Assistant Director, Career Development, School of Business

University of San Diego  |  San Diego, CA

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Posted 2 weeks ago Full-Time

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Position Title:

Assistant Director, Career Development, School of Business

Job Type: Career Services
Location: San Diego, CA
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 8,000 Students
Employer ID: 540


Housing for Position:
None provided
Housing for Position:
None provided
Masters Required
Major Preference:
No Preference
2-4 Years

Masters Required
Major Preference:
No Preference
2-4 Years

Position Description

Assistant Director, Career Development, School of Business; Career Development Center

Department Description:
The Career Development Center supports students in developing and achieving career goals that lead to meaningful lives.

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:

Duties & Responsibilities:

School of Business Career Development Initiatives and Support Strategic Planning

•In accordance with the mission and strategic plan of the Career Development Center and School of Business, develops and evaluates a comprehensive career development program to meet the needs of undergraduate students from the School of Business in partnership with the Senior Director of Student Professional Development
•Manages strategy and administration as well as develops, advocates, and implements events for the Passport Program, a Career Readiness Program (CRP)
•In collaboration with the Marketing Coordinator and the Assistant Director of Assessment and Planning, develops an Annual Career Development Center report for School of Business along with marketing and communicating CDev events and programming initiatives among SB stakeholders
•In collaboration with the Assistant Director of Assessment and Planning, measures the usage and effectiveness of the Career Development Center within the School of Business and using this information to improve upon the initiatives offered to students that will assist them in professional and career success.

Program Development

Coordinates and facilitates classroom presentations and workshops to meet the career development needs of students within the School of Business.
Creates, implements, and evaluates new Passport events and approves individual Passport activities such as completion of an internship, or community service learning project, or any other experiential learning or curricular based activity designated by the School of Business Student Professional Development team and Career Development Center to ensure student completion of Passport
Serves as the counselor lead on Business-specific Torero Treks and networking events.
Manages Business resume books
As determined by the Dean of the School of Business, it serves as a liaison with Advisory Boards or special tasks forces to ensure optimal career development programming.
Assists the Assistant Dean of Student Success in Academic Integrity charges with students who violate policies in place for the PASSPORT Program. Works with Assistant Dean of Student Success and Associate Director of Career Development on any health and wellness concerns involving student participation in PASSPORT.
Working with the Assistant Director of Employer Relations and SPDM team assists the School of Business administration in creating and/or expanding relationships with industry partners for the purpose of internship and full-time employment for Business majors.
Supports Career Development Center (CDEV) leadership in developing and executing CDEV strategy and programming and attend, promote and support related programming (Treks, Career Fairs, Resumania, etc)

Relationship Building and Liaison Roles

Collaborates with and builds strong partnerships with the School of Business administrators, faculty, and other campus partners in order to implement programs to meet the career development needs of School of Business students.
Specifically serves as the liaison to the student organizations and corresponding SPDMs/club advisors within the School of Business.
Partners with the Employer Relations team and SPDM team 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 School of Business.
Serves as the Career Development Center's liaison to Dean and Associate Dean of School of Business; attends Dean's meetings and strategic planning meetings.

Career Counseling

Provides individual career counseling (appointments and office hours advising) for School of Business students and recent alumni.
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.


•The Assistant Director, Career Development, School of Business will exercise supervision over the Career Development Center's Career Counselor, School of Business.
•Exercises supervision on any student intern or graduate assistant assistance on CDev and School of Business-related projects or programs.

Professional Development

•Represents the Career Development Center and School of Business 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 in related area (College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling, Human Resources, Business Administration)
•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)
Ability to plan and facilitate group presentations and workshops
Ability to work with community partners on and off campus; preference given to candidates with experience working with Business employers and majors
Demonstrated proficiency in one or more of the following:
program management
educational resources management
online resources management
graduate level intern supervision
Presentation, writing, and MS-Office skills
Ability to work collaboratively on team projects with diverse individuals
Flexibility and willingness to work early mornings, evenings and weekends as needed

Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of Career Services strategic planning.
Thorough knowledge of creating, implementing and evaluating career services programs offered in a university setting.
Thorough knowledge of recruiter outreach strategies.
Thorough knowledge of resume construction.
Thorough knowledge of interviewing techniques.
Thorough knowledge of job search strategies.
Thorough knowledge of career resources, career trends, and Internet resources.
Thorough knowledge of employment trends and current job market information for undergraduate business majors.
Considerable knowledge of School of Business mission and values and how these relate to execution of the department's mission and efforts.
Considerable knowledge of career counseling techniques and practice.
Considerable knowledge and use of online and library career development resources.
Considerable knowledge of cultural diversity issues.
Working knowledge of career assessment tools and interpretations.
Working knowledge of local, state and federal economies especially as this relates to employment.
Skill in written reports and verbal presentations on career development program strategies.
Skill in managing, mentoring and evaluating professional, clerical and student staff members.
Skill in identifying industry and economic trends an developing new programs in response to a changing environment.
Skill in advising and counseling undergraduate students and alumni.
Skill in public speaking and facilitating groups.
Skill in writing, public relations, and marketing techniques.
Skill in organizing and managing time effectively.
Skill in consulting/networking/building interpersonal relationships.
Skill in project and event management.
Ability to listen to and respond to the changing needs of students.
Ability to work positively and effectively within teams and with diverse populations.
Ability to conduct outreach to employment community and professional associations, alumni and professional colleagues.
Ability to work with MS programs including Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Ability to monitor and respond to changing work situations.
Ability to work independently and to complete projects and tasks on time.
Ability to be flexible in the management of multiple tasks and changing deadlines and plans.
Ability to travel as needed to on and off-campus sites.
Ability to set and meet objectives for professional development.

Special Conditions of Employment:

•Flexibility and willingness to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends as needed.
•Flexibility and enthusiasm for representing Career Development Center at major university and community events.

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.

Special Application Instructions:
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

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Hours: 40 hours per week

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

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