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Assistant Director, Graduate Career Management, MS Programs

Santa Clara University

Job Description

The Assistant Director, with input from the Sr. Director, develops and implements short and long range goals, objectives, and strategies relating to the career training and coaching programs; manages and delivers career management workshops with assistance from Graduate Business Career Management (GBCM) staff and outside experts; develops, implements, and manages targeted corporate relations activities, career workshops and events

and materials and resources necessary to support career development; manages multifaceted relationships with staff, faculty, alumni, and students; and provides career coaching to individuals and groups. The Assistant Director takes an active role in local, regional, or national professional associations and organizations to support the career advancement of all Graduate Business Program (GBP) students, with direct responsibility for MS programs, and to build and enhance the reputation of the Leavey School of Business and the Graduate Business Programs in the corporate community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1. Career Consulting

Provide comprehensive career consulting for GBP students, tailored mostly to MS student needs and the intermittent support of other GBP students and alumni, as needed, to support excellence in GBCM service delivery.

Guide domestic and international students on long and short-term career strategy action plan development; engaging them in GBCM programming and services, and tracking career readiness; ensuring consistent and comprehensive reporting on all advisement activity.

Leverage industry and business experience to deliver information to students on career development and transition, job search strategies, employment market trends, empowering students to compete for employment opportunities.

Administer, and provide vocational assessment tool (e.g., CareerLeader,) counseling, helping students to develop self-awareness, clear career aspirations, and career paths.

2. Program Management

Develop, manage and implement select career events, workshops and programs to educate students on all aspects of career management and the job search process, preparing students to secure full-time and internship opportunities.

Implement innovative career management programming to enhance student career readiness, i.e., create GBCM programming for admissions events including career management orientation presentations, pre-term onboarding student career readiness programming, professional development co-curricular programming and facilitate job search readiness groups as needed.

Provide program management support for various GBCM operations, including maintenance of career tools resources and career services platforms (e.g., 12Twenty (GBCM Career+) Platform,Handshake, GBCM social media tools, GBCM website); tracking and evaluation for reporting (GBCM events survey, GBCM employment survey, GBCM student profile survey)

Drive strategic initiatives for growth and development of employer relation initiatives, focused primarily on MS students with some responsibility for MBA students.

3. Corporate Outreach and Relationship Development

Develop and maintain strong connections with prospective employers and alumni to engage with GBCM and Graduate Business Program students to enhance outreach and advising capabilities.

Enhance student employment outcomes through proactive engagement with employers to refer potential candidates and influence companies/alumni to recruit Graduate Business Program students.

Develop programs to help promote employment opportunities among the GBP student population, such as employer information sessions, company treks, executive panels, and symposiums.

Manage processes to communicate timely, relevant recruiting information to students, GBP staff and others as appropriate.

Represent the GBCM at select corporate events and professional conferences, as needed.

4. Other duties as assigned.


The Assistant Director, MS Programs Career Development, Programming and Outreach, has the role of (1) Career Consulting -serving as an advisor and career coach for a multi -national GBP student population ; focused primarily on MS students with some responsibility for MBA, students. (2) Program Management -facilitating career transition, career choice/job search process, career development and job search strategies; including developing and implementing appropriate career programming to support job search efforts; (3) Corporate Outreach – growing and strengthening corporate and government relations with employers, executive recruiters and SCU Alumni to promote the talents and skills of Graduate Business Programs students for internships, practicums and employment opportunities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred.

This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.

May be required to travel to other buildings on and off the campus.

May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area or in- or

out-of-state locations.

May be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, vendors or suppliers.

May be required to perform light duty lifting 5-25lbs.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Typical office environment.

Mostly indoor office environment with windows.

Offices with equipment noise.

Offices with frequent interruptions.

Flexibility to work late evenings and weekends on and off the campus.


Experience in managing graduate business career development programs, understanding of career advisement and coaching frameworks, employer relations, networking, placement highly desired.

Knowledge of and interest in finance, entrepreneurship, and technology industries preferred.

Appreciation for the diverse academic and professional aspirations of students in varied business disciplines.

It is vital that all candidates seeking employment not only be committed to, but also demonstrate skills, knowledge and values necessary for serving the unique needs of Santa Clara University's diverse campus community.

Understanding and support of the Jesuit tradition of education and a commitment to the fundamental values of service to others, community, and diversity.


Strong planning and multi-tasking skills. Ability to simultaneously manage multiple industry clients and individual student cases and accurately track student data. Strong networking abilities.

Cultivates personal and professional networks to generate business and/or sales and form partnerships and/or alliances. Ability to build targeted campaigns to engage employers.

Self-directed and motivated. Ability to take initiative on projects; to work independently and as part of teams and with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Adaptability, must be able to demonstrate comfort with adjusting effectively to change, including new people, ideas, assignments and procedures


Proven excellent oral and written communication skills, demonstrated presentation skills; exceptional attention to detail and editing ability highly desired

Proficiency in Google Workspace,knowledge of social media primarily LinkedIn. Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; ability to perform data analysis with Excel and familiarity with Canva highly desired.

Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive data.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree required; Master degree in business, education, counseling, or a related field preferred.

Three to five years of professional experience in a

University or corporate setting with some direct career services experience necessary; counseling and career advisement, program management, or industry experience in corporate recruiting, talent management, or career placement activities desirable.

EEO Statement

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer,

committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a

qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

Santa Clara University annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Santa Clara University report, please go to the Campus Safety Services website. To request a paper copy please call Campus Safety at (408) 554-4441. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences. Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees. Santa Clara University does not sponsor work visas for staff positions. If hired,

individuals must independently provide proof of their eligibility to work in the United States.

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