Assistant Dean of Students & Director, LEAD Center (0319U)
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.
The Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students in Student Affairs is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment that helps all students reach their educational, aspirational, and personal goals.
We advocate for the needs of students. We help community members navigate UC Berkeley. We promote diversity and prepare students to contribute to a changing world. We support student health and well-being. We facilitate belonging, community, and leadership development. Above all, we foster compassion and care.
The Leadership, Engagement, Advising and Development (LEAD) Center is a department of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students portfolio at UC Berkeley. It is the campus department primarily responsible for encouraging student involvement and facilitating leadership development opportunities. It serves a critical role in providing administrative, advising, and programmatic support to many student communities, including approximately 1,200 registered student organizations, 69 recognized fraternities and sororities, undergraduate and graduate student government, the campus programming board, the Student Environmental Resource Center, Cal Debate, over 50 student publications, bridges Multicultural Resource Center, Recruitment and Retention Centers, Queer Alliance and Resource Center, and the largest student housing cooperative in the country. The LEAD Center promotes a student-centered learning environment by empowering students to pursue their co-curricular interests, to cultivate their leadership skills, and to develop holistically. As student affairs practitioners and scholars, the LEAD Center team works with diverse communities of students, staff, faculty, and other stakeholders to enhance the overall student experience and educational environment of UC Berkeley.
Supervise a well-trained, student-centered staff that is focused on providing excellent services and programs.
Ensure that all staff know and understand applicable policies and procedures as they relate to their position.
Promote and support individual and team staff development.
Design, implement, and facilitate training, leadership, customer service, and personal development retreats and workshops for professional and student staff.
Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate a team of Directors, support staff and Coordinators based on University standards, timelines, and procedures.
Student Group Advising and Services:
Oversee advising services for all student group leaders, grounded in student development and leadership theory, including activism support.
Utilize established leadership competencies to regularly assess impact of programs and services and make necessary modifications to align with LEAD Center framework/philosophy for student advising and leadership development.
Provide leadership programs for individual students and student groups.
Collaborate with campus and community stakeholders to design services that meet the needs of underrepresented student communities.
Student Advocacy and Support:
Advocate for the current needs of students with campus departments, administration and community stakeholders.
Recommend and establish changes to policies, practices, and procedures that impact the co-curricular student experience through collaborative efforts with students, staff, faculty, and administration.
In partnership with the ASUC and Graduate Assembly leadership, serve as a liaison among students, campus departments, and administration in both routine operations and highly sensitive matters.
Provide information on campus regulations and use of campus facilities to students, student groups, and campus community members.
Encourage compliance when appropriate, communicate consequences for non-compliance, and identify alternatives if possible.
Recommend adjustments to policy or propose new policies as needed.
Fiscal Management & Administration:
Manage the LEAD Center's operational and personnel expenses within an established budget for each fiscal year.
Ensure resources are used efficiently and effectively, administrative tasks are handled appropriately, and monthly/annual reports are compiled and submitted on time.
Contribute to department wide strategic planning and report writing; advance department vision to stakeholders and guests.
Collaboration and Professional Development:
Serve on department, division, and system wide committees.
Keep abreast of current literature and trends in the student affairs field.
Attend pertinent conferences and meetings; present information to staff for shared development.
Look for opportunities to become involved in related national and professional associations.
Advanced knowledge of advising and counseling techniques, dialogue facilitation, and conflict mediation.
Ability to manage and lead a diverse team of professional staff.
Effective and persuasive communication skills for a variety of audiences and situations.
Skills in monitoring/assessing people, processes, and services to make improvements.
Skills in project management, social perceptiveness to be aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Intercultural competence around fostering an equitable and inclusive environment and challenging organizational policies and practices that may be exclusionary.
Ability to build working relationships with, and prioritize the competing demands of, students, staff, faculty, administration, and community stakeholders.
Ability to identify problems, reason, and develop original ideas to solutions within a fast-paced and politically charged environment.
Administrative, organizational, budgetary, and multi-tasking skills.
Working knowledge of Higher Education and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk management and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Working knowledge of common University policies, processes, and procedures.
Thorough demonstrated knowledge of student development and leadership theory.
Working knowledge of standard office machines and common computer application programs.
Master's degree in related area and 3-5 years of full-time professional experience in student affairs/higher education with increasing responsibilities and supervisory oversight.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a full-time, career position.
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.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.