Director, Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships (4565U) 18906

San Francisco
Jun 01, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director, Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships (4565U) 18906 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: June 7, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics consists of more than 300 staff members and coaches and sponsors 30 varsity sports programs. These 30 programs include more than 850 student-athletes who participate in the various sports programs annually within the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). We are currently seeking a Director of Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships who will work within the department's Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development.

The Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development aims to be a national model for athletic departments. The Cameron Institute is guided by The California Way framework, which positions student-athletes to perform to their full potential and thrive for a lifetime. The position reports to the Associate Athletics Director of Student-Athlete Development.


The Director of Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships designs, implements, and evaluates strong and robust curricular and co-curricular community engagement programming and opportunities for Cal Athletics. This includes engagements that serve the needs of the broader Berkeley community while continuing to enhance connection within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. This position will also foster relationships across UC Berkeley to align the Cameron Institute with the service mission of campus. As an external-facing role, this position will forge and formalize partnerships with organizations and stakeholders within the Bay Area and beyond - not only for community service opportunities, but also strategic partnerships to support the Cameron Institute.

The Director of Community Engagement will support coaches and teams in establishing and facilitating short- and long-term partnerships. This includes providing training to adequately prepare coaches and teams to engage effectively within the community and accompanying stakeholders. Training includes facilitating discussion and reflective learning opportunities and assessing the impact service opportunities have on the individual, team, and organization related to The California Way. This position will also manage and advise in a 1:1 capacity a small portfolio of teams focused on the holistic development of Cal student-athletes. The position also has supervisory oversight of one to two Student-Athlete Development Advisors within the unit that will also manage a portfolio of athletic teams.
  • Designs, implements, and evaluates community engagement programming and opportunities. Regularly evaluates all programs and systems to ensure they support The California Way and our mission of providing a world-class experience.
  • Connects and facilitates community engagement partners with teams based on interests and needs.
  • Serves as department liaison with partners across campus to help integrate student-athletes into programs offered by UC Berkeley - including but not limited to the Public Service Center, Blum Center, American Cultures Center, etc.
  • Develops relationships with constituents external to campus to support Cameron Institute programming and leverages their capabilities to improve the experience for student-athletes.
  • Provides training and support to all student-athletes and teams participating in community engagement and service. Develop a system addressing the following areas: preparing student-athletes to engage effectively within the community; training on diversity, equity, and community partnerships; supporting students through experiences with guided reflection and mentorship; providing a vehicle for evaluation and assessment.
  • Serves as an advisor for student-athletes on a small portfolio of teams. Works with the Head Coach and staff of teams they advise providing tailored holistic support to their programs.
  • Supervises one to two Student-Athlete Development Advisors within the unit. Monitors employee performance and provides direction and assistance. Regularly evaluates employee performance, handles disciplinary issues if needed.
  • Travels around the Bay Area to meet with potential partners and build relationships to support the Cameron Institute. May include driving student-athlete(s) to community engagement opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned, including professional development.

Required Qualifications
  • 2-3 years of experience in Student-Athlete Development, Student Affairs, or Community Engagement.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, project management skills, and time management skills.
  • Excellent at managing and executing the operational components of the position and managing multiple high-level priorities.
  • Ability to create effective systems and processes to enhance community engagement efforts across 30 teams.
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to develop consensus in sensitive and confidential situations.
  • Effective communication skills and social perceptiveness / political sensitivity to engage with stakeholders at every level.
  • Ability to assess and measure effectiveness of services.
  • Curriculum development and facilitation experience; ability to develop training.
  • Strong advising / counseling skills to help others perform to their full potential.
  • Skills in monitoring/assessing people, processes, and services to improve.
  • Strong listening, critical thinking, and analytical skills to mediate conflict, problem-solve, and respond appropriately to concerns and community needs.
  • Ability to identify and forecast problems and develop original ideas to solve them.
  • Competency in common computer application programs, including the Microsoft Office suite.
  • Knowledge of common higher ed and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risk likelihood and consequences.
  • Knowledge of or the ability to gain knowledge of University policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Bachelor's Degree and/or equivalent years experience and/or training.
  • Knowledge of NCAA rules.

Preferred Qualifications
  • 5+ years of experience in Student-Athlete Development, Student Affairs, or Community Engagement.
  • Supervisory Experience.
  • Master's Degree and/or equivalent years experience and/or training.

Salary & Benefits

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 full-time, career position.

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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