McNair Scholars Research Coordinator (4501U) 17821

San Francisco
Apr 29, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

McNair Scholars Research Coordinator (4501U) 17821 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: 5/12/2021

Departmental Overview

As a central service center for the entire campus, the Graduate Division works to guide and assist students from the moment of admission, through the various milestones of their progress, to the completion of their degree requirements. We provide academic, personal, and professional support services that are vital to the everyday well-being and life-long successes of Berkeley master's, professional, and doctoral students.

As the authoritative resource and chief advocate for graduate education, the Graduate Division ensures the equitable administration of policies governing graduate studies across Berkeley's 14 schools and colleges. As the administrative arm of the Academic Senate's Graduate Council, we partner with the faculty and staff of each program and the deans of each school and college to maintain the world-renowned quality of Berkeley's graduate education.

The McNair Scholars Program prepares approximately thirty selected Berkeley undergraduates annually for graduate study in Ph.D. programs in all disciplines and offers opportunities to participate in research activities nationally and internationally.


The Research Coordinator serve as the principal individual who plans, implements and coordinates the Spring and Summer research experiences for the McNair Scholars. This person directs and oversees the day-to-day implementation of a complex student research program. The research coordinator reports to the Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity. Assignments are provided by the Director of the McNair Scholars Program who serves as work lead for this position.
  • Provides multicultural academic counseling across disciplines and colleges/schools to "at risk" populations (e.g., low-income, first-generation college, underrepresented populations, etc.).
  • Assists in the planning, development and administration of specialized and complex research programs and projects that are designed to enhance student success. [P4 level]
    • Collaborates with the Director on short-term planning [this is a limited position; might be involved with short-term planning] that has budget implications for the coordination of the spring and summer components of the McNair Scholars Research Program
    • Participates as a member of the team that writes grant applications for existing and new grant opportunities
    • Coordinates recruitment of applicants to the program
    • Coordinates the Spring, Summer and Fall McNair Seminar classes
    • Develops curriculum for innovative academic and personal development seminars/courses.
    • Develops the spring, summer and fall McNair Scholars seminar syllabi
    • Organizes and facilitates instruction provided by guest lecturers in the Introduction to Research seminar
    • Participates in the planning and implementation of the McNair Symposium
    • Works collaboratively with staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, and students to explore/research innovative approaches in meeting the needs of a diverse and changing student body.
    • Provides advice and consultation on research guidelines on qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to McNair Scholars on their research projects reinforcing material presented in the seminars.
  • Assists the director in training, and supervising the work of graduate interns and paraprofessionals. Oversees, advises, and aids staff, graduate students, and student mentors in the provision of direct services to students to help them develop a successful graduate school application packet including a strong statement of purpose, personal statement, and letters of recommendation.
    • Develops a program to prepare and improve the teaching and coaching skills of the graduate student instructors
  • Media, Publications, and Graduate School Applications
    • Participates in the review, analysis and preparation of the Berkeley McNair Scholars Journal
    • Produces, prepares, and write materials and mailings for the McNair Scholars Program
    • Develops McNair Scholars Portfolios including bios, curriculum vitae and news clips
    • Seeks out and identifies faculty members who can share their expertise regarding graduate education opportunities. Consults and confers with faculty mentors, Graduate Division Office, and McNair Staff to provide scholars access to career and graduate school services.
  • Other tasks as assigned

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated competencies and advanced knowledge in theories of multicultural counseling, learning, identity development, human and career development.
  • Advanced knowledge of research methodologies and research designs.
  • Knowledge and experience in working with historically underrepresented ethnic minority communities, first generation college students.
  • Knowledge in the methodologies used to enhance student achievement, such as collaborative teaching/learning models, strategies for effective counseling and peer mentoring, small group facilitation and training, coaching, mentoring and advocacy.
  • Knowledge of and experience in conflict management and intervention strategies.
  • Extensive experience in multicultural competencies, and personal and academic crisis intervention; working with students to assist in clarification of ethics and values.
  • Advanced experience in group dynamics, facilitation, and training; comprehensive assessment of academic preparation and personal competencies.
  • Experience in establishing and implementing short and long term program goals and objectives; demonstrated effectiveness in mediation and conflict resolution.
  • Knowledge of academic curricula; strong knowledge of campus climate, structure/organizations, and culture.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, developing, and administering evaluative instruments for measuring program effectiveness.
  • Advanced experience in planning, developing, and administering enrichment programs/projects, academic and personal development seminars, courses, and workshops.
  • Knowledge and experience in managing funds designated for special programs.
  • Knowledge and experience in researching, compiling and analyzing data, and generating reports; extensive experience in developing evaluative instruments specific to programs/projects goals and objectives.

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

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

Salary & Benefits

Salary 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.

Other Information

50% FTE, part-time appointment.

Grant funding for this position is available through July 31, 2022. Continuity of this position is contingent upon grant renewal.

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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