Director for Career Guidance and Match Preparation

PACE · Colton, California
Department PACE
Employment Type Staff-FT
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $90,000 - $120,000 Annually

Position Purpose

Given the mission of CUSM to serve Inland Southern California, it is imperative that we meet the needs of our students by addressing structural inequities present in the community, education, income, and social arenas. The Director of Career Guidance and Match Preparation (DCGMP) in the Personal, Academic and Career Excellence  (PACE) unit will engage in robust resource provision to facilitate student thriving and support in the articulation into specialty areas and preparation for the Match. As we grow as a university, having a center accessible to all students for support in their respective programs is essential. The integrated approach to resources also ensures that we address challenges holistically and comprehensively by attending to areas of wellbeing, mental health, life skills, leadership development, academic development, career development, and academic performance. Coordination between support service personnel through a centralized leadership structure will maximize resources and student success.

PACE is being established to offer services in an interdisciplinary model across the continuum of preparation to graduation. The ECGMP will report to the Executive Director for PACE, who will build the unit and support and collaborate with the education, student affairs, counseling, and diversity teams to deliver services. The DCGMP will design, deliver, and assess career guidance and match prep services for medical students in the clerkship years. 

Essential Functions

  • Empower and guide students in setting and advancing their achievement of effective, individual‐driven career and professional goals.
  • Provide students resources and a supportive community of advisors, mentors, and staff to promote their development and transition from medical school to residency training.
  • Implement career coaching and career support systems for students as they prepare for residency
  • Design and provide preparation services including but not limited to mock interviews, CV construction and review, personal statement review, ERAS application review.
  • Refer students for counseling when needed.
  • Oversee career advising services for match preparation for years 3 and 4 of medical school
  • Provide academic coaching support when needed.
  • Provide tracking, follow-up, and case management for all rising 4th-year students participating in the match.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the career services provided.
  • Foster and advocate for an inclusive learning environment that engages diversity to strengthen and maintain a positive educational experience for all students.
  • Articulate and promote the benefits of diversity to achieve excellence in medical education, health care delivery, and the physician workforce using equity practice.
  • Engage and collaborate with students, faculty, and staff across the academic health center to reflect an understanding, appreciation, and respect for diversity and human differences.
  • Cultivate an environment of thriving and joy for students, especially those who are historically marginalized, minoritized, excluded, and/or economically or educationally disadvantaged, through support initiatives core to medical education.
  • Collaborate and build relationships with stakeholders and entities that serve and interface with medical students.


Job Requirements – Minimum Qualifications Skills and Abilities


  •  Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand multiple perspectives as applied to student support and career articulation/preparation.
  • Leadership and team building
  • Demonstrated experience with academic programming, classroom teaching, online teaching and/or program delivery, basic assessment skills, and outreach events.
  • Presentation, word processing and spreadsheet software, and Microsoft Office Suite experience. Proficiency in media, video conferencing, and group meeting interfaces preferred. Proficient in social media as an education tool preferred.
  • Team player who can adapt to a dynamic environment.
  • Knowledge of medical student career pathways, especially ERAS and the Match and all associated processes and policies



  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Ability to have supportive and discerning career conversations with students
  • Capacity for giving and receiving feedback and implementing continuous quality improvement processes.
  • Ability to relate to students who have experienced structural barriers, such as racism and income inequality, in educational settings.
  • Ability to synthesize information and learn new systems.
  • Problem-solving, patience, and strong active listening skills.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field, with three years of related experience in higher education.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related field, with five years of experience in higher education.
  • Familiarity with medical education.
  • Experience working with graduate or professional students, especially medical students.
  • Experience building and designing new programs
  • Experience with case management and project management

Working Environment

  • Office setting, with some university and community settings for outreach and events.
  • Some flexibility, with some preparation elements, often delivered online weekdays, 4-7pm.
  • Some weekends are required for special events.
  • About 50% of duties may be performed remotely.


Physical Demands

  • Occasional lifting, carrying, bending, pushing and/or
  • Significant fine finger dexterity
  • Sitting – 75%
  • Walking – 10%
  • Standing – 15%

Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

California University of Science and Medicine (CUSM) supports the principles of equal opportunity, inclusion and diversity in employment and education. The University seeks to ensure that no person will encounter discrimination in employment or education on the basis of age, skin color, ability status, biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, immigration status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, or Veteran's status. This policy is applicable to both the employment practices and administration of programs and activities within the University. It is the policy of the University that no person shall be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or in any way be subject to discrimination in any program or activity at the University. Further, CUSM is committed to being an antiracist institution that continuously works to end oppression in all forms. Therefore, CUSM actively maintains institutional structures and learning opportunities to prevent incidents of bias or discrimination, and to address them with individual and collective accountability should they occur.

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  • Location
    Colton, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $90,000 - $120,000 Annually