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Senior Assistant Dean, Facilities and Research Safety (0481U) 17365
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 10, 2021
Title Senior Assistant Dean, Facilities and Research Safety (0481U) 17365
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Facilities Operations

Senior Assistant Dean, Facilities and Research Safety (0481U) 17365

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.

Departmental Overview

The College of Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley is a large research-intensive academic unit on the Berkeley Campus and is internationally recognized for unparalleled educational and research excellence. It is one of three unique institutions in the nation maintaining combined Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments. The College consistently receives the highest rankings from the US National Research Council for both its chemistry and chemical engineering doctoral programs, and provides instruction to over 50% of all Berkeley undergraduate students comprising all majors. 80% of the College's facilities are comprised of advanced technical research and instructional laboratories, including high-level bio-safety facilities and prototype laboratories supporting cutting edge research.

The Senior Assistant Dean for Facility Operations and Research Safety reports directly to the Dean. Responsibilities include managing the design and construction of capital projects, including renovations, expansions and new facilities and infrastructure; collect, develop, and analyze technical data to determine project requirements and preparation of information regarding specifications, materials, equipment, estimated costs, and completion times, oversight of all EHS&S efforts, whether provided by UC staff or outside consultants/contractors, and ensure that their services are conducted to the highest standards of the profession. The Senior Assistant Dean ensures timely and competent Facilities Operations and Research Safety service to all 1300 staff members and 55 research groups in 380,000 of Assigned Square Footage (ASF) comprising the Chemistry complex.

The Senior Assistant Dean coordinates these activities with other senior college staff including Department Chairs and the Assistant Deans responsible for Budget and College Relations.


Facilities Planning, Development and Management:
  • Provides management and coordination of major and minor capital improvement projects, including ensuring implementation of planned and comprehensive building, landscape and infrastructure campus programs. Provides expertise in selection of design professionals, fee and contract negotiations, project code compliance and regulations, engineering and technical support, campus policies and project development. Provides College oversight of professional architects, engineers, landscape architects, project managers, analysts, and other design/construction professionals to ensure College major and minor construction needs are met.
  • Serves as the primary contact to the campus Capital Projects (CP) unit. Responsible for approving all expenditures for CoC projects prior to their authorizing for payment by the Project Manager designated by Capital Projects. Provides counsel and oversight to the Project Manager assigned by Capital Projects, assuring that College and campus requirements are implemented.
  • Directs the design, renovation, and construction of building projects in consultation with the Dean, Capital Projects, and, as appropriate, donors. In coordination with Capital Projects directs selection of design professionals and negotiates contracts.
  • Responsible for converting the academic/research unit's design interests and needs into a clearly stated set of design requirements. During design and planning phase, ensures design intent. Reviews and analyzes estimated cost impacts for campus, college and possibly donor review.
  • Assures that campus and contractors meet the Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection (MEPF) systems and meet codes, regulations, and University Design standards.
  • Represents the College in developing processes and procedures with campus service providers such as EH&S, U.C. Police, RSSP, Communication and Network Services (CNS), Physical Plant, State Fire Marshal, State Architect, et cetera, to advance the interests of the campus. Provides expertise in selection of design professionals, fee and contract negotiations, project code compliance and regulations, engineering and technical support, campus policies and project development.

Personnel Management and Development:
  • Takes the lead in advising management team on staffing needs and assignments. Assesses staff development needs and recommends training opportunities for staff.
  • Manages the Facilities Operations business unit for 6 buildings that comprise the College of Chemistry. Supervises the Facility Manager and provides administrative oversight to the College trades unit of carpenters, machinists, electricians, and the Liquid Air Compressed gas facility and staff.

Project/Program Analysis and Evaluation:
  • Advises senior management such as Vice Chancellors, Dean, Associate and Assistant Deans in responding to requests for information regarding Capital Improvements. Ensures consistency and continuity in offering historical perspective in describing projects, and informs of potential claims for liability
  • Serves as the primary contact to the campus Office of EH&S providing overall direction and oversight in the following areas:
  • Plans, directs, and manages multiple College of Chemistry EH&S programs, including:
  • Chemical Re-Use Facility, including collection and distribution of over 18,000 recycled chemicals for free within the College;
  • Construction Safety during building and laboratory renovations located within the College;
  • Laboratory Safety and Chemical Fume Hood Compliance Program;
  • Laboratory Safety Contact Program that provides safety information and training to graduate student and postdoctoral researchers;
  • Manages the Ergonomics Awareness and Evaluation Program for the College.
  • Monitors and prevents chemical, biological, and physical hazards and diseases.
  • Reviews and incorporates health standards promulgated by regulatory authorities.
  • Represents College of Chemistry Senior EH&S management at campus meetings and committees.
  • Provides personnel administration including selection, training, evaluation, and as required, corrective action.
  • Develops and monitors operational plans. Manages Staff and monitors budgets and expenses, ensuring compliance with budgetary allocations. May establish and recommend changes to policies that affect the organization.
  • Evaluates, recommends, and implements policies and procedures to assure awareness of and compliance with EH&S requirements.
  • Directs audits, follow-up and notification activities. Provides reports to Federal, State, and local agencies.
  • Develops or oversees development of communication programs to ensure awareness of and compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, and policies to protect environmental health and prevent unsafe conditions.
  • Maintains current, up-to-date knowledge and understanding of all existing and proposed regulations.
  • Aids in the implementation and monitoring of campus environmental and safety programs, systems, procedures and training in: industrial hygiene, safety engineering, environmental protection, fire protection, and hazardous materials.
  • Participates in development, evaluation and implementation of UCOP IT programs related to health & safety.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge in planning, design, construction, environmental issues, legal issues, federal, state and local laws, regulations and practices governing planning, building design and construction, state and federal legislative processes.
  • Thorough financial, budgeting and cost management skills, including interacting with and synthesizing widely divergent viewpoints and interests.
  • Thorough knowledge or the ability to quickly learn of the campus, including its vision, mission, goals, organization, achievements, infrastructure and short and long range strategic capital projects plans.
  • Excellent organizational skills including skill in consistently and effectively meeting budget and time deadlines.
  • Excellent skills to lead, direct and manage personnel including selection, training, evaluating and as required taking corrective action.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to work effectively with multiple constituencies to advance organizational objectives.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of EH&S technical requirements, logistics, materials and operations, rules, regulations, and laws.
  • Excellent skills to appropriately and efficiently respond to and direct the response to emergencies and critical situations, including follow-up evaluation and critique of response efficacy; recommend, develop, and implement changes to emergency response as required.
  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent experience/training in architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture or license or certificate to practice in at least one of the above professions.
  • Certification or accreditation in any related Safety Field, i.e., CIH, CSP, CHMM.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working in an advanced academic research institution, National Research Laboratory, or similar private advanced research facility.
  • Experience managing workgroups in an advanced academic research institution, National Research Laboratory, or similar private advanced research facility.

Salary & Benefits

Annual salary will be 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 single attachment when applying.

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

The minimum posting duration for this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to May 6, 2021.

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.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

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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