At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: November 13, 2020
The Colleges of Chemistry (CoC) and Engineering (CoE) at UC Berkeley are recognized for their educational and research excellence, consistently ranking among the top one to three Science and Engineering programs in the US. The combined Colleges have close to 300 regular faculty members, 2000 graduate students and 3500 undergraduate students located in nine academic departments. The CoC and CoE lie at the intersection of a number of distinct science and engineering disciplines, multiple major multi-campus institutes, and several campus-wide strategic initiatives. In all cases, the two Colleges prepare scientists and engineers with the multidisciplinary skills to lead enterprises of all scales, in industry, government and the nonprofit sector.
The professional Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering (MSSE) graduate program within the College of Chemistry and in collaboration with the College of Engineering, prepares post-baccalaureate students for career paths that lead to software positions and managerial and executive positions in software technology enabled companies and organizations as well as entrepreneurial ventures. The program combines leadership coursework in innovation, teamwork and management with intensive study in an area of technical specialization of software engineering tied to large scale scientific computing, data science, and advanced algorithms.
Academic Advising: Advises faculty on departmental / school / college and university policies and procedures; reviews students' progress and advises students and faculty on requirements for degree / program completion; identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions; devises curriculum planning in collaboration with the Executive Director and faculty, and with other departments. Based on knowledge of the curriculum, coordinates the assignment of students to faculty advisers. Prepares training materials for faculty advisers and annually edits MSSE student handbook. Serves as home base for MSSE students, welcoming them into the program and directing them to campus resources as appropriate. Handles exceptional requests and petitions. Identifies and refers students with specialized needs to the faculty Program Director and faculty advisor(s) as needed. Advises and counsels individuals with unique and/or confidential problems, and arranges specialized help for students as needed through other support services within the community. Makes recommendations for and effects resolution of complex student issues regarding financial commitments, personal crises, student progress and grievances.
Recruitment and Admissions: Plans and implements outreach programs with specifically targeted institutions; advises prospective applicants on necessary academic preparation; appropriateness of program as it pertains to the prospective applicant's goals; utilizing in-depth knowledge of the organization's admissions criteria, helps screen applicants for admissions; evaluates domestic and international transcripts for degree eligibility; initiates and arranges student recruitment visits. Monitors and reports trends in admissions, yield, and distribution of students to facilitate recruitment and admission strategies, including special efforts to attract qualified women and underrepresented minorities.
Events and Career Counseling: Oversees and may conduct orientation of new students. Plans and implements high-visibility student events, such as commencements. Organizes job fairs. Plans, designs, and provides workshops for students, such as information about the organization, or academic strategies and enrichment programs. Develops and enhances an alumni recruitment network. Advises students on the job market process, and the standards and norms specific to MSSE; Identifies and cultivates potential employers and industry partners for capstone projects that may lead to subsequent employment. Coordinates and implements programs and workshops to support and retain URM students / scholars.
Financial Aid: Oversees the administration, evaluation, and awarding of student fellowships, grants, scholarships, and other awards; advises students on financial aid options of the organization and extra-mural fellowship opportunities; oversees processes for equitable assignment of Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and coordinates GSI assignments each term.
Policy and Procedure Interpretation: Responsible for interpreting organization policies and advising students and faculty on student conduct, student grievances, disputes, and issues regarding discrimination. Provides advice and assistance to students and scholars regarding complex U.S. visa and immigration procedures, compliance issues, and employment eligibility / authorization.
Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
Solid verbal and written communication skills.
Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
Ability in problem identification and reasoning; ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
Customer service orientation and ability to flexible and adaptable to change.
Attention to detail and ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet competing deadlines.
Proficiency with PC platform and desktop applications for word processing and data management (e.g. MS Office, FileMaker) and ability to learn other database applications as needed.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn, University-specific computer application programs, including SIS, Slate, and CalCentral and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Knowledge of complex U.S. visa and immigration procedures, compliance issues, and employment eligibility / authorization for international students and scholars.
In-depth knowledge of the field's post-degree employment opportunities and practices.
Knowledge of campus policies and procedures pertaining to graduate education, curriculum, grading, student conduct, confidentiality (FERPA) and related areas.
Salary & Benefits
This is a monthly paid (exempt) position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience within the range of $50,400-$75,000.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.