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Professional Development and Career Planning Manager
Graduate School

Posting: 16198
Location: Eugene
Closes: Open Until Filled

Level of Appointment:  1.0 FTE
Term of Contract: 12 months (renewable annually)
Review Date:  October 25, 2016 - position open until filled
Start Date: November 14, 2016
Salary:  Between $45,000 and $60,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience; highly competitive benefits package. 


The University of Oregon (UO) invites applications for a new position in the Graduate School: Professional Development and Career Planning Manager. The person in this position will be responsible for executing an institution-wide effort on behalf of the Graduate School to assist graduate students in acquiring career procurement skills, creating professional networks, identifying and securing grants and fellowships, and identifying credentials that will help them find and succeed in jobs after graduating.

The UO is located in Eugene, a metropolitan area (pop. 159.190) in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment.  The UO, the state’s only member of the AAU, has an overall enrollment of approximately 25,000, including about 3,500 graduate students.  The UO offers more than 100 graduate degrees and more than 20 graduate certificates and specializations. Located 110 miles south of Portland, the UO is about an hour's drive from the Pacific coast and the Cascade mountain range.                      

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Developing and executing general programs for graduate students’ professional development;
  • Working with departments and colleges to develop disciplinary specific programs that will help graduate students prepare for and find positions after graduating;
  • Communicating with departments about graduate student funding and professional development opportunities;
  • Develop programming by coordinating and providing services to help students strategically develop desired professional skills as they progress through their degrees and advance towards their careers, including services specifically targeting students who are members of underrepresented groups;
  • Providing direct support to graduate students in planning and carrying out their career searches and applications for professional opportunities;
  • Gathering information about and maintaining an index of external award opportunities and coordinating and facilitating students’ applications for external awards;
  • Identifying new opportunities and seeking external funding, support, and partners for the Graduate School to enhance graduate students’ academic experience, professional development and career potential;
  • Tracking the success of professional development programs and incorporating successful alumni into the Graduate School’s professional development network; and
  • Coordinating the Graduate School’s implementation of graduate students’ and post docs’ completion of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) – those necessitated by federal grants and those encouraged voluntarily for professional development.

All efforts will be in support of the Graduate School’s core purpose, which is to promote graduate education by fostering excellence, innovation, and inclusive communities. The person hired will serve as a member of the Graduate School leadership team, working closely with the Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, and other Graduate School staff. This position requires the ability to interact successfully with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and to work with faculty and staff members to develop and promote placement and career planning programs.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated and comfortable working in a busy team environment. They will be able to make decisions independently while also weighing multiple perspectives. They will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
  • Experience and/or knowledge of grant and award procurement;
  • Leadership and/or project management experience; and
  • Advising, career guidance, and/or professional coaching experience

Required Professional Competencies:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated success working with a diverse range of stakeholders and audiences;
  • Skill in designing and/or executing career or professional development activities; and
  • Evidence of successful collaboration on projects requiring buy-in from external stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate from an accredited institution of higher education;
  • Experience working with underrepresented groups;
  • Experience in reviewing and tracking the effectiveness of programs;
  • Experience training, evaluating and supervising staff or students in a professional setting; and
  • Experience in a professional development or career advising at an institution of higher education.

Application Procedure:

To ensure consideration, application should be received by 5 p.m. on October 25, 2016; position will remain open until filled. A complete application will include a cover letter clearly describing how you have developed and demonstrated the requirements for this position, along with a current resume, answers to the supplemental questions (see below), and the contact information for three professional references. 

Position subject to criminal background check.

Please email the application, with materials in the order listed above and as a single PDF file, to Marcia Walker at marcia@uoregon.edu and include “Professional Development and Career Planning Manager”in the subject line.

Supplemental Questions:

  1. Please describe any experience you have and/or your approach to putting together a multi-dimensional, long-term project or program.
  2. Detail your knowledge of and experience working with grants and fellowships and applications related to these types of funding. Please share any information relevant to your experience helping graduate students apply for funding and any experience relevant to writing grant proposals to secure funding for an organization’s program.
  3. What are your experiences in providing professional development training and/or career counseling? Describe any classes, seminars, or programs you designed and/or taught on the topics of professional development and/or career search. Please also describe any experience counseling or providing one-on-one guidance.
  4. What do you think are the most important considerations when working with academic departments to develop career offerings for their graduate students?

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.

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 Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.