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The Department of Economics is among the largest teaching and research departments at UC Berkeley, and is consistently ranked among the top five in its field worldwide. The department employs 15 departmental staff, approximately 45 ladder-rank faculty, and maintains a total academic membership of approximately 70 including joint appointments, lecturers, visiting faculty and active emeritus. The size of the Economics student services operation overall rivals that of many schools or colleges at Berkeley, with 1,500 undergraduate majors, 700 degrees annually, 140 PhD students; 800 graduate PhD applications, 200 academic student employees, each year; 150 courses with 40,000 student credit hours annually, 100 visiting concurrent enrollment students, and over $6M in teaching funds and in fellowship funds.
The Undergraduate Advisor is a member of an advising team that administers several aspects of the department's undergraduate program with a high level of independence and autonomy. This position is responsible for advising/counseling a cohort of undergraduate students and provides administrative and policy analysis on a range of issues relevant to the undergraduate major. This position is also responsible for management of the Economics Undergraduate Honors Program. This position works collaboratively with the Undergraduate Advising Team and supports the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Services, Undergraduate Chair, and the Director of Student Services on administration of undergraduate student services, interpretation/implementation of university and department policies, and formulation of department policy by advising on areas needing clarification and identifying solutions.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: October 4, 2021
Undergraduate Academic Advising: Applying professional student services and counseling concepts, provides the full range of student services, academic advising, and guidance to undergraduate student population served by the organization. In conjunction with the Undergraduate Advising team, reviews students' progress and advises students and faculty on requirements for degree/program completion, advises faculty on departmental/ and university policies and procedures; identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions; devises curriculum planning in collaboration with chair, faculty, and with other departments.
Advises prospective applicants on necessary academic preparation; appropriateness of program as it pertains to the prospective applicant's goals. Assesses and evaluates student eligibility for graduation with regard to major requirement completion. Responsible for interpreting campus policies and advising students and faculty on student conduct, student grievances, disputes, and issues regarding discrimination. Advises department students on the job market process, and the standards and norms specific to the student's field of study; assesses internship program eligibility for credit. Utilizes full scope of advising/counseling skill set to support students of concern, students in distress, and/or students in academic difficulty.
Recruitment and Admissions: Utilizing in-depth knowledge of the organization's admissions criteria, evaluates applicants for admission to the major. 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 evaluate applicants for admissions.
Economics Undergraduate Honors Program: Within an academic department, responsible for management of the Economics Undergraduate Honors Program. Collaborating with the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Services, the incumbent manages the day-to-day oversight of the honors program including course enrollment, application assessment, information sessions/workshops, and faculty support.
Serves as the primary advisor for the honors program. Advises prospective honors students on necessary academic preparation and program planning. Develops new/innovative ideas for program growth and development.
Programming/Events: Plans and implements complex, high-visibility student events, such as commencement, and Cal Day. Plans, designs, and provides workshops for students, such as information about the major or academic strategies and enrichment programs. Participates in Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) and Golden Bear Advising (GBA) activities and presentations. May develop other student programming to address the evolving needs of our student population.
Professional Development: Maintain professional development and update working knowledge of student affairs administration through attendance and participation at campus and other training sessions, seminars, conferences, and events and active membership in campus and professional organizations, and networking with peers. The Department of Economics provides $1,500 per year toward professional development activities.
Thorough knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
Strong interpersonal skills, analytical skills, service orientation, active listening, critical thinking, attention to detail, ability to multi-task in a high volume environment, organizational skills, effective verbal and written communication skills, sound judgment and decision-making.
Thorough knowledge of, or can quickly learn, college/school policies, procedures, and requirements.
Thorough knowledge of, or can quickly learn, department/college/school precedents and application of policy.
Multicultural competencies and cultural humility; ability to work with diverse populations.
Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
Experience in managing student programs and/or event planning.
Knowledge of, or can quickly learn, University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Ability in problem identification, reasoning.
Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
Ability to be resourceful, creative, innovative and flexible.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
UC campus experience and/or similar institutional experience preferred.
Salary & Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience up to $75,000.00, annually.
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This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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