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Executive Director (7378U) - 68482

University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco
$110,000 - $150,000

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Executive Director (7378U) - 68482 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

The Master of Computational Social Science (MaCSS) is a one-year, on-campus program that will provide students with practical skills for analyzing, interpreting, and visualizing social data. Social data are simply data about people, groups, organizations, and their interactions from surveys and censuses, company websites, store loyalty cards, cell-phone records, Twitter posts, internet searches, etc. MaCSS graduates will be able to work as analysts and data specialists in business, non-profit, and government settings.

Administratively, the MaCSS program will be housed in the Interdisciplinary Social Science Programs in the College of Letters and Science. It will be overseen by a Faculty Director, an Executive Director, and a Graduate Group. They will be assisted by a Graduate Student Affairs Officer (GSAO) and two staff who focus on career development and placement.

Position Summary

The Executive Director (ED) of the Master of Computational Social Sciences (MaCSS) Program will work with the Faculty Director to achieve the program's goals, identify new goals as new information and new challenges arise, develop tactics to achieve those goals, and establish policies to put those tactics to work. The ED will collaborate with the Faculty Director and the Graduate Group on logistics to foster the growth of the program and the success (academic & career) of the students.

General management includes long and short-range strategic planning, as well as recommending programmatic and policy changes as necessary. Administrative activities include those related to finance, human resources, academic personnel, external relations, instruction/course support, facilities, and student services.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 05/16/2024. This position will remain open until filled.


Academic Operations
    Maintain information on current & potential instructors, both ladder faculty and lecturers from industry, nonprofits, and government.Manage compensation for course development.Manage the recruiting and hiring of lecturers and academic student employees.Onboard instructors, both faculty & lecturersWork with the Graduate Group to identify and contact firms, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations to get data for capstone projects.

Financial Management
    Collaborate with the Faculty Director to oversee budget planning and implementation.Manage payment for and reporting of all operational and personnel expenses and staff/instructor compensation.Manage contracts with campus units and external vendors.Coordinate with the Graduate Group to select students for fellowships during the admissions process.

Program Administration
    Supervise student-facing staff - Career Services and Employer Relations specialist, GSAO - to optimize student experiences and career outcomes.Work with the Faculty Director and Graduate Group to manage operational and financial plans, assess their effectiveness, and revise them as necessary.Assess the program's academic & career effectiveness. In light of this assessment, work with the Faculty Director and Graduate Group to recommend changes to program content, policies, and procedures.Promote the program to recruiters, donors, prospective students, and prospective instructors.Work with the Faculty Director to recruit an Industry Advisory Board consisting of senior people from industry, nonprofits, and government who oversee data analytics and whose organizations may be willing to hire program graduates, serve on industry panels, and (eventually) provide funding for fellowships, student events, and a MaCSS endowment.Collaborate with the Faculty Director and Social Science Development Office to develop a fundraising strategy for fellowships, teaching awards, and career experiences (short-term) and an endowment (long-term).Oversee outreach strategy to members of groups that are under-represented in the data-analytics workforce: women, students/graduates of color. Target women's colleges, HBCUs, HSIs, and TCUs especially.Oversee marketing to both prospective employers and students.Contribute to developing and sustaining a team environment (including student-focused staff, instructors, TAs, and Graduate Group members) that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Space & Facilities
    Coordinate with the Magnes Collection Director, property management company, and facilities services to resolve any issues with the space.Manage the classroom expansion project in collaboration with campus units (Capital Projects), and external vendors (architect and contractors).Purchase/replace office equipment and furniture/furnishings.

Required Qualifications
    Ability to work independently, while also managing staff.Ability to deal with the uncertainty of working in a startup operation that is nested in a very bureaucratic organization.Willingness to innovate, to take risks that things won't work out; willing to monitor outcomes and adjust actions as necessary.Advanced knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources, and financial principles and practices, especially in a large bureaucratic organization.Effective communication skills. Ability to deal inclusively with faculty, Berkeley administrators, MCSS staff, GSIs, students, recruiters, and (potential) donors.Experience with data analytics is a big plus because it will help the ED understand the content and intent of the MCSS curriculum.Bachelor's degree in social science discipline and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
    MA in social science or applied social science 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 UC Benefits.

For 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 $110,000 - $150,000.00.

How to Apply
    To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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 not a visa opportunity.

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 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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Referral Source info

This job is part of the Employee Referral Program. If a UC Berkeley employee is referring you, please ensure you select the Referral Source of "UCB Employee". Then enter the employee's Name and Berkeley email address in the Specific Referral Source field. Please enter only one name and email.

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