Director of Career Development (4517U) - Jacobs Institute

University of California, Berkeley
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Director of Career Development (4517U) - Jacobs Institute About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

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 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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 11/5/21


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.

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, College Relations and others, research, develop, and execute new programs and outreach services to educate, coach, and continuously update students, alumni, and other parties interested in career development opportunities and options. This includes programs and services to support students with internships or other professional placements during and following the MDes program.
  • Develop customized services and provide tailored content to support outreach efforts. Make use of a variety of marketing strategies and methods from in-person networking and seminars to large-scale virtual events, webinars, and use of social media.
  • Participate in and may co-sponsor key programs and MDes events, e.g. Visit Day, orientation, MDes Commencement reception, etc.
  • Work with graduate student groups to ensure alignment of student career desires with plans to target companies and to provide general recruiter feedback on their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • Research and analyze economic and employment trend data to provide context for marketing decisions and support outreach efforts. Develop presentations for CoE/CED management, students and campus professionals.
  • Establish metrics to track utilization of services, including advising and workshops/Webinars. Compile data for program evaluation and to aid in marketing.
  • Manage career program improvement processes. Regularly conduct needs assessments, and evaluate program effectiveness. Collaborate with faculty and other members of the University community to update, enhance, or eliminate programs.
  • Present sensitive and difficult information about the career program, including presentations to the media and the public.
  • Manage career development services logistics and information systems. Use thorough knowledge of career program and information systems to build applications and improve web sites and other supporting technologies.

    30% Career Planning Advising: Students and Alumni:

  • Provide career advising in particularly complex areas that requires specialized expertise in working with junior as well as mid- to senior-level individuals who are looking to advance in their careers or switch entirely to another function and/or industry.
  • Use standard quantitative and qualitative assessments to help MDes students assess career goals. Guide students and alumni by providing decision making and goal setting tools helping them to identify interests, values, skills, and internal/external obstacles to obtaining goals. Identify personal crisis situations and refer students to appropriate resources.
  • Develop and conduct workshops and programs to meet students' needs. Organize and facilitate workshops to convey current trends in the workplace and job search process, such as a panel of both contingency and retained recruiters.
  • Provide resources and support to MDes students to secure internships or other professional opportunities both during and following the completion of the program.
  • Ensure that students have current information about specific job markets and about recruiter perceptions by educating career advisors and communicating directly with students.
  • Meet regularly with Executive Director and College Relations to develop and implement alumni marketing and outreach programs. Establish protocols and programs for serving Alumni, locally and in other regions. Travel as needed to meet program goals.

    30% Network and Relationship Building:

  • Establish new relationships with corporations and other organizations related to career services and internship opportunities for MDes students and alumni
  • Identify and contact companies about recruiting MDes students both on and off campus.
  • Work proactively to strengthen relationships with recruiting companies in designated industries. Assist them in developing and executing recruiting and marketing strategies. Coordinate recruiter relationships with UC Berkeley Career Center as appropriate.
  • Build long term relationships with students and alumni in mid and senior level positions. Facilitate networking opportunities among students and alumni/contacts in industry.
  • Promote employment, networking, and corporate sponsorship opportunities to appropriate student populations.

    Required Qualifications
    • 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.

    Preferred Qualifications
    • 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.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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