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Executive Director of Educational Programs and New Initiatives (0379U) Job 56295 - The College of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS)
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 19, 2023
Title Executive Director of Educational Programs and New Initiatives (0379U) Job 56295 - The College of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS)
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department The College of Computing, Data Science, and Society
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Undergraduate Education
    Teaching & Learning

Executive Director of Educational Programs and New Initiatives (0379U) Job 56295 - The College of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS)

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.

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Departmental Overview

The College of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) is a dynamic, innovative new college at UC Berkeley that represents a once-in-a-generation transformation. The College brings together faculty, researchers, staff and students from computing, statistics, the humanities, and social and natural sciences, mirroring the cross-cutting nature of data science and redefining the research university for the digital age.

Core to the College is a commitment to examining how the digital revolution Core to the College is a commitment to examining how the digital revolution affects equity and opportunity-and building the capacity to respond to these challenges. CDSS was created to meet the opportunities and demands of a world where data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence inform practice and policy in virtually every arena.

The College connects the Data Science Undergraduate Studies program, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, Department of Statistics, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Berkeley D-Lab, Computational Precision Heath, and the Center for Computational Biology. The College is responsible for growing Berkeley's broad-based undergraduate programs in data science, computing, statistics and other interdisciplinary programs, including classes and programs serving thousands of undergraduate students a year.

The Executive Director of Educational Programs and New Initiatives takes the leadership role in independently managing and developing a large, complex academic program of high visibility.

  • Develops vision and establishes an agenda to achieve objectives.
  • Oversees all elements of program administration.
  • Collaborates across multiple CDSS groups. Provides leadership in identifying outreach services.
  • With faculty formulates program strategies and goals, directs long-term planning, and develops policies and procedures.
  • Defines and implements publications programs in support of the overall program.
  • Considered a subject matter expert of the organization and is recognized as an expert externally in the field.

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 7/31/23 - Open Until Filled


35% Develop and Implement CDSS Educational Programs

  • Advises the Dean and Associate Deans on college-wide strategic plans and innovations for instructional programs and implements these objectives.
  • Leads the development and implementation of proposals for new college-level degree programs (e.g., self-supporting master's programs), college-level certificate .programs, and executive and professional education programs.
  • Coordinates with relevant faculty and staff within CDSS academic units and campus partners such as the Graduate Division and the Office of Planning and Analysis.
  • Works with other campus units on campus-wide committees to obtain approval of instructional innovations and to ensure compliance with campus and University policies.
  • Partners with the development and industry relations staff to identify funding opportunities for CDSS educational programs.
  • Implements and provides feedback on campus-wide policies and processes related to instructional programs. Works with the Graduate Division and CDSS units to ensure that each of the college's degree programs conforms to all rules and regulations of the Graduate Division, such as graduation requirements, new courses, and new degree requirements.
  • Works closely with the CDSS Executive Director of College Undergraduate Affairs and the Assistant Dean for DEIBJ to develop and implement a unified college-wide strategy for student support.
  • Advises CDSS academic units in creating certificate, executive, and professional education programs.

35% Manage College-Level Graduate Degree Programs

  • Oversee the terms of admissions, student advising, staffing, and organizational structure of college-level degree programs.
  • Handles student appeal requests related to a course, degree, or certificate program in CDSS; requests for policy exceptions; disputes with an instructor (including an allegation of violation of the code of conduct).
  • Supports the hiring, review, and (re-)appointment of lecturers for college-level degree programs, including coordinating recommendations regarding teaching assignments and compliance with the Unit 18 lecturer contract, in coordination with college, regional, and campus-level AP/HR.
  • Supports the hiring and appointment of academic student employees (ASE) for college-level degree programs, including making recommendations regarding course assignments and compliance with the ASE contract, in coordination with college, regional, and campus-level AP/HR.
  • Coordinates with CDSS academic units, the Graduate Division, and other campus partners for graduate matters such as fellowship and NRST allocations and training grants.
  • Develops and oversees college-level professional development programs for graduate students. Partners with industry relations and interdisciplinary initiatives staff on internship and hiring opportunities for graduate students.
  • Instills strong management practices among subordinate and matrixed staff. Holds regularly scheduled 1:1 meetings and group meetings to ensure that there is a common understanding of current initiatives, issues, policies, and activities.

20% Executive Counsel and Advising

  • Interacts with and advises college leadership on controversial situations, including situations involving violations of the student, staff, or faculty codes of conduct or other University policies.
  • Works with the Dean or relevant Associate Dean(s) and the academic unit chairs when there is an intersection of responsibilities involving Academic Senate faculty, in areas such as teaching assignments, teaching evaluations, and committee assignments.
  • Provides guidance to CDSS academic units in managing their own educational programs and in coordinating among such programs across the college.

5% Campus-Level Leadership and Coordination

As appropriate, represents CDSS in campus-wide and system-wide meetings and discussions related to educational programs. Works with other colleges, schools, and departments to coordinate common instructional issues and activities. May coordinate or oversee activities with other UC campuses or external universities.

5% Professional Development and Growth

Engages in opportunities for training, workshops, and seminars pertinent to the position.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution and with handling administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
  • Expert oral and written communication skills.
  • Expert ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills.
  • Expert interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
  • Expert ability to work collaboratively with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students.
  • Expert negotiation skills. Ability to manage complex relationships within the college and in collaboration with affiliated departments and campus partners such as the Graduate Division and Office of Planning and Analysis.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in academic and / or government agencies needed to represent CDSS at the campus level.
  • Doctorate in related area and / or equivalent experience training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Academic background and recognized expertise in selected areas related to computing, statistics, and data science.
  • Expert fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, industrial and / or governmental agencies.

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 that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $117,000 - $198,400, not to exceed $226,000 (grade 26).

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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