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External Relations Specialist 3 (6299U) Job 59387 - Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco

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Four-Year Institution

External Relations Specialist 3 (6299U) Job 59387 - Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) 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.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

EECS is the largest Department on the UC Berkeley campus, consisting of over 150 faculty, adjunct, active emeriti and PIR appointments, 3,000 undergraduates
across the College of Engineering and Letters and Science, 700 graduate students, and ~65 staff members. The department reports to both the College of Engineering and the College of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS). Our top-ranked programs attract stellar students and professors from around the world, who pioneer the frontiers of information science and technology with broad impact on society.

Underlying our success are a strong tradition of collaboration, close ties to industry, and a supportive culture. Berkeley EECS offers one of the most comprehensive instructional and research programs available anywhere in our field. We have a particular strength in large interdisciplinary real-world system projects that bring to bear core technologies seamlessly across electrical engineering and computer science.

This position provides administrative and operational support for the EECS External Relations Group (XRG) and the EECS department. The position is under the general supervision of the Director of External Relations. XRG was established to encourage and facilitate the close cooperation between members of industry and government,
and the department. Its role is three fold: (1) to facilitate timely transfer of research results to industry and alumni, (2) to help keep research focused on problems that interest industry and and alumni (3) to encourage industrial funding to support educational and research activities at Berkeley.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 10/3/23 - Open Until Filled


40% In partnership with the Department leadership (the External Relations Vice Chairs, Director of External Relations, Department Chairs, etc.) develops and implements programs related to external relations and communications, including planning and implementing the EECS External Advisory Board, the Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium (BEARS), the EECS Department Colloquium Series, and other programmed interactions with alumni and industry, as well as suggesting new means and venues of interacting with alumni and stakeholders. Responsible for overseeing logistics related to communicating information to department constituencies (e.g., donors, board members, alumni, etc.). Recommend and debrief the leadership on program activities to make improvements. Review and report on the status of program planning and budget regularly and proactively. Collaborate with and debrief faculty and other constituencies to solicit feedback and implement suggestions from faculty, staff and students for subsequent years. Plan other activities such as annual research reviews for special industrial members and organize research conferences and meetings for individual faculty and research groups on as needed basis.

20% Review and prepare comprehensive briefings for both faculty and visitors to provide the key information to enable successful visits. Oversee all logistics including reserving rooms, arranging parking and special transportation; scheduling audio-visual equipment and assistance. Follow-up with the visitors and cultivate relationships with existing constituents and make suggestions to leadership for new ones.

20% Research various topics and gather relevant data related to alumni and industry interaction, consider and brief others on best practices in alumni engagement, and assist with the alumni newsletter in collaboration with EECS communications staff.

10% Faculty Retreat, annual Student Awards Ceremony, annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Winter Holiday Reception, retirement receptions, staff award recognition gatherings, etc.

5% Plan and coordinate a wide variety of ad hoc tasks and special projects assigned by the External Relations Vice Chair and Director of Operations. Provide backup support to other XRG members in dealing with the CAP program, industry partners, gift and in-kind donations, etc.

5% Respond to general inquiries from the public and department stakeholders.

Required Qualifications
  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • High degree of flexibility and enthusiasm.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with faculty, students and staff.
  • Demonstrated team-focused approach by collaborating, coordinating and working in closely with fellow unit personnel.
  • Proven ability to shift priorities, work independently, and meet deadlines and customer needs.
  • Be able to work late or unusual hours, on occasion, to execute department events.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Be able to drive a vehicle on public roads.
  • Thorough knowledge of the campus (and the EECS Department in particular), it's mission, goals, objectives, programs achievements, infrastructure and issues of concern.

Salary & Benefits

4For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $64,400 - $84,600.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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