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Secondary Program Director, CEP Puente Project (0310U) - 31420
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 24, 2022
Title Secondary Program Director, CEP Puente Project (0310U) - 31420
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Secondary Program Director, CEP Puente Project (0310U) - 31420

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

Housed within the Division of Student Affairs, the Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP) is the primary unit on the UC Berkeley campus charged with developing and implementing programs and strategies to improve academic preparation, expand educational opportunities, and ensure access to higher education for low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. Working in partnership with local schools, colleges and communities, CEP's college preparation and access programs support students who face significant barriers to college by helping them to improve their academic success and to explore opportunities to attend post-secondary institutions. The PUENTE Program is a statewide academic, counseling and mentoring program that supports students in building the skills necessary for success in both academic and career goals while in high school and community college. Students enrolled in the community college PUENTE program work closely with their Counselor, Instructors and Mentors to prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.



  • Oversees the planning, assignment, and implementation of procedures and policies to ensure the desired and effective functioning of all Puente Secondary Schools program components which enhance post secondary opportunities.
  • Designs and implements year-round, research based, and differentiated professional development activities and materials that are responsive to Puente Secondary Program training goals, mentoring goals, and training needs to assure that Puente training is of the highest quality and meets strategic goals for student achievement.
  • Develops Puente's long-range strategic plan as it relates to Secondary School services that will assure Puente meets goals for student achievement as required by program funders.
  • Keep abreast of and disseminate research on educationally underserved student populations and provide innovative research-based strategies and methods for site teams to apply in the program.
  • Through email, telephone conversations and site visits, support and monitor the work of teams throughout the year.
  • Works collaboratively with Secondary School and District administrators in the implementation of the Puente Project model, and apply quality assurance practices.
  • Implement agreed-upon training principles that reflect Puente's adherence to training assessment (based on input from data, site information, and the quality assurance model), design development and evaluation.
  • Sets direction to ensure that Puente stays current and ahead in the area of expertise, keeping team, staff and sites apprised of current information and research.


  • Develops and implements strategic program plans in alignment with mandated policies, guidelines, and outcomes.
  • Responsible for developing, planning, and implementing all program components.
  • In this role, consideration of the goals of the various program elements is requisite, so as to enhance the development and implementation of results-driven, as opposed to process-driven, methodologies.
  • Incorporates a broad knowledge of issues related to academic success for community college students, and the objectives and policies of University of California related to educational outreach and partnerships.
  • Develops and implements long-range strategic program plans that consider state, systemwide, campus, and donor goals as well as remain in alignment with mandated policies, guidelines, desired program outcomes, funding levels, and reporting procedures.


  • Responsible for human resources management of subordinates.
  • Director has authority to hire for positions under their jurisdiction, and to delegate authority to other coordinators and contractors.
  • Establishes performance standards, coaches, conducts annual performance evaluations, and makes recommendations for merit increases, reclassification, and personnel changes.
  • Takes appropriate disciplinary action when necessary in accordance with campus personnel policies. In consultation with the CEP Human Resources Manager, assesses training needs of both new and experienced staff and develops/implements staff professional development strategies.


  • In collaboration with Puente's Institutional Research Analyst, manages complex systems for data collection, evaluation, and reporting to ensure accountability to stakeholders.
  • Creates metrics for use in reporting student outcomes and for use in the overall development, implementation and evaluation of the Puente community college program.
  • Responsible for overseeing analysis and evaluation of activities and services of all program elements, and for revising the design of programs to enhance continuous program improvement and desired outcomes.
  • Provides oversight to an information and evaluation process that provides documentation of program results at the required level of detail.
  • Works with Puente's Institutional Research Analyst to maintain and improve information systems, and to develop and implement information systems that indicate program progress toward accountability goals.
  • Responsible for official program reports and briefings to stakeholders.


  • Responsible for securing and sustaining program resources, including grant writing and fund development.
  • Responsible for managing the annual operating budget of the Secondary Program and for the reporting to the UC Office of the President.
  • In conjunction with the Puente Executive Director, CEP Business and Budget Analyst and Puente Project Analyst, works on short and long-term budget plans, determines overall budgetary priorities, identifies cost-saving mechanisms, and develops strategies to respond to cost increases fluctuating budget demands.
  • Funding is both permanent and temporary, derived from multiple sources, and possesses numerous conditions and reporting requirements.
  • Identifies and secures alternative funding sources in order to maintain an optimal level of program services in the event that former funding sources and levels are not continued.


  • Establishes and maintains intersegmental (K-16, higher education, legislative) partnerships and collaborations that promote student academic achievement, equity, and access.
  • Represents Puente at stakeholder and partnership meetings locally, statewide, and nationally.
  • Enhances public awareness and engages stakeholders (donors, legislators, educators, students, parents, community, business, etc.) regarding program goals, needs, and issues.
  • Creates and maintains collaborative and functional relationships with key campus units (e.g., Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Service programs).
  • Serves on department, campus, and external committees, workgroups, and coordinating bodies.
  • Works with a diverse group of constituents, including student-development program directors, admission officers, scholarship organizations, community college faculty and administrators, counselors, and parents/families.
  • Makes presentations to state and national professional, educational, and community conferences and organizations about the Puente Project's Secondary Program.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of pedagogical issues underlying student academic development and achievement for low-income, first generation students.
  • Extensive knowledge of youth and adolescent development theory, including issues facing low income, first generation and urban youth.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency with respect to race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
  • Advanced knowledge of current state and national education policies, theories, and practices.
  • Advanced knowledge of strategies for advising and supporting educationally disadvantaged students regarding postsecondary opportunities and careers.
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of K-14 educational equity programs and issues.
  • Knowledge or organizational development strategies and practices.


  • MA or Ph.D. and 5-10 years of increasingly responsible experience providing curricular and academic support to students, and/or equivalent training or experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced writing, research, and communication skills to prepare highly competitive proposals, reports, and materials.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with diverse individuals and institutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including presentation, communication, negotiation, leadership, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.
  • Expert knowledge of project management, including program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with fiscal and personnel management.
  • Expert knowledge of staff development including supervision and training.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant federal / state regulations and accountability / reporting requirements.
  • Knowledge of and experience with secondary schools pedagogy and teaching approaches.
  • Experience creating partnerships between school districts and the community.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $90,000.00 - $113,000.00.

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.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

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 April 6, 2022.
  • This is a career, 100% full-time, 40-hours per week appointment, eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This is a remote-friendly position, eligible for 100% remote capability.

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

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