Program Manager (6299U) - BLUM Center

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco
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Jul 20, 2033

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Program Manager (6299U) - BLUM Center 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: 7/30/21

Departmental Overview

The Blum Center for Developing Economies leverages the talent, enthusiasm, and energy of the" href="" rel="noopener" target="_blank">University of California, Berkeley community to address the grand challenge of global poverty. Our interdisciplinary problem-solving approach draws on students and faculty dedicated to facing this challenge through innovative initiatives, education, and research.

The Program Manager will play an important role in the implementation and delivery of key programs aimed at assisting student entrepreneurs via Big Ideas and also including the new Health Technologies CoLab. They will be responsible for building networks and partnerships across the entire ecosystem to enable and promote student-led social ventures. They will also further the work of the Health Technologies CoLab and Big Ideas as a leader in catalyzing and supporting early-stage social ventures, and as a central contributor for knowledge sharing among student-led innovation contests.


50% Program Management, Delivery and Training:

The Program Manager will be responsible for managing aspects of the day-to-day activities of the Big Ideas Contest and the Health Technologies CoLab. These activities include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Develop a vibrant ecosystem for faculty and students to harness mobile technology to increase access to quality healthcare
  • Develop timelines, educational resources, and communications strategies.
  • Serve as the primary point-of-contact for students.
  • Lead workshops, information sessions and other events/activities designed to engage students and support their goals.
  • Develop strategic partnerships that enable the Contest to expand the resources and opportunities for applicants and their start-ups (accelerators, crowdfunding, venture capital.)
  • Hold office hours to provide support to early-stage innovators in thinking through challenges with project design and implementation.

25% Program Development & Strategy:
  • In coordination with faculty and senior staff, develop strategies and programs to facilitate identifying and coordinating the infrastructure and programming to facilitate new activities.

  • Assist in the recruitment, training and ongoing support of new university partners. Design and lead a multi-day training for university partners on how to administer the Big Ideas Contest.
    • Participate in the identification, review, and selection of academic and co-curricular offerings
    • Plan and coordinate external high-level visit.
    • Identify funding opportunities, prospective donors/sponsors and other campus based and/or external funding opportunities. Assist with the development of grant applications and other funding proposals.
    • Represent Big Ideas and CoLab at meetings and conferences to increase awareness and identify new networks.

    15% Knowledge Sharing, Reporting, and Metrics:
    • Analyze metrics and provide feedback and recommendations.
    • Continually assess activities, document lessons learned, develop best practices for supporting student innovators and early-stage, university based innovations
    • Provide recommendations for programmatic adjustments.
    • Develop thought pieces or stories to highlight in articles, blog or journals.

    10% Assist with the supervision of student assistants to streamline program systems. Other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications

    This is a one-year contract
    • Experience managing programs, preferably of similar size and scope.
    • Experience providing advice to students or entrepreneurs
    • Excellent time-management skills and attention to detail.
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, faculty, students, etc., both verbally and in writing
    • Demonstrated ability to write effectively, analyze and summarize complex information, and a solid comprehension of writing fundamentals
    • A strong research background that includes training in quantitative methods, qualitative methods, and survey item design
    • Background in knowledge management and evaluation
    • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
    • Thorough knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and procedures of building and maintaining effective relations with internal and external constituencies.
    • Thorough research, analytical and critical thinking skills, including sound judgment and decision-making skills and skill to correctly identifying real and potential problems, advising management as required, and proposing effective strategic resolutions.
    • Skill in project management, including event planning and meeting deadlines.
    • Experience with life science and/or health innovation.
    • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Extensive experience working in an entrepreneurial setting; either working directly with a start-up, or overseeing programs that provide support to entrepreneurs, preferred.

    Salary & Benefits

    For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
    • This is a one-year contract position. Contract positions may be extended based on operational demand. Contract positions are eligible to participate in the health and welfare programs offered by UC Berkeley.
    • The salary range designated for this position: $56,800 - $75,400; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

    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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