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Undergraduate Student Services Advisor (4545U) - 52326

University of California
Berkeley, CA
Closing date
Jun 20, 2023

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Undergraduate Programs
Position Type
Adviser / Advisor
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College / University
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 Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) teaches performance as a mode of critical inquiry, creative expression, and public engagement. Through performance training and research, we create liberal arts graduates with expanded analytical, technical, and imaginative capacities.

Located within the College of Letters and Science, the department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies has approximately 22 graduate students, 100 undergraduate majors, and 12 permanent faculty members in addition to 20 faculty affiliated with the graduate group. The Department appoints a number of exceptionally qualified temporary academic staff, including lecturers and GSIs. The Department is located within Dwinelle Hall and Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley main campus. Facilities include dedicated performance venues, studio and teaching spaces, and workshops. The department is committed to fostering a community that appreciates diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The Undergraduate Student Services Advisor is responsible for administering various aspects of the Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies undergraduate programs, including advising students on academic program policies, curriculum planning, enrollment support, and student event planning. The Undergraduate SAA provides assistance and collaboration with the Chair, Manager, faculty, Program Associate, and students in academic advising, including transfer and new major advising, curriculum scheduling, student orientation and events, undergraduate announcements, and commencement.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 05/09/2023.


Academic Advising:
  • Provides extensive advising to students on two independent majors; prerequisites, requirements, course content, course offerings, and faculty research/teaching interests.
  • Advises faculty on departmental/school/college and university policies and procedures.
  • Reviews students' progress and advises students and faculty on requirements for degree/program completion; identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions.
  • Approves petitions as required.
  • Reviews and updates student records.
  • In consultation with faculty, L&S, and the Registrar, researches and facilitates resolution of academic issues.
  • Determines barriers, distractions, and complications affecting a student's academic success, helps students recognize these key non-academic issues, and makes appropriate referrals for additional therapeutic counseling and/or assistance from other units.
  • Advises new and continuing instructors on student advising issues.
  • Identifies students with GPA or progress problems, advises students, and recommends appropriate courses of action by the department/school/college.

Recruitment and Transfer Advising:
  • Designs and conducts orientation sessions for incoming transfer students.
  • Plans and implements outreach programs with specifically targeted institutions; advises prospective applicants on necessary academic preparation; appropriateness of program as it pertains to the prospective transfer student's goals; utilizing in-depth knowledge of the department's major requirements, evaluates domestic and international transcripts for degree eligibility.
  • Evaluates courses using established articulation agreements, and makes recommendations to the Undergraduate Faculty Advisors when such agreements are unavailable.

Course Scheduling and Enrollment Management:
  • Provides feedback and suggestions for curriculum planning to the Chair and Manager.
  • In partnership with the Program Associate, helps to establish enrollment limits and process waitlists, including review and approval of concurrent enrollment requests.
  • Advises faculty on policy for submission of curriculum changes and additions.

Program Planning & Administration:
  • Analyzes operation of undergraduate program and suggests long-term solutions to the Faculty for each aspect of the program.
  • Assists the Chair and Manager in curricular planning.
  • Identifies trends, such as length of time to degree, and makes recommendations.
  • Conducts degree certification and award nominations.
  • Keeps program descriptions up-to-date, rewriting when necessary to reflect changes in the programs.
  • Prepares and revises undergraduate handbooks.
  • Coordinates Cal Day program, assisting the Chairs in planning and staffing a successful event.
  • Assesses suitability of DeCal proposals by undergraduate students and refers to relevant faculty.
  • Coordinates Undergraduate Student Associations.

Career Counseling:
  • Advises department/students on the job market process, and the standards and norms specific to the student's field of study; advises on summer internship programs; develops and maintains network of departments and regional firms interested in hiring summer students.
  • Organizes and attends job fairs.
  • Develops and enhances an alumni recruitment network. Identifies and cultivates potential employers.

Develops and enhances an alumni recruitment network, and serves as departmental liaison for peer advising group of students, coordinating activities including welcome events, information sessions, and commencement.

Required Qualifications
  • Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Ability in problem identification and reasoning; ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 50% part-time (20 hrs a week) non-exempt career position, which is paid hourly 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 $28.74 - $39.27.

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

Other Information
  • This is not a visa opportunity.
  • This position is eligible for up to 25% remote work.

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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