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Academic HR Supervisor (7711U), BEST Service Region - 8715
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 7, 2020
Title Academic HR Supervisor (7711U), BEST Service Region - 8715
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Human Resources

Academic HR Supervisor (7711U), BEST Service Region - 8715

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 16, 2020

Departmental Overview

Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) is comprised of six (6) Regions which provide services to specific "groupings/clusters" of schools, colleges, and organized research units (5 academic, 1 all other). This regional approach to providing administrative services is intended to improve service quality by re-establishing personal connections and to develop more local expertise.

BEST serves the College of Natural Resources, the Division of Biological Sciences, and related ORUs, museums, and field stations in the biological sciences. We are extremely proud of the team we have put together and are working hard to provide faculty, staff, and students in our region with expert advice and reliable support services that foster academic and professional success.

Our aim is to build an administrative support team that is 100% committed to you. Over time, BEST team members are determined to become familiar with the unique issues, terminology, funders, sponsors, vendors, and circumstances in the biological sciences that will enable us to provide service that you'll find responsive, meaningful, and relevant.

  • Supervises a unit responsible for the following areas for non-senate academic employees: recruitment and retention efforts, pay administration, employee benefits, health and safety and affirmative action plans.
  • Provides interpretation of complex academic HR/AP policies and procedures with risk management exposure for the campus, such as final appraisal and security of employment reviews.
  • Makes recommendations that affect the strategic direction of BEST HR/APS organization in the academic population.
  • Builds broad networks across the AP population on campus and serves as a liaison to APO and OFEW.
  • Provides guidance to BEST AP/HR Staff with regards to counseling Senate and non-Senate faculty and other academic employees concerning complex and/or particularly sensitive work-related or career-related problems.
  • Develops guidelines for departmental clients.
  • Analyzes operational reports to identify trends and opportunities for service optimization, resolution time improvement, and service customization specific to HR or AP.
  • Develops key performance metrics and tools to monitor and measure performance.
  • Conducts investigations into complaints involving academic appointees; provides feedback to AP/HR Partners and makes strategic recommendations.
  • Analyze and implements resolution to the problems.
  • Recommends hiring of new employees, salary actions, terminations, and performance ratings.
  • Participates in the development and monitoring of policies and procedures for department or department operations.
  • Participates in developing and monitoring operational and budget processes, staff FTE, finance, human resources and space planning.
  • Supervises a support staff involved in the processing and maintenance of Academic HR records.
  • Acts as unit's Labor Relations officer with respect to academic complaints or grievances.
  • Serves as expert resource for the unit on academic HR issues; trains and mentors staff.
  • Identifies and utilizes precedent-setting situations to recommend new organizational procedures and practices.
  • Works with team of staff to document best practices from the units and evolve them into standardized future state BEST HR/AP processes and policies.
  • Acts as BEST's Labor Relations officer with respect to academic complaints or grievances.
  • Serves as expert resource for the unit on academic HR issues; trains, provides feedback and mentors staff.
  • Develops, implements and monitors staffing strategies to ensure effective and appropriate delivery of Academic HR support such as changes in work processes, allocations or unit procedures.
  • Represents the Regional Associate Dean in delegated academic personnel concerns; provides analysis and recommendations on high level cases; reviews and approves transactional requests on behalf of the RAD as appropriate.

Required Qualifications
  • Requires good knowledge of or ability to quickly leaern campus and system Academic HR polices, guidelines and procedures.
  • Requires political acumen and risk management awareness to prevent potentially litigious personnel actions.
  • Complete understanding of the academic review process.
  • Able to provide guidance and coaching of process and policies to individual academics, unit management and various committee groups.
  • Able to interpret complex academic HR policies and procedures with risk management exposure to the campus.
  • Good decision making, analytical, problem solving, critical thinking and resource management skills.
  • Strong strategic planning ability; able to develop and implement effective staffing plans and HR procedures.
  • In depth customer relations experience in order to build relationships with key client groups and manage expectations.
  • Ability to understand client issues specific to Academic Personnel in addition to the needs of other key contacts.
  • Deep knowledge of or ability to quickly learn personnel policies and applicable laws and regulations for Academic Personnel specific populations on campus.
  • Has working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn the campus HR information systems.
  • Communicates effectively with a diversity of communication styles.
  • Maintains an understanding of or has the ability to quickly learn BEST HR/Academic Personnel Offices' goals and how this position supports those goals.
  • Understanding of HR service delivery and business strategy.
  • Ability to participate and support strategic planning initiatives.
  • Understanding of the service level agreements and Academic Personnel service commitments.

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

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is 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.

Other Information

This is a full-time, Career position.

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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