Executive Director (0547U) - Jacobs Design Institute
University of California, Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 4486441
Executive Director (0547U) - Jacobs Design Institute
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Made possible by a $20-million commitment from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation, Berkeley Engineering launched the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the Clinton Global Initiative in June 2013. The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation expands the role of design in undergraduate and masters level engineering education at the University of California, Berkeley. As the Institute works to further its mission of educating leading innovators at the intersection of design and technology, it provides students with hands-on experiences and opportunities to work in interdisciplinary teams to address real societal issues. Students are challenged to approach the entire cycle of design, from identifying user needs to rapid prototyping to commercialization and manufacturing, from an integrated vantage point. We accomplish these goals through a suite of offerings that include curricular, co-curricular and public programs.
Core programs within the Jacobs Institute include:
the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation, an undergraduate certificate offered in partnership with the Haas School of Business, College of Letters & Science, and College of Environmental Design;
a curriculum of 6-8 design-focused courses offered fall, spring and summer, for which the Institute recruits lecturers and faculty;
a maker space staffed by professional and student workers which is accessed by 1200+ students each semester;
mentorship and co-curricular programming for students, such as the Innovation Catalyst grants program, and career/professional development programs;
supporting 15+ design and innovation courses from campus departments, 35+ clubs and 5+ DeCals each semester by offering access to high-quality teaching, meeting and event space;
public events and speaker series;
a professional Master of Design degree, offered in partnership with the College of Environmental Design and housed within the Jacobs Institute; and
partnerships with companies and international universities.
The Jacobs Institute is housed in Jacobs Hall, a 24,000 square foot building equipped with design studios and equipment rooms featuring the latest in digital fabrication technologies.
The Executive Director reports to the Faculty Director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation (JIDI) and is responsible for all operations of the Institute, including the following: Oversight and assessment of a dynamic portfolio of educational programs, activities, services, and events and ensuring the continued success and growth of all offerings within the Institute.
Management and oversight of the Institute's financial and resource allocations, including the appropriate staffing, budget planning, and administrative infrastructure. This includes formulating goals, developing strategies, policies, and procedures, and directing program resources that maximize contributions to the missions of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, the College of Engineering, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Initiation, development and sustaining of internal and external partnerships to integrate JIDI, its efforts and impact into the broader University, education, and professional landscapes.
Administrative management and coordination of the Institute's governance, including the Jacobs Executive Committee and advisory groups, such as the Industry Advisory Board.
Representation as spokesperson for the Institute within the University and to the general public.
Participation in the identification, cultivation, proposal development and stewardship of current and potential funders.
Participation in the identification, proposal development and support of funding opportunities.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: August 25, 2023 - Open Until Filled
60% Institute Management and Academic Administration
Directs and administers the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation (JIDI) with complete administrative and programmatic responsibility.
Supports the JIDI faculty leadership and Executive Committee in defining, developing and implementing the Institute's vision, mission and agenda.
Oversees the development of programs and operations that advance the strategic mission and vision of JIDI, working closely with faculty leadership and in coordination with other campus units.
In collaboration with the Jacobs Faculty Director and Executive Committee, ensures the operational and educational effectiveness of the JIDI programs, facilities and student services, including: the Master of Design degree program, DES INV undergraduate course offerings, co-curricular and career programming, technical labs and makerspaces, student showcases, and public events.
Leads the JIDI staff, with direct reports in technical, operational and administrative roles.
Recruits lecturers and implements policies related to academic hires, student employees and course budget allocations. Oversees academic personnel hiring for JIDI undergraduate and graduate courses (DES INV courses, etc.) and non-credit workshops.
Directs space usage of Jacobs Hall, including technical facilities, working closely with Jacobs Technical Lab Director (who serves as building manager) and in collaboration with faculty directors and leadership, and COE facilities team. Develops and implements policies to align space usage with the mission and priorities of the institute.
Assesses program effectiveness, and recommends changes to program content, policies and procedures accordingly. Oversees data collection, reporting, and metrics for key institute activities.
Proactively engages with departments in College of Engineering and across campus tofoster interdisciplinary collaboration.
Advises faculty leadership on issues (operational and budget processes, staff FTE, finance, human resources and space planning) that impact the achievement of the Institute's objectives.
20% Financial and Resource Management
Plans, directs, and controls Jacobs Institute budget, personnel, facilities and other resources.
Partners with the Jacobs staff directors (including Senior Director of External Affairs, Director of Academic Affairs, and the Technical Lab Director) on the development of new programs; providing support on staffing, financial models and budgets.
Works collaboratively with the College of Engineering on all matters related to academic and staff personnel, development activities, and financial/business administration.
10% Fundraising & Development
Actively works to identify and develop funding opportunities for the Institute - including grants, revenue generating programs, and sponsored programs.
Identifies gift opportunities, and proactively collaborates with the College of
Engineering Development Office and University Relations to share these opportunities with potential donors.
Works with the College of Engineering to liaise and cultivate JIDI Industry Advisory Board. With the Senior Director of External Relations, supports the design and organization of the Industrial Advisory Board meetings.
May provide guidance to faculty leadership regarding funding, new venture development and other resource acquisitions.
10% Partnerships & External Relations
In collaboration with the Senior Director of External Affairs, explores opportunities to engage government sponsors, industry partners, and international organizations.
Cultivates and builds collaborations, partnerships, and relationships with these entities.
Proactively collaborates with the College of Engineering's Industry Relations and International Office (GLOBE) to identify and develop potential partnerships and collaborations.
Tracks relevant trends in education and industry, and cultivates relationships with peer institutions. Represents JIDI at professional conferences.
Represents the Jacobs Institute in meetings and discussions across campus and with external partners and the general public.
Interfaces with press and other media, as appropriate, to promote the Institute, and provides public relations support.
Bachelor's degree in a related area and or equivalent experience.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Advanced ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.
Advanced knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices in an academic environment.
Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
Advanced ability for working in a multicultural environment with individuals and groups with a wide array of backgrounds, identities, life experiences, personality types and communication styles.
Highly collaborative; proven ability to work effectively across a large organization and to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers.
Experience managing a cross-functional team.
Highly organized self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset who works well autonomously and collaboratively.
Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Academic background and experience in selected area of research.
Highly skilled fundraising and/or business development experience.
Experience managing an academic budget of at least $4M.
Experience developing and implementing new programs and strategies in a higher education environment.
Knowledge of common University-specific tools, systems, and procedures.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.
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 $106,000 to $180,000. This is a 100% FTE career position eligible for full benefits.
Referral Source info
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Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that 'every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.'
This role is highly interactive with our students and community. Physical presence is essential; however, within reason, we will support some flexibility with remote work within a weekly work schedule.
Conviction History Background
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Equal Employment Opportunity
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