Director, Asian Pacific American Student Development (0293U), Centers for Educational Justice and Community Engagement - 60686
University of California, Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 4718556
Director, Asian Pacific American Student Development (0293U), Centers for Educational Justice and Community Engagement - 60686
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.
At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit grow.berkeley.edu.
The Centers for Educational Justice and Community Engagement (EJCE) is collaboratively charged with developing programs, activities, and strategies that promote students' academic progress and success by engaging them through intersectional and multicultural practices that acknowledge and celebrate their individual and collective experiences. The EJCE collaborative coordinates a series of academic courses and educational and multicultural activities through its centers & offices (African American Student Development, Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center, Asian Pacific American Student Development, Chicanx Latinx Student Development, Latinx Student Resource Center, the Gender Equity Resource Center, Multicultural Community Center, Native American Student Development, and the Native Community Center). The collaborative is a key campus partner in helping the campus create an inclusive environment for student populations through intersectional and transformative practices and approaches focused on mitigating harm and promoting connections among and across diverse communities. Each partner space is steeped in rich and vibrant legacies and established community-centered praxes of educational justice: leadership development, access, activism, academic excellence and social justice. Our work reflects interconnected identities and experiences through our collective and individual commitments to support and advance future global leaders.
The EJCE team is housed within the Division of Equity & Inclusion.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: November 3, 2023
Program Design and Management:
Provides leadership and vision for all Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) initiatives.
Designs, develops, oversees, and evaluates major initiatives and complex programs to address systemic barriers that impede students' curricular and co-curricular success.
Works in partnership with campus administration and constituent groups to establish and fulfill program vision, mission, and goals.
Designs, develops, oversees, and evaluates major initiatives and complex programs to address systemic barriers that impede students' academic success and enhance their ability to graduate from Berkeley.
Develops a multi-year strategic plan and budget.
Manages APASD budget and the administering of the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI grant(s)), monitors spending, conducts periodic evaluation of all APASD programs and services to determine effectiveness, and makes necessary budget modifications.
Oversees the management and cultivation of the newly appointed APASD community space.
Collaborates with Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement (EJCE) team members and other Division of Equity & Inclusion staff to develop innovative strategies that address issues such as racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia/heterosexism, and other systematic forms of exclusion and oppression in higher education; engages the entire campus community in cross-cultural and multicultural understanding and dialogue.
Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with other campus offices and entities (such as Residential & Student Services Program, Ethnic Studies, American Cultures, University Health Services, Financial Aid Office, Office of the Registrar, and others).
Develops and teaches courses for credit in partnership with Ethnic Studies or other academic departments.
Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with off-campus community organizations as they relate to the programs and services of APASD (in particular, the Asian Pacific Fund, Eastwind Books, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Chinese Progressive Association, Center for Asian American Media, API Equality, and others).
Develops shared programs that connect students to the broader Asian American/Pacific Islander/South Asian, Southwest Asian, and North African (AA/PI/SSWANA) communities in the Bay Area and increases resources, internship/volunteer opportunities, and professional development opportunities for students.
Working in collaboration and partnership with Ethnic Studies, the Asian American Research Center, and affiliated faculty, develops strategic initiatives and joint academic initiatives and sponsors field study courses and orientation seminars that explore histories, identities and contemporary issues for AA/PI/SSWANA communities; introduces students to campus services and resources and helps them make a successful adjustment to academic life.
Recruits, selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates APASD student assistants and interns (paid and volunteer).
Supervises APASD career staff positions, including the APASD Assistant Director, Program Director of the SSWANA Initiative, and Assistant Director of the PI Initiative. Leads recruitment, selection, and training.
Makes assignments and gives direction.
Provides timely feedback to employees.
Campus, UC, and Community Leadership:
Provides comprehensive expert guidance to EJCE, the Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion, campus administration, campus departments, and other colleges and universities on a variety of academic, student development, and campus climate issues affecting Asian American, Pacific Islander, and SSWANA communities.
Provides intellectual leadership and vision for a spectrum of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and SSWANA services and activities.
Serves as subject matter expert on cross-cultural and multicultural programs and initiatives. Serves as primary consultant on Asian American, Pacific Islander, and SSWANA student-related issues with a focus on undergraduate retention, graduation, student leadership development, staff training and development, and community building.
Advises senior administrators (e.g., Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Associate Vice Chancellors, Assistant Vice Chancellors, Deans) on matters relating to cross-cultural and multicultural student development and underserved and marginalized Asian American, Pacific Islander, and SSWANA student populations, especially but not limited to Southeast Asian, Pilipinx, Pacific Islander, SSWANA, LGBTQ AA/PI/SSWANA, immigrant, undocumented, disabled, first generation, low-income, and multiracial/ethnic AA/PI/SSWANA student issues.
Responds to inquiries from students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, community members, and counterparts at other UCs and across the nation, including providing resource and information assistance as necessary.
Informs the campus leadership of current and emerging state and federal law, policies or events, and student trends that might impact communities at Berkeley.
Engages in reasonable and informed practices that enhance the student experience; balances the needs of students and the realities of the campus, and limits liability exposure of the institution.
Demonstrates integrity, accountability and efficient stewardship of University resources in a manner consistent with UC policies including the UC Standards of Ethical Conduct and Safety Policies.
Serves as a local and national content expert in the field of AA/PI/SSWANA student development and leadership in higher education, including working closely with the Chancellor and UC Office of the President (UCOP) to guide decisions affecting AA/PI/SSWANA communities and Berkeley's relationship with those communities, participating in state and nation-wide networks.
Actively participates in and may play a leadership role in professional organizations and national organizations such as Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE), and Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS); provides consultation to colleges and universities throughout the country on issues of diversity and inclusion and student development; liaises with community-based organizations; advises campus stakeholders (e.g., faculty and departments) on strategies to address the needs of underserved populations; and may serve on internal and external advisory boards.
Campus Projects and Policies:
Leads campus-wide projects to explore, research, and support the needs of a diverse and changing student body, including perceived emerging populations that are underserved.
Provides direction for the campus in developing policies and procedures for implementation of student-related equity and inclusion and campus climate initiatives that serve all students at UC Berkeley.
Participates in campus-wide and system-wide committees that impact policies and programs concerning services for multiple student populations.
Researches and proposes solutions to equity and inclusion issues affecting academic support, student development, and student services.
Works collaboratively with staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, and students to explore/research innovative approaches in meeting the needs of a diverse and changing student body.
Develops ideas and makes proposals for campus leadership review and decision making, and develops and implements programs that jointly reflect students' and campus leadership interests.
Advocacy, Support, and Student Leadership & Development:
Conceives and implements initiatives that support and enhance the curricular and co-curricular success of diverse student communities, with particular attention to Asian American, Pacific Islander, and SSWANA communities at UC Berkeley.
Initiatives and activities include: annual orientation programs, mentorship programs, workshops on leadership development, trainings on activism and advocacy, dialogues on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, resources for campus and community internships, presentations on undergraduate and graduate research, annual conferences and celebrations.
Builds relationships with academic departments and research units to improve the retention and success of undergraduates and preparation for graduate school.
Builds relationships with local community leaders and community-based organizations to connect students with community-based research projects.
Designs internship opportunities for students to learn and develop leadership and other life skills.
Identifies mentors and nurtures potential student leaders.
May sponsor student attendance at academic and leadership conferences.
Develops programs that enable students to apply concepts that they have learned in their classes in field and community settings.
Provides leadership development and guidance to student leaders on a wide range of issues.
Designs and delivers training modules for student leaders to build multicultural and intersectional competencies.
Identifies and nurtures student leaders over time and involves them in EJCE programs.
Helps student groups identify collaborations across campus.
Informs and advises students on campus policies, procedures, and regulations.
Responds to students who seek assistance with concerns related to being AA/PI/SSWANA at UC Berkeley.
Ensures that individual students can make effective use of existing campus policies, procedures and resources; works with campus departments, managers, and high-level administrators in seeking appropriate resolution to student concerns.
Makes appropriate referrals and recommendations to on-campus and off-campus resources and services as necessary.
Advises AA/PI/SSWANA as well as cross-cultural and multicultural student organizations, providing advice and guidance on campus policies and procedures.
In partnership with Residential & Student Services Program, oversees the Bloom: Asian American Community Program and the SSWANA Living Learning Community, including providing curriculum for and direction of seminars and educational programs, fundraising, and assessing program effectiveness.
Special projects; membership in divisional and campus committees and work teams, and so forth.
Professional development: keeps abreast of changing and evolving trends regarding underrepresented and underserved students, multicultural education/counseling, multicultural education, identity, student development, and student learning theories.
Advanced content expertise and knowledge of research findings and best practices in: retention, academic achievement, student learning, collaborative learning and group work, identity and student development, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and SSWANA issues & trends in higher education, multicultural education, social justice and anti-oppression frameworks, and campus climate issues.
Methodological expertise in research design, program and curriculum evaluation and assessment, and report writing, in particular the methodologies used to enhance student achievement, such as collaborative teaching/learning models, strategies for effective counseling and peer mentoring, small group facilitation and training, coaching, mentoring and advocacy, particularly in Asian American, Pacific Islander, and SSWANA student populations.
Demonstrated program skills in establishing and implementing short- and long-term program goals and objectives; administering enrichment programs/projects; conducting seminars, workshops and teaching courses; and managing funds designated for special programs.
Demonstrated experience with AANAPISI federal designation and grant programs.
Demonstrated track record of innovation and resourcefulness in meeting students', staff, and faculty's needs.
Experience in working with historically underrepresented and underserved communities including first-generation-college students, particularly mediating, managing and resolving conflicts; convening and developing community/collective identity; facilitating group work; and training students and staff.
Extensive experience in multicultural competencies, and personal and academic crisis intervention.
Advanced experience in group dynamics, solidarity building, facilitation, and training in leadership skills.
Demonstrated skills to effectively lead, motivate and influence staff at all levels.
Keen sense of organizational acumen: understanding the campus culture, processes, procedures and how decisions are made.
Advanced experience in managing and analyzing complex organizations.
Demonstrated skills in problem identification, sound judgment and open and transparent decision-making, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of students, faculty, staff, and external individuals across all levels of the organization.
Excellent organizational skills.
Experience in building successful collaborative relationships across unit boundaries.
Familiarity with personnel policies and practices.
Skills in resource management: understanding and managing financial, information, technology and space resources.
Ability to maintain confidentiality with respect to all communications with students in accordance with University, state and federal privacy laws and policies.
Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
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 $100,000.00 - $118,000.00.
This is a 100%, full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
This position is exempt and paid monthly.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
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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