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Assistant Director, Career Access & Equity

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College / VP Area: Vice President for Student Life
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Student Affairs & Services, Full Time



Under the limited direction of the Senior Associate Director, Career Development & Campus Engagement, the Assistant Director, Career Access & Equity is an active professional on the Career Development & Campus Engagement Team (CDCE) within the UD Career Center (UDCC). The UDCC collaborates with academic, Division of Student Life, and administrative units on institution-wide student and postgraduate success initiatives by integrating life design, career education and preparation, professional connections, internships, career experiences, and mentoring into the academic and co-curricular undergraduate and graduate student experience and by partnering with employers, alumni, and workforce development organizations. We are successful when ALL Blue Hens achieve clear outcomes and ROI from their UD education and thrive in life, work, and academics during their time at UD and beyond.

The Assistant Director will achieve the strategic priorities of the UDCC and CDCE.  Primarily, they will design, implement and lead, with their counterpart on the UDCC’s Employer & Alumni Engagement Team, the UD Career Access & Mobility Initiative (UDCAMI), an institution-wide, comprehensive career readiness program dedicated to advancing the long-term professional success of Black, Latinx, Indigenous and underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander students, and students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds at UD. They will partner with leadership and colleagues in the UDCC, DSL, the Office of Institutional Equity, University Studies, AAP, student support units, and RSOs to design and implement career success strategies that meet the goals of UDCAMI.

The University of Delaware offers Flexible Work Arrangements based on the needs and expectations of individual departments and divisions. More information may be found here.


Career Access & Equity Leadership & Collaboration

  • Achieve the strategic priorities of the Career Development & Campus Engagement Team (CDCE)
  • Design, launch and lead the UD Career Access & Mobility Initiative (UDCAMI).
  • Build and implement strategies to integrate career access, equity, and post-graduate success-related programming and content into the curricular and co-curricular student experience.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Equity, Division of Student Life, Provost’s Office, Enrollment Management, and student support units and student organizations on career access and equity priorities and initiatives.
  • Partner with Undergraduate Admissions and Pre–College Programs to develop and execute programming and resources to expand prospective students’ understanding of major selection, career, and life-design opportunities.                                                           
  • Pursue change in UD and UDCC policies, procedures, services, and programs perpetuating inequities in students’ ability to pursue and achieve postgraduate success.
  • Engage in regular strategy and operational meetings with UDCC leadership and team members.
  • Serve on university committees, boards, task forces, and cross-functional teams as requested.

Project & Program Management

  • Lead and provide campus-wide consultation on the launch and management of job shadow, internship, mentorship, career treks, and other experiential programs for target populations.
  • Develop and ensure the delivery of antiracist, culturally responsive, equity-centered, and scalable career education, programming, experiences, and initiatives.
  • Build and utilize knowledge and expertise in the use of Learning Management Systems such as CANVAS to lead courses and develop career content and assignments for target student populations.   
  • Oversee and manage major UDCC institutional programs supporting target populations, including the Peer Influencer Program and the Student Career Advancement Grant Programs.
  • Conduct one-on-one career coaching and counseling appointments, active-learning workshops, and presentations.
  • Directly supervise student worker(s), as necessary.


  • Engage in continuous improvement to foresee and respond to changing needs of students and the workplace.
  • Analyze, understand, and leverage qualitative and quantitative data to develop, implement, and manage UDCAMI programs.
  • Establish, operationalize, assess and act upon learning and success outcomes and metrics.
  • Track and assess metrics such as Handshake usage, resume completion rates, application rates, and internship and career outcomes for target populations.
  • Ensure the UDCC and its programs, services, and operations are inclusive, antiracist, and equitable.
  • Research career education, access and equity best practices, curriculum development, and workplace competency trends and initiate new and enhanced career programs.
  • Utilize and facilitate student, faculty, and staff focus groups and advisory groups.


  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of job-related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to communicate and implement a strong leadership vision for career access and mobility.
  • Experience and expertise as a systems thinker and problem solver.
  • Extensive project and program management experience leading to quantifiable results and goal attainment.
  • Broad knowledge and experience implementing career development and student engagement theory, practices, and strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish, maintain and enhance effective and productive partnerships with a diverse range of external and internal stakeholders, including administrators, staff, faculty, recruiters, alumni, families, and students.
  • Ability and proven track record in meeting goals dependent upon internal and external partnerships.
  • Demonstrated effective collaboration, presentation, reporting, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience using a social justice lens in planning and problem-solving.
  • Effective coalition builder.
  • Commitment to students and maintaining an inviting, inclusive, and equitable office ethos and environment.
  • Ability to utilize data, assessment tools, career information, and analyze and use employment and higher education trends. 
  • Completion of (or ability to obtain) CITI Program Human Subjects Protections certification.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise sound judgment, and act with discretion.
  • Ability to take risks, assess and shift priorities and adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to utilize Handshake (or similar CRM platform), MS office suite, web editing, and social media technologies for marketing, analysis, and work product.
  • Ability to travel and work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.




Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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