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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: Immediate Review
CED is comprised of faculty, students and staff with an impressive set of backgrounds and talents. We believe in the importance of supporting an inclusive environment that values community and builds its strength from a diversity of views and expertise. There are approximately 50 faculty, 1000 undergraduate and graduate majors, and approximately 45 total staff. The college budget is approximately $28M. The College of Environmental Design (CED) is a multifaceted academic unit, with three departments (architecture, city & regional planning, and landscape architecture & environmental planning); undergraduate, professional graduate and doctoral programs; a suite of highly regarded summer design institutes; widely recognized environmental design archives; extensive computing and fabrication facilities; several administrative and student affairs departments; and a building with auditoria, classrooms, studios, labs, research centers, library, and a cafe.
CED Undergraduate Advising provides a wide array of programmatic and individual advising services to prospective and current students, as well as to students in other colleges who are pursuing CED minors or taking CED courses. The advising team serves as both college and major advisors and assists students with a wide range of issues including course selection, academic decision-making, and achieving academic goals.
Our range of services includes outreach to prospective students in high schools and community colleges, admissions advising and selection, yield events to encourage admitted students to choose CED, new student orientations, evaluation of transfer work and degree certification, academic and personal advising, enrichment workshops, monitoring of student progress, mentoring of CED student groups and the Admission Ambassador Interns and Community Fellows, and policy adjudication.
The College of Environmental Design (CED) Office of Undergraduate Advising:
Supports students holistically as they earn their degree,
Advocates for just and equitable policies and practices,
Connects current and prospective students with resources and opportunities, and
Fosters a sense of belonging and community.
Student-Centered. We provide support services centered on student self-actualization. We aim to hold a welcoming space in which students are encouraged to explore their minds and their hearts, do their best work, realize their talents and passions, and achieve their goals. We put the student voice and experience first.
Justice and Equity. We actively seek to eradicate all forms of individual and institutionalized discrimination and oppression to provide students an equitable experience in complete appreciation of their identities, economic status, and immigration status.
Health and Well-Being. We strive to build and sustain a culture in which our community can thrive in all aspects of life: intellectual, emotional, social, physical, occupational, spiritual and environmental.
Courage and Vulnerability. By learning from our own experiences, educating ourselves on developments in the field, collaborating with our communities, and taking strategic risks, we aim to improve our advising services and the student experience. We are committed to continuous self-reflection, growth, and development.
The CED undergraduate program is home to the highest percentage of historically underrepresented minority students, Pell Grant recipients, and first generation college students at UC Berkeley. The 650 undergraduates major in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies and Sustainable Environmental Design.
The Director of Undergraduate Advising provides leadership, assessment, and strategic planning for centralized undergraduate student services in the College of Environmental Design. Manages, engages and coaches professional advising team, student workers, and graduate interns to deliver advising to uniquely diverse student body and to accomplish college goals. Has responsibility for a range of functions impacting undergraduates including assessment, student recruitment and yield, prospective student outreach, college admission, academic advising, student well-being and leadership, career counseling, transfer course evaluation, certification of degree completion, student retention and enrichment activities, college climate, and student organization guidance and support. Works closely with Departmental Chairs and CED Deans, the Undergraduate Affairs Committee, the CED Executive Committee, and campus partners. Fosters a sense of belonging among staff and students.
CED Office of Undergraduate Advising Leadership (45%)
Provides leadership for broad range of undergraduate student services programs in the college, including advising office operations, activities, and services. Oversees strategic planning, analysis and goal-setting. Formulates objectives for CED advising, ensuring compatibility with the college's mission and goals. Determines yearly priorities and allocates staff time accordingly.
Manages, coaches, and motivates professional and paraprofessional staff, supports professional/leadership development of the team, and ensures that the highest professional standards are met in the delivery of services to the college and its students. Achieves organizational goals and objectives through the coordinated efforts and achievements of the team. Oversees setting of work goals and division of labor to achieve those goals.
Develops working understanding of the CED disciplines, curriculum, and culture and ensures that the team does the same. Encourages team to engage in continuous self-reflection, growth, and learning. Provides direction on the more complex issues encountered.
Works with team to provide a student-centered and welcoming environment, in which the CED student community can thrive in all aspects of life: intellectual, emotional, social, physical, occupational, spiritual and environmental. Leads team in efforts to eliminate individual and institutionalized discrimination/barriers to provide students with an equitable experience that appreciates and welcomes their identities, economic status, and immigration status.
Recognizes campus-wide issues that have college impact or future implications and advises the team accordingly. Analyzes, plans for, and implements new campus-driven undergraduate systems and initiatives at the college level.
Event/Project Management (15%)
Oversees projects and manages staff to produce high impact events such as Cal Day, Golden Bear Advising, and Golden Bear Orientation. Coordinates or delegates coordination of dismissal review, transfer admission, student fee waivers, etc.
Assessment and Analysis (10%)
Maintains a strong understanding of student needs, trends, and professional requirements. Evaluates the effectiveness of the student services function, and makes changes to the program to provide more relevant and meaningful programming.
Provides deans, faculty, and staff with assessment and data related to admissions, demographics, enrollment trends, climate, student satisfaction, and more.
Identifies, defines, and implements new programs/services to enhance advising effectiveness and to expand CED's ability to support undergraduates.
Human and Financial Resource Management (5%)
Makes decisions on performance, salary actions, hiring decisions and other human resources related issues of managed staff.
Plans, develops, and administers the student services budget for the organization. Decides which resources will be committed to the goals and objectives and how they will be allocated.
Student Curriculum and Policy Administration (10%)
Ensures ongoing adherence to academic policies governing undergraduates within the College of Environmental Design. Recommends and implements policy changes as needed.
Oversees the college's Deans' Conference and advises the Associate Dean on student requests for exception to policy and academic probation/dismissal cases.
Acts as a resource to CED Deans and Chairs on curricular matters and the development of necessary policies for new curricula.
Outreach and Admissions (10%)
Achieves outreach and admissions objectives through the coordinated efforts of professional advising team. Develops strategies and provides operational leadership for undergraduate outreach programs, through the efforts of the team.
Provides Deans and Chairs with analysis regarding admission and enrollment trends and proposed admission targets.
Oversees the undergraduate admissions review process. Makes recommendations for transfer student admission. Determines academic conditions for admission.
College Representative (5%)
Represents the student services unit to the campus community and relevant external constituencies.
Demonstrated commitment to the values of CED Undergraduate Advising (i.e., Student Centered, Justice and Equity, Health and Well-Being, Courage and Vulnerability).
Demonstrated management experience, including collaborative team leadership, strategic planning, project over-site, and problem-solving.
Experience working with culturally diverse communities in an academic environment. Expert knowledge of the pressures encountered by students at a major research university, and the personal and social problems encountered by students of all backgrounds, including historically underrepresented student groups, transfer students, first generation college students, re-entry students, student parents, LGBTQI, students with disabilities, international students, and more.
Advanced knowledge of strengths-based advising, mentoring, and counseling techniques.
Experience effectively supervising, mentoring, and/or coaching professional staff to meet organizational goals, as well as their own professional goals.
Demonstrated experience creating more equitable student environments, processes or policies.
Expertise in policy analysis, program assessment, and use of student data. Skills in assessing people, processes or services to make improvements.
Skills in relationship building at all levels (i.e., students, staff, faculty, deans, adminstrators, and the public). Ability to build consensus, resolve conflicts, and persuade others when appropriate.
Ability to maintain confidentiality, objectivity, sensitivity, professionalism, and exercise good judgment and tact.
Bachelor's degree in related area.
Knowledge of common university-specific student systems and business processes.
Master's degree in higher education administration, counseling, social sciences, or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Salary & Benefits
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The salary range designated for this position: $75,400 - $110,800; however, starting salary commensurate with experience.
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.
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