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Associate Director, External Relations (6300U) 21048

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco
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Associate Director, External Relations (6300U) 21048 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.

Departmental Overview

External Relations is responsible for activities associated with reaching, serving, and engaging external constituencies through programs, events, products, and services. Constituencies include alumni, local community, government, parents, donors, foundation board members, visiting dignitaries, students, and the general public. The unit translates constituent needs and priorities into customized programs to create, enhance, and sustain relationships between the campus and its external constituencies. The group advises the UCB community on all protocol matters, including visits by high-ranking government officials, the UC Office of the President, Regent's, or other dignitaries.

The Associate Director advises clients on developing programs to achieve their goals. Develops and implements highly complex and strategic programs throughout the campus and state, including events such as Chancellor events or other high visibility programs involving influential or important friends or members of the campus community. Plans and manages large-scale events supporting the campus's mission, including guests and clients such as senior campus management, UC Berkeley and donor foundation members, University executives, faculty, international dignitaries, alumni and student groups and government and community officials. Leads continual efforts to improve strategic programs and special events through process improvement, i.e., budget and participation analysis. Designs and implements strategic marketing and advertising plans to ensure participation from target populations. Leads cross-campus teams to develop knowledge and awareness amongst working groups. Serves as communication liaison between constituency groups and campus administrators.

  • Using institutional knowledge and awareness of constituency perception, designs, develops, and implements short and long-term strategic plans, programs, events, and activities.
  • May oversee all aspects of complex external relations programs, projects, and events, including coordinating special programs and overseeing the production of audio/visual or written and visual materials.
  • Quickly and appropriately identifies, addresses, and mitigates unforeseen or rapidly unfolding events that may negatively impact relationships between the campus and various constituencies, keeping senior management appropriately advised and notified.
  • May mentor less experienced staff members.
  • Analyzes, summarizes, or reviews data, reporting findings, interpreting results, or making recommendations.
  • Responds to constituent inquiries. Manages relationships with high-level donors.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge of the campus, vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements, issues of concern, and infrastructure.
  • Advanced knowledge of issues of concern in higher education.
  • Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of internal and external constituencies.
  • Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including the skill to produce appropriately presented information and effectively received by target constituencies.
  • Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve or mitigate problems or issues.
  • Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events.
  • Advanced skills in team building and goal setting with a diverse community.

Salary & Benefits

Hiring Salary Range: $75,400 - $110,800

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

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to July 30, 2021.

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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