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The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) has 25 Ladder Rank faculty, eight affiliated faculty, and seven emeriti faculty. The School is primarily a graduate school, with four degree programs at the graduate level: the Masters of Public Policy (MPP); the Masters of Public Affairs (MPA); the Masters of Development Practice (MDP); and our PhD program in Public Policy.
It also enrolls more than 1500 undergraduates in elective classes, and has more than 800 students in its undergraduate minor. The School has nearly 300 Master's degree candidates, 10 PhD students and occupies over 20,000 assignable square feet, within which are five classrooms, one computer lab and 42 offices. It has more than 2,800 alumni.
GSPP annually hires more than 60 graduate student instructors, readers, lecturers and graduate student researchers annually. Its constituency also includes parents, friends and a number of organizations representing state, federal and local government and policy organizations. It is consistently ranked as one of the top graduate schools of public policy in the nation, currently ranked first among Policy Analysis graduate schools by US News and World Report.
This position serves as the main contact for prospective applicants, new admits, current students and alumni of the Master of Development Practice program at the Goldman School of Public Policy. The individual holding this position will lead with excellent customer service skills to ensure that students receive the highest quality service and are supported before, during and after they are enrolled in the Master of Development Practice program. In many ways, this individual is the face of the program for students and so must be an experienced professional with expertise in student services, student engagement, recruitment, admissions, course scheduling, academic and small event planning/management.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 05/11/2023.
Master of Development Practice (MDP) Student Services and Student Engagement:
Applying professional student services concepts, provides the full range of student services to student population served by the organization.
This position is responsible for the full range of student services including outreach, recruitment, admissions, DEIBJ (diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice) programming, academic advising, student engagement and holistic advising on student life issues for the MDP applicant, and alumni populations.
MDP Academic Advising:
Advises faculty on MDP, Goldman School and university policies and procedures; reviews students' progress and advises students and faculty on requirements for MDP degree completion; identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions; devises curriculum planning in collaboration with the Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, the MDP Program Director, and with other departments.
MDP Recruitment and Admissions:
Responsible for the administration of the MDP Admissions plan and programs.
Works closely with the Senior Assistant Dean of Academic Programs and the MDP Program Director to implement an outreach and admissions program that ensures high quality candidates and successful applicants to the program.
Plans and implements outreach programs with specifically targeted institutions and particularly for underrepresented groups; creates a strategic plan for outreach and recruitment of underrepresented minority populations into our student body; 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.
MDP Student 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 equitable assignment of Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and coordinates GSI assignments each term.
MDP Student Conduct:
Responsible for interpreting organization policies and advising students and faculty on student conduct, student grievances, disputes, and issues regarding discrimination.
MDP Student Orientation:
Oversees and may conduct orientations of new students.
MDP and Goldman School of Public Policy Events:
Plans and implements complex, high- visibility student events, such as commencement, speaker series, student social events and student events for all degree programs.
Plans, designs, and provides workshops for students, such as information about the organization, or academic strategies and enrichment programs.
MDP International Advising:
Provides advice and assistance to MDP new admits, students and scholars regarding complex U.S. visa and immigration procedures, compliance issues, and employment eligibility/authorization.
Coordinates and implements programs and workshops to support and retain international students/scholars.
Makes referrals to off campus and community resources.
MDP Course scheduling:
Creates a schedule for MDP courses for each semester, adhering to all campus guidelines, policies and deadlines.
Works closely with the GSPP course scheduler to ensure that an overall schedules for all GSPP courses is coherent and no major conflicts exist.
Advises department/college/school students on the job market process, and the standards and norms specific to the students' 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 and other career networking and student-alumni events, specific to the MDP program.
Identifies and cultivates potential employers.
Develops and enhances an alumni network for the MDP Program.
May supervise student assistant staff.
Other duties as assigned.
Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques with particular sensitivities to and expertise in advising a diverse student population with a high percentage of international students.
Knowledge of and/or can quickly learn University-specific computer application programs.
Knowledge of and/or can quickly learn University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Nuanced expertise with verbal and written communication skills needed for sensitive communications with all constituencies of the MDP Program - students, staff, faculty and external contacts.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills.
High degree of emotional intelligence.
Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
Experience with cultures outside the US is highly desirable.
Knowledge of complex U.S. visa and immigration procedures, compliance issues, and employment eligibility/authorization for international students and scholars.
Ability in problem identification and reasoning; ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
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.
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 $65,000.00 - $97,300.00.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
This is not a visa opportunity.
Requires occasional evening and weekend hours.
The job requires in-person, on-site work. This position is eligible for up to 40% remote work.
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
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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.
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