Services of the Partner Opportunities Program
The University of California, San Diego, recognizes that decisions about seeking, accepting, and maintaining employment often involve considerations concerning two careers. The Partner Opportunities Program (POP) provides assistance and support in the employment search for spouses or partners of General Campus ladder-rank faculty candidates and appointees, and of those in senior management positions who hold academic appointments.
The Partner Opportunities Program offers assistance and guidance to those conducting their own job searches by assessing their needs, arranging job contacts and informational interviews, and serving as a central resource for information regarding employment opportunities.
In order to participate, clients must be referred to the Partner Opportunities Program by the department in which their spouse or partner is a candidate or appointee. The Partner Opportunities Program is only available to the General Campus at this time.
Departments can request and authorize POP services by completing the Request for Services form.
New clients can view a summary of POP services by completing the Service Needs Assessment Form (a client-intake checklist).
If you are a current client, please take a moment to complete our Program Evaluation Form (client survey).
The Partner Opportunities Program provides customized services to best serve each client. The following services are offered to spouses and partners referred to the program by the department contact:
- Needs assessment
- Guidance in career search techniques
- Resume and cover letter development
- Networking assistance in local business, government and education communities
- Opportunities for informational interviews with UCSD employees and Recruiters for UCSD staff positions.
- Company/industry research
- Interview preparation and salary negotiation assistance
- In depth relocation resources related to housing and community information in San Diego
From the spouse of a faculty member in UCSD's Division of Physical Sciences:
"I did not know much about the San Diego job market, and the coordinator guided my steps all the way. UCSD has a competitive edge compared to other universities where similar programs do not exist. This program played an important role in helping me to expand the network of potential employers in San Diego and, at the same time, increased my confidence during the job search. I am grateful for the coordinator's high-quality professionalism and support."
From the spouse of a faculty member in UCSD's Division of Social Sciences:
"I had a very positive initial impression of UCSD because of the Partner Opportunities Program. In fact, the Partner Opportunities Program enabled us to make a very rapid decision for my spouse to join the faculty at UCSD and enabled a remarkably smooth transition for us. Because my entire hiring process was facilitated by connections made through this program, I will always be grateful for your service."