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Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity (5604U) 37959
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 5, 2022
Title Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity (5604U) 37959
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Student Affairs

Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity (5604U) 37959

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

As a central service center for the entire campus, the Graduate Division works to guide and assist students from the moment of admission, through the various milestones of their progress, to the completion of their degree requirements. We provide academic, personal, and professional support services that are vital to the everyday well-being and life-long successes of Berkeley master's, professional, and doctoral students.

As the authoritative resource and chief advocate for graduate education, the Graduate Division ensures the equitable administration of policies governing graduate studies across Berkeley's 14 schools and colleges. As the administrative arm of the Academic Senate's Graduate Council, we partner with the faculty and staff of each program and the deans of each school and college to maintain the world-renowned quality of Berkeley's graduate education.

The Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD) is a program designed to support the outreach, recruitment, admission, academic success, and graduation of students who will enrich the diversity of graduate programs at the University of California, Berkeley. The ultimate goal of the Office for Graduate Diversity Program is to increase campus graduate student diversity through recruitment, academic and social support, admission advising, creation and support of communities and networks, creation of mentoring opportunities, developing methods to support undergraduate programs to prepare diverse students for graduate school, and providing campus leadership on graduate student diversity.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 7/6/2022


The Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity oversees the graduate diversity agenda of the Graduate Division at UC Berkeley and is a key player in efforts to connect the Graduate Division and the Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD) with its constituents, including prospective applicants, current graduate students, staff, faculty, alumni, and donors. This dynamic role works with OGD staff and stakeholders across the Graduate Division and campus to improve the preparation for and experience in graduate programs. The Assistant Dean will serve as Assistant Director of OGD and will manage a small team to create and manage graduate diversity initiatives.

The Assistant Dean receives assignments in the form of diversity, equity and inclusion objectives and determines how to use resources to meet objectives and goals. Reviews and approves recommendations for diversity, equity and inclusion programs. Provides guidance to subordinates to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion goals in accordance with established policies and strategic priorities of the Graduate Division and campus. Meets quarterly goals assigned by manager and remains within allocated budget guidelines.

The Graduate Division is committed to addressing structural and entrenched racism. We are looking for a leader committed to addressing these issues throughout their work.

  • Assistant Director/OGD Management: - Effectively manages assigned staff, including developing individuals and providing cross training to produce and complete statistical reports and projects related to achieving diversity goals. - Represents the Office for Graduate Diversity to campus; attends Graduate Division meetings; provides project management and event planning; various managerial duties. - Manages operating budget of the office. - Applies for and maintains grants/funding to enhance and support OGD programming (such as CACCSF Grant for GiGS, Student Technology Fund for admissions/outreach webinars) - Assists in supervision of clerical and work-study student staff. Serves on interview committees as needed. Independently leads the selection, training and supervision of graduate student partners. - Directs, coordinates, or assists in special projects and unit responsibilities as assigned by the Director (eg., acting unit lead for the The Big Give fund raising effort). - Participates in the strategic planning for the Office for Graduate Diversity and Graduate Diversity initiatives - Stays current on research, conversations and best practices relevant to equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Department and Prospective/Current Student Advising: - Independently advises department/college/school and prospective and current students on the graduate application process, and the standards and norms specific to the student's field of study; advises on summer research and internship opportunities. - Develops and maintains network of departments and research programs interested in summer students for referral where appropriate. - Responds to high volume of email inquiries about graduate school applications; meets one on one for individual advising as requested; reviews and provides feedback on application materials such as Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement; advises students on financial aid options and extra-mural fellowship opportunities. - Develops and enhances an alumni recruitment network. - Identifies and cultivates potential graduate applicants.
  • Program Development and Management: - Supports the development, execution, and evaluation of programs addressing the unique needs of underrepresented and underserved students including but not limited to: + The Undocumented Graduate Student Program + The Firebaugh Research Scholars Program + The American Indian Graduate Program + The GiGS (Getting into Graduate School) program + Inclusive Excellence Summer Research Experience Program + Pipeline to Graduate School Bootcamp + UCB Graduate Admissions Fair + Diversity Days - Oversees all programmatic aspects of the GiGS (Getting into Graduate School) course, including the following: undergraduate mentee selections and corresponding graduate student mentor selections via an online application; hiring and supervision of two graduate student co-coordinators; coordinating the processing and awarding of mentor stipends. - Oversees the facilitation of the weekly course (GiGS/Sociology 198), development of course syllabus, scheduling of weekly informational workshops, assignment of grades and data collection, and evaluation for ongoing program improvement. Meets weekly with graduate coordinators to provide leadership, program direction and problem-solving/analysis of unique student or mentor issues/problems. - Designs, develops, and implements new and effective methods for increasing graduate school readiness for undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. - Researches and summarizes best practices in the field, coordinates efforts with a variety of external and internal contacts.
  • Recruitment and Admissions: In collaboration with OGD and graduate program staff - Designs and implements outreach strategies to increase the number of competitive underrepresented applicants and matriculants. - Travels throughout the U.S. to strategically selected institutions to effectively establish and maintain key outreach relationships and attends national outreach events. - Advises prospective applicants on necessary academic preparation, the admissions process, appropriateness of program as it pertains to the prospective applicant's goals; initiates and arranges student recruitment visits to Berkeley; designs and updates outreach materials/publications; monitors data for numbers reached. - Conducts admissions workshops, both on and off campus. Serves as a knowledgeable, expert representative of UC Berkeley's graduate programs. - Develops and maintains campus partnerships with departmental outreach staff to collaborate and share costs of attending outreach/recruitment events.
  • Collaborative Partnerships: - Develops and sustains relationships with campus partners expanding and complementing pipeline programs. - Represents UCB on planning committee for the California Forum for Diversity in Higher Education and on the program committee to develop recommendations to guide and support a broader strategic direction for graduate school diversity, working with all levels of managers and senior personnel at monthly planning meetings. Attends Forum twice yearly facilitating workshops, conducting outreach & recruitment at graduate fair. - Collaborate with the Sociology department to offer GiGS as a unit bearing course - Builds proactive high touch relationships with potential students, external staff, and faculty partners at pipeline organizations (Big Ten Academic Alliance, McNair, Mellon Mays, LSAMP, National Name Exchange, MSI)
  • Anticipates future needs, challenges and opportunities, and collaborates with other managers on long range planning.
  • Develops and monitors operational and budget processes, staff FTE, finance, human resources and space planning.
  • May represent the organization at system-wide meetings.
  • Oversees the production of detailed reports and makes recommendations concerning the status and effectiveness of diversity, equity and inclusion programs.

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion principles and practices and a broad knowledge of business operations of the campus.
  • Demonstrated success leading and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
  • Possesses skills to gather, organize and perform advanced analysis on diverse and complex diversity, equity and inclusion programs and initiatives, to present findings and to develop and present recommendations that are significant to the organization.

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

Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of all relevant university policies and procedures.
  • Is skilled in effectively managing assigned diversity, equity and inclusion programs and employees.
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate and interact effectively with all levels in the diverse and multi-cultural environment of the organization.
  • Demonstrates a high level of political and organizational acumen.
  • Provides written analyses and oral presentations to management.
  • PhD in relevant field

Salary & Benefits

Salary 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. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

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

This is a hybrid position, with 50% remote work eligibility.

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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