Associate Director, MPAc Program


Job Summary

Reporting to the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, working with the MPAc Faculty Director and Executive Director, and collaborating with the Student Affairs staff, the incumbent will manage key programs, provide leadership and develop strategy for the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAc) program. The incumbent will direct admissions, orientation, registration, programming, events, placement, and alumni affairs; initiate, develop, implement and manage new programs, policies, and processes affecting admissions, academic and student services, and placement; evaluate and interview candidates for admission, manage a transformative student experience, develop high-level recruiter relationships, and oversee alumni affairs. The incumbent will also provide high-level policy guidance to diverse students, faculty, staff, alumni, applicants, company representatives, and the general public about MPAc procedures, programming, deadlines, and events; and serve as the primary source of information and communication for MPAc prospects and current students, the UC Davis community, other institutions, and employers.

Department Purpose

The MPAc program is one of six programs at the GSM and boasts one of the top career placement percentages for graduates. This individual is responsible for student enrollments, admissions, programming, and more.



Direct outreach, recruiting and admissions for MPAc students. Serve as lead recruiter for all candidates interested in the MPAc Program. Develop and execute overall recruiting, admissions and enrollment strategy for a competitive degree program. Identify, cultivate and deliver opportunities to increase program visibility, grow the applicant pool, increase student yield, and meet enrollment targets.

Drawing from internal and market data, analyze the management education market and recommend appropriate actions to the assistant dean and admissions director. Develop and implement projects and processes related to MPAc admissions and programs.

Determine benchmarks to measure growth and progress for the program. Oversee the complex MPAc admissions application, screening, interview, decision, and notification processes to meet enrollment targets. Serve as a member of the Admissions Committee; evaluate applicants based on academic background, test scores, experience, career goals, and other attributes; interview candidates to assess focus and communication skills; recommend an admissions action.

Provide comprehensive MPAc program information through individual meetings, group workshops, information sessions, graduate and career fairs, national conferences, webinars and panel discussions. Manage all programming associated with these initiatives. Serve as primary contact for MPAc program for prospective students, the UCD community, and outside institutions. Represent the GSM at a variety of events and activities.


Develop and execute an innovative placement program for a diverse student population that includes traditional accounting firms and non-traditional employers. Deliver high-level student preparation and employer programs. Create innovative programs in the highly-competitive accounting job market to increase the readiness of students and accessibility of employers.

Develop and implement a comprehensive series of career workshops strategically coordinated with the student career search timeline. Ensure that students are optimally prepared for the transition from graduate programs to professional positions. Manage senior-level recruiter relationships. Identify key employers and manage the relationships to promote MPAc students and advance GSM. Solicit financial support to fund MPAc student programs. Collaborate on informational materials for employers.


In consultation with the senior assistant dean and senior directors of admissions, career development, and corporate relations, and MPAc faculty committee, develop and execute programs and procedures affecting student recruitment, admissions, corporate relations, student projects, and placement. Develop and execute strategies to increase visibility and awareness of the GSM with key corporations and professional groups. Along with MPAc Assistant Director, oversee the planning, development, management and implementation of programs, activities, and processes to ensure that all MPAc students have an exceptional experience. Develop and implement plans to engage and involve MPAc alumni in current student orientation and placement. Lay the foundation for current and future financial support from alumni. Independently identify and resolve student concerns, needs, and issues. Anticipate opportunities and issues before they arise and develop new programs and processes to ensure their success. Make independent decisions, including programming direction, budgetary allocations and policy decisions, regarding event needs and resources. Develop, plan, manage and implement student registration, enrichment, orientation, leadership, and commencement programs.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA)

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Progressive experience managing a complex program in a fast-paced professional work environment. Experience in higher education recruitment and admissions, assessing candidates as part of a selective evaluation process, and interviewing candidates. Experience analyzing data for business insights and preparing statistical reports. Experience providing a high level of customer service to a client base such as students, employers, alumni, staff, faculty, and the public.

Preferred Qualifications: MPAc, MBA, or other Master’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in relational databases, electronic communications and web editing. Knowledge and experience in working with graduate-level management students. Knowledge and experience of UC Davis and campus resources.

Work Environment

The Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy is intended to provide a healthier, safer, and more productive work and learning environment for the entire UC community. The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University-owned or leased properties, or facilities operated by UC staff or faculty.

Smoking and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, residential space, and University vehicles.

Work evenings, holidays, and weekends sometimes on short notice, to meet operational needs. Based in Davis, CA campus. Requires travel, including overnight and weekends, in-state, nationally, and internationally as the need arises. Travel to Sacramento, Davis, and San Ramon campuses and Sacramento and Bay Area locations; a valid California driver's license and passport are required. UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited on any UC Davis-owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.


Principles of Community

UC Davis is a diverse community comprised of individuals having many perspectives
and identities. We come from a multitude of backgrounds and experiences, with distinct needs and goals. We recognize that to create an inclusive and intellectually vibrant community, we must understand and value both our individual differences and our common ground. The UC Davis Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that embodies this commitment, and reflects the ideals we seek to uphold.

Additional Physical Demands

Stand continuously (up to 6 hours with regularly scheduled breaks) during events. Lift supplies and materials weighing up to 25 lbs.

This is a critical position, as defined by UC policy and local procedures, and as such employment is contingent upon successful completion of background check(s), including but not limited to criminal record history background check(s).