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External Relations Specialist 3 (6299U) - Center for Responsible, Decentralized Intelligence (RDI) / Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET)
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 22, 2022
Title External Relations Specialist 3 (6299U) - Center for Responsible, Decentralized Intelligence (RDI) / Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET)
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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  • Computing/Informational Services

External Relations Specialist 3 (6299U) - Center for Responsible, Decentralized Intelligence (RDI) / Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET)

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

The Berkeley Center for Responsible, Decentralized Intelligence (RDI) is a new multi-disciplinary campus-wide initiative, focusing on advancing the science, technology and education of web3, decentralization and empowering a responsible digital economy. The RDI Center currently includes faculty and students from computer science, finance/economics, and law, and will support 3 pillars: research, education, and community /entrepreneurship.

Research areas include foundations for next generation decentralization technologies including scalability, usability, provable security guarantees, auditable privacy, incentive compatibility, systemic stability, and decentralized systems and intelligence, decentralized governance, and responsible innovation / regulation guidance, etc.

Besides advancing the science, technology and education in this space, responsible innovation is a key aspect of the Center's mission and goals, where the Center will explore new approaches for analyzing and understanding the societal impact of decentralized systems, and help ensure that decentralization technologies will be used in a responsible way to help protect the welfare of individuals and society, protect privacy, level the playing field and empower innovation, promote fairness, inclusiveness, ethics, and explore legal frameworks to support innovation and regulation compliance.

RDI will continue to build upon UC Berkeley's strong foundation and leadership in these areas, as recently recognized and noted below:
  • #1 university for blockchain in the US,
  • #1 university overall in the US and
  • #1 computer science graduate program

RDI will also act as a hub and platform for collaborations globally with other organizations and researchers, as exemplified in leading the first Decentralized Finance MOOC with thousands of students enrolled from over 30 countries. In addition, RDI embraces Open Source, given the spirit of web3 and decentralization technology, and work funded by RDI will in general be in the public domain as publications and open source code. Most recently, the Center became the home for Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator offered in partnership with the Haas School of Business, Berkeley Engineering RDI, and the Blockchain at Berkeley student group.

This position is primarily to support programming activity associated with both the Berkeley RDI Center. The role involves activities associated with reaching, serving, and engaging external constituencies through programs, events, products, and services not primarily related to fundraising. Constituencies include alumni, local community, government, as well as the general public. The incumbent translates constituent needs and priorities into customized programs to create, enhance, and sustain relationships between the campus and its external constituencies.

This individual will manage relationships and communications with the RDI's and the Xcelerator's expert networks and multiple stakeholders, including partners, donors, mentors, teams and students. These networks are comprised of technology firm executives, technical leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs. This set of stakeholders is essential to delivering experiential lectures and learning across all RDI programs. Working with the directors, faculty and other staff, this position manages and maintains consistent communications with this important set of experts and industry leaders. Aspects of this communication and management include:

[*] Maintain RDI's expert networks by working with partner firms, teams in the Xcelerator and various industry expert speakers. Maintain communications regarding the opportunities with speakers and candidates to participate in the various programs. Provide support and planning assistance for RDI programming.
[*] Write and edit program communications about the RDI to its expert network and stakeholders. This includes writing of content for social media, newsletters, websites, and all communication outlets.
[*] Working with RDI staff and leadership to leverage the ecosystem of experts and partner firms to support all relevant programming.

**This is a four-month contract appointment**

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 7/13//22 - Open Until Filled


**This is a four-month contract appointment**

  • Develops and implements programs, events and /or communication strategies designed to inform alumni and other key constituencies of institutional programs, activities, policies, and practices; constituencies may include the general public, prospective students, students, alumni, parents, donors, campus visitors, government and / or community representatives.
  • Under the supervision of the RDI Deputy Director, this position is responsible for operational improvements and external relations for Berkeley RDI and the Xcelerator. This includes assessing new processes and tools, implementing them to create a world-class educational accelerator that involves students and external constituents. Additionally, this leader engages with key stakeholders in the industry to develop and maintain relationships for the purpose of maintaining donor relations and engaging speakers for programming. This leader also works closely with other staff and faculty and Xcelerator teams to ensure objectives and outcomes are being met.

  • Works to ensure a high level of customer service to Berkeley RDI and Xcelerator stakeholders.
  • Works to ensure stakeholders are coordinated and informed of key activities, events and opportunities.
  • Manage high level relationships for Berkeley RDI and the Xcelerator and associated academic and co-curricular programming constituents.

  • May research various topics and gather relevant data to inform unit strategic plans, keeping management informed as necessary and providing input as required.

  • May mentor less experienced staff members and student interns.

  • Responds to constituent inquiries.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Thorough written, verbal and interpersonal communications, tact and political acumen to effectively represent the campus.
  • Thorough research, analytical and critical thinking skills, including sound judgment and decision-making skills and skill to correctly identify real and potential problems, advising management as required, and proposing effective strategic resolutions.
  • Skilled in project management, including event planning and meeting deadlines.
  • Thorough knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and procedures of building and maintaining effective relations with alumni, internal and key constituencies.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge of the campus, its mission, goals, objectives, programs, achievements, infrastructure and issues of concern.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • This is a four-month contract position. Contract positions may be extended based on operational demand. Contract positions are eligible to participate in the health and welfare programs offered by UC Berkeley depending on the contract duration and percentage of time.

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:
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