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The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) is seeking a Student Services Advisor 4 to support our top-ranked graduate program. We are looking for a dynamic, thoughtful, adaptable individual with top-notch advising skills, who enjoys an academic and research working environment.
ESPM is a multidisciplinary academic department in the Rausser College of Natural Resources (RCNR) on the Berkeley campus, encompassing basic and applied aspects of biological, physical and social sciences as applied to natural resources and natural resource-based production systems. Additionally, the department is part of the Office of the President's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and as such, is a research and teaching center of the Agricultural Experiment Station.
ESPM has 56 faculty, 16 Specialists in Cooperative Extension, and 11 adjuncts. ESPM has around 150 Graduate Students in our highly ranked graduate program. These students go on to careers in research, teaching, and public outreach.
The incumbent will be an advocate for ESPM throughout campus, and will help envision, build and support graduate student advising in the department in campus' administrative structure.
We acknowledge that UC Berkeley is located on the territory of xuyun, the ancestral and unceded land of the Chocenyo speaking Ohlone people, the successors of the sovereign Verona Band of Alameda County. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe and other familial descendants of the Verona Band.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 10/12/2022.
Under the direction of the ESPM Department Manager, this position is part of a five-person ESPM team and, as such, serves as an integral part of the department team and provides back-up support to the department chair in the absence of the department manager.
Serve as primary advisor to new and continuing graduate students.
Provide direction to students on the day-to-day and complex issues encountered in the department, including student recruitment, admissions, curriculum and GSI/GSR appointments.
Using advanced student services and guidance concepts, provide a complete menu of student services to the unit's management, faculty and students.
Builds and maintains excellent working relationships with key internal and external partners.
Involves a wide range of student services duties and responsibilities and provides assistance to the dean/chair, faculty, and students in 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.
Plan, develop and administer the student services budget for the organization.
Decides which resources will be committed to goals and objectives, and how they will be allocated.
Determine and track funding for students.
Collaborate with the Berkeley Regional Services Human Resources (BEST-HR) and Research Administration (BEST-RA) to ensure that graduate students' funding is administered accurately and in timely manner.
Recommend, track and monitor sources of funding, investigate new sources of funding.
Stay informed of changes in Graduate Division and other relevant funding and fellowship policies.
Recognizes issues that have campus impact or future implications and advises the managed employees and students accordingly.
Evaluates the effectiveness of the student services function, and makes changes to the program to provide better service to organizational management, faculty, and students.
Represents the student services unit to the campus community and relevant external constituencies.
Graduate Recruitment, Admissions, Job Market:
Advise applicants on necessary academic preparation as well as appropriateness of program pertaining to individual goals and interests.
Serves as primary contact for applicants and accepted candidates.
Coordinate and track graduate admissions process.
Ensure eligibility and application completeness for applicants through online application system.
Assist faculty in recruitment of candidates offered admission.
Organize and implement campus visits of prospective students In February and orientation for new students in August.
The successful applicant will have sufficient administration skills to provide support and assistance to job market faculty and job candidates.
Advanced knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
In-depth knowledge of and/or ability to learn student programmatic and functional affairs on departmental, campus and university-wide levels.
In-depth knowledge of and/or ability to learn campus and university graduate student affairs policies and procedures, including all financial award matters.
In-depth knowledge of the field's post-degree employment opportunities and practices.
Knowledge of and/or ability to learn common University-specific computer application programs.
Knowledge of and/or ability to learn University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Skills in monitoring/assessing people, processes or services, to make improvements.
Skills in project management, social perceptiveness to be aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Ability in problem identification, reasoning, and attention to detail.
Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems, persuasion, leadership.
Can develop and implement original ideas and correctly identify and effectively solve problems.
Organized and service-oriented.
Able to effectively manage multiple important priorities.
Possesses good judgment and can assess and handle non-routine situations.
Possesses political acumen and excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups across all levels.
Able to work independently.
Computer skills; Microsoft Office, Google Suite.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training highly desirable.
Experience working in a scientific environment.
Experience in advising students in technical and scientific majors.
Salary & Benefits
This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits. Annual salary is commensurate with experience up to $93,100.00.
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application.
This position is eligible for 40% remote work.
This is not a visa opportunity.
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.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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