University of California Santa Cruz — Senior Career Engagement Specialist – Engineering

Senior Career Engagement Specialist – Engineering

Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 20867

Initial Review Date (IRD)
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Initial Review Date (IRD): 08-11-2021

Dept Marketing Statement
The Senior Career Engagement Specialist is a technical leader with STEM industry knowledge who can function with a high degree of autonomy to provide career readiness support and guidance to students entering into engineering and technical disciplines. The Senior Career Engagement Specialist researches, plans and develops meaningful relationships with key faculty, alumni, and industry leaders in order to enhance curriculum, to ensure that UCSC engineering students are well equipped for the rapidly changing workforce and to increase employment and experiential opportunities. The Senior Career Engagement Specialist conducts strategic needs assessments of gaps in career programs and student skills and develop programs to help students and alumni improve competencies. The incumbent also provides advising and targeted programming that will allow PhD and Master level engineers explore the plethora of career paths both inside and outside of academia. This position is the result of a joint venture between UCSC Career Success and the Baskin School of Engineering. The Senior Career Engagement Specialist will be located in the Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE) and will also be part of the Career Success team.

UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. Progressive, bold, fearless education that benefits both the individual and the planet.

The Division of Student Affairs and Success provides campus-wide coordination and leadership for student success programs and activities across departments, divisions, colleges, and administrative units. The Student Affairs and Success Division includes Career Success, the Student Success Resource Centers, Dean of Students, Student Conduct, and Student Health, which all provide direct services and resources to students. The Mission of UCSC Career Success is to prepare students for what they want to do with their lives by developing relevant career skills.  Career Success envisions that Banana Slugs change the world, wherever they are, however they can.

The Office of Student Excellence, Engagement, and Inclusion (SEEI) in the Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE) is responsible and accountable for the operation, development and implementation of programs and services in student outreach and recruitment, student development and academic enrichment specific to Baskin Engineering. The Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE), the first professional school at UC Santa Cruz, was founded in 1997. Over the past 25 years, BSOE has become a unique 21st century school of engineering and technology. BSOE comprises six departments that deliver a strong educational foundation combined with experiential learning and numerous research centers and institutes that engage in cutting-edge research. The departments comprise Applied Mathematics, Biomolecular Engineering, Computational Media, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Statistics.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary Information: $66,300 – $75,000 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
No. of Positions: 1
Benefits Level Eligibility: Full Benefits
Schedule Information: Full-time, Fixed 100%
Hours: 40
Days of Week: M – F
Shift: Days
Employee Classification: Career
Job End Date: None
Job Code Classification: [004517] CAREER SVC SPEC 4
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus, Baskin Engineering
Union Representation: None

Job Duties
50%: Engineering Initiatives and Student Engagement 

Conduct career coaching for engineering students (BS, MS, and PhD) at BSOE through workshops and other experiences in ways that are engaging, culturally conscious, and effective. 

Oversee, develop, and implement educational opportunities, networking events, industry panels, boutique recruiting forums, industry treks, and other programming initiatives for BSOE students through collaboration with alumni and other tech industry leaders.

Monitor engineering student interests and engagement patterns, as well as workplace and industry trends in order to guide programmatic initiative with a lens for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Conduct strategic needs assessments of gaps in career programs and student skills, and utilizes technical experience, to develop and deliver a portfolio of complex programs and initiatives through SEEI designed to help engineering students and alumni discover and prepare for career pathways, articulate their career-ready and transferable skills, and build community that propels their career aspirations. Initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing, implementing, and sustaining a multicultural career readiness leadership program for engineering student leaders; build the curriculum, develop the outreach and marketing plan, and implement the program.
  • Researching, identifying and building an engineering alumni industry board; curate quarterly think tanks strategizing ways to support and connect students to alumni leaders.
  • Collaborating with Development staff to identify and secure funding for a Recruiter in Residence Program. Develop and implement the program.
  • Designing and implementing a technical interviewing program for engineering students.
  • Developing targeted programs for engineering PhD and Master students helping them to explore both academic and non-academic career paths and provide guidance on salary negotiation and creating networks.
  • Developing employment events specifically geared for engineering PhD and Masters students to connect with employers and alumni from various industry sectors who are seeking technical applicants or who can provide technical advice

Collect and analyze participation, engagement, and outcome data in order to assure quality and improve student engagement; prepare quarterly and annual reports as requested and as helpful for BSOE and other identified university partners. Manages program improvement processes.

30%: Relationship Development and Strategic Planning

Research, identify and connect with local, Silicon Valley, national and international employers and corporations to strengthen existing, build new, and cultivate strategic partnerships in order to bring experiential learning, internships, and full-time opportunities to engineering students

Collaborate with Baskin's Development Staff to provide support and resources to keys employers looking to recruit engineering students

Identify, implement, and manage technology systems, programs and resources that enhance and accelerate the networking and connections process for students, employers, and alumni, in tech industry areas.

Bring technical experience and STEM industry knowledge to conversation with faculty and staff in order to enhance curriculum to ensure students are learning applicable skills to be successful in today's workforce

Stay abreast of economic forecasts and STEM industry trends.

In collaboration with the Career Success team, develop and implement an annual engagement strategic plan to support the following:

  • Engagement with engineering/tech industry to increase employer participation within programs and recruiting efforts.
  • Engagement with BSOE and two assigned colleges to deepen existing and cultivate new collaborative relationships with administrators, faculty, and staff and to identify opportunities for collaborative programming. 
  • Engagement with UCSC Engineering Alumni to strengthen existing and build new relationships in order to bring expert advice, mentorship, professional networks and employment opportunities to UCSC students.


15%: Curriculum and E-Learning Design 

Collaborates with BSOE faculty and SEEI in course design and development to incorporate the needs of employer partners and emerging fields in engineering.

Design, create and maintain e-learning content (tutorials, asynchronous Canvas modules, worksheets/guides, blended learning toolkits, audio and video content, website/blog content, case studies, etc.) which transform career success topics into engaging instruction.

Be the voice of the learner, ensuring that their needs are at the forefront of our content efforts and help our team iterate and improve on our content offerings.

5%: Continuous Benchmarking and University Representation

Ensure continuous enhancements through local, regional, and national benchmarking with career coaching peers and robust industry networks. 

Update position-related skills by participating in appropriate professional development offerings throughout the year. 

Represent UCSC Career Success and BSOE through active involvement and leadership in regional and national associations.

Required Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Substantial experience in career services, development, technical recruiting, technical sales, engineering/tech or related field.
  • Experience providing individualized support for career path planning to engineering or technically focused students or individuals.
  • Advanced knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling process, career coaching techniques, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice; workshop and program design.
  • Strong ability to build new and enhance existing relationships with constituents inside and outside of an organization.
  • Strong ability to design and modify computer applications to meet program needs, problem identification, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills.
  • Strong demonstrated ability to work with people from diverse cultures.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple, on-going programs and services.
  • Demonstrates strong problem-solving skills.

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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.