Discovery Program Manager (7398U) - Division of Computing, Data Science & Society (CDSS)
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 3/23/20
Reporting to the Director of Programs in the Data Science Education Program (DSEP), the Discovery Program Manager position involves running an innovative data science practicum to be scaled up to meet the demand of 1000+ data science majors. The Discovery PM will be responsible for recruiting both students and project partners and ensuring a reward experience for all stakeholders. The Discovery PM will also manage and mentor up to 10 student interns throughout the semester
This positon involves analytical studies on a variety of policies, projects, programs and issues in support of a function, program and/or organizational unit, or in research of new or changing systems and programs. Assists in policy and program planning, development and administration; interprets, monitors and analyzes information regarding policies and procedures and provides consultative services regarding general management to department administrators.
20% Recruits, manages and maintains long-term partnerships with on-campus research institutions and off-campus organizations in the social sector and industry. Communicates program expectations to project partners and is able to pitch the value added by Discovery projects. Cultivates multi-semester partnerships that grow into Discovery project pipelines.
15% Develops, operates, and adapts application system for student researchers and projects. Prepares application forms, leads in developing assessment criteria, organizes and collaborates in application review. Collaborates in developing matching criteria, oversees matching process. Prepares onboarding paperwork, ensures all participants are onboarded. Maintains databases.
15% Mentors staff and student leads in steering their teams in a consistent manner ensuring that they meet predetermined goals, Creates cross trained teams to review the 400+ student applications and 50+ project applications. Develops and implements programs for ensuring positive, growth-oriented student team culture. Oversees pathways for students to develop responsibility, leadership, and skills.
15% Identifies and develops evaluation tools for student research and project management. Analyzes, evaluates, and adjusts programs and systems through student and participant evaluations. Monitors and analyzes participant trends of interest. Tracks student and project performance and program desirability.
10% Orients, evaluates, and supervises project management course for student team leads. Acts as point of contact for course instructors and students on research projects. Provides training and mentoring to team members. Develops schedule for student check-in times and locations with students and partners.
10% Plans and develops new programs and curriculum, and adjusts existing courses and curriculum in a continuing education environment. Participates in developing strategic market plans and target audiences for Discovery.
10% Lead in showcase presentations or instruction of program. Facilitates and supports own and Discovery and other program events such as the showcase. Creates information and social events to generate student interest and improve retention.
Extensive familiarity with the practice tools and vocabulary of data science. Awareness of ongoing developments in the field.
Experience with setting up research showcases.
Experience with the recruitment and management of student teams
Experience with ethnographic or quantitative evaluative methods.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and faculty, both verbally and in writing.
Excellent capacity for teamwork.
Strong skills in developing, analyzing, and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals. Independent capacity to devise and tune methods to problem situation. Ability to orient quickly in new domains of research.
Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
Organizational abilities and decision-making to prioritize work assignments.
Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
Capacity to develop creative proposals to address internal policy and procedure challenges within framework of general guidance from unit leadership
Smooth capability to work directly with faculty from a wide range of disciplines.
Skills to listen to users, constituents, and partners and help formulate their needs.
Strong critical thinking skills in designing solutions that can be implemented in a fast-paced environment.
Knowledge of common campus-specific and other computer application programs. Analytical/problem-solving skills.
Salary & Benefits
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The salary range designated for this position: $60,800 - $88,500; however, starting salary will be 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.
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