Assistant Director of Career Development (4517U) - Jacobs Institute
Assistant Director of Career Development (4517U) - Jacobs Institute About Berkeley
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 5/19/21
Jacobs Hall, opened in August 2015, is the Jacobs Institute's home and a place for diverse design activity. The 24,000-square-foot building's light-filled design studios and equipment labs offer flexible space and access to tools for prototyping, iteration, and fabrication. From sketching to cutting-edge digital fabrication, the building facilitates a diverse range of making practices under one roof.
The Jacobs Institute's programs provide numerous ways to dive into design innovation, in the classroom and beyond. We offer and support hands-on, design-infused courses. We produce community and co-curricular offerings, from speaker series to workshops, that promote conversation and exploration across broad areas of design. We also help support and amplify the campus design ecosystem, connecting Berkeley's community of student designers with resources and opportunities.
The incumbent is applying advanced professional career development concepts, conducts strategic needs assessments of gaps in the career program, and plans and develops program improvements and new career services to help students / alumni in career planning, setting career goals, and improving search competencies. The Assistant Director of Career Development researches, plans, and develops 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 individual provides career counseling for populations that require special expertise, such as Ph.D.s and J.D.'s.
40% Career Development Program Design, Implementation, and Management:
Design and implement a suite of career development and placement services and programs that provide MDes students and alumni with a career advantage. Collaborate closely with the MDes Executive Director as well as The Jacobs Institute, the College of Engineering, campus, and external resources to identify opportunities for synergy with existing programs.
30% Career Planning Advising: Students and Alumni:
30% Network and Relationship Building:
- Education and experience equivalent to an advanced degree in a relevant field and at least 3 years of experience in a related area.
- Advanced knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling processes, career coaching techniques, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques.
- Highly effective interpersonal, counseling, presentation, and oral and written communication skills.
- Strong ability to work with people from diverse cultures.
- Three to five years of relevant work experience in growing new career development programs preferably in design and/or technology. Outplacement, executive search, and industry recruiting experience for technologists/designers helpful.
- Experience coaching and advising entry level as well as mid-senior level career professionals.
- Knowledge of workshop/program design/development and management.
- Strong organizational and analytical skills.
- Demonstrated interest in current issues in design, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, global economics.
- Experience collaborating with business and technology executives and career professionals. Ability to effectively and persuasively represent the Jacobs Institute, College of Engineering and College of Environmental Design.
- Knowledge of career management, employer expectations, recruiting, staffing methods, and employment trends.
- Ability to excel in a fast-paced customer service oriented environment.
- Must be able to work regular evenings and weekends hours.
- Advanced knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice; workshop and program design.
- Advanced knowledge of UC programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, employment trends.
- MBTI and Career Leader Certification preferred.
- Strong design, engineering or technology background or experience advising individuals with those backgrounds on careers in a range of organizations and industries.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
**Salary commensurate with experience.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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