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Program Manager (0378U) - 46401

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco
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Program Manager (0378U) - 46401 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.

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Departmental Overview

The problems facing our environment are becoming increasingly complex and they are outpacing efforts to address them. This includes challenges ranging from climate change, to the global extinction crisis, to issues associated with environmental justice. We must act both smarter and faster to head off severe consequences for people and the planet. Data Science approaches offer a transformative opportunity to increase both the rate and impact of environmental problem-solving.

Launched in 2022, the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Center for Data Science and Environment (DSE) at Berkeley ( is a partnership between UC Berkeley's Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, with the financial support of Eric and Wendy Schmidt, working to take on these challenges.

The Center aims to contribute to the global community who are similarly working to take on these challenges in four key areas:
    Generating ground-breaking computational/data science discoveries motivated by pressing environmental questions; Producing scalable solutions to critical threats facing the environment, powered by open-source tools; Deploying these solutions widely, taking advantage of modern cloud infrastructure and open data/open software, and maintaining a design philosophy of vendor neutrality to ensure that community needs are prioritized; Creating an enhanced pipeline of young environmental leaders connected to local communities and organizations to meet their needs and translate our research findings and technological developments into practical impacts.

The success of this effort relies on people, our ability to build upon the success of others, and to make new contributions that allow others to build on what we create.

The Schmidt Center for DSE is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We aim to foster an environment that is safe and open to all work together with RCNR, CDSS, and Campus to continually learn and grow in our ability to do so.

DSE Program Managers will play a critical role during the launch of the Center and the creation and oversight of our diverse teams. As an experienced Program Manager, you are excited to lead and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams working to develop data enabled solutions to environmental challenges. You are passionate about developing programs from the ground up and motivated for your work to have a measurable impact.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 12/19/2022.

    Manages the design and development of one or more major Schmidt DSE programs to implement data-driven efforts for collaborative environmental problem solving and oversees its execution. Helps to design and develop all of the activities and relationships that will be needed for a program to succeed. Works in collaboration with Executive Director and Senior Engineers and supervises an interdisciplinary team of staff, and students to advance the work and ensure program success. Manages relationships between the Schmidt DSE and international, federal, and state government agencies in the environmental sectors, non-profit organizations, foundations, tech industry partners, UC Berkeley collaborators, and the Berkeley Administration. Ensures the assessment and success of the program(s) effectiveness, and recommends changes to program's content, policies and strategic goals accordingly. Develops and maintains liaisons with external advisory board, and ensures representation of the program to governing boards, outside agencies, and the public. Ensures the development, implementation and adherence to open source principles toward ensuring our work is replicable and accessible. Assists with campus community engagement programs, including the undergraduate and graduate internship programs. Explores and cultivates opportunities for project expansion and stakeholder engagement.

Required Qualifications
    Recognized expertise in environmental project management or environmental problem-solving. Expert oral and written communication skills. Leadership experience in academic, government, nonprofit, and/or industry settings Demonstrated expertise in building collaborations across a diversity of stakeholder groups. Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students. Managerial experience and proven success in managing complex programs. Strong negotiation skills and verbal and written communication skills; ability to engage all levels of collaborators. Skills in organization to effectively manage multiple important priorities. Experience or interest in contributing to the development of applications with environmental impact. Doctorate in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits. 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 PDF.

Other Information
    Ability to work at the DSE collaborative space on UC Berkeley campus, with flexibility in terms of timing, preferred, though fully remote candidates will also be considered. This is not a visa opportunity. This recruitment has two openings.

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:
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