Job Details

University of California Santa Cruz
  • Position Number: 2024194
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Position Type: Career Counseling and Placement

Career Development Specialist - SILICON VALLEY CAMPUS

Location: Silicon Valley
Job ID: 12009

Initial Review Date (IRD)
UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit. 

Initial Review Date (IRD): 10-27-2020

Dept Marketing Statement
The UCSC Silicon Valley Extension is the leading workforce educator in the area, and is the only institution in the area to offer University of California-quality accredited courses designed by experienced instructors who are actually working in their field. We serve: 
  • New college graduates needing practical skills
  • People in the workforce looking to update skills or change direction
  • Lifelong learners interested in studying with industry experts in the heart of Silicon Valley

The Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz has based their graduate program in serious games at UCSC's Silicon Valley Campus. This is the first professional master's degree program in serious games offered in the United States.

Position Summary

Working under the general direction of the Director of Student Success at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension and the broader direction of the Senior Director of Corporate Development at the Baskin School of Engineering, the Director of Corporate Development and the Executive Director of UCSC Career Center, the Career Development Specialist - SILICON VALLEY CAMPUS develops and implements effective employer outreach and engagement strategies for the purpose of student placement and experiential opportunities, such as co-ops and internships. The Career Development Specialist leverages analytics for job development, employer outreach and student engagement; establishes short and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; oversees collection and analysis of employment data; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; manages and expands employer outreach and engagement; and provides counseling of students and alumni on career strategies and professional development; also works with the Career Center and UNEX to plan, organize and manage job fairs. 

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary Information: $60,000 - $75,000 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience. 

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full

Schedule Information: 
100% weekly
40 hours weekly
Day Shift 
Employee Classification: Career Appointment 

Job End Date: None 

Work Location: Silicon Valley  

Union Representation: None 

Job Duties
50% - Career Development    

Cultivates job opportunities for UCSC graduates, co-ops and internships for current students.

Develops and manages Silicon Valley based career fairs for all UCSC students.

Creates experiential opportunities, such as co-ops and internships.

Coordinates employer campus events and visits.

Enriches student experience and employability by building strong connections with potential employers.

Counsels Continuing Education students and alumni on career options and opportunities, including customized services for specific populations.

Helps clients identify their interests, values, skills, and personalities, and fosters their understanding of how these factors relate to academic / career satisfaction and choices.

Provides guidance to departments / colleges / schools on providing resources to meet students' career needs.

Helps with decision making, goal setting, action planning, and identifying internal / external obstacles to obtaining goals.

Identifies personal crisis situations and refers clients to appropriate resources.

Uses standard quantitative and qualitative assessments to help clients assess career goals.

Manages accounts and student access to career development tools such as resume builder systems, job boards, artificial intelligence (AI) training aids, etc.

30% - Outreach    

Develops and implements marketing and outreach programs to promote programs and services.

Modifies and conducts workshops and presents programs to meet the needs of students and staff.

In coordination with the Career Center, the Senior Director of Corporate Development at the Baskin School of Engineering and the Director of Corporate Partnerships, reaches out to and works with companies to establish job opportunities, internships, and co-ops for students. 

Maintains and enhances relationships with corporations and other organizations to develop and modify potential employer resources, and promotes employer resources to students and alumni.

15% - Research    

Researches, evaluates, and updates written and electronic career and educational resources.

Researches and organizes economic and employment trend data, and designs materials for presentation to students and organization professionals.

5% - Misc    

Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • 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 communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; presentation skills.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse cultures.
  • Good organization skills.
  • Willingness to reach out to HR departments at Silicon Valley-based corporations to help find internship, co-op, and employment opportunities for our students. 
  • Ability to modify computer applications to meet program needs.
  • Ability to identify problems.

View full job description and access on-line application:

To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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, 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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