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Student Professional Development Manager

Apply now Posting #: 4412
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, School of Business

Position Title & Department:

 Student Professional Development Manager; School of Business
Posting #


Department Description:

The Knauss School of Business at USD embraces a stewardship approach to business education. Stewardship requires businesses to protect and care for society in pursuit of a greater good.  The Knauss School community of faculty, staff, students and graduates, embrace stewardship by applying values-driven, free-enterprise skills to improve businesses, industries, and the lives of people in our community and around the world.  We provide academically rigorous, relevant and values-based education and research.  Degree programs in the Knauss School of Business are AACSB accredited, with the undergraduate and MBA programs being highly ranked both domestically and internationally.  www.sandiego.edu/business/about/ 

The University of San Diego Knauss School of Business strives to create a welcoming environment that promotes diversity, equity, inclusiveness (DEI) and ethics, commensurate with our Catholic mission. We value students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds, demographics, experiences, perspectives and faiths.  For more information on how DEI is tied to our efforts in creating academic excellence, our development as civic and campus citizens, and the realization of compassionate service, you may review our webpage: https://www.sandiego.edu/business/about/diversity-statement.php

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
The Student Professional Development Manager is responsible for enhancing the co/extracurricular activities for our students in support of the School of Business’ unique, holistic student experience. The Manager works closely with the applicable Center(s) of Distinction within the School of Business as well as faculty department chairs to provide career preparedness and network building opportunities that support students’ professional growth within a particular industry. The position collaborates with other School of Business employees, across academic program suites and with other support units at USD to improve student retention and support overall retention goals. The Manager also oversees student organizations and clubs as well as provides on-site support for student events related to their applicable program suite. The Manager is required to work some evenings and weekends to accommodate the schedules of various student classes and co/extracurricular activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Career Preparedness and Development

  • Career Development and Education
    • Partnering with the student (and her/his family as appropriate) in exploring career options that connect to the student’s areas of passion and purpose, evolving skill set and aspirational career journey/destination.
    • Support students in developing, refining, and implementing an appropriate and realistic job search strategy.
    • Assisting the student in constructing a solid foundational network of external supporters who will provide introductions to influencers within industries and sectors relevant to the students’ aspirational career journey/destination.
    • Within that foundational network, enable the student to build strong relationships with thought leaders who can inform/educate the student about trends in their chosen industry through career panels and networking events.
    • Support the students’ personal brand development through facilitating career enhancing personal development activities related to the Professional Development Manager’s assigned industries/functions (e.g. career panels and other networking opportunities).
    • Facilitate the business mentor program through industry/student pairings, including surveying students to determine the best mentor match.Act as primary liaison to students.
    • Support the planning and development of career orientation days for incoming students and offer ongoing career development workshops relevant to the industry/function represented.
    • Identify and support student participation in case competitions and facilitate student team recruitment process, team submissions, etc.
    • Encourage student participation in professional conferences and national job fairs.
    • Assist in developing and updating resources and handouts for students.
    • Manage appointment scheduling, log appointment details, and maintain coaching notes.
  • Assist in developing requirements of the undergraduate Passport Program and coordinating with administrative aspects of the program with Career Development Center in order to track student progress and completion
  • Identify, Solicit and Promote Internship and Job Opportunities.
    • Identify and promote business career opportunities such as internships, part-time/full-time positions to current students and alumni on a regular basis.
    • Gather and track student internship opportunities
  • Benchmarking and Research industry trends and opportunities affecting hiring and provide information to students.
  • Benchmark other programs to stay current on career services offerings and trends.
  • Assist in gathering and tracking of student intern and employment data for AACSB, MBA CSEA reporting and other surveys.

Co/Extra-Curricular Support

  • In partnership with faculty, develop and support an expanding array of co-curricular services, including program orientations, to current graduate and undergraduate students
  • Coordinate project-based learning opportunities for students.
  • Communicate/promote awareness with students about co-curricular programs, and execute activities.
  • Support student clubs and its student leaders to help achieve its goals and, as needed, serve as the club advisor
  • Help recruit student executive members each year to continue the progress of the student organization, including providing industry contacts as speakers at meetings.
  • Advise students with goal setting with events and activities for the semester outlining the steps involved and encouraging delegation of responsibility across the organization.
  • Facilitate close connection between student organizations and associate student/graduate student life as appropriate.
  • Assist students with wellness concerns that are disclosed to them, or are shared with them by another student success center team member.
  • Assist students with problem identification, goal setting, and strategy development when they experience challenges negatively impacting academic, social, and personal areas including students who are academically disqualified or identified by faculty, administrators, staff, and advisors.
  • Monitor and proactively address challenges individual students might be experiencing in their studies or within USD’s environment.
  • Communicate with students about student services available to support their experience at USD.

Provide on-site event support

  • Coordinates, plans and executes events for assigned verticals
  • Works with Marketing to design event marketing communications content and strategy, as needed.
  • Promotes events to increase student attendance and participation, as needed
  • Provide day-of event management by coordinating on-site logistics such as set-up, tear-down, catering, attendee check-in, etc.
  • Liaise with Career Development to ensure passport point program approval for registered student attendees.

Other duties as assigned

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with preference given to business or related field
  • 3 years of experience in programming, student services, career services or other related work

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with preference given to business or related field
  • 3+ year of experience in program management, student services and/or career services in higher education

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ACT!) and experience with career services-related software (i.e., MonsterTrak)
  • Ability to work with senior level industry executives as well as broad range of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Career coaching principles and strategies
  • Career services trends and best practices
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience with program planning/administration
  • Computers and software, including Handshake/CRMs, MS Word, Excel, etc.
  • Self-starter, strong sense of initiative and accountability.
  • Positive attitude, outgoing personality, comfortable working with industry executives from junior to senior levels.
  • Excellent interpersonal, emotional intelligence and organizational skills
  • Public speaking and workshop facilitation
  • Report and presentation writing
  • Strong verbal/writing/computer skills especially in web-based technology.
  • Time management and organization of multi-tasking work requirements
  • Working with others from different cultures and countries
  • Working independently, using good judgment, initiative and creativity
  • Being flexible and versatile in coping with evolving work situations
  • Ability to assume responsibility and effectively resolve problems
Posting Salary:

$5,373.34 - $5,416.67; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The range provided in this job posting is the full range of the position grade and not necessarily reflective of actual compensation that may be offered or earned, nor a promise of any specific pay for any specific employee, which is always dependent on actual experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.


Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

In addition, the Knauss School of Business offers two different compressed work schedule options following a 9/75 structure in which employees have 1 to 1.5 days off over every two-week period as well as a hybrid option for those positions that can complete some work remotely.

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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