Senior Director, Education Justice & Community Engagement (0301U) - 9234

San Francisco
Jul 30, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Senior Director, Education Justice & Community Engagement (0301U) - 9234 About Berkeley

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.

Departmental Overview

The Division of Equity & Inclusion provides leadership, accountability & inspiration to the UC Berkeley campus in integrating equity, inclusion, and diversity into all aspects of university life.

At a time when access and inclusion are unequal, the division advocates for equity by providing programs and services that lead to academic access and success for students, pathways to leadership and advancement for staff, building equitable structures with faculty advisors, and closing opportunity gaps for our most marginalized groups.
  • Our mission is to create a campus where all Berkeley students, faculty, and staff feel respected, supported, and valued.
  • We provide leadership and accountability to resolve systemic inequities through engaged research, teaching, and public service, and by expanding pathways for access and success.
  • We monitor and assess diversity and inclusion with regular reports on campus representation, campus climate, and campus progress.
  • Our programs and services support all UC Berkeley constituencies, as well as building connections with a broad range of K-12 schools, community colleges, and external partners.


  • This position reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion.
  • Develops, interprets, and supports the management of complex programs directed toward “at-risk” underserved and underrepresented and diverse and multicultural student populations.
  • Supervises directors responsible for a variety of programmatic functions.
  • Provides vision, direction, and intellectual leadership for transformative, innovative student services and carries out a strategic plan for coordination of services within the unit and across the division.
  • Establishes and implements short and long-term program goals and objectives.
  • Conceptualizes and manages new programs and initiatives.
  • Develops solutions to complex situations, monitors trends, and manages the implementation of changes.
  • Leads groups to timely and optimal decisions.
  • Provides guidance to E&I Core Leadership and campus senior management on issues, policies, and procedures pertaining to the needs and experiences of priority student populations.
  • Engages in collaborative efforts across campus and with off-campus constituencies.
  • Strengthens ties to administrative units and services, academic programs and faculty committees.
  • Develops and advocates for solutions to systemwide campus experience issues, including developing and implementing new practices, policies, processes, and programs.
  • Serves on the Undergraduate Diversity Project and Campus Experience Collaborative implementation teams.
  • Builds and leverages relationships with admissions, student advising, mental health professionals, financial aid, and budget professionals.
  • Participates in outreach and recruitment activities.
  • Maintains effective partnerships systemwide and makes presentations to a wide array of groups statewide and nationally that highlight critical issues involving students and cluster efforts.
  • Leads or participates in campus-wide and systemwide committees.
  • Actively engages with community constituencies and the U.C. Office of the President, community colleges, and other four-year educational institutions and systemwide about the work of the unit and the populations it serves to promote support and collaboration.
  • Provides leadership, guidance, and multicultural competence training education to campus- and systemwide colleagues, student leaders, and others on a wide range of issues.
  • Encourages and supports scholarly contributions to the profession.
  • Promotes campus safe and inclusive environments with meaningful opportunities that contribute to the academic and social success of students served; promotes the safety and security of staff, students, and programs.
  • Ensures compliance with campus, university, state, and federal policies and procedures.
  • Recognizes conditions that may negatively influence the safety of staff and students and proposes interventions.

Department Management:
  • Manages six directors who oversee multiple centers and programs that require complex oversight in an environment of collaboration, shared interests, and competing needs.
  • Provides oversight to and delegates day-to-day operations to managers who oversee professional staff and student interns.
  • Establishes, implements, and communicates program goals and objectives.
  • Authorizes the department's policies and procedures.
  • Serves as an advanced campus/systemwide subject matter expert in multiple content areas and directs advanced subject matter experts.
  • Establishes short- and long-term programmatic goals and objectives.
  • Develops solutions to complex situations, monitors trends, determines when new services are needed, and decides how they should be delivered.
  • Manages the collection and analysis of data to evaluate the impact of services.
  • Submits annual reports on program effectiveness as required to the campus, Office of the President, and federal agencies, among others.
  • Provides leadership and visioning for Theme Programs and Resource Centers, and Residence Halls within the unit.

Resource Management:

  • Responsible for developing and implementing budgets totaling over $4.5M for managed functions in consultation with directors, including planning, allocation, monitoring, and analysis.
  • Establishes broad goals for annual program/project budgets from multiple fund sources.
  • Works closely with the Finance Analyst and Divisional Finance Leader.
  • Authorizes the budget for contract and grant submission as well as required annual reports.
  • Incorporates sustainability practices in the management and design of programs, services, and facilities.

Staff Personnel:
  • Responsible for approximately 18 FTE and various limited appointment staff and student interns.
  • Directly supervises 7.0 FTE.
  • Manages the recruitment, selection, training, and performance management of staff.
  • Makes final decisions on corrective action, salary actions, hiring and separation of employees, and other human resources issues supervising the work of directors.
  • Advocates for representation of unit staff in strategic planning initiatives at divisional, institutional, and systemwide levels.
  • Promotes staff collaborations with campus and community partners and stakeholders.
  • Promotes leadership and professional development opportunities for all staff.

  • Responsible for ensuring that the unit's technology supports student services and programs, meeting broad goals for access, continually seeks better ways of offering services, and doing business through technology.
  • Collaborates with other campus units to develop innovative approaches and applications of technology.

  • Supervises management of physical space and associated resources.
  • Communicates with campus administrators regarding physical space needs.
  • Works directly and indirectly with other occupants of buildings where the cluster's programs are housed to maintain and improve space.

Revenue Generation:
  • Identifies fundraising opportunities and develops plans for generating external resources.
  • Prepares proposals and participates in campus campaigns.
  • In collaboration with directors, E&I development efforts and Student Experience and Diversity (SED) team, develops annual fundraising campaigns for the cluster.
  • Seeks out prospects, develops relationships with potential donors and with federal administrators, collects data, and coordinates research and writing of proposals.
  • Completes required periodic progress reports.
  • Ensures that overall services conform to the requirements of federal and state regulations and University policies.

Professional Development:
  • Participates in professional development activities and keeps apprised of trends in higher education and state and national policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge of the issues, needs, and trends related to marginalized and diverse array of students.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of contemporary management theory and practice in higher education environments.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in conflict resolution, including formal and informal complaint and dispute resolution procedures.
  • Advanced knowledge of the theories and practice of counseling, transformative learning, human, student, and career development, and academic achievement, and undergraduate research leading practices methodologies.
  • Expert knowledge in or ability to quickly learn University, state and federal anti-discrimination policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of academic curricula, curriculum development, and the administration of courses in accordance with campus and divisional policies and procedures.
  • Background in and experience with managing or delivering effective programs and services for a diverse range of students in a college or university environment.
  • Excellent management and leadership skills, including advanced experience in managing and analyzing complex organizations.
  • Demonstrated excellent supervisory skills with professional staff; advanced knowledge of human resources, policies and practices.
  • Expert knowledge and/or experience in strategic planning and leading campus managers in identifying, analyzing, and resolving issues impacting student success.
  • Advanced experience in multicultural competencies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Political sensibility and interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively and diplomatically across and outside the organization at all levels, in sensitive situations, and maintain confidentiality.
  • Advanced meeting facilitation and excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to work with non-profit and private funding sources, corporations, and foundations.
  • Experience in building successful collaborative relationships across unit boundaries.
  • Demonstrated skills in resource management: understanding and managing financial, information, technology and space resources.
  • Knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University legal and ethical issues governing the delivery of academic support/advising services and policies regarding personal liability and risk assessment.
  • Familiarity with evaluation methodology, including survey methods, data analysis, and performance outcome data analysis.
  • Expert knowledge of and experience with federal and state higher educational support issues, funding, and programming.
  • Ability to evaluate risks and the likelihood of consequences.
  • Demonstrated skills in using Microsoft Office and common desktop/web applications.

  • Master's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D and/or equivalent experience/training preferred.

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:

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.

Mandated Reporter

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

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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