Exec Director, Career & Professional Development

San Diego, California
Sep 11, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

UC San Diego

Exec Director, Career & Professional Development

Filing Deadline: Thu 10/5/2017

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience

Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Alumni, 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 UCSD 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 leading and administering 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 UCSD departments and programs. The incumbent is also charged with developing a comprehensive university-wide professional development program for students through "centers of excellence" around entrepreneurship, social innovation, health professions, and other areas that provide a rich co- curricular experience for our students. As a career coach and professional development expert, the incumbent will provide a high level of services-related expertise, as well as represent UCSD 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 Assistant 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 UCSD'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.


• Advanced knowledge of career development theory and its application to a highly diverse university population.

• Well developed management skills to lead a large professional and administrative staff.

• Demonstrated ability to lead a large, complex organization serving a diverse set of clients.

• 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 state and national labor markets and marketplace trends.

• Ability to manage a complex budget, create fundraising opportunities, and develop entrepreneurial partnerships to generate sources of revenue.

• 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.

• 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 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.

• 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.

• Ability to identify, define, and evaluate problems; ability to plan and develop appropriate immediate and long-term strategies and solutions.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Prior experience providing counseling and advising to individuals and groups, preferably a college population.

• Knowledge of career-related technologies and their applications and feasibility. Computer literate with demonstrated knowledge of and ability to effectively use the Internet, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, as well as standard office and presentation equipment.

• 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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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: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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