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Program Director - Vice Chancellor for Research (7399U) 28117

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Program Director - Vice Chancellor for Research (7399U) 28117 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

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has overall managerial responsibility for Berkeley's research enterprise. It maintains a research environment that fosters creativity, collaboration and community. Its specific goals are to provide effective support for campus-wide research efforts; to advocate for research needs and resources; and to maximize the benefits of Berkeley's research to the scholarly community, to the local community, the state, nationally and internationally. In support of these goals, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research administers over 50 research centers, institutes, programs, museums, and field stations; administers the flow of research funding to the Berkeley campus; oversees the compliance of campus research with federal, state and university regulations; facilitates relations between University researchers and private industry for the benefit of society.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 26, 2021. Job will remain open until filled


The Program Director is responsible for projects and programs that are supported by private philanthropy and administered by the Immediate Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The Program Director will administer several high-profile programs that support the excellence of the UC Berkeley research enterprise; advertising and marketing the programs to the campus community and to external audiences; leading the merit-based selection process of faculty and student recipients; monitoring program outcomes; and reporting and organizing related internal and external events and symposia. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Program Director will act as a driving force to implement best practices and shape new programs.
  • Administers several high-profile programs that support the excellence of the UC Berkeley research enterprise. Funded by private philanthropy the programs provide support for faculty, students and researchers in the form of prestigious awards and/or prizes, provide project or seed fund support for interdisciplinary and/or team science that may require collaboration across fields and institutions working with internal and external partners.
  • Develops and coordinates policy and program communications; formulates strategies for education, advertising and marketing programs to the campus community and to diverse external audiences and stakeholders; organizes related internal and external events and symposia.
  • Leads the merit-based selection process of faculty, student and researcher recipients.
  • Monitors program outcomes and handles all aspects of reporting to ensure that program metrics are met.
  • Collaborates with partners to coordinate the development, implementation and monitoring of new programs and processes. Programs have campus-wide reach and are of strategic importance to maintain research excellence of the campus across many academic fields.
  • Provides analyses of complex budget and other data working directly with internal and external constituents to ensure program success.
  • Proposes, leads and / or participates on policy, strategy and planning committees and working groups.
  • Makes high level contacts of a sensitive nature, internally and externally, requiring discretion and diplomacy.
  • Researches and summarizes best practices.
  • Develops proposals and recommendations to guide and support broader strategic directions for the programs and initiatives.

Required Qualifications
  • Excellent analytical and independent problem-solving skills.
  • Appreciation and enthusiasm for helping to support world-class researchers, advance discovery and serve the university community.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with internal and external audiences, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet project goals under tight timeframes.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Thorough knowledge of or ability to gain knowledge of campus processes, protocols and procedures.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of common software and online collaboration tools.
  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is a full-time, career position. 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.

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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