Associate Director (4565U), Golden Bear Orientation - 44130
University of California Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 3544720
Associate Director (4565U), Golden Bear Orientation - 44130
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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.
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New Student Services (NSS) empowers undergraduate students to succeed and facilitates their transition to UC Berkeley. This process is known as the Golden Bear Experience, which consists of two parts: Before Students Arrive (advising and prep, online) and After Students Arrive (Golden Bear Orientation, and Getting Your Bearings, on campus).
OUR MISSION The overarching goals of the Golden Bear Experience are to:
welcome new students into UC Berkeley's scholarly community and lay the foundation for fostering their intellectual identity
create opportunities for participants to gain an understanding of academic requirements
create opportunities for participants to connect with university and college resources, services, and support structures
create opportunities for participants to engage with campus traditions and the range of UC Berkeley's unique cultural communities
create opportunities for participants to engage with their peers and the broader campus community
set the path for a lifelong relationship with the campus
The Golden Bear Experience for many years was fondly known as Cal Student Orientation or CalSO.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: October 27, 2022. For full consideration please submit application materials by November 4, 2022.
Golden Bear Orientation Program Logistics
Independently organizes and secures all orientation logistics, including venue reservations, meals, equipment rentals, and AV. Oversee schedule of all orientation events and orientation group scheduling. Guarantees all 9,500+ incoming undergraduates receive every component of Golden Bear Orientation, resulting in over 200+ unique schedules.
Makes recommendations to NSS management and campus leadership for changes and/or development of Golden Bear Orientation structure, schedule, and programming components.
Includes collaboration with multiple campus departments (scheduling entities, Cal Dining, Procurement) and external vendors (food trucks, Telegraph Business Improvement District).
Academic Advising Coordination
Leads academic advising communication efforts for incoming students and coordinates with academic advisers throughout campus, including creating and managing Golden Bear Advising and College Programming during Golden Bear Orientation.
Develops and maintains complex or sensitive relationships with all Berkeley Colleges, Schools, and Programs serving incoming undergraduate students. Independently serves as senior member and NSS representative of the campus Golden Bear Orientation Academic Advising Committee. Works directly with stakeholders across campus to strategically offer streamlined outreach efforts on behalf of the University.
This responsibility does not necessarily require direct experience serving as an academic advisor, though an understanding of a students academic journey will be beneficial. Rather, the Associate Director will work alongside the advising community to translate the academic needs of individual incoming students and the departments that serve them.
Supervision of Program Coordinators
Supervises two (2) Program Coordinators. Program Coordinators will have oversight over new student onboarding, yield, Orientation Leader training, violence and harassment prevention/management, wellness programming, multi-department GBO programming, existing and future transition programs, and student supervision.
Golden Bear Orientation Programming
Oversees, designs, and implements individual program(s) of the Golden Bear Orientation in collaboration with other NSS professional and student staff, and possibly campus partners. Articulates program needs, including OL training and budget impact.
Oversees department's assessment process, working with campus partners in creating assessment tool and measuring and disseminating assessment data.
Collaborate with Divisional assessment experts to write survey questions, create assessment instrument, and analyze data.
Report findings to Golden Bear Orientation Steering Committee made up of vice chancellors and deans. Disseminate data to campus partners and utilize data to continually improve efforts
Budget Makes recommendations to management for changes and/or development of New Student Services annual budget under the oversight of the NSS Director.
Program management of large event, including meals, space reservations, and technology access.
Demonstrated experience in collaborating across departments/teams.
Knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs and knowledge of or ability to learn University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
Ability in problem identification, reasoning.
Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
Knowledge of FERPA.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Master's Degree in related professional field preferred or 5 additional years equivalent experience/training.
Thorough knowledge of student development, advising and counseling techniques.
Thorough knowledge of Student Affairs/Student Life specialization.
Thorough knowledge of undergraduate (and parent) orientation and transition programs.
Knowledge of leadership theory.
Advanced level knowledge of student development theory, multicultural competencies, advising and mentoring competencies; emerging research on parents of college students, course design and development, and leadership development and training.
Salary & Benefits
This position is exempt and paid monthly. The annual salary for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $87,000.00 - $93,000.00.
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application.
This is a career, 100% full-time, 40-hours per week appointment, eligible for full UC benefits.
This is a remote-friendly position, eligible for 25% remote capability. Remote work is dependent on time of year due to specific in person programming.
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
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