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Associate Director, Advanced Degree Professional Development - Texas Career Engagement
University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
Date Posted 05/15/2022
Admin-Career Counseling and Placement
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Posting Title:

Associate Director, Advanced Degree Professional Development - Texas Career Engagement


Hiring Department:

School of Undergraduate Studies


Position Open To:

All Applicants


Weekly Scheduled Hours:



FLSA Status:



Earliest Start Date:



Position Duration:

Expected to Continue





Job Details:

General Notes

Our goal is to recruit and support staff and students with a wide range of backgrounds, ideas and viewpoints. A deep passion for promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and access among our university community. Diversity in our community strengthens teaching and learning, research and creativity and our positive contributions to society. Must be eligible to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer.


The Associate Director directly supports advanced degree students and scholars through career advising, designing and teaching career and professional development topics, facilitating workshops and/or teaching courses and provides leadership and ongoing training for the graduate team and for UT graduate-facing staff in Texas Career Engagement, a newly established university career center on best practices and trends in advanced degree professional development.


  • Collaborative Program & Resource Development: Collaborate with The Office of Graduate Studies, Center for Teaching and Learning, The Graduate Writing Program, academic departments, faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and alumni to design a professional development framework, centering the work in underrepresented and underserved AD students and scholars. Conduct in-depth needs assessment with key stakeholders and map the UT learning landscape to increase access and equity for the advanced degree community to develop professionally and pursue their careers of choice. Lead collaborative programs to prepare students and scholars for academic and academic adjacent jobs, develop identity-specific communities, build out mentorship training and address emerging professional development needs. The successful candidate will center their work in the needs of historically underrepresented and underserved AD students and scholars, building partnerships, content and programs to address gaps and serve all students.  Lead the development of curriculum and content to support individual development planning. Coordinate across UT Austin departments and programs to build competency-based programming and source external speakers and virtual tools to scale impact. Working closely with the Director, this position will help operationalize the PhD Career Maturity Model to assess department career culture and develop content strategy that transforms academic professionalization culture. 
  • Leadership & Training: Supervise the Program Manager for Advanced Degree Career Education and the Sr. Program Coordinator for Global Mobility. Lead the integration of evidence-based practices into program design and advising. Manage the selection process and execution of the reimagining professional development award program, including resources and team capacity. Provide professional development opportunities for graduate career advisors, seeking out new resources, training opportunities, and best practices in service delivery models for advising, pedagogy and instructional design. Assess graduate student needs and identify gaps in service to develop a graduate career consultant program that supports succession planning and long-term sustainability of programs in concert with the team. Oversee hiring, training and supervising graduate students on professional and career development topics to better extend services to the advanced degree community.
  • Individual and Group Career & Professional Development Advising: Advise and coach advanced degree students and scholars on career and professional development topics across industries and disciplines, demonstrating unique expertise of the formation of scholarly identity and culture in graduate programs. Types of coaching include meeting with students in person, through video conference, and by phone on topics ranging from application document preparation, career exploration and planning, interviewing, negotiation, decision making, storytelling and resilience strategies.
  • Thought Leadership, Learning & Service: Engage in opportunities that demonstrate unique expertise of AD career and professional development, advancing the learning and development for the career ecosystem at UT Austin. Opportunities include participation in national, regional and local organizations, conducting research, publishing, grant writing and committee participation at the department, division and university level.

Required Qualifications

Master’s Degree in education, communication, sociology, psychology, humanities or STEM fields. 7+ years of professional experience in progressively responsible roles. 5+ years of relationship management and collaborative work experience. Passion for working specifically with advanced degree students and scholars, with an advanced understanding of PhD and postdoctoral scholar professional development needs and hiring landscape. Strong presentation, teaching and facilitation skills to lead workshops, career courses, meetings and seminars with stakeholders at all levels of the university and external constituents. Demonstrated understanding of curriculum design, evidence-based teaching or pedagogy. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Program and project management experience. Demonstrated experience advising graduate students on career and professional development topics and ability to train and develop advisors working with graduate students. Willingness to fail and learn collaboratively with the team.

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in education, communication, sociology, psychology, humanities or STEM fields. Entrepreneurial spirit and ability to thrive in a new and changing work environment. Project and program leadership experience. Supervisory experience preferred but not required. Contributions to the field of advanced degree career and professional development.

Salary Range

$78,000 + depending on qualifications

Working Conditions

  • May work around standard office conditions
  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation
  • This is an Austin, TX-based position and is eligible for hybrid work

Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor
  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.


Employment Eligibility:

Regular staff who have been employed in their current position for the last six continuous months are eligible for openings being recruited for through University-Wide or Open Recruiting, to include both promotional opportunities and lateral transfers. Staff who are promotion/transfer eligible may apply for positions without supervisor approval.


Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.


Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.


Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.



The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]



Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2021 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.

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