Staff Enrichment Program (SEP)

Since 1979, the Staff Enrichment Program (SEP) has been committed to helping UCLA staff achieve their career goals. By fostering a sense of belonging, developing employees’ vocational and professional skills, and exploring career possibilities, SEP aims to retain high-potential employees and prepare them for leadership roles at UCLA. SEP, and other staff development programs, strive to provide the campus with a diverse pool of skilled applicants to meet the operational needs and manage the challenges afforded by UCLA's dynamic environment.

Due to COVID-19, SEP transitioned to a fully remote program in March 2020. At this time, all meetings, activities, and events will be held over Zoom. Plans to return to in-person participation and instruction will be contingent upon UCLA and CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants.

Program Objectives

  • Empower staff to become active agents in their professional and career development
  • Foster a culture of ongoing competency, skill and knowledge development
  • Teach staff knowledge, tools, and frameworks to set and achieve goals, manage performance, develop professional networks, and explore growth opportunities
  • Foster a learning community committed to collective development and support
  • Introduce staff to opportunities for growth and career exploration.

Program Components

Workshops, assignments and projects are intentionally designed to enhance participant skills, expand participant’s professional networks, and develop participant’s professional identities. Participants should expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours each month on Staff Enrichment Program activities and assignments. Four hours each month are spent in program workshops and the remaining hours may be determined according to individual work schedules, priorities, and work styles.

  • Capstone project that provides opportunities for skill building and further exploration of professional interests
  • Monthly workshops on skill development and career enhancement
  • Individual career coaching to create professional development plans for success
  • A variety of assignments designed to apply the skills and tools taught during monthly workshops
  • Networking with program alumni and campus affiliates who have been successful in their professional endeavors at the University
  • Small and large group presentations to enhance public speaking skills
  • Educational stipend

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The Staff Enrichment Program is committed to providing development opportunities that reflect and support individuals with diverse backgrounds, identities and experiences. We acknowledge that bias, discrimination and oppression can impact professional and career development. We are committed to reviewing and assessing our program curriculum, content, and facilitation, as well as administration and management, to continually work toward a more equitable, diverse and inclusive learning environment that supports dignity and advancement for all.

Program Information

The program information folder includes descriptions of the program components and expectations for participants, supervisors, and the Professional & Career Development team. The program is dynamic and responsive to university and participant needs. Consequently, program components and details may change.

Program Timeline

  • The Staff Enrichment Program starts August of each year, with recruitment efforts beginning in the winter or early spring.
  • In August, participants attend an orientation and a variety of welcome events.
  • Program activities and events are attended throughout the year.
  • A final celebration is held in May of each year.

Program Eligibility

  • Full-time career employment at UCLA in the following payroll title levels:
    • Professional & Support Staff (PSS) Grades A-D & 1
    • Career Tracks titles in the Professional categories 1& 2
    • Career Tracks titles in the Supervisory 1 category
    • If unsure about your eligibility, please view the list of eligible titles 
  • At least one year of service at UCLA as of August 1, 2022, is required. At least one year of service in current role is preferred.
  • Contract employees who would otherwise be eligible for the program should contact the Professional & Career Development Coordinator.
  • A rating of “Meets Expectations” (or better) on the most current performance evaluation.
  • Departmental support for participation (direct supervisor and department head)
  • Selected participants must have access to Zoom, as well as a computer with a camera and microphone, and a private space to participate in remote meetings.
  • Selected participants must be able to travel to and attend workshops and other events on campus and in person.

2022-2023 Application Submission Process

The application for SEP will be open from March 14, 2022 through April 15, 2022.

The SEP application includes the participant application (applicant’s information, a number of personal response questions and resume) and the supervisor recommendation.

To continue with the application process, please access the Staff Enrichment Program ApplicationTo proceed with your application, do NOT sign-in or register for a Survey Monkey Account. Instead, please select “Or Sign in with UCLA Staff SSO.”

  • All components of the application are required and must be submitted before the application will be considered complete.
  • A selection committee reviews applications and recommends selected staff for in-person interviews. A final cohort of approximately 35 staff is selected and notified in June 2022.
  • In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the UCLA Staff Enrichment Program will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests for accommodations can be fulfilled more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before any relevant deadline. Please direct accommodation requests to the Professional & Career Development team.

Close association between participants, their supervisors and the Professional & Career Development team is maintained to ensure that individual career development plans and program activities remain consistent with the University's needs. Supervisors can expect that participants will need an average of 10-12 hours of release time each month. There is no cost to either the department or program member.

Recruitment for the Staff Enrichment Program begins in the spring of each year. For additional information, contact Learning & Organizational Development.

For additional information contact:

Lola Engle, Professional & Career Development Coordinator
Campus Human Resources, Learning & Organizational Development
Email: lengle@chr.ucla.edu

Campus Human Resources, Learning & Organizational Development
Phone: (310) 794-0850 | Fax: (310) 794-0855