Program Director, PhD Career and Professional Development
- University of California, San Francisco
- Location: San Francisco, California
- Category: Admin-Career Counseling and Placement
- Posting Date: 11/04/2021
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
Office of Career and Professional Development
Applying advanced professional career development concepts, the Program Director takes the lead on providing career and professional development for trainees pursing all career paths. They conduct strategic needs assessments of gaps in the career program, and plan and develop program improvements and new career services to help students /postdocs in career planning, setting career goals, and improving search competencies.
Researches, plans, and develops relationships with academic departments and graduate programs, higher ed institutions, and student and postdoc organizations to meet the career development needs of students and postdocs. Provides career counseling for populations that require special expertise, including PhD students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences.
The job may include the ability to lift up to 25 pounds.
The Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) teaches UCSF biomedical and health science students and postdocs the professional skills required for career success. The OCPD collaborates closely with the four schools and the Graduate Division to design evidenced-based interventions include programs, services, individual assistance, and online resources tailored to our populations.
- Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
- Minimum 5+ years of related experience
- Advanced knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling processes, 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 design and modify computer applications to meet program needs, problem identification, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills.
- Comfortable with and skilled in use of technology; ability to learn new technologies: demonstrated experience working with a broad range of Mac-based systems and software on a regular basis.
- Experience teaching or training adult learners
- Experience working in a university setting.
- Teaching skills and abilities: Document/record lesson plans, create and deliver clear presentations, design and use slides/whiteboard and other teaching aids effectively, engage students of various learning styles, formative assessment of learning (plus curriculum development skills listed above)
- Knowledge of research professions: Cultural nuances, skills needed for success, day-to-day activities and challenges. The person in this position will ensure that programs and services in career and professional skills development are appropriately tailored to this population.
- Knowledge of pedagogy in teaching skills
- Strong ability to work with people from diverse cultures.
- Professional interpersonal and collaborative skills: The person in this position will collaborate with students, scholars, staff, faculty, and administrators to develop, implement, publicize, and evaluate curricula; they will need to work with guest speakers to tailor presented content to UCSF student and scholar audiences. This person should be comfortable working with diverse populations.
- Writing skills: Communicate effectively via email with clients, contractors, and colleagues; create concise and clearly-written handouts and other written resources to help students develop professional skills; write event descriptions and other publicity materials.
- Independent: demonstrative experience working independently on complex, ongoing projects with minimal supervision.
- PhD degree in the sciences
- Curriculum development and program coordination skills: Define and prioritize learning objectives, identify and invite instructors; assess learning; archive handouts and other teaching aides, record changes to implement for improvements to future lessons.
- Knowledge of career options for doctoral-level scientists
- Knowledge of pedagogy for adult and professional learners: The person in this position will design and oversee curricula, teach, and supervise other instructors for Master’s-Doctoral- and Postdoctoral-level adult learners.
- Knowledge of pedagogy in interpersonal communication skills and leadership/management skills
- Knowledge of pedagogy in oral presentation skills
- Knowledge of pedagogy in written communication and editing skills
- Leadership skills: Demonstrated successful experience in a leadership position.
- Multimedia and publicity skills: The person in this position will propose, develop, and implement publicity materials to promote workshops, courses, and other services.
- Assessment and evaluation skills: Design evaluation tools/methods that can be used to assess the effectiveness of programs and services; analyze evaluation results.
- Group facilitation/meeting management skills: Ability to coordinate meetings and effectively facilitate group dynamics. For example, the person in this position will coordinate planning meetings for curriculum development, and moderate panel discussions among faculty and guest professionals.
- Tutoring, advising, counseling, and referral skills: advise individuals on how to prepare for future academic careers, and may assist individuals in developing their professional skills through one-on-one teaching; demonstrate the ability to maintain confidentiality of individuals who meet with him/her or other members of the office staff.
- Advanced knowledge of UC programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, employment trends.
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.
UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence – also known as our PRIDE values.
In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity – both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at diversity.ucsf.edu
Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California San Francisco 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, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.
Job Code and Payroll Title
004517 CAREER SVC SPEC 4
Professional and Managerial
99 - Policy-Covered (No Bargaining Unit)
Mission Bay (SF), Remote / Telecommute
Additional Shift Details
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm with both on-campus and remote work