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Associate Director, Special Populations (4520U), Career Center - 43000
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 22, 2022
Title Associate Director, Special Populations (4520U), Career Center - 43000
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Student Services

Associate Director, Special Populations (4520U), Career Center - 43000

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

Berkeley's Career Center plays a critical role in preparing students for graduation and beyond. The Center helps undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent alumni make informed decisions about their futures by providing comprehensive resources, programs, career counseling, externships and internships, and employment and professional /graduate school options - whether they are building upon a liberal arts education, leveraging their academic preparation in business or engineering, envisioning a future in medicine, or seeking a career in the corporate or nonprofit workforce. In alignment with the Career Center's mission to advance equity and access to career resources for every student and recent alumnus, we are seeking an Associate Director to provide staff supervision and specialized counseling and programming for graduate students, students with disabilities, international and pre-health students to support their career readiness while fostering strong, collaborative relationships with faculty, staff and employers.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 5, 2022. Applications received by October 16, 2022 by 11:59pm PST will receive full consideration for this position.


Career Services Program Management:

  • Ensures that professional and support Career Services Specialists are providing the full range of career services pertaining to graduate students, international students, students with disabliities and pre-health students
  • Plans, develops and implements the delivery of career counseling and programs to the campus community.
  • Plays a primary role in facilitating and implementing key functions within counseling and programs areas such as systems management, data collection and analysis, and managing a constituency-based service model.
  • Provides assistance, guidance, and direction on complex and particularly sensitive issues and situations.
  • Provides feedback to management on gaps of service to clients, and recommends changes/enhancements to the program.
  • Represents the counseling unit on the Career Center's Management Team and contributes to the overall planning and development of unit-wide policies.
  • Ensures smooth working relationships with campus counterparts in colleges, departments, units (e.g., within Student Affairs and E&I), as well as, student groups and relevant alumni associations.
  • Monitors, counsels, and evaluates employee performance and provides direction, training and assistance to subordinates.
  • Recommends disciplinary action, hiring, and separation of employees when appropriate.

Career Counseling & Programs:

  • Counsels undergraduate and graduate students and alumni on career options and opportunities, including customized services for graduate students, international students, students with disabilities and pre-health students within specific academic disciplines.
  • Designs and delivers career-related programs and workshops.

Industry/Grad School Relations:

  • Develops relationships with employers that lead to enhanced industry knowledge, recruitment trends, and/or expanded opportunities for jobs, internships, and experiential learning.
  • Monitors admissions trends for grad/professional/health-related graduate schools.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling processes, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques.
  • Extensive knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice as well as workshop and program design.
  • Knowledge and/or ability to learn UC programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, and employment trends.
  • Ability to design and modify computer applications and to meet program needs, problem identification, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organizational skills.
  • Understanding and ability to work with and serve individuals from diverse backgrounds utilizing cross-cultural counseling skills.
  • Ability to manage a team of professional career specialists working with a wide range of distinct student populations and subject matter expertise.


  • Masters in Higher Education/Counseling or advanced degree in a related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume when applying.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

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