Research Coordinator (4549U) 17844

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

Research Coordinator (4549U) 17844 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 Biology Scholars Program (BSP) in the Department of Integrative Biology is a 29 year-old science inclusion program that provides academic and career support for students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers primarily in the biological and health sciences. Since 1992, BSP has provided student services to over 3,000 Berkeley undergraduates through study groups, course and career advising, paid internships, research opportunities, and events/workshops. Additionally, the BSP cultivates a community of students committed to service. BSP students are on average 80% firstgeneration/low-income, 70% women, and 60% from groups historically underrepresented in STEM. Each year, BSP provides individualized services to approximately 400 current undergraduates who are underrepresented, low income, first-generation college students, and/or otherwise at a higher risk of experiencing academic difficulty. Additionally, BSP provides services to its program alumni members. For more information, see

Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Research Coordinator will directly support BSP's research, internship, and professional development services for its student members, including but not limited to co-developing and implementing the research/internship/professional development program, counseling students on topics related to graduate school, research, and research careers, delivering workshops, and providing operational and administrative support to fulfill grant-related reporting responsibilities for the aforementioned activities. The incumbent will assist with limited BSP programming, such as admissions, graduation, and select general BSP events and activities.

  • Co-design and deliver undergraduate research/internship/professional development program for current BSP undergraduate students, including logistical, administrative, coordination, and decision-making aspects.
  • Co-develop, implement, and monitor program activity timeline and learning material.
  • Co-design and execute internal and external lab and internship placement protocol, student selection process design, establishing student participant expectations, and cohort management.
  • Establishes and maintains internship partnerships with internal and external organization(s), department(s), and unit(s), including ongoing communication with campus faculty and external partners.
  • Prepares and conducts learning seminars and/or workshops for student participants that support a limited range of topics focused on the STEM field of study (e.g., professional development topics, science and intersectional identities, skills in research, professional, and/or academic settings).
  • Organize and execute end-of-year capstone/symposium program and logistics.
  • Mentors and advises undergraduates to enhance disciplinary and professional trajectories.
  • Assesses appropriate needs of students; may refer students to specific student programs and resources such as the disabled student program, financial aid/scholarships, college / departmental advisors, or professional associations.
  • Helps students in critical transition stages, including high school or community college to firstyear research university undergraduate course work; lower-division to upper-division; first semester issues; upper-division course work to advanced research / capstone-level project; undergraduate to graduate-level academic preparation.
  • Assists students with resumes, cover letters, presentations and activities such as applications to professional society activities.
  • Applies and administers intake, assessment, and evaluation tools to measure activity impact.
  • Contributes to grant activity report writing, especially evaluation and impact of activities related to research/internship/professional development program activities.
  • General staff duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Multicultural competencies; knowledge and experience working and interacting effectively with diverse groups of staff, faculty, and student populations in the STEM fields.
  • Knowledge of research institution culture, and how to navigate.
  • Knowledge of how learning skills and research skills apply to a research institution, including common challenges.
  • Knowledge of specific learning styles, affective issues, academic issues, and socio-cultural issues in applying academic support for students.
  • Ability to communicate information in small and large group settings.
  • Oral and written communication skills; interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Experience developing and leading workshops
  • Experience counseling/advising students.
  • Strong logistical and coordination skills, time management, and organizational skills .
  • Skills in judgment, decision-making, and problem-solving.
  • Experience developing academic programs that support the success of undergraduate students.
  • Proficient computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, and web-based systems.
  • Strong ability to communicate and function effectively in a small team environment.
  • Strong ability to work independently and collaboratively in a high work-volume environment.
  • Bachelor's degree in biology or related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Minimum 1-2 years experience developing, implementing, and coordinating undergraduate research and/or internship and/or professional development program activities.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Develops knowledge of current and theoretical models that influence the application and delivery of professional academic programs (e.g., discipline-specific; studentpopulation specific).
  • Knowledge of student learning theories and/or undergraduate research training.
  • Experience applying evaluation tools to measure impact.
  • Master's degree or doctorate in biology or related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role 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.

Other Information

This is a 24-month, full-time, 40-hours per week, Contract (temporary) position. Renewal is possible with continued funding.

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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