Director of the LEAD Center (0319U) 23081

Berkeley, California
Apr 18, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Title:
Director of the LEAD Center (0319U) #23081

Job ID:

Main Campus-Berkeley

Full/Part Time:


FVAUX ASUC Student Union

About Berkeley

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 25, 2017

Departmental Overview

The Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) Student Union is a focal point for student life, and operates as a partnership with the ASUC Student Government and as a department within the Division of Student Affairs. The ASUC Student Union serves all students and seeks to create an inclusive campus community, thereby enhancing the student experience at UC Berkeley. To this end, the ASUC Student Union provides quality services and programs that foster experiential co-curricular development opportunities for students. With direction from its Board, the ASUC Student Union derives income from student fees, retail operations, vending, food service, and a variety of self-operated units, such as the Art Studio and Events Services. In addition, the ASUC Student Union provides student group advising services, leadership opportunities, and student development programs through the LEAD center.

The Leadership, Engagement, Advising and Development (LEAD) Center is 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 1,000 registered student organizations, 69 recognized fraternities and sororities, undergraduate and graduate student government, the campus programming board, Cal Debate, over 50 student publications, bridges Multicultural Resource Center, Recruitment and Retention Centers, and the largest student housing cooperative in the country.


With high student engagement and one of the largest, most complex student governments in the country, this position is a member of the senior leadership team of the ASUC Student Union and integral to cultivating student leadership development on campus. Along with the Executive Director and ASUC/GA leadership, this position advocates for student group needs to campus departments, administration and community stakeholders, frequently engaging in high level problem-solving and analysis for unique issues that have no precedent or process. This position also serves on high level campus wide and departmental committees and task forces, representing both department and student interests.




  • Oversee a team of student-centered staff of various levels, including associate directors, assistant directions, coordinators, graduate assistants, and undergraduate student staff.
  • 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 the team based on University standards, timelines, and procedures.

  • 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. In partnership with ASUC and Graduate Assembly leadership, serve as a liaison among students, campus departments, and administration in both routine and highly sensitive matters.

  • Oversee advising services for all student group leaders, grounded in student development and leadership theory, including activism support.
  • Utilize established leadership competencies and student learning outcomes to regularly assess impact of programs and services.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Required Qualifications
  • 5-7 years of full-time professional experience in student affairs/higher education with increasing responsibilities and supervisory oversight.
  • Advanced knowledge of advising and counseling techniques, dialogue facilitation, and conflict mediation. Demonstrated ability to perform these duties at a complex level.
  • Experience managing and leading 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. Experience with crises management.
  • Intercultural competence around fostering an equitable and inclusive environment and challenging organizational policies and practices that may be exclusionary.
  • Demonstrated 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.
  • Excellent proven written and oral communication skills.
  • Administrative, organizational, budgetary, and multi-tasking skills and experience.
  • Working knowledge of applicable University policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of student development and leadership theory.
  • Working knowledge of standard office machines and technology, and University-specific computer application programs.
  • Master's degree in related area or equivalent years of experience.

    Salary & Benefits

    Salary is commensurate with experience. Hiring range is $90,000-$100,000/annually.
    For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

    How to Apply

    Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

    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.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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