Assistant Director Alumni Career Engagement

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

Title: Assistant Director – Alumni Career Engagement
University of San Diego
Department: Career Development Center	
Job IRC#23657

Job Description:
The Assistant Director of Alumni Career Engagement will design, develop, and provide an array of career services to University of San Diego alumni, including alumni from all undergraduate programs, and graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences and Schools of Leadership and Education Sciences, Nursing, Peace & Justice, and Engineering and Computing. Provides career coaching to alumni in person, via phone or videoconferencing, and via email. In coordination with the Office for Alumni Relations, delivers in-person and virtual career-related programs, workshops, and webinars. Develops and maintains online resources for alumni, including an online networking platform that will engage current students and alumni. Works closely with the Director of Career Development Center, the Assistant Director of Employer Relations, and the Senior Director of Alumni Affairs to create strategic and scalable support and engagement opportunities for USD alumni. This position works under the general supervision of the Director and Associate Director of Career Development Center with collaboration with the Office of Alumni Affairs and exercises supervision over clerical and student staff for projects and programs.

Career Coaching								
∙ Specializes in guiding clients in the intricacies of self-assessment, research, planning, decision making, and implementation related to career and life planning issues. Primary focus is on alumni, and also provides support with daily drop-in advising and occasional appointments with current undergraduate or graduate students.

Program Development and Management					
∙ Develops, manages, and coordinates implementation of online and in-person mentorship programs. Works closely with the Office of Alumni Relations to coordinate planning and service delivery.

Liaison Responsibilities
∙ Working in collaboration with the Assistant Director of Employer Relations and the Director, builds relationships with students, alumni, parents, faculty, administrators, staff, and community contacts to provide quality career services and to promote the professional activities of the Career Development Center. Serves as liaison to departments, student organizations and other campus populations, including the Office for Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association. Exercises discretion in communication with all off-campus entities with regard to confidential client information

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

Required Qualifications:
∙ Master's degree required, preferably in counseling, career counseling, human resources, rehabilitation counseling, vocational rehabilitation counseling, or related area
∙ Three years of experience in career-related program planning and delivery required
∙ Ability to provide responsive and confidential career counseling/coaching to diverse clients, including alumni of all ages and career backgrounds
∙ Ability to plan and facilitate group presentations and workshops in person and virtually
∙ Ability to work with community partners on and off campus
∙ Presentation, writing, and MS-Office skills
∙ Familiarity with technology that facilitates webinars and online platforms
∙ Ability to work collaboratively on team projects with diverse individuals
∙ Flexibility and willingness to work early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed
∙ Leadership experience, particularly in initiating and developing new programs and developing new partnerships

Preferred Qualifications:
∙ Experience working with clients who have a variety of backgrounds and career goals
∙ Five years of experience in adult career advising, program planning and delivery
∙ Experience with pre-graduate school advising in a variety of disciplines
∙ Experience in human resources or talent acquisition or outplacement
∙ Ability to develop and implement new initiatives while working with multiple and complex stakeholder relationships, including Alumni Relations staff, Career Center staff, Alumni Career Services Committee, other concerned alumni, and Development staff.
∙ Knowledge of online resources and career development software
∙ Expertise in career assessment tools, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
∙ Qualified to administer and interpret career assessments
∙ Knowledge of counseling theories and practice
∙ Knowledge of career development theories and practice
∙ Familiarity with current research on trends in the workplace for transitioning job seekers
∙ Knowledge of resume construction
∙ Knowledge of interviewing techniques
∙ Knowledge of job search strategies
∙ Knowledge of career-related literature
∙ Knowledge of career resources, career trends, and Internet resources
∙ Knowledge of employment trends and current job market information
∙ Familiarity with career resources vendors
∙ Understanding of local, state and federal labor markets
∙ Familiarity with library reference resources
∙ Understanding of cultural diversity issues
∙ Ability to work positively and effectively within teams and with diverse populations
∙ Counseling/advising skills
∙ Oral and written communication skills
∙ Organizational skills
∙ Presentation skills
∙ Consulting/networking/interpersonal skills
∙ Group communication and facilitation skills
∙ Needs assessment and interpretation skills
∙ Project planning, managing, and evaluation skills
∙ Ability to supervise graduate-level practicum projects
∙ Ability to conduct outreach to employment community
∙ Ability to work with MS-based software packages, including Word, Access, PowerPoint and Excel
∙ Ability to perform online career-related research
∙ Word processing and data management skills
∙ Flexibility and versatility in order to contribute to evolving work situations
∙ Ability to travel as needed to on- and off-campus sites
∙ Ability to set and meet objectives for professional development
∙ Understanding and appreciation of the mission and values of the University and of the Career Services office
∙ Specializes in guiding clients in the intricacies of self-assessment, research, planning, decision making, and implementation related to career and life planning issues. Primary focus is on alumni, and also provides support with daily drop-in advising and occasional appointments with current undergraduate or graduate students.

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; Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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 here 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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