Career Engagement Specialist - Diversity & Equity

University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Career Engagement Specialist - Diversity & Equity
Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 34539


UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.

Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.


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The IRD for this job is: 05-18-2022


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


The Division of Student Affairs and Success provides campus-wide coordination and leadership for student success programs and activities across departments, divisions, colleges, and administrative units. The Student Affairs and Success Division includes Career Success, the Student Success Resource Centers, Dean of Students, Student Conduct, and Student Health, which all provide direct services and resources to students.

The Mission of UCSC Career Success is to prepare students for what they want to do with their lives by developing relevant career skills. Career Success envisions that Banana Slugs change the world, wherever they are, however they can. Furthermore, the Career Engagement team centers their work around:
● Care (holistic, equitable, intersectional, anti-racist practices)
● Career (cultivating a career-engaged ecosystem that enables discovery and preparation for career pathways, developing career ready and transferable skills)
● Community (affirming and building community cultural wealth, nurturing meaningful affinity and industry connections)

UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. Progressive, bold, fearless education that benefits both the individual and the planet.

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Reporting to the Associate Director of Career Engagement, the Career Engagement Specialist is responsible for advancing and activating a career-engaged campus ecosystem by developing and implementing major programs, systems, and initiatives designed to teach students the life-long continuous process of personal and career development and foster meaningful connections with industry and alumni. This professional serves as a direct liaison to students, administrators, faculty, and staff and collaboratively cultivates relationships with companies, organizations, and alumni in affinity groups related to diversity and inclusion initiatives. The Career Engagement Specialist provides career coaching to help students from all majors discover and prepare for career pathways, articulate their career ready and transferable skills, and build community that propels their career aspirations. This role empowers students to use their agency to make educated decisions as they reflect on their talents and explore the ever-changing landscape of careers through innovative and strategic connections.


Salary Information: Salary Range: $55,100 - $63,500 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 004516 (CAREER SVC SPEC 3)

Travel: Never or Rarely


30% - Campus and Industry Relationship Development and Management

  • Fully engage the university network in support of student career success by developing new and deepening existing collaborative relationships with administrators, faculty, and staff as a consultant to Resource Centers/EOP/STARS, two assigned colleges, and other identified university partners.
  • Actively seek approaches to expand and meaningfully scale Career Success’ reach across campus to activate a career-engaged campus culture integrated throughout the entire student lifecycle.
  • Facilitate strategic planning with Resource Centers/EOP/STARS, and two assigned colleges, to identify opportunities for collaborative programming and/or to utilize career success e-learning content.
  • Consult with Resource Centers/EOP/STARS, and two assigned colleges, on best practices to have career success conversations and industry engagement with students.
  • Track and maintain records on career engagement activity among Resource Centers/EOP/STARS, and two assigned colleges.
  • In collaboration with the entire Career Success team, develop and implement an annual strategic plan to support industry engagement increasing employer participation within programs and recruiting efforts.
  • Cultivate and coordinate strategic partnerships with new employers, alumni, key organizations, and other external entities in assigned industry areas; in collaboration with colleagues internally and across UCSC.
  • Initiate, promote, and steward these relationships to expand engagement opportunities, professional networks, mentoring, and recruitment of students.

30% - Program Implementation and Industry Engagement

  • Monitor student interests and engagement patterns, as well as workplace and industry trends to guide strategic planning and programmatic initiative with a lens for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Develop and deliver a portfolio of programs and initiatives designed to help students discover and prepare for career pathways, articulate their career ready and transferable skills, and build community that propels their career aspirations.
  • In collaboration with the Recruiting and Events Specialist, facilitate the process of establishing meaningful connections between students, industry, and alumni by implementing educational opportunities, networking events, industry panels, career fairs, boutique recruiting forums, industry treks, and other programming initiatives.
  • Identify, implement, and manage technology systems, programs and resources that enhance and accelerate the networking and connections process for employers, alumni, and students in assigned industry areas.
  • Collect and analyze participation and engagement data of programs in order to assure quality and improve student engagement, preparing quarterly and annual reports as requested and as helpful for Resource Centers/EOP/STARS and two assigned colleges.
  • Recommends initiatives and implements changes to improve quality and achieve learning outcomes
  • Manage incoming requested programs from campus partners by overseeing/improving request intake process, facilitating team discussions around scheduling and capacity, then delegating appropriately.

25% - Student Engagement

  • Advance the quality, and inclusive and equitable practice of career coaching by researching and facilitating training for the career engagement team.
  • Conduct career coaching for students through workshops and other experiences in ways that are engaging, culturally conscious, and effective.
  • Leverage industry insights to provide relevant experiences, trainings and guidance to students.
  • Connect students to resources, industry, alumni, and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Design and deliver experiences, trainings, workshops and events for students on foundational and advanced career success topics.
  • Collect and analyze outcomes data in order to assure quality and improve student engagement, preparing quarterly and annual reports as requested and as helpful for the Resource Centers/EOP/STARS and two assigned colleges.
  • May develop and teach courses that promote the career success of students.

10% - E-Learning Design and Content Creation

  • Design and create e-learning content (tutorials, asynchronous Canvas modules, worksheets/guides, blended learning toolkits, audio and video content, website/blog text, case studies, etc.) which transform career success topics into engaging instruction.
  • Review department materials and processes for areas of improvement.
  • Catalog and maintain updated content and e-learning resources.
  • Be the voice of the learner, ensuring that their needs are at the forefront of our content efforts and help our team iterate and improve on our content offerings.

5% - Continuous Benchmarking and University Representation

  • Ensure continuous enhancements through local, regional, and national benchmarking with career coaching peers and robust industry networks.
  • Update position-related skills by participating in appropriate professional development offerings throughout the year.
  • Represent UCSC Career Success through active involvement and leadership in regional and national associations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training
  • Strong knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling process, career coaching techniques, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques
  • Thorough knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice; workshop and program design
  • Ability to design and modify computer applications to meet program needs
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Written communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures
  • Effective time management, administrativeand organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Problem identification skills; demonstrates strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to build new and enhance existing relationships with constituents inside or outside of an organization
  • Strong knowledge of unique barriers to career development facing students from diverse cultures and how to support them


  • Knowledge of UC programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, and employment trends
  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.


  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment 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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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