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, within the Social Sciences Division of the College of Letters and Science, is highly regarded in the Political Science community, ranking 4th in the nation. Our faculty and students have close contact with other departments and programs on campus, including Statistics, The Goldman School of Public Policy, Computer Science, and The School of Law. We are home to several research centers. The department is comprised of 75 faculty, including adjuncts and emeritus, approximately 120 graduate students, and 1,100 undergraduate majors. We also host post-docs, visiting scholars, and 9 staff FTE.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 10/31/2022.
Applying professional student services concepts, the position provides the full range of student services to the graduate student population served by the department including; advising continuing students on all aspects of their degree programs, registration and enrollment guidance, funding/financial aid, monitoring and recording student progress.
This position serves as the lead' advisor to the department on graduate admissions.
Screens applicants for political science department faculty using professional judgment when reviewing complex applications for admission.
Coordinates application administration, summarizes applicant qualifications, and compiles fellowship and scholarship awards for admitted applicants to be reviewed by faculty.
Works closely with admissions' committee and admissions' committee chair to facilitate the admission process.
Provides detailed information about higher education generally and UC Berkeley specifically.
Serves as liaison between students, other universities, professional associations, and UC Berkeley department of political science, and L&S Social Sciences Division.
Administers, in collaboration with Director of Administration and other Graduate Student Services Advisor, student fellowships, grants, scholarships, other awards, and graduate student reimbursements; advises students on financial aid options on campus and extramural fellowship opportunities.
Partners with second Graduate Advisor for the equitable assignment, recruitment, and hiring of GSIs each term.
Assists with tracking and maintaining accurate records of professional job placement for graduating students and alumni.
Manages and executes job placement resources and trainings.
Advises faculty on departmental, college and university policies and procedures; reviews students' progress and advises students and faculty on requirements for the graduate degree/program completion; identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions; devises curriculum planning in collaboration with the chair and faculty, and with other departments.
Helps to designs newsletters and communications to promote graduate program goals.
Participates with department management in the development and monitoring of policies and procedures for Student Services operations.
Analyzes existing department academic policies, programs and procedures, and work with staff, faculty members/committees, and graduate student leaders to revise and/or update them, identifying potential solutions and/or clarifications, and paying attention to the consequences of any proposed changes.
Independently plans and implements complex, high-visibility departmental events including graduate student visit days, and assists with commencement preparations.
Maintains and updates graduate student portions of department website and assists with web development and general website maintenance for department.
Compiles student data and statistics about the graduate student population and academic progress for use in the department's strategic planning.
Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
Knowledge of and/or ability to learn University-specific computer application programs (CalCentral, Slate, SIS, Filemaker Pro, Drupal, several Graduate Division databases, etc.).
Knowledge of graduate student advising policies and procedures.
Knowledge of MS office suite, Adobe Acrobat, and shared Google docs/sheets.
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.
Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
Ability to interpret and communicate policies and procedures to prospective and continuing students and the public.
Organized and service-oriented, with ability to work independently and effectively manage multiple priorities
Bachelor's degree in related area and or equivalent experience/training.
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 within the range of $75,000.00 - $85,000.00.
Please submit your cover letter and resume when applying.
Referral Source info This job is part of the Employee Referral Program. If a UC Berkeley employee is referring you, please ensure you select the Referral Source of 'UCB Employee' and then enter the employee's Name and Berkeley email address in the Specific Referral Source field. Please enter only one name and email. Other Information
This position is eligible for 25% remote work.
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.