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Executive Director, People, Performance, and Culture, Berkeley IT (0563U) 59120
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 15, 2023
Title Executive Director, People, Performance, and Culture, Berkeley IT (0563U) 59120
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Berkeley IT
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Multicultural Affairs/Diversity
    Human Resources
    Computing/Informational Services

Executive Director, People, Performance, and Culture, Berkeley IT (0563U) 59120

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

Application Review Date

The hiring team will begin to review applications in mid-October. This position is open until filled.

Departmental Overview

Berkeley IT is essential to empowering UC Berkeley's mission of research, teaching, and learning and the foundation to the academic and administrative operations of the campus. IT has the opportunity to directly impact the key goals of UC Berkeley's strategic plan:

  • Enhancing student experiences to connect, discover, and engage with the campus and curricula and beyond;

  • Supporting research for innovative solutions for global challenges; and

  • Embracing the spirit of entrepreneurship and the values of diversity and inclusion.

The Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the senior-most technology officer at UC Berkeley and is responsible for providing the strategic vision for Information Technology (IT) campus-wide through the oversight of Berkeley IT (bIT) and the collaborative leadership of partner IT organizations in other divisions and schools. Reporting jointly to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP) and the Vice Chancellor for Administration (VCA) at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), the CIO advises campus leadership on IT matters and works with them in shaping UC Berkeley's strategy around IT.

The CIO directly oversees Berkeley IT (bIT), which consists of over 300 staff in seven units: Business Operations (for bIT), Campus Applications & Data, Campus IT Experience (including Intercollegiate Athletics IT and Student Affairs IT), Campus IT Infrastructure, Information Security Office, People, Performance, and Culture (for bIT), and Strategy and Partnerships (including facilitating a Governance structure), and manages an operating budget of approximately $85 million (including about $35 million of recharge revenue).

Berkeley IT honors and agrees to uphold the campus Principles of Community. In addition, members of the Berkeley IT community have created and endorsed the following values for the bIT organization to augment and amplify the campus principles:

  • We champion diversity. We believe that differences in experience, perspective, and identity enliven and enrich our work, strengthen our solutions and services, and uphold our commitment to access and opportunity for all. We treat each other with respect and actively recognize each other for contributions towards creating a positive, inclusive work environment.

  • We act with integrity. We are honest, open, and transparent. We strive to do what is right for each other and the communities we serve. Our actions reflect a high ethical standard and commitment to equity.

  • We deliver. We take responsibility for our work and honor our commitments to each other, our customers and our organization by delivering high-quality, timely service.

  • We innovate. We conceive new ways of doing things by listening to others' ideas, remaining open-minded, fostering creative solutions, pushing our limits, and continually improving our processes.

To learn more about bIT, please visit the bIT website and review the bIT org chart.

Position Overview

Building IT workforce and organizational capability and creating a structure and culture that is inclusive and actively embraces diversity and equity that enables our IT professionals to do their best work is a priority for the CIO and for UC Berkeley. Providing opportunities for individuals to learn and grow in their careers is essential to mastering current responsibilities and preparing for growth and changes in the work environment. Reporting to the CIO, the Executive Director leads the bIT enterprise IT People, Performance, and Culture unit and provides strategic oversight of the HR, DEIBJA and IT workforce development functions in bIT through a team of 3 employees. This role also has responsibility for the campus-wide effort to build and carry out an IT workforce strategy and program for the approximately 850 IT staff across 60+ campus departments. bIT constitutes about a third of the overall campus workforce.

In the role as our primary workforce development leader they will directly (1) delineate the skills and capabilities needed for the Berkeley IT workforce in the next 5 years based on inputs from departmental priorities, and market trends; (2) objectively assess the current skills and capabilities of the IT workforce to identify needs and gaps; (3) develop strategies to attract, retain, train, develop, and support the IT workforce; (4) organize and carry out key projects to attract, retain, and develop Berkeley IT employees; and (5) partner with One IT, Central HR, and campus Diversity and Inclusion groups and programs to support those initiatives as appropriate.


  • Exercises wide judgment in selecting and developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining appropriate results and resolution of organizational effectiveness issues.

  • Oversees the bIT Human Resources function. Manages ER/LR, performance management and provides overall guidance and advice for bIT people operations. Guides senior managers and department leadership on HR issues, procedures, performance management, professional development and practices.

  • Oversees the bIT DEIB function. Ensures that bIT's DEIBJA priorities are embedded in all of the work and processes of the Information Services and Technology (IST) department. Supports One IT Diversity and Inclusion Strategy: Partner with One IT and campus Diversity and Inclusion units and partners on strategies and tactics to support diversity and inclusion initiatives.

  • In conjunction with the HR Strategist and DEIBJA lead, creates, manages and supports DEIBJA learning and development programs for Berkeley IT leadership, managers and supervisors, and staff, including toolkits and guides that support managers in creating conditions for great access, information transparency, and improved workplace conditions for underrepresented and historically marginalized staff.

  • Identifies bIT and UCB Future IT Skills Needs and Assesses the Current Workforce Capabilities: Delineates the skills and capabilities needed for the Berkeley IT workforce in the next 5 years based on the campus IT Strategic Plan, departmental priorities, and market trends. Uses objective measures to assess the skills and capabilities of the current IT workforce to identify gaps and needs. Uses the most complex and advanced analysis techniques, understands past performance and determines present and future performance and/or resource allocations.

  • Develops and implements Workforce Strategies and Tactics: Develops strategies to attract, retain, right-skill, up-skill, re-skill, and support a diverse IT workforce. Develops unique solutions, works with clients, usually Vice Chancellors, the Chancellor's office, or their staff to address issues and implement solutions in alignment with strategic goals.

  • Leads cross functional teams to organize and carry out key projects to attract, retain, and develop campus IT employees. Provides collaborative leadership and consultation, strategic planning, design and facilitation, and high-level project management on multi-faceted problems to achieve strategically aligned solutions.

  • Work here will be done so that it focuses on the needs of both the bIT Division (which includes about 1/3 of IT professionals on campus) and the campus IT community as a whole. The incumbent will be expected to find the right way to leverage and balance these efforts.

  • Works closely with senior IT leaders responsible for the campus IT strategic plan to ensure that workforce strategy and tactics serve and are served by the campus IT strategic plan.

  • Organizes and supports representative committees and working groups across One IT to ensure that the workforce strategy and tactics (projects) are implemented.

  • Works closely with other campus units such as HR, Training and Development, the Division of Equity Inclusion, the Haas School of Business, and other administrative and academic units to leverage and inform all possible related campus and UC system-wide learning and development and DEIB efforts.

  • Engages in ongoing professional development.

Required Qualifications

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Deep knowledge of & experience with people & culture (HR) field and program / organization management, and ability to apply expertise in a complex organization.

  • Demonstrated expertise and proven success of related field(s), theories, models to assess, design, implement, and manage customized programs for improved organizational culture & performance.

  • Knowledge and understanding of current people & culture, workforce analysis & planning, organizational design, learning & development, and/or diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) best practices and trends, with ability to translate them to meet the needs of Berkeley IT & campus IT.

  • Ability to lead the function and team to analyze the IT workforce against strategic needs of campus and to develop, deliver, and manage programs and strategies for development and meeting campus needs.

  • Broad knowledge of personnel policies and applicable laws and regulations and understanding of their application, including, but not limited to HR policies and AA/EEO laws.

  • Experience advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives and values.

Inter-relational Skills

  • Ability to influence and lead in a complex, matrixed organization, such as when leading without formal reporting authority.

  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn, the organizational environment and its related priorities and challenges of higher education / large research universities, including resource constraints and broadly distributed decision-making. Ability to navigate organizational complexity.

  • Ability to effectively collaborate and negotiate, to persuade through both logic and positive motivations.


Interpersonal Skills

  • Demonstrated excellent analytical, problem-solving, project planning, change management, and project management / implementation skills.

  • Demonstrated excellent consulting, relationship building, and strategic planning and thinking skills.

  • Possesses excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills for influencing and facilitating sustained change.

  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and synthesize / generalize based on information obtained.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple constituencies, agendas, tasks; to work effectively with ambiguity and conflict.

  • Demonstrated sound judgment, focus on priorities, and ability to draw unbiased conclusions.

  • Ability to effectively manage staff through coaching and mentoring; possesses budget / resource management skills.


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

Preferred Qualifications

  • ITIL Foundations certification or other proven experience with IT work processes preferred.

  • Professional degrees related to Talent Development, Workforce Development, Leadership Development, and/or Organization Development preferred.


  • Advanced degree preferred.

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 $190,000.00 - $205,000.00.

The full salary range for this position classification is $129,600.00 to $254,400.00.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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 Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive."

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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