career-related literature
∙ Thorough knowledge of career resources, career trends, and Internet resources
∙ Considerable knowledge of using data to inform program planning
∙ Considerable knowledge of employment trends and current job market information
∙ Considerable knowledge of career assessments and interpretations
∙ Considerable knowledge of career resources vendors
∙ Considerable knowledge of local, state and federal economies, especially as this knowledge relates to employment
∙ Considerable knowledge of cultural diversity issues
∙ Considerable knowledge of counseling theories and practice
∙ Considerable knowledge of career development theories and practice
∙ Considerable knowledge of University mission and values, and how these relate to the department's mission and efforts
∙ Working knowledge of current career and related research
∙ Skill in counseling and advising undergraduate and graduate students
∙ Skill in public speaking and facilitating groups
∙ Skill in writing, public relations, and marketing techniques
∙ Skill in organizing and managing time effectively
∙ Skill in consulting/networking/building interpersonal relationships
∙ Skill in conducting career needs assessments and interpretations
∙ Skill in project and event management
∙ Ability to work positively and effectively within teams and with diverse populations
∙ Ability to conduct outreach to employment community and professional colleagues
∙ Ability to work with MS programs, including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook
∙ Ability to monitor and respond to changing work situations
∙ Ability to work independently to complete projects and tasks on time
∙ Ability to be flexible in the management of multiple tasks
∙ Ability to travel as needed to on and off-campus sites
∙ Ability to set and meet objectives for professional development

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Hours: 37.5 hours per week; usual works hours 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Closing date: Open Until Filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus.For more information,

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers' review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at


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