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 available to General Campus Ladder rank candidates and appointees.

Department chairs can request and authorize POP services by completing the electronic Request for Services Form or the pdf 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).

Partner Opportunities Program Services

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

Referral to the Partner Opportunities Program

A department may refer the partner of a current or prospective ladder-rank faculty member.  To request the services of the Partner Opportunities Program, complete the request form and submit via email to, fax (858-534-2362), or intracampus mail (mail code 0065). The form should be submitted with a signature or e-mail approval from the department chair.

What Clients Say About POP

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."
The Partner Opportunities Program provides information, assistance, and support for those seeking employment with the University of California, San Diego and San Diego area employers. However, the program does not provide job placement and does not guarantee employment for clients. In addition, UC San Diego and other employers will not be asked to create positions or hire those who are unqualified. Employers will not be asked to change hiring practices and will retain the right to make their own decisions. UC San Diego is not responsible for the employment practices of entities or individuals to whom referrals are made.

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