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Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.



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Mellon Foundation Seeks Ph.D. for Program Officer Position

Here is a great job ad that came across my desk and I thought it could be a great fit for a UCSB graduate student who is looking for a non-academic job.

Job Details:




The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (“Foundation”) is a not-for-profit, grant-making organization that seeks to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. It makes grants in five core program areas (higher education and scholarship in the humanities; arts and cultural heritage; diversity; scholarly communications; and international higher education and strategic projects). The Foundation seeks a Program Officer capable of assuming a wide range of responsibilities in the Scholarly Communications department.

Position Details:

The Program Officer in Scholarly Communications reports to and takes direction from the Senior Program Officer and cultivates, mentors, and supervises program staff. The Program Officer meets regularly with leaders in the field, invites and evaluates proposals, prepares grant recommendations, manages budgets, and participates in policy discussions. The Program Officer also contributes actively to various collective activities and special initiatives of the Foundation, and helps maintain an effective and collegial work environment.


  • Assists the Senior Program Officer in managing and monitoring Scholarly Communications program activity and its grant portfolio;
  • Manages and monitors grant-making budgets;
  • Interacts with scholars and leaders in higher education, libraries, archives, publishing, and information technology to stay abreast of developments in scholarly communication practices, especially as they affect and guide programmatic objectives;
  • Engages collaboratively with other staff in advancing aspects of the Foundation’s mission, including areas of joint interest such as the enhancement of diversity in and international collaborations among organizations devoted to scholarly communications;
  • Invites, evaluates, and offers guidance on the development of proposals;
  • Develops, facilitates, and monitors Scholarly Communications program initiatives across institutions
  • Prepares grant recommendations, essays and reports for the Foundation’s officers and board of trustees;
  • Attends Board meetings and presents grant recommendations;
  • Oversees staff responsible for post-award grant management and participates in the monitoring and reconciliation of grant narrative and financial reports;
  • Tracks and assesses the progress of Scholarly Communications-supported programs;
  • Represents the Foundation in meetings with current and prospective grantee organizations, Foundation partners, and professional organizations; and
  • Performs additional duties as called upon.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • An advanced academic degree (Ph.D or equivalent);
  • Personal initiative and a mature commitment to liberal education;
  • Several years of teaching and research experience in higher education, and familiarity with scholarly communications, its history and current concerns;
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication, team building, mentoring, and leadership skills;
  • Demonstrated competence in public speaking and written communication;
  • Advanced computer and office skills, including comfort using grant management systems and familiarity with social media, blogging, and web-based resources;
  • Experience in managing large and complex programs, facility with data collection and analysis, working knowledge of and interest in applied research;
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally; and
  • Commitment to a collegial work environment and to collaboration with colleagues in all of the Foundation’s program areas.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, offering competitive salary, outstanding benefits, and excellent working conditions.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to: They will consider each response carefully, but only contact those individuals they feel are most qualified for the position.


Fall Career Events to Help You Break into the Non-Academic Job Market

This fall, Career Services is debuting a series of workshops and services designed to help graduate students prepare for and break into the non-academic job market. In addition to offering targeted workshops, Career Services has also recently hired a Graduate Career Consultant who is solely dedicated to helping graduate students prepare for non-academic career options. Read on for more information on these new and improved services! (For a downloadable flier, click here.)

(Keep an eye on the GradPost for more details about these upcoming workshops)

Presenting Yourself to Potential Employers:
The Resume and Cover Letter

Tuesday, October 13
11 a.m.-noon
Student Resource Building, Multipurpose Room

Laying the Groundwork for Your Job Search:

Wednesday, October 28
11 a.m.-noon
Student Resource Building, Multipurpose Room

Finding and Getting the Job You Want:
The Interview

Monday, November 9
3-4 p.m.
Student Resource Building, Multipurpose Room


Lana Smith-HaleLana Smith-Hale is Career Services' new Graduate Career Consultant. From her office in the Graduate Student Resource Center (Student Resource Building 1215), she offers drop-in and appointment counseling exclusively for graduate students. She also helps develop targeted career programming and serves as a point-person and liaison for graduate career needs.

Counseling services include:

  • Career planning, assessment, and exploration
  • Job search strategies
  • Resume and cover letter critiques
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking strategies

Lana's drop-in hours are:

  • Tuesdays 10 a.m.-noon, 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 9 a.m.-noon
  • Thursdays 1-4 p.m.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can call 805-893-4649 or 805-893-4412. Phone and virtual appointments are also available. Lana can be reached by email at:


CARE Seeks Applications for Prevention Education Coordinator

UCSB's CARE (Advocate Office for Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Sexual Misconduct) is currently seeking applications for a Prevention Education Coordinator. The position is 50% time, grant-funded, and a 7-month position for two or more years. Graduate students are encouraged to apply.

The Prevention Education Coordinator is responsible for implementing violence awareness and primary prevention programs on campus on the topics of sexual assault, stalking, and domestic/dating violence. These activities include conducting bystander intervention training and presentations and outreach to various student populations about interpersonal violence issues as well as providing crisis intervention and responding sensitively and appropriately in situations where a student disclosure is made. The coordinator does not primarily work on advocacy issues, but will receive training as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate and share in on-call rotation duties. 

Minimum requirements:

  • Two years professional work experience in advocacy, a college environment, women's resource center, human services agency or related capacity, and a Masters degree in related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with sexual and relationship violence-related issues, including support services and prevention/risk-reduction initiatives.
  • Minimum of one year in student affairs and/or gender violence services.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and experience with public speaking.
  • Proficient computer skills.
  • Experience working with survivors of sexual violence, providing crisis intervention, and demonstrate cultural awareness, sensitivity and competency.
  • Knowledge of developmental needs of college students.

The advertised hourly salary for the position is $21.86. The priority deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 8. To read the full job description and to apply for the position, visit UCSB's job site.


UC Humanities Research Institute Seeks Applications for Research Communications and Projects Manager Position

The UC Humanities Research Institute, the systemwide organization for all 10 campuses in the UC system, seeks a talented and motivated individual with experience in academic and research communications, as well as program administration. The Research Communications and Projects Manager will work in close collaboration with the Director, Assistant Director, Program Officer, and technical staff. The person hired will be responsible for scholarly communications, including UCHRI's social media and web presence, and related programming initiatives. This position will coordinate and manage website redesign and maintenance; manage social media outputs for all UCHRI projects and programs; and administer a public-facing scholarly blog or series on critical interventions in the humanities. The Research Communications Manager will also contribute to substantive program development and administration of current and upcoming UCHRI programs, including but not limited to public and digital humanities projects and Humanists@Work. This position will coordinate all of UCHRI's communications, both research and programming.

The University of California, Irvine, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Required qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in the humanities.
  • Understanding of academic and educational functions of major research university.
  • Deep understanding of and appreciation for academic and humanistic enterprise.
  • Ability to articulate academic values to diverse constituencies.
  • Superior research, writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Experience in new media communications, social and digital media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging, podcasting).
  • Experience designing and working with websites (e.g., WordPress).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted programs and projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and prioritize in a multi-project, deadline-driven environment.
  • Proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently with little supervision.
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-through.

Salary Range: $52,000-55,000
Work Schedule: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Contract Position: This is a 100% yearlong contract position, with possibility of renewal, contingent on budget.

Please apply on the UC Irvine employment website.


Get Published in the UCSA Graduate Policy Journal

UCSA logoThe UC Student Association (UCSA) Graduate and Professional Student Committee is publishing its first Policy Journal this spring and you can submit your ideas about graduate education to help make future policy changes.

There are two Graduate Student Policy topics: Jobs and Grade. Grade is the campaign to democratize the hiring and evaluation process of faculty.

Jobs focuses on the professional development resources students need to prepare for careers in or outside of academia.

Interested in being published? Complete the brief Intent to Submit form by Saturday, March 21.

Once you complete the form, the Graduate and Professional Student Advocacy Director will reach out to you with resources for structuring your submission.

For more information, contact Vice President of External Affairs Yanira Rivas Pineda at


Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity Seeks Graduate Assistant

The UCSB Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (RCSGD) is seeking a Graduate Assistant for the 2014-2015 academic year. The RCSGD Graduate Assistant will support the Center, gain practical/hands-on experience, and collaborate with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. The Graduate Assistant will aim to increase student involvement and to enhance students’ collegiate experience by supporting the initiatives of the RCSGD and is expected to work 15-20 hours a week, which may include some evenings and weekend hours. Click here to download a full job description as well as information on qualifications and compensation.

To apply, send an electronic letter of interest, current resume or CV, and the names and contact information of three references to David Whitman, RCSGD Director of LGBT Services. The application deadline is Friday, January 30, by 5 p.m.


Transferable Skills: Making Your PhD Work for You

Credit: Kate at Flickr.comMost current and recent PhDs regularly hear about (or are lectured about) the abysmal state of the academic job market. Whether in science or the humanities, the statistics are indeed grim. This has led to an influx of resources – such as the Versatile PhD website and nonacademic job search guides – for those leaving academia to seek jobs in civil service or industry (as well as the advent of terms like post-ac and alt-ac).

Recent GradPost articles have offered advice on how to build your nonacademic profile and how to navigate the non-academic labor market. Below are other helpful resources from the Naturejobs blog, a dedicated science jobs board hosted by the journal Nature.

How to become a science adviser for films and TV shows. This fascinating podcast interviews several scientists who have successfully marketed their skills to Hollywood producers and directors to become consultants on science-driven shows such as Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, and Bones. Find out more about entertaining science here.

Transferable skills and storytelling. Developing and identifying transferable skills is one thing. Being able to communicate those skills and demonstrate how you've used them is another. This article explains how to use storytelling as a strategy to portray your transferable skills in job interviews.

How to look your best on paper (part 1 and part 2). Part 1 gives advice on how to market your academically developed skills in business-ready ways for career paths such as project management, research and development, and technical sales. Part 2 lays out the key differences between a CV and a resume, and how and when to use each.

For individualized help on navigating the job market (whether inside or outside academia), schedule an appointment with UCSB's Career Services or professional development peer advisor Shawn Warner-Garcia.


Teach For America Seeks Applications for 2014-2015 School Year

Background: Teach For America is a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates, graduate students, and professionals who commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural public schools. This year 5,300 individuals joined Teach For America's 2014 corps. As a result, in the 2014-15 school year, more than 10,600 first and second-year corps members will teach in low income classrooms in 49 states and the District of Columbia, while nearly 37,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity for all.

Position Information: Full salary and benefits. 2 year commitment. Potential educational funding. All majors and career backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application Information: Visit the Teach for America website, or sign up for a time to speak with Teach For America's UCSB’s campus representative, Andres Perez.

Application Deadline: Friday, August 22, 2014


Building Your Nonacademic Profile: Strengths and Weaknesses You May Not Know You Already Have

John W. Tomac for The ChronicleMany graduate students know which types of academic skills they excel at and which are more challenging for them. But how does an academically cultivated skill set translate to the world outside of academia? With recent trends in alt-ac and post-ac careers, it is important for graduate students to learn how to make themselves marketable to broad audiences. In their article "Using Your Last Two (or More) Years Wisely" for The Chronicle, professional development experts Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer Furlong discuss how to build your nonacademic profile while finishing up grad school.

In particular, the authors point out that doctoral students already have many skills that readily translate to the outside world, such as:

  1. Applying for external grants.
  2. Learning to teach and present information clearly.
  3. Being able to synthesize complex information quickly.
  4. Developing a high level of comfort with (big) data.
  5. Building strong writing and/or technical skills.

However, they also note that there are some things that many grad students don't do well or don't do a very good job of communicating that they do well, such as:

  1. Working as part of a team (particularly one made up of people with different training and perspectives).
  2. Supervising people.
  3. Overseeing complex projects.
  4. Managing a budget.

For tips on how to play up strengths and shore up weaknesses in preparing for a wide range of career opportunities, read the full article here.


Santa Barbara City College Seeks Writing Tutors


The Writing Center at Santa Barbara City College is looking to hire a writing tutor to start in Fall 2014. Tutors assist students with pre-writing, writing, editing, MLA and other citation guidelines, grammar, essay structure, and thesis and content development for academic writing. The hiring committee is looking for experience in writing, counseling, tutoring or teaching that has familiarized applicants with student-centered learning and empowerment or the stages of the writing process. However, training in these areas is also provided. Hourly wage is $14.50/hr.

For more information, click here or contact Michelle Detorie or Beth Taylor-Schott.


To begin the application process, visit the SBCC Employment Search Website.