Professor of Practice of Public Policy - Essential

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Category:: Faculty
Locations:: Oakland, CA
Posted:: Apr 27, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Exempt
Position ID:: 130451

About Mills College:

Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

COURSE TITLE: Organizational Efficacy
DEPARTMENT: Public Policy and Political Science

Within the Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy, the Public Policy program at Mills College offers a two-year Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree, a joint MPP/MBA, and undergraduate courses preparing students for public service careers and engaged participation in a democratic society.

Course Description:
PPOL 220, Organizational Efficacy, is one of three core second-year courses in the MPP degree program that cover effective practice in professional arenas (organizations, political systems, and local governments). Designed for those planning to work with nonprofit or public-sector organizations, this course covers key factors in organizational performance in those sectors. Through case analyses and exercises, students learn to assess strategy, structure, culture, and operations, and become familiar with various management techniques, such as performance management, group decision-making, and dispute resolution. The aim throughout is to develop capacity for reflective practice rather than mechanical application of formulaic approaches to organizational challenges. For fall 2021, course is scheduled for Friday mornings (9:00-11:30) in a synchronous hybrid (online/in-person) format.

Compensation is $7,500 per course for Professors of Practice with terminal professional degrees (MPP, MBA, JD, or equivalent). Adjunct compensation is governed by a Collective Bargaining Agreement and increases with seniority at Mills College.


Minimum Qualifications
Master of Public Policy (MPP) or equivalent professional degree; 5+ years of experience in federal, state, and local government; and topical expertise in areas such as planning, procurement, regulatory reform, and organizational design. The Mills Public Policy programs seeks faculty who model the qualities of reflective practice, as evidenced by work that engages with issues of equity and representation in public decision making as well as in the classroom. Familiarity with current policy issues and stakeholders in Oakland, the Bay Area, or California is preferred.

Additional Information:

This is an exempt, part-time position. The compensation includes state-mandated benefits including Social Security, State Disability Insurance, Workers' Compensation Insurance, Unemployment Insurance and Sick Day accrual. Employees also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to

All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicant's background check must be cleared.

Application Instructions:

Click the "Apply Now" button below and follow instructions to submit the following documents:

  • Employee Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Statement
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement: Please describe your commitment to DEI. How have you worked to advance DEI in your current or previous positions? If hired at Mills, how would you contribute to the College's commitments to racial and gender justice and inclusive excellence?
  • Names, addresses, and email contacts for two professional references. No letters of reference should be submitted at this time.

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Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.




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Job No:
Posted: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 7/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time