Program Manager, MPS Scholars (4500U) - Physical Science, Dean's Office
University of California, Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 4051977
Program Manager, MPS Scholars (4500U) - Physical Science, Dean's Office
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The primary goal of MPS Scholars is to provide pathways to success for underrepresented (UR) students -- at the extraordinary scale of a public research university. For the purpose of this program, we aim to recruit the following groups to MPS Scholars: underrepresented minority (URM) students, women and other gender minorities, students with disabilities, first generation college students, veterans, students from low socioeconomic (SES) backgrounds and community college transfer students. This program supports underrepresented (UR) students to advance to degree completion, continue into graduate programs or on to industrial or teaching jobs, and achieve STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers at the same rate and with the same level of satisfaction and success as non-UR students. MPS Scholars is designed to achieve equity by addressing the causes of disparate outcomes for UR students in the mathematical and physical sciences (MPS) fields.
This position manages all program components related to MPS Scholars, including the MPS Scholars Mentoring Network, MPS Scholars Undergraduate Research, MPS 1 Orientation Course, and MPS Launch Day. MPS Scholars is a structured approach that enables UR students to:
benefit from cross-generational mentoring
learn how to navigate paths into the scientific community, e.g. get access to faculty
understand how to traverse MPS fields for cross-disciplinary connections
access paid scientific opportunities, including research opportunities
access skill development opportunities that aid in the development of scientific identities
benefit from learning opportunities that boost academic achievement
acquire social networks that facilitate opportunities for professional advancement
acquire social networks that provide an authentic sense of belonging
become integral, life-long members and leaders of the science community
This is a Limited (temporary) position that we are looking to fill from May 5-October 25, 2023.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: April 12, 2023
25% In consultation with DEIA Assistant Dean, administer and manage the MPS Scholars Mentoring Network-
Implement a specialized suite of programs and services to support and develop STEM students that support academic success, professional development, and wellness.
Manage recruitment, selection, pairing, orientations, and training for mentors and mentees.
Implement and coordinate events and professional development opportunities for mentors and mentees.
Coordinate with student organizations to administer the program and track participation.
Identify and refer for resolution intricate student issues and grievances such as alleged discrimination or students' personal crises that impacts their participation in the program.
Address and advocate on behalf of student concerns.
20% Coordinate and administer the MPS Summer Undergraduate Research initiatives-
Implement and coordinate events and professional development opportunities for research participants.
Administer stipends in coordination with MPS DEIA Program Coordinator.
Coordinate with staff and faculty of partnering campus and departmental research programs to track research participants.
Schedule and facilitate small group check ins.
Coordinate with departmental staff and faculty to implement research based courses.
Administer program evaluations.
20% In consultation with DEIA Assistant Dean and course instructor facilitate the MPS 1 Course: Navigating the Mathematical and Physical Sciences -
Facilitate and lead classes, occurring weekly on Tuesdays from 5-6:30pm.
Coordinate with guest speakers.
Update BCourses site with assignments and other course materials.
Provide support for students in course, including holding office hours each week.
Coordinate with departments to implement MPS Launch Day, an orientation for first year and transfer students.
In coordination with MPS DEIA Program Coordinator, order materials, food/drinks, and services for the event.
Serve as main point of contact for MPS Launch Day.
In collaboration with MPS DEIA Program Coordinator, develop and distribute program communications and documents including website updating, marketing materials, forms, etc.
Manage and facilitate meetings with key stakeholders, including advisory boards and councils.
Work with course instructors and department advisors to address course scheduling issues for MPS designated courses, which include MPS 1 and MPS 375.
5% Provide financial administrative management-
Manage financial resources; under guidance from Asst. Dean, manage program budgeting.
5% Assess program effectiveness-
Support research team to monitor program success.
Implement evaluations for each component of the program.
5% Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Knowledge of trends and issues facing low-income and first-generation college, underrepresented, disadvantaged, physically challenged, and under prepared students in higher education.
Knowledge and experience in analyzing problems and identifying solutions for problemsolving; skills and experience in developing and administering programs.
Ability to work effectively with a diverse population that includes faculty, staff, students, and other constituents.
Excellent organizational and time management skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to clearly convey factual material.
Knowledge of the theories and practice of counseling, learning, human and career development. General knowledge of academic environments, student development and persistence, and diverse learning environments.
Knowledge of personal growth and development areas, including critical thinking, effective communication, self-appraisal, self-esteem, clarification of values, appropriate career choices, and leadership.
Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance student achievement.
Familiarity with research methodologies and research designs.
Knowledge of University, college, and major requirements, policies and procedures, including policies on handling student records and confidential documents.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local requirements to provide for access, health, confidentiality, and safety; legal and ethical issues governing the delivery of counseling services.
Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $27.06 to $36.83 hourly. This is a 100% FTE Limited term appointment.
This is a Limited term (temporary) position that we are looking to fill from May 5-October 25, 2023.
(Limited term appointments are established at any percentage of time, fixed or variable, during which the appointee is expected to be on pay status for less than 1,000 hours in a period of 12 consecutive months.)
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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