Cluster Coordinator (7397U) Othering & Belonging Institute 17086

San Francisco
Apr 05, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Cluster Coordinator (7397U) Othering & Belonging Institute 17086 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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 16, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Othering & Belonging Institute (the “Institute”) at UC Berkeley brings together diverse stakeholders to identify and challenge the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society in order to create transformative change. The Institute is a vibrant hub of researchers, community leaders, policymakers, artists, and communicators that advances research, policy, and work related to marginalized communities. We engage in innovative narrative, communications, and cultural strategies that attempt to re-frame the public discourse around marginality and inclusion and respond to issues that require immediate and long-term action. Our work is informed by understanding how structures and systems work to create or exacerbate othering and exclusion.

The Institute advances research and policy related to marginalized groups and social cleavages including disability, LGBTQ citizenship, race, religion, economics, public health, education, democracy and the new emerging research on global north/global south relations. The Institute represents a tremendous opportunity to bring leading researchers and substantial resources across disciplines to bear on society's pressing and pivotal issues. At the heart of the Institute are seven clusters of faculty-led teaching and research that are organized into the following areas: Disability Studies, Diversity and Democracy; Diversity and Health Disparities; Economic Disparities; LGBTQ Citizenship; Race, Diversity, and Educational Policy; Religious Diversity.

Reporting to the Associate Director, the Coordinator serves as a core member of the Institute's Cluster Initiative, supporting cluster research and agendas. The Coordinator works in close collaboration with the Associate Director to provide critical administrative and logistical support in the planning, coordination, development and administration of the Cluster Initiative and related activities.

  • Engage in research activities such as literature reviews, data collection and analysis to support faculty and Institute related initiatives. Contribute to analytical studies through research on a variety of policies, projects, programs, and issues in support of the Cluster Initiative and Othering & Belonging Institute. Gather and assemble analytical and factual data on assigned problems and issues, provide research and editorial assistance related to the Cluster Initiative and for the production of cluster-related national and regional briefs, reports, blogs, journal articles, and other work. Facilitate the dissemination of cluster research findings in close coordination with the Institute's Communications department so that it reaches the relevant policy audiences and communities of practice.
  • Participate in the design of cluster initiative programming and activities and under the direction of the Associate Director, implement parts of the plan. Provide critical administrative and logistical support to the Associate Director for other activities related to building connectivity and synergy, both for and between the clusters, as well as for cluster faculty-led activities. Planning, logistic, and administrative support and implementation of faculty cluster-related activities and public events such as colloquia, workshops, and conferences includes development of timelines, work plans, and coordinating inputs from relevant parties on implementation of cluster grants and activities and on occasion, Institute activities.
  • Support fundraising and grant development including research on funding sources and communicating with cluster faculty about grant opportunities to support cluster research and activities. Assist with proposal writing, logistic support, and liaising with other campus units related to preparing project proposals. In coordination with the Institute Chief of Staff, support the administration of research and project grants originating from faculty clusters and faculty cluster members. Support fundraising for the Cluster Initiative and its activities from other college units throughout UC-Berkeley and University Development and Alumni Relations.
  • Proactively lead the development and maintenance of systems of knowledge and information management for the Cluster Initiative including organizing and maintaining filing system for key cluster related documents and FTE faculty planning and documentation. Proactively gather information from cluster chairs and faculty on cluster related activities for progress and annual reporting and other communication purposes; track and support faculty recruitment process, promotions and endowed chair appointments for Institute FTE lines; maintain internal cluster proposal solicitations, submissions and subsequent awards of faculty cluster member grants; and maintain and update the Institute's Cluster Initiative related webpages.
  • Identify, communicate and coordinate opportunities to build ties between cluster faculty and the Othering and Belonging Institute staff and their research and programming. Build and maintain two-way communication channels so Institute staff are aware of cluster activities and interests while cluster members are apprised of the Institute's programmatic projects, events, and policy research needs.

Required Qualifications
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews including use of databases and bibliographic software.
  • Skills to analyze information and synthesize data with strong attention to detail.
  • Solid experience working in the research environment and in a rapidly growing organization.
  • Comfort with an open space and very diverse office environment.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Experience managing programs including work planning and leading and coordinating activity implementation with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to organize a wide variety of work functions simultaneously for multiple stakeholders in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Strong degree of political acumen, tact and follow-through when working with high-level faculty, staff, donors and program partners.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other campus offices and with community stakeholders.
  • Skills in organization and experience with effectively managing multiple important priorities, especially with demanding timeframes.
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Ability to use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns.
  • Working knowledge of or the ability to learn quickly common campus-specific and other computer application programs.

  • Master's degree, preferably in the social sciences or a field related to disciplines represented in the faculty clusters, e.g.public health, law, sociology, ethnic studies, and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Education and training in theories related to social inequality.
  • Demonstrated track record in conducting research and assisting with publishing academic papers strongly preferred.
  • Experience in research project management and event planning.

Salary & Benefits

This is a non-exempt, biweekly paid appointment. Hourly pay is commensurate with experience within the range of $30.17- $34.48 per hour.

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.

Other Information

This is a three year contract position with the possibility of renewal depending on funding.

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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