Asst Director CAS Undergrad Career Development Ctr

Job description

Posting #: 3456
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Office of Career Services

Position Title & Department:

Asst Director CAS Undergrad Career Development Ctr; Career Development Center

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Department Description:

The Career Development Center supports students in developing and achieving career goals that lead to meaningful lives by guiding students as they explore majors and define purposeful career paths, teaching students how to articulate their strengths, and providing opportunities to build professional networks.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The purpose of this role is to provide strategic oversight of career development in the College of Arts and Sciences and the COMPASS program. This role will manage the career counseling needs of CAS students and collaborate with faculty and the Dean's Office to ensure career-related programmatic needs are met. This role will also directly supervise the Career Counselor designated for CAS undergraduate students.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Career Counseling

  • Provides individual career counseling (appointments and drop-in advising) for College of Arts and Sciences students and alumni in the areas of career planning, job and internship search, and graduate school planning.
  • Counsels students on decisions regarding the relationship of major to career choice and/or graduate school, researching occupational information, and conducting informational interviews.
  • Teaches students how to develop an individualized job search plan, prepare a resume and cover letter, and participate effectively in a variety of interview settings.
  • Critiques students’ written materials including resumes, cover letters, and personal statements, and offers direct, personalized feedback.
  • Conducts individual mock interviews and offers verbal feedback to improve student effectiveness in securing employment or graduate school acceptance.
  • Has experience in coaching, counseling, and/or advising diverse liberal arts student populations, particularly BIPOC students, about career development or career exploration topics.
  • Demonstrates passion and enjoyment working with liberal arts students.
  • Provides mentorship for BIPOC students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences through the act of exploring the intersection of identity & careers.

Strategic Planning and Program Development In accordance with the mission and strategic plan of the Career Development Center and College of Arts and Sciences

  • Develops and evaluates a comprehensive career development program to meet the needs of undergraduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Must be able to keep track of multiple deadlines for their team, communicate effectively in a timely manner with a large team, have attention to detail, and committed to following through on a project.
  • Oversees the administration of the College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development COMPASS program.
  • Able to demonstrate knowledge and skills through innovative ideas and programming for liberal arts students & the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Develops, delivers, and assesses presentations and programs addressing career exploration, the intersection of identity and career, communication (resume, cover letters, and interviews), job/internship search strategy, networking, and graduate/professional school preparation specifically for undergraduate students within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Serves as the Career Development Center’s liaison to Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences Attends monthly College of Arts & Sciences Dean's meetings and annual strategic planning retreat In collaboration with Associate Director, oversees the development and implementation of the College Professional Development Compass Program In collaboration with Marketing Coordinator, develops an Annual Career Services report for College of Arts and Sciences In collaboration with Assistant Director for Planning and Assessment, measures the usage and effectiveness of Career Services within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Liaison Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with and builds strong partnerships with the College of Arts and Science administrators and faculty in order to implement programs to meet the career development needs of College of Arts and Sciences students.
  • Specifically serves as the liaison to the Pre-Health Advising Office and Undergraduate Office of Research and faculty within the science and math departments.
  • Partners with the Employer Relations staff to develop and maintain relationships with employers, parents, graduate schools, and alumni from various sectors and industries to increase internship, job, and graduate school opportunities for students and alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Supervision Supervises and manages the College of Arts and Sciences Career Counselor position in consultation with the Associate Director of the Career Development Center

  • Conducts annual performance evaluation with a career counselor.
  • Practices and implements anti-racist leadership, relationship management, and supervision frameworks.

Professional Development Represents the Career Development Center and College of Arts and Sciences at professional conferences and meetings

  • Serves as a liaison to professional associations in order to stay abreast of current developments in career counseling, graduate school and employment trends.

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in related area (including but not limited to liberal arts, counseling, higher education/student affairs, etc. )
  • Minimum of 3 years full-time experience in a university or industry setting providing career-related exploration, advising, coaching, or discernment advice to students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference of 3-5 years or more of experience working in a university Career Center
  • Strong knowledge of career development topics including assessments, resumes and cover letters, job and internship search strategies, interviewing, and LinkedIn
  • Demonstrated proficiency in developing professional and collaborative relationships with students, alumni, staff, administrators, faculty, employers, and parents; proven ability to collaborate and develop programming with multiple campus partners
  • Working knowledge and awareness of college student development theories, career development theories, and/or counseling theories, particularly for liberal arts students
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Understands & respects identities lived experiences and worldviews.
  • Addresses systemic issues within career development space
  • Proficiency in program development and evaluation; demonstrated ability to develop and measure student learning outcomes
  • Experience with administering and interpreting career assessments such as the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to write/edit professional correspondence and reports
  • Strong public speaking skills; demonstrated ability to present to students, faculty, administrators, and parents
  • Experience supervising counselors, graduate students and/or student workers, including conducting evaluations
  • Knowledge of graduate school admission process; experience advising students on the application process, required prerequisites, and personal statement/statement of purpose
  • The ability to manage time effectively while working on multiple projects
  • Experience working with Career Management System (Symplicity, Handshake, 12Twenty)

Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of counseling theories and practice
  • Knowledge of career development theories and practice
  • Familiarity with current research
  • 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
  • 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
  • Management skills
  • Consulting/networking/interpersonal skills
  • Group communication and facilitation skills
  • Needs assessment and interpretation skills
  • Project planning, managing, and evaluation skills
  • Ability to supervise
  • 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

Tools & Equipment Used:

Personal computer with MS-based software and Internet connection, telephone and voicemail system, audio-visual equipment (laptop computer, LCD projector, television), printer, fax machine, photocopier. Experience with Career Management System software preferred.

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.

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 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

Special Application Instructions:

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 [email protected]

Additional Details:

Hours: 40

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, visit

Advertised: May 07, 2021 Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled




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Job No:
Posted: 5/8/2021
Application Due: 7/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time