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Assistant Director, Student Government Advising (GA) (4564U) 54833
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 19, 2023
Title Assistant Director, Student Government Advising (GA) (4564U) 54833
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Student Affairs

Assistant Director, Student Government Advising (GA) (4564U) 54833

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 ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California) Student Union is committed to all students and works to create an inclusive campus community at Cal. We enhance the student experience at UC Berkeley by providing quality services, programs, and advising that foster experiential learning opportunities and ensures a sustainable organization. As a financially self-supporting department within the Division of Student Affairs, it derives income through student fees, retail operations, vending, food service and a variety of self- operated units such as the Art Studio and Event Services. In addition, the ASUC Student Union provides student group and community advising, leadership and involvement opportunities and student development programs. Finally, the Student Union provides financial and accounting services to approximately twenty-five ASUC Government Officers, Graduate Assembly Executive Officers, approximately 1,000+ registered student organizations, and over 35 student publications.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: July 1, 2023


Student Government Advising (Graduate Assembly, Project Directors, related staff, and delegates)

  • Provide ongoing advising and leadership development to a diverse population of graduate student leaders, specifically executive officers, project directors, and staff. Collaborate with the executive officers and project directors to develop and implement workshops and training sessions for the Graduate Assembly and graduate and professional student community.
  • Attends and assists with the promotion of student government events, projects, initiatives, activities and seminars.
  • Advises student leadership on organizational development, conflict resolution, event planning, programming, fundraising, officer transitions, financial policies, procedures, and staff management, and campus and community outreach as needed.
  • Provide institutional knowledge especially during Graduate Assembly leadership transitions.
  • Attends Graduate Assembly Delegates Meetings monthly. Also attends, on occasion, committee meetings, Exec meetings, and other meetings as needed. Advises GA Officials on leadership development, advocacy efforts, organizational development, conflict resolution, event planning, fundraising, officer transitions, financial policies and procedures, and campus/community outreach.
  • Interprets GA budgets using student group financial management software and supports the GA Business Office, the administrative support office of the GA, in maintaining and reconciling the GA budgets and approving and processing financial transactions.
  • Assists in planning, coordinating, and executing retreats, trainings, and workshops related to leadership and organizational development, including the desired topics and expressed needs of GA leadership.
  • Assists in advising of Graduate Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) in coordination with the Student Organization Advising team.
  • Works closely with other staff and various campus partners to improve existing programs and to develop additional opportunities using assessment, research of best practices, coordination of stakeholders, and evaluation of program effectiveness.

Student Staff Supervision

  • Directly supervises the Business Office Administrative staff including the GA Business Office Manager who oversees a team of student employees that manage the Business Office.
  • Responsible for hiring, training. developing and supervising the student employees of the Business Office.
  • Create monthly work schedules, policies, and procedures related to the Business Office and its staff.
  • Monitors payroll and provides technical knowledge and financial support to the Business Office.

Campus Partnerships, Committees, and Collaborations

  • Advises students on who the best point of contact is within the ASUC Student Union, and the campus in regards to specific projects and policies; develops a thorough understanding of the various departments in order to best inform students.
  • Responsible for identifying, creating, and maintaining collaborative relationships across campus and community stakeholders relevant to the work of the position.
  • Specifically, the Graduate Division, etc.).
  • Creates and establishes ongoing methods for engaging campus partners in the advising of student government, student organizations, and student communities.
  • Advocacy for students and their co-curricular experience through assessment, analytics, and student learning outcomes.
  • Serves in various capacities on departmental and divisional committees in an effort to advocate on behalf of student government as well as to support the continuous growth and effectiveness of the ASUC Student Union, and the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Develops and maintains an effective partnership with the other coordinators within the ASUC Student Union to foster cross collaboration between the ASUC, Graduate Assembly, and student organizations.

Professional Development

  • Stays current on literature, developments, and innovations related to student development and student communities, especially with their advising area.
  • Attends pertinent conferences and conventions and present information for shared knowledge.
  • Participates on department and campus committees, programs, and projects, as assigned.
  • Remains knowledgeable on best practices related to the advising of graduate student governments.

Required Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge and experience in advising and counseling techniques and student leadership/student development theory and practice.
  • Skills in developing learning outcomes and assessing student learning and development.
  • Ability to mediate conflict, problem-solve, and respond appropriately to student concerns.
  • Exceptional organizational and verbal/written communication skills, including the ability to use diplomacy/discretion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work both collaboratively and independently with students, staff, faculty, and the public.
  • Ability to interact at all levels with campus and community constituents and stakeholders with a high level of political acumen.
  • Knowledge of the needs of graduate student leaders and willing to work in partnership with student government leadership.
  • Respectful of diverse opinions and underrepresented student experiences.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts.
  • Demonstrate leadership experience by creating cross-campus partnerships and collaborations with other colleagues.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments and projects successfully in a politically charged environment.
  • Ability to create an environment of understanding and acceptance; and challenge organizational policies and practices that may be exclusionary.
  • Demonstrate resilience,courage, objectivity, trustworthiness, honesty, respect, inclusiveness, and fairness.
  • Skill in designing, implementing, and facilitating training, leadership, customer service, and personal development retreats, workshops, and programs for student staff and graduate students.
  • Ability to demonstrate creativity and flexibility in working on various projects with a variety of constituent groups.
  • Ability to analyze situations and develop innovative solutions to improve functional area in regards to efficiency and performance.
  • Knowledge of principles and procedures involved in risk assessment.
  • Budgetary and fiscal skills.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $56,500 - $76,900.

  • This is a 100% full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly.
  • This is a hybrid position, eligible for 20% remote capability.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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