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. 

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

Program Handbook:

The program handbook includes descriptions of the program components and expectations for participants, supervisors and the program manager. The program is dynamic and responsive to university and participant needs, consequently, program components and details may change in 2021. 

Program Timeline:

  • SEP runs from January to November each year, with recruitment beginning in the fall.
  • In January, 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 November prior to the winter closure.
  • Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, program activities will take place virtually, with the possibility of resuming in-person events and workshops should it become safe and appropriate to do so.

Program Eligibility:

  • UCLA career employee with at least one year of service (at least one year of service in current role as of January 1, 2021, is strongly preferred)
  • Contract employees who would otherwise be eligible for the program should contact the program manager
  • Payroll title of Administrative Specialist (and equivalent titles) or below. Staff whose titles have been converted to Career Tracks should contact the program manager
  • 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.

2021 Application Submission Process:

DUE: September 14, 2020

  • The SEP program application includes the digital PARTICIPANT APPLICATION, (applicant’s information, 5 personal response questions and resume), and the digital SUPERVISOR RECOMMENDATION. Sample application and recommendation can be found on the left-hand panel.

Close association between participants, their supervisors and the program manager 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. Cost is free to most departments and participants, however, please contact the program manager if you are a department within the UCLA Health System.

Recruitment for the Staff Enrichment Program begins in the fall of each year. For additional information, contact Training and Development.

Campus Human Resources, Training and Development
Phone: (310) 794-0850 | Fax: (310) 794-0855