Career Services Specialist, GSPP (4517U) #23640

Updated: 7 months ago
Location: Berkeley, CALIFORNIA
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 30 Aug 2017

Job Description

Job Title:

Career Services Specialist, GSPP (4517U) #23640

Job ID:


Main Campus-Berkeley

Full/Part Time:



GSPP Department Ops



About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) has 17 faculty, 8 affiliated faculty, 5 emeriti faculty. The School enrolls more than 1500 undergraduates in elective classes and registers more than 350 students in its undergraduate minor annually. The School has nearly 200 Master's degree candidates, 16 PhD students and occupies over 20,000 assignable square feet, within which are five classrooms, one computer lab and 42 offices. It has more than 1,800 alumni.
GSPP hires nearly 60 graduate student instructors, readers, lecturers and graduate student researchers annually. Its constituency also includes parents, friends and a number of organizations representing state, federal and local government and policy organizations.  It is consistently ranked as one of the top graduate schools of public policy in the nation, currently ranked first among Policy Analysis graduate schools by US News and World Report.


Applies advanced professional career counseling concepts, conducts strategic needs assessments and plans and develops career services to help students/alumni in career planning, setting career goals, and improving search competencies. Provides experienced level career counseling and individually tailored career coaching/advising to students in the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program and other degree programs, including the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree, particularly for students interested in advancing their current careers and/or making career changes.
Responsibilities include:
• Provides career counseling in particularly complex areas that require specialized expertise, such as students who are at different points in their careers who are investigating multiple career opportunities and/or entering a new field.
• Researches, designs, and develops workshops and programs to meet students' and alumni's career needs. Conducts needs assessments, and collaborates with GSPP Career Staff and MPA staff in workshop design and development.
• Maintains detailed metrics of student advising sessions and outcomes.
• Presents sensitive and difficult information about the career program, including presentations to incoming and prospective students.

Required Qualifications

• Advanced knowledge of career development theories and coaching strategies.
• Excellent knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; and learning and motivation.
• Advanced knowledge of career decision making, and job search techniques.
• Advanced knowledge of policy and public sector industry job market.
• Detailed knowledge of hiring practices and recruiting/ staffing methods for mid to senior career professionals as well as employment trends.
• Advanced knowledge of LinkedIn and other social media tools.
• Highly effective problem identification and solving skills, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills.
• Excellent computer skills and the ability to quickly adapt to new software programs and online resources.
• Excellent judgment in handling sensitive information.
• Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

• Advanced degree in related field of study.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a part-time (17 - 20 hours per week) 1 year contract position with continued employment contingent upon funding availability.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities.  Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

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