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Project Policy Analyst 3 (7398U) - 20600

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco
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Project Policy Analyst 3 (7398U) - 20600 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: July 26, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Network for Neutrinos, Nuclear Astrophysics, and Symmetries (N3AS) is a multi-institutional collaboration dedicated to advancing research and to training postdoctoral researchers. The collaboration was initially established in September 2016 as a Research Hub in multi-messenger astrophysics, with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation. In September 2020 N3AS began a new era as a NSF Physics Frontier Center. N3AS, a consortium of 13 US institutions and two international partners, develops the theory tools for interpreting observations from a new generation of astrophysical facilities. These facilities are probing some of Nature's most extreme environments - the Big Bang, supernovae, and merging neutron stars and black holes -- thereby testing our understanding of fundamental physics in regimes not accessible on earth.

A new physical center for N3AS within the Physics Department is under construction, with an expected completion date of late 2021. The Center will house N3AS's Berkeley activities as well as those of its French and Japanese international partners. N3AS will sponsor a variety of activities benefiting the broader astrophysics community, including workshops, an annual summer school for advanced graduate students and beginning postdocs, and student exchanges with European Training Networks. N3AS members also work with undergraduates interested in astrophysics research, with particular emphasis on providing transfer students with research opportunities.

Berkeley's Physics Department is ranked among the top few in various national and international assessments. The Department includes approximately 62 active faculty, 35 emeritus faculty, 41 staff members, 280 graduate students, and 300 declared undergraduate majors.

  • Coordinates and publicizes N3AS activities such as workshops and collaboration meetings, helping N3AS establish a strong presence in the physics and astrophysics communities; disseminate information, selecting modes and techniques appropriate to reach various partners and locations.
  • Develops the N3AS undergraduate research program in support of the UC Transfer Pathway model, working with involved faculty and postdocs, and coordinating with and building on existing program in Physics, the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division, and elsewhere at UC; help N3AS export its model to other N3AS partners, including especially UCSD; implement other programs that have important educational and DE&I goals, including an anticipated NSF program to create partnerships between Physics Frontier Centers and faculty researchers from minority serving institutions.
  • Analyzes program progress and impediments, working with the N3AS Director and Executive Committee, and with the Advisory Committee, to expand and improve N3AS efforts.
  • Develops outreach materials, strategic communication plans, and progress reports working closely with other administrators to compile and distribute publicity documents and reports, and archiving for general public use presentations from N3AS workshops and schools.
  • Supports N3AS mission to help young researchers develop professionally, including improving retention of transfer and four-year students in the physics major; creating a summer transfer bridge program and potentially supporting Physics Department efforts to establish a new Research Experiences for Undergraduates summer program; supporting the N3AS summer school for advanced graduate students and encouraging graduate student participation in other N3AS programs; and helping N3AS Fellows develop by supporting their training as researchers and teachers, and their involvement in programs to create a more diverse field.
  • Proposes, leads and participates in policy and planning committees and working groups.
  • Provides strategy development for outreach initiatives.
  • Conducts post- implementation analysis to determine the need for further enhancements.
  • Coordinates efforts with N3AS international partners, including facilitating joint workshops and activities, and helping with the orientation of short term visitors and internally sponsored postdoctoral fellows.
  • Maintains communications with the Physics Department and MPS Division staff to increase the coherence among UC efforts to support young researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and international visitors.

Required Qualifications
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with staff, students, faculty and visitors of various backgrounds.
  • Ability to use tact, diplomacy, discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Analytical skills, to use independent judgment and to make decisions and solve complex problems.
  • Strong skills in analyzing, researching and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals; ability to synthesize communicate and visualize information in reports and other formats.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Strong policy analysis techniques.
  • Experience with social media platforms, web content management and development.
  • Excellent technological literacy and knowledge of common organization- or discipline-specific computer applications.

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

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn common organization- or research-specific and other computer application programs.
  • Experience with outreach via website content and social media posts.
  • Experience collaborating with community-based agencies to promote outreach programs and campaigns in STEM fields.
  • Ability to identify and cultivate potential partnerships with professional organizations.
  • Experience working with undergraduate students and in, especially, in recognizing and responding to the needs of transfer students.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary 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 part-time, 20-hours per week, 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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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