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Assistant Director of Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (4257U), Molecular & Cell Biology - 45734
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Dec. 6, 2022
Title Assistant Director of Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (4257U), Molecular & Cell Biology - 45734
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Multicultural Affairs/Diversity

Assistant Director of Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (4257U), Molecular & Cell Biology - 45734

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 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) is one of UC Berkeley's largest academic departments and is by several measures (including number of the faculty and students, budget, and assigned square feet), larger than many UCB colleges and schools. MCB is divided into five divisions: Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology (BBS); Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB); Genetics, Genomics & Development (GGD); Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P); and Neurobiology (NEU). The teaching and research activities of the Department of MCB concern the molecular structures and processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction, and development of living organisms.

The Department of Molecular & Cell Biology seeks a collaborative and creative Assistant Director of Equity, Inclusion & Belonging. The Assistant Director primarily provides support for organization and implementation in matters related to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice ("DEIBJ"). The Assistant Director will serve as a liaison and catalyst for change as we instill the campus's values of DEIBJ into each departmental activity and initiative. The Assistant Director will work in a collaborative manner with others across the organization to implement programming and initiatives that increase interaction between students, staff, and faculty that aim to improve departmental climate. They meet with faculty, students, postdoctoral fellow, and other stakeholder groups to build support and engagement in DEI programs.

The Assistant Director will be responsible for organizing departmental symposia and meetings that provide professional development with a DEIBJ focus, as well as activities that build community and improve climate. The incumbent will prepare DEI statistical reports, assist with fundraising, and act as a liaison between the Equity Committee, faculty, trainees and students. As a member of the Equity Committee, the incumbent will interact closely with Equity Committee members, Departmental leadership, and graduate students. The incumbent will coordinate DEIBJ efforts within the life sciences and across other campus DEIBJ organizations.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 19, 2022


  • Using professional diversity, equity and inclusion/accesibility concepts, monitors and analyzes the organization's efforts to ensure compliance organization diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
  • Partners with campus DEIJB stakeholders across the Department, Division, College and Campus.
  • Works in a collaborative manner to ensure best practices and programming adopted as widely as possible.
  • Acts as a changemaker to embed DEIJB into department culture.
  • In consultation with the Department Equity Advisor, implements effective diversity, equity and inclusion programs and standards.
  • Organize DEIJB events including training and symposia for department and campus audiences.
  • Manages the generation and analysis of survey and other data related to DEIJB initiatives.
  • Compiles and reviews required diversity, equity and inclusion statistical reports to internal and external agencies.
  • Acts as the first point of contact for faculty, trainees and staff encountering negative consequences from the attitudes or behaviors of others in the classroom, lab or office.
  • Acts as the point of contact and provides consultation services to managers and supervisors on complex diversity, equity and inclusion and accessibility issues. Where necessary advises on the necessary escalation of issues to senior department or campus leadership and or support offices.
  • Assists with training for employees and managers on diversity issues.
  • Assists with applications for funding from external sources (foundations, individuals, federal funding agencies).

Required Qualifications

  • Has thorough knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion and accessibility programs and can apply more advanced subject matter knowledge in the completion of diversity, equity and inclusion assignments.
  • Possesses in-depth skills to gather, organize and perform analyses on diversity, equity and inclusion and accessibility programs and initiatives as well as presenting findings clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.
  • Possesses excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Has thorough knowledge of organizational policies and procedures; knowledge of functional area and understands how work may impact other areas.
  • Ability to translate data into understandable language and visual displays.
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff.
  • Ability to influence, both verbally and in writing.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a one-year, full-time (40 hours/week), Contract (temporary) position and eligible for full UC benefits. This position is may be eligible for extension, contingent on performance and departmental budget.
  • This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $75,000.00 - $85,000.00.
  • This is a hybrid position, eligible for 50% remote capability.

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 in the Resume section of your application.

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:
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