The University of California, Merced is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is $54,200-$94,800. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $64,000 - 75,000.
Job Closing Date
Initial applicant review will begin on or around June 1st, 2023. Posting will remain open until filled.
Remote/Hybrid eligibility: This position is fully on-site.
About UC Merced
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities for highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
The Merced 2020 Project, a $1.3 billion public-private partnership unprecedented in higher education and completed in 2020, nearly doubled the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced also operates the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
The university's mission of educational excellence and rigorous inquiry is powered by three schools and numerous research institutes and centers that seek scientific and social solutions for the Valley, California and the world. In partnership with UC San Francisco, UC Merced is preparing the way for a rigorous medical education program.
The course of UC Merced's evolution is piloted by a long-range strategic plan. Enacted in 2021, the 10-year blueprint is guiding how the values of equity and justice influence our pathway to earning Carnegie R1 research status, growing enrollment, upholding our identity as a minority-serving institution, and operationalizing how commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion are enacted in each campus unit.
About the Job
As part of an integrated Office of Leadership, Service and Career, the Student Career Center (SCC) team collectively support students, alumni and employers in achieving their career goals and outcomes. The Career Specialist will focus on specific student populations, including but not limited to, Undocumented students, students who have experienced the foster care system and incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system impacted students. This position will also be available to serve all UC Merced students.
The Career Specialist shall have experience and knowledge on the career, academic, and life needs of this particular set of students. This position creates, plans and manages high impact career programs associated with reaching, serving and engaging students with employers, student services, as well as other key constituencies that support the career readiness and success of students.
The Career Specialist will plan, create, and facilitate professional development workshops and programs. The Career Specialist also works to engage students in experiential learning through internships, micro-internships, and experiential education programs. This position engages employers (on and off-campus) to provide professional development programs to Undocumented students, students who have experienced the foster care system and incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system impacted students.
This position reports to the Assistant Director and supports the overall development and planning of high impact evidenced based career practices to ensure engagement of impacted student populations in partnership with the Calvin E. Bright Success Center and other campus and community partners.
Career Coaching and Education
Serves students by providing one-on-one career advising in appointment-based and drop-in formats on topics including but not limited to career and major exploration, job and internship search skills (networking, resume, cover letter, interviewing, job offer negotiation), and the graduate school application process.
Develops programs, and workshops to assist students in developing career options to include career identity, career readiness skills, networking, interviewing skills, applied experience and job search success.
Assists students in preparing for on and off-campus learning experiences. Coaches students on strategies to search and secure opportunities. Maintain and markets a list of current opportunities and regularly review experiential learning opportunities.
Integrates programming experiences for Undocumented students, students who have experienced the foster care system and incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system impacted students into the academic and broader student experience with a focus on providing context for culturally diverse first-generation students.
Educates students on use of career-curated, new, and emerging career readiness tools and resources.
Utilizes skills and experience to provide career assistance to students referred by campus partners; make referrals to other departments as needed.
Maintains strong working knowledge of diverse student needs and how diverse identities impact career development.
Experiential Learning and Program Development
Proactively seeks opportunities for outreach and collaboration with the Calvin E. Bright Success Center (provides learning support, transition programs, and individualized interventions which empower UC Merced students to be successful in their academic and personal development), academic advisors, faculty, student services departments, and student organizations to elevate experiential learning & co-curricular opportunities on and off-campus to ultimately help students find career success upon graduation.
Supports development of career development and experiential learning programs in assigned areas, leveraging career curated tools to scale reach and track engagement. Determines the most suitable and effective methods of delivery tracking engagement with targeted groups.
Collaborates with campus and external partners to provide services and experiential education programs that will enhance retention and graduation rates; maintain awareness of changes in curriculum.
Regularly interacts with staff, students, faculty, prospective students, alumni, and employer representatives.
Researches and analyzes labor market information to identify trends and provide recommendations for the identification and development of career pathways and experiential learning that will provide better access to and higher completion of degree programs.
Marketing & Engagement
Markets career related programming and experiential learning opportunities to students.
Assists in marketing and promotion of career education through social media, newsletters, and the Student Career Center website.
Maintain appropriate records, analytics, data, and surveys to enhance program planning.
Stays up to date with job trends, policies, desired skills, and career-related news that may impact Undocumented students, students who have experienced the foster care system and incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system impacted students.
Develops training materials and conduct training for students, professional staff and student assistant teams.
Represents UC Merced to various organizations on and off campus to enhance reputation.
Participates in university-hosted training and development opportunities that are applicable to the performance of job requirements and compliance.
Engages in associations, organizations with alumni and employers to further internships, professional development and career opportunities.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited university. (Required)
Advanced degree in a related field from an accredited university. (Preferred)
3 years of progressively responsible related experience or equivalent training and experience. (Required)
CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Prior experience in providing career, academic, personal, advising for college students on a one to one and group basis.
Knowledgeable of the career development needs of Undocumented students, students who have experienced the foster care system and incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, and system impacted students. (Preferred)
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work with a diverse set of colleagues, supervises, administrators, students, employers, faculty, staff, visitors and other parties. (Preferred)
A degree of proficiency with technology and data analytics, social media and presentation software. Ability to present to large and small audiences. (Preferred)
Ability to work with people from diverse cultures.
Ability to present before small to large audiences on career readiness topics. (Preferred)
Background check and fingerprinting will be required.
How to Apply: An online application is required for each position to apply. The University of California, Merced is aware that some web-based application processes may be cumbersome for differently abled applicants. Where appropriate, alternative accommodations will be provided. For applicants with disabilities who need additional assistance using TAM, or reasonable accommodations during the interview or search process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy. UC Merced intentionally promotes and maintains a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace by demonstrating it neither condones nor tolerates employment practices that discriminate against or harass any person or specific group of persons on the basis listed above. We seek candidates who will support our vision to cultivate a vibrant, equity-minded, inclusive excellence university community. When applying to UC Merced, we strongly encourage you to reflect on our Principles of Community and our 2021 strategic plan.
Vaccination Program Policy:
As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 days after their first date of employment.
Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy: The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.
E-Verify: 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.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.