Graduate Student Affairs Officer (4575U) 17834

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

Graduate Student Affairs Officer (4575U) 17834 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: May 12, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has two 9- month long professional Master's programs: the Product Development Program (PDP) and the self-supporting Master of Bioprocess Engineering (MBPE) Program. The MBPE program is designed to prepare graduates for meaningful careers as Bioprocess Scientists and Engineers in the biopharmaceutical, industrial biotech, and food tech industries while graduates from the PDP almost exclusively choose to enter industry to embark on a professional or managerial career related to bringing new products and technologies into commercial reality. As the Graduate Student Affairs Officer (GSAO) and primary department/college resource for both of these programs, your time will be split between the two (75% with PDP and 25% with MBPE).


Academic Advising:
  • Advises PDP & MBPE Executive Directors on departmental / college and university policies and procedures; reviews students' progress and advises students and PDP & MBPE Executive Directors on requirements for degree / program completion; identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions; devises curriculum planning in collaboration with PDP & MBPE Executive Directors and faculty, and with other departments.

Graduate Recruitment and Admissions:
  • Overall leadership and management of annual student recruitment and application processing each academic year.
  • Plans and implements outreach programs with specifically targeted institutions; advises prospective applicants on necessary academic preparation; appropriateness of program as it pertains to the prospective applicant's goals; utilizing in-depth knowledge of the organization's admissions criteria, helps rank applicants for admissions; evaluates domestic and international transcripts for degree eligibility; initiates and arranges student recruitment events and visits.

Financial Management:
  • Responsible for PDP & MBPE's funds, annual operating budgets, financial projections, account reconciliation, and analysis of financial data.
  • Oversees the administration, evaluation, and awarding of student financial aid; advises students on each program's financial aid options.

Program Management:
  • Provides advice and assistance to students regarding program / department / college / university issues.
  • Makes referrals to on and off campus and community resources.
  • Plans and implements complex, high-visibility student affairs events, such as new student orientation, end of the year celebrations, commencement reception, team-building activities, etc.
  • Develops and enhances an alumni recruitment network through events and programming, such as career panels and workshops, happy hour mixers, and alumni office hours;
  • Coordinates career counseling between students and faculty; Identifies and cultivates potential employers.
  • Responsible for maintaining each program's facilities.

Required Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
  • Solid interpersonal skills; outstanding written and verbal communication.
  • Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Well organized and service oriented with the ability to independently manage multiple projects and set priorities.
  • Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
  • Working experience in professional services setting;
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the dynamic needs of an academic environment.
  • Some familiarity with demands and requirements on international students to comply with federal law and university policies with respect to non-U.S. citizens.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with or can quickly learn University-specific computer software application programs; can quickly learn and follow University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $69,000.00 - $72,800.00.

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

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