Graduate Student Services Advisor (4575U) Job 38232 - College of Environmental Design (CED)
University of California Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 3184702
Graduate Student Services Advisor (4575U) Job 38232 - College of Environmental Design (CED)
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.
The Department of City and Regional Planning is an interdisciplinary field seeking to shape the socio-spatial evolution of neighborhoods, cities and regions by empowering social actors to envision, plan, and shape better futures. At DCRP, we incorporate interdisciplinary ideas and methods, from political science to anthropology to engineering, while we nurture a planning sensibility in our students: a willingness to confront tough challenges, utilize innovative planning and design techniques, and embrace normative goals. At the graduate level, we offer a Master of City Planning (a two-year professional degree), with a variety of concentrations, and a Ph.D. in city and regional planning. This position independently advises students and resolves student services-related issues on the full range of academic issues inherent within DCRP.
Provides a wide range of student services duties and responsibilities for an academic department/school/college or organization.
Provides assistance to and advises the dean/chair, faculty, and students in a wide variety of student issues including but not limited to, academic advising, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, the evaluation and awarding of fellowships and block grant funds, student orientation and events, career counseling, and related programs.
Serves as a resource for students, prospective applicants, faculty, and staff and provides information on all aspects of the doctoral and graduate program.
Responsible for student advising, progress to degree, advancement to candidacy, and graduation in the Master of City Planning degree program, its related dual-degree programs, the Ph.D. program in City Planning, and the Certificate Programs managed by DCRP.
Works with the DCRP Chair and other management within the department to recommend changes to policies, practices, and procedures.
Acts as the liaison between the Department Chair, MSO, Faculty Graduate Advisors, students, and the Graduate Division as well as with job placement and internship opportunities with the Career Center and other area agencies.
Thorough knowledge of current Graduate Division policies and processes, and adheres to them, consulting as necessary with the Graduate Division, Chair, and MSO.
Majority of duties and assignments are handled independently and require in-depth knowledge of federal, state, campus, college, and departmental policies and regulations with regard to graduate student affairs.
Administers funds for student programs under their purview.
Support other departmental and College GSAOs in decision-making.
May manage up to two student assistants.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 7/11/22 - Open Until Filled
35% 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 rank applicants for admissions; evaluates domestic and international transcripts for degree eligibility; initiates and arranges student recruitment visits.
25% 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 chair / dean and faculty, and with other departments.
10% 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 an equitable assignment of Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and coordinates GSI assignments each term.
5% Student Conduct: Responsible for interpreting organization policies and advising students and faculty on student conduct, student grievances, disputes, and issues regarding discrimination.
5% Course Scheduling: Assists in curriculum planning in collaboration with chair/dean and faculty, and with other departments, to ensure students' progress through course sequences, avoiding conflicts, and ensuring compliance with campus-wide policies.
5% Events: Plans and implements complex, high-visibility student events, such as commencements. Plans, designs, and provides workshops for students, such as information about the campus, or academic strategies and enrichment programs. Plans, designs, and provides workshops for students, such as information about the organization, or academic strategies and enrichment programs.
5% Accreditation: Assists Chair and MSO in collection and reporting of data for Planning Accreditation Board and all other program evaluations. Participates in program evaluation by surveys of students and alumni, and works collaboratively with co-GSAO, MSO, Chair, and Program Committee Chairs.
5% Career Counseling: Directs department/college/school students to resources on the job market process, and the standards and norms specific to the student's field of study; advises on summer internship programs; develops and maintains network of departments and regional firms interested in hiring summer students. Organizes job fairs. Develops and enhances an alumni recruitment network. Identifies and cultivates potential employers.
5% Professional Development: Takes classes/workshops that will enhance expertise in professional areas of interest and growth and will enhance current work environment. Participate in university service activities.
Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
Advanced knowledge of complex visa and immigration policies, procedures and regulatory requirements for international students and scholars.
Ability in problem identification and reasoning; ability to develop original ideas to solve problems, persuasion, leadership.
Skills in monitoring / assessing people, processes or services, to make improvements.
In-depth knowledge of the field's post-degree employment opportunities and practices.
Skills in project management, social perceptiveness to be aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Advanced knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
Knowledge of University-specific computer application programs and knowledge of University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
The salary range designated for this position: $65,000 - $75,000; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.
Conviction History Background
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.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
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:
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