Executive Director, College of Chemistry (0378U) - 32325

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco

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Executive Director, College of Chemistry (0378U) - 32325 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 University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

The Colleges of Chemistry (CoC) and Engineering (CoE) at UC Berkeley are recognized for their educational and research excellence, consistently ranking among the top one to three Science and Engineering programs in the United States and the world. The combined Colleges have close to 300 regular faculty members, 2,000 graduate students and 3,500 undergraduate students located in nine academic departments. The College of Chemistry and College of Engineering prepares scientists and engineers with the multidisciplinary skills to lead enterprises of all scales, in industry, government and the nonprofit sector.

The professional Master of Molecular Science and Software Engineering (MSSE) graduate program within the College of Chemistry and in collaboration with the College of Engineering, prepares post-baccalaureate students for career paths that lead to software positions and managerial and executive positions in software technology enabled companies and organizations as well as entrepreneurial ventures. The program combines leadership coursework in innovation, teamwork and management with intensive study in an area of technical specialization of software engineering tied to large scale scientific computing, data science, and advanced algorithms. The Executive Director will report to the Senior Assistant Dean of Business Development and Operations in the College of Chemistry with a strong reporting responsibility to the Chair of the Department of Chemistry.

The responsibilities of the MSSE Executive Director include the management and marketing of a significant, independent academic or research program; personnel management and coaching; execution of all strategic planning endeavors; program development and coordination; academic affairs; course approval, implementation and refreshment; program administration; and budget matters.

  • Curriculum Development and Instructional Management
    • Oversees and ensures completion of all aspects of course approval, implementation and periodic course refreshments.
    • Works closely with faculty and chair to facilitate curriculum planning.
    • Works on course design and implementation and obtains approval by the ladder faculty.
    • Identifies faculty or lecturers to prepare and deliver courses.
    • Identifies viable and cost-effective online curriculum delivery.
    • Collaborates with academia and industry to define capstone projects with software engineering relevance.
  • Makes recommendations and implements decisions on operational and budget processes, programmatic staff FTE, finance, human resources and space planning that have programwide impact.
  • Strategizes revenue generation opportunities and monitors revenue for programs.
  • Adjusts staffing levels and activities as needed to stay on budget.
  • Coordinates with campus and UCOP units to complete or renew required academic reviews, tuition and financial aid proposals, and accreditation documents.
  • Directs decision support data collection and analyses.
  • Assesses program's effectiveness to make changes to program's content, policies and procedures accordingly, including, tuition, gifts and endowments, new philanthropy, corporate support and executive education.
  • Oversees recruitment and admissions, leads marketing efforts, and leads student admission committees.
  • Serves on committees representing the program, participating in short- and long-term planning.
  • Makes executive level decisions about all personnel actions in conjunction with HR partner, including recruitments and creation of new positions.
  • Manages and coaches program staff, including completing quarterly Achieve Together check-ins, morale and team building programming, and strategies to retain high performing staff.

Required Qualifications
  • Academic background and experience in selected area of research involving computational science or software-related fields.
  • Advanced knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with dynamic and diverse groups of faculty, staff, and students to achieve results.
  • Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Advanced ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers.
  • Skills in monitoring/assessing people, processes or services, to make improvements.
  • Interpersonal skills: customer service orientation and ability to be flexible and adaptable to change.
  • Experience in program planning and administration.

  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in a related area (PhD, JD, MD, etc.) and/or equivalent training or experience.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $125,000-$150,000 (grade 25).

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.

Diversity Statement

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that “every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.”

Other Information

This is a career, 100% full-time, 40-hours per week appointment, eligible for full UC benefits and 100% remote work.

Other Information

The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to March 21, 2022.

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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