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Executive Officer (0548U) 15973
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 4, 2021
Title Executive Officer (0548U) 15973
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Senior Executive Officer
  • Administration - Academic Unit

Executive Officer (0548U) 15973

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 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) is an Organized Research Unit (ORU) of the Berkeley campus reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research. SSL's primary goal is to foster research in space-related sciences and to provide education for the next generation of space scientists. Research at SSL, led by Berkeley faculty and SSL Senior Fellows, focuses on experiments and observations carried out in space as well as theoretical and basic research.

Since its inception in 1959, SSL has participated in over 50 NASA space science missions, including the Apollo, Mars, Discovery, and Explorer programs, as well as many international space missions. SSL researchers have pioneered the development of instrumentation for study of the Sun, the interplanetary medium, the planets, and the Earth; for ultraviolet, x-ray, gamma-ray, and infrared astronomy; and for the measurement of the cosmic microwave background. SSL is a globally-recognized leader in space science and provides the engineering and technical capabilities required to develop and fabricate individual space instruments, an entire scientific payload for a spacecraft, or an entire space mission from start to finish complete with in-house instrument design and fabrication; instrument and spacecraft integration and testing; launch support; mission and science operations, including commanding the spacecraft and bringing the data down to SSL's own ground station; and data processing and analysis.

During Fiscal Year 2020, the SSL budget totaled approximately $55M annually, with over $50M in contracts/grants; SSL anticipates significant growth over the next 5 years. SSL manages several recharge operations including Engineering; Specialized Service Facility; Machine Shop and IT Services. SSL accounts for approximately 10% of UC Berkeley research expenditures.


Develop, implement, and manage the administrative, business model and general operations of a large revenue generating research, development, spaceflight operations, and fabrication facility. Supervise SSL's core administrative and operational staff. Makes decisions on administrative or operational matters and ensures achievement of the organization's objectives.

Interacts and participates with higher-level managers and principal investigators to plan, design, influence and implement campus strategic plans, objectives, and processes, primarily in the areas of human resources and finance. Represents SSL in campus-wide meetings and discussions.

Advises senior managers on high profile and challenging situations, assists in stakeholder negotiations; influences and persuades other high-level managers and University leaders.

Maintains integrity of SSL through management and oversight of staff. Instills strong management practices among project managers and scientific leaders (Principal Investigators).

Coordinate with project managers to implement and administer financial tracking systems such as earned value management; ensure compliance with export control and other measures such as Organizational Conflict of Interest constraints.

Serve on SSL Executive Committee and as ex officio member of SSL committees on Equity, Space, Engineering. Serve on campus and system-wide committees (e.g., Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging) as needed.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Advanced degree or equivalent experience desired. Minimum of 5 years mid to high-level management experience. Ability to engage with, and successfully navigate within, complex bureaucracies, adhering to protocols and procedures that may be mandated at the University or Federal level. Broad knowledge and ability to oversee financial and program analysis, risk management planning, and business development. Management of policies and practices for represented and non-represented personnel. Management and conflict resolution skills to effectively lead and motivate others without a requirement for direct authority. Ability to lead, work and collaborate across the University in support of SSL's priorities. Capability to operate at a unit/campus level, with an emphasis on diagnosing and mitigating inefficiencies and driving organizational policy within the context of the organization's growth. Skills to work collaboratively and act persuasively in sensitive situations; skills in conflict management techniques. Skills in strategy development, systems planning and change management. Knowledge of federal grant and contract policies and their reporting procedures. Commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion; equity-minded. Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to influence/persuade at all levels of engagement. Knowledge of administrative management practices in a project-based technical environment.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities to oversee multiple functions or departments through subordinate and partnering managers. Knowledge of federal contracts with an emphasis on contract values of $50M or more. Demonstrated ability to establish metrics for department and employee goals which measure effectiveness of contributions to efficient operations of the organization. Project management skills, including the capability to manage capital projects or similar projects of equivalent complexity and impact. Ability to lead department work functions in an efficient and effective manner. Skills in establishing and implementing customer service standards. Broad knowledge and ability to oversee financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources and risk management planning; accounting, payroll and infrastructure. Proven skills to quickly evaluate complex issues and identify multiple options for resolution. Success working between multiple disciplines (scientific, technical, managers, administration) within a large organization. Manage the engagement with external funding agencies. Skills in organization and customer service to effectively manage multiple priorities. Broad knowledge of common campus-specific and other computer application programs. Familiarity with ANSI-748 compliance earned value accounting systems.

Salary & Benefits

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. For any questions please feel free to contact Yahaira Maldonado- Talent Acquisition Manager at or 510.849.7842.

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 of this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to March 17, 2021. We will continue to receive applications after March 17, 2021 until further notice.

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 see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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