September 03, 2016
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Assistant Director, Career Education

University of California - Merced - Merced, CA

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    University of California - Merced University of California - Merced
  • Location
    Merced, CA
  • Job Type
  • Job Classification
    Full Time
  • Experience
    Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
  • Education
    Masters Degree
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Job Description

Assistant Director, Career Education

Job Category:

Student Services


Center for Career and Professional Advancement

Position Code:




Closing Date:

Review of applications will begin on August 26, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.


$60,000-$66,000 Annually



Background check:

Background check may be required


The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With close to 6,700 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students.

UC Merced s Center for Career and Professional Advancement won the 2015 Career Services Excellence award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) for its innovative student professional development programs and employer relations initiatives.

The Assistant Director for Career Education is responsible for the implementation of innovative University-wide programs and initiatives that support the professional and career development of students and alumni. Acts as a liaison to the academic and co-curricular communities at UC Merced, as well as employers and community partners locally, nationally and globally. Collaboratively develops relationships and integrates services with faculty and other campus services including, but not limited to Civic Leadership and Community-based Learning, Souza Leadership Center, Undergraduate Education, Graduate Division, Admissions and Enrollment Management, Alumni Affairs, and other co-curricular programs. Plans, implements, and conducts outreach workshops, presentations, and programs to educate and inform students, faculty/staff, and administrators about career programs and services. Coaches students and alumni on all areas of career development and career management including resume writing, interviewing and presentation skills, job/internship search techniques and networking. Assists with the department web and social media presence through all channels. In close collaboration with the director, will determine how best to collect, analyze, and tell the narrative of the Center's success to both internal and external stakeholders. Represents the Center at meetings, conferences, and on committees, as needed or as requested by the Director. Serves on the center's leadership team and participates in developing strategic goals, objectives and initiatives.

The Assistant Director oversees approximately 4 FTE, plus contract staff and student workers. May be required to work occasional nights and weekends, as needed.



Qualified candidates will have a minimum three year's relevant experience in career services, recruiting, higher education, training, human resources, business, education or equivalent combination of experience required.

Master's degree required. Degree in College Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education, Human Resource Management, MBA, Counseling, professional degree or related preferred.

Demonstrated knowledge of the administrative structure and academic programs of a research university, with specific knowledge of student career development required.

Excellent supervisory experience in a service-oriented environment required.

Honed skills in collaboration and project management required.

Excellent career coaching and facilitation skills to engage students required.

Ability to navigate, prioritize and effectively communicate with complex network of internal and external constituents required.

Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise sound judgment and act with discretion required.

Knowledge of program assessment, evaluation methodology and survey techniques required.

Ability to identify needs of diverse populations and create programs and services designed to meet their unique requirements required.

Must be a self-starter and able to work independently preferred.

Ability to take risks, assess and shift priorities and adapt to rapidly changing environment preferred.

Ability to effectively counsel graduate students as well as alumni with more advanced career development issues preferred.

Familiarity with technology and its role enhancing the delivery of career services to students and alumni preferred.

Familiarity with social media preferred.

Perform other duties as designed required.

To Apply:

Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

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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 or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

E-Verify: Effective September 8, 2009, all employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.
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