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Assistant Director of Student Affairs (4575U) - School of Information

University of California System
Berkeley, CA
Closing date
May 22, 2024

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Student Affairs
Position Type
Assistant Director
Employment Type
Organization Type
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.

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Departmental Overview

The School of Information is a graduate research and education community committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. Our multi-disciplinary faculty conduct research in the development of user-friendly interfaces, new approaches to security and privacy, and exploration of the role of technology in developing regions.

We offer three professional master's degrees and an academic doctoral degree. Our MIMS program trains students for careers as information professionals and emphasizes project-based learning. Our MIDS and MICS programs are online degrees designed for working professionals with career goals in the emerging field of Data Science and Cybersecurity, respectively. Our Ph.D. program equips scholars to develop solutions and shape policies that influence how people seek, use, and share information.

The Assistant Director of Student Affairs fills a key role in the School of Information by supporting the Senior Director of Student Affairs, planning and implementing student services for all I School graduate students with a particular focus on MIMS students, collaborating with student government representatives, planning student-centered events, and making policy recommendations.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: May 2, 2024 - Open Until Filled


Academic Advising: Applying professional Student Services concepts, provides a full range of student services to all graduate students at the School of Information, with a particular emphasis for the MIMS program.
  • Reviews student performance and delivers advice and assistance to students on academic and degree progress, requirements for program completion, and course selection and sequencing.
  • Advises faculty and staff on I School, Graduate Division, and University policies, procedures, and requirements for degree/program completion.
  • Identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions. Responsible for interpreting campus policies and advising students and faculty on student conduct, student grievances, disputes, and issues regarding discrimination.

Event Management:
  • In collaboration with the Senior Director of Student Affairs, lead in planning school-wide events.
  • Specific job assignments may vary, but could include events such as New Student Orientation, Final Project Showcase, Immersion Program, and other high-profile events.

Financial Aid and Fellowships:
  • Manages fellowship disbursement and processing, including oversight of application process (for internal fellowships) and student advising as appropriate.

Student Government:
  • Works closely with student government associations and representatives from the MIMS program, providing advice and support to students and representing student perspectives to the I School.
  • Supports Senior Director of Student Affairs in planning and executing regular meetings with student government leaders (and other student experience staff members), provides insights and recommendations on student ideas and initiatives as needed.

Policy Recommendations: Within the School of Information, provides and makes recommendations for the improvement for all degree programs and related areas.
  • Assists Senior Director of Student Affairs on the formulation of School policy by advising them on areas needing clarification and identifying solutions; analyzes the consequences of organization's academic policies and recommends new or changed policies; recommends solutions to organization's problems without precedent.
  • Works with Senior Director of Student Affairs to develop and implement Degree Assessment plans for the MIMS degree program.

  • Supervises part-time student services staff, and work-study students as needed.
  • Provides guidance and mentoring to junior staff on complex policy issues.

  • Develop and participate in staff development, including working on special programs as assigned, attending classes which will enhance expertise in job areas, serve on departmental and campus-wide committees as appropriate, and participate in activities that enhance the campus community and/or larger community to further University service.

Required Qualifications
  • Masters degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
  • Expert knowledge of relevant software and systems (e.g. Excel) to manage large amounts of data.
  • Expert knowledge of University and School principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
  • Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
  • Ability in problem identification, reasoning.
  • Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
  • Interpersonal skills. Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Familiarity with online degree program administration.
  • Experience collaborating with student government representatives.
  • Familiarity with needs and expectations of professional master's students and academic doctoral students.
  • Familiarity with student fellowships, including application processes and disbursement, or ability to learn quickly.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with graduate students in the field of Computer Science, Data Science, Engineering, or Information Management.
  • Expert knowledge of relevant University-specific systems, including, Campus Solutions, CalCentral, Berkeley Course Evaluations, CalAnswers, and the bConnected suite.

Salary & 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 $59,100 - $80,400 yearly, not to exceed $101,700 yearly. This is a 100% FTE, monthly paid (exempt) career position eligible for full benefits.

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.

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