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Director of Professional Development and Career Preparation
University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon
Date Posted 05/11/2022
Admin-Career Counseling and Placement
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Apply now Job no:529463
Work type:Officer of Administration
Location:Eugene, OR
Categories:Administrative/Professional, Executive/Management/Director

Department: Division of Graduate Studies
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: Starts at $65,000; commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2021-2022
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

May 30, 2022; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

In addition to your online application, please include the following:
1) A current resume.
2) A cover letter that clearly articulates how your knowledge and experience make you an ideal candidate for this position and how you meet the minimum and if applicable, preferred qualifications for the position.

Department Summary

The Division of Graduate Studies is the administrative office with ultimate responsibility for policy and procedures relevant to graduate education and graduate students. Its programs and services affect nearly 4,000 graduate students and almost 90 graduate degree programs. The Division of Graduate Studies’ core purpose is to promote graduate education by fostering the excellence, retention, innovation, and impact of all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The Division of Graduate Studies values excellence, discovery, inclusiveness, service, fairness, responsibility, and community.

Position Summary

The Director of Professional Development and Career Preparation will embrace a holistic approach to graduate student success and impact, collaborating with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, campus partners, and larger communities to support wellbeing- and impact-centered initiatives with an emphasis on the unique needs of graduate students. The Director of Professional Development is responsible for promoting the professional development and career preparation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Promotion will include coordinating, designing, supporting, executing, and assessing university-wide programs; administering the Division’s scholarships and awards portfolio; and coordinating administration, analysis, and reporting of student surveys and resultant data.

The Director will also work with academic departments to initiate and improve intra-departmental professional development opportunities and services for graduate students and postdocs and will research and share best practices with campus partners. This position will cultivate and publicize university-wide services for graduate students’ and postdoctoral fellows’ professional skill development, career development, and research funding competitiveness by drawing upon university programs and resources and by seeking and developing external resources. This position will manage, implement, and evaluate initiatives supporting graduate student and postdoc success, including several annual large-scale events, and administering and using student survey data to inform professional development programming and Division strategic planning.

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor's degree
• Experience leading teams, supervising staff, or managing projects
• Experience with strategic planning and implementation and evaluation of strategic plan impacts
• Experience advising, providing career guidance, and/or student services

Professional Competencies

• Knowledge of and experience in best practices in professional development and career
• Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and customer-service orientation
• Demonstrated ability to set priorities and meet deadlines while managing multiple projects
• Experience in data-based review and assessment of the effectiveness of programs
• Data management and analysis skills
• Technical aptitude and ability to navigate and utilize technology for program administration
and service delivery
• Demonstrated experience with and/or commitment to working with stakeholders and audiences from diverse backgrounds in support of an inclusive and multicultural environment
• Skill in designing and/or executing career or professional development activities
• Evidence of successful collaboration on projects requiring buy-in from multiple stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with best practices in academic initiative development and delivery
• Experience engaging and working with underrepresented groups
• Experience training, evaluating, and supervising staff or students in a professional setting

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

University of Oregon students and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see: https://coronavirus.uoregon.edu/vaccine .

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits .

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination .

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://clery.uoregon.edu/annual-campus-security-and-fire-safety-report .

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