Career & Tools

UCSB Career Services is currently accepting applications for its Graduate Career Peer position, to begin employment in Summer 2019. This position will give the successful applicant valuable experience working in ​higher-ed administration and the opportunity to assist with program development. The application deadline is Sunday, March 24.

Monday, March 4th, 2019 - 3:45pm

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UCSB Career Services is currently accepting applications for its ​Graduate Career Peer position, to begin employment in ​Summer 201​9 and run through Summer 20​20, with the potential for continued employment through the 2020-2021 school year.

The ​Graduate Career Peer assists the Graduate Career Counselor and graduate students specifically on issues related to career development. This position will give the successful applicant valuable experience working in ​higher-ed administration and the opportunity to assist with program development and promotion, as well as provide presentation skills and workshop development. The primary location of the position is based in the Graduate Student Resource Center (Student Resource Building, Room 1215) with some work hours being conducted remotely. The Graduate Career Peer reports to the Graduate Student Career Counselor, Lana Smith-Hale.

PAYMENT: $1​8.00 per hour, plus payment of student fees if not already covered by fellowships/TAships

HOURS: 14-20 hours weekly (35%-50% appointment) during the academic year

APPLICATION DEADLINE: ​Applications need to be received by ​Sunday, March 24, 2019


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with developing new content and editing promotional events/activities/career opportunities for graduate students on UCSB's Gradpost. Skills needed: strong editing and writing skills;
  • Help with graduate student workshops (e.g., LinkedIn, ​Versatile PhD) by editing, enhancing, creating new content, and helping present workshops. Skills needed: strong presentation skills;
  • Support efforts to create targeted programming for graduate students and assist with logistical aspects of program development (e.g., help with grad student career mixer, organize panelist discussions). Skills needed: strong organizational skills.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Help update graduate student services and information on the Career Services website;
  • Aid in developing relationships and outreach to different graduate programs and departments to provide information, resources, and outreach to graduate students;
  • Assist with publicizing events sponsored by Career Services (e.g., through GradPost, GSA bagel hour);
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with other peer advisors and staff in the Graduate Student Resource Center, Career Services, Graduate Division, and Student Affairs;
  • Hold office hours for student appointments, respond and advise student requests by email, phone, or in person, edit student resumes, CVs, and cover letters, and provide confidential support and make referrals as needed.


  • Has completed one year of graduate study in residence at UCSB, is in good academic standing, is within university time-to-degree standards, and meets all other standard student employment eligibility requirements;
  • Is energetic and knowledgeable about the UCSB campus;
  • Has a positive and self-motivated attitude, and able to work well independently or collaboratively;
  • Can represent graduate student interests and concerns and is attentive to the goals of excellence in UCSB's graduate education;
  • Has experience with or demonstrated ability to advise, mentor, and support students in Career Development or related experience;
  • Is able to work confidently with diverse student populations and is committed to practicing and promoting inclusivity;
  • Has effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication and presentation skills (meme-creating skills a plus!);
  • Previous experience in advising, teaching, and workshop/conference planning is desirable, although training will be provided;
  • Previous experience in web development is also desirable but not required.

Additional Benefits: With the appropriate eligibility and approval, the position may be combined with a GSR or TA position, as long as the combined hours do not exceed 75% appointment. Graduate Division will pay partial fees and graduate student health insurance (Gaucho Health Insurance) equivalent to those provided for TAs if other student academic appointments or awards do not provide these fees.

Application Process: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter indicating interests and highlighting related experiences, along with a formal resume, to Lana Smith-Hale at by ​Sunday, March 24, 2019.