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Undergraduate Advisor (4575U)
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 27, 2019
Title Undergraduate Advisor (4575U)
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department The Department of Economics
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Other Administrative Categories
  • Academic Advising

Undergraduate Advisor (4575U)

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 14, 2019

Departmental Overview

The Department of Economics is rated one of the top academic and research programs in the country and globally. It is one of the largest teaching departments within the College of Letters and Science with over 1,430 undergraduate majors, 140 graduate students, and annual enrollments of over 10,000 students. The Department includes over 12 career staff and 40 regular faculty, including a total active academic membership of approximately 70, including joint appointments, lecturers, visiting faculty and active emeritus faculty representing most of the major academic fields and current research. The Department works collaboratively with numerous departments and Organized Research Units within the Department and on-campus.

The Undergraduate Advisor (UA) is responsible for providing a wide range of student services duties in support of programs in Economics. The UA is a member of an advising team that administers several aspects of the department's undergraduate program with a high level of independence and autonomy. This position is responsible for advising a cohort of undergraduates and provides a high level of administrative and policy analysis on a range of issues relevant to the major. This position also advises the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Services, Undergraduate Committee, Undergraduate Chair and the Director of Student Services on administration of the program and interpretation and implementation of university and department policies, as well as on the formulation of department policy.


Undergraduate Academic Advising:

  • Applying professional Student Services concepts provides the full range of student services to student population served by the organization.
  • In conjunction with the undergraduate advising team, advises faculty on departmental and university policies and procedures;
  • Reviews students' progress and advises students and faculty on requirements for degree/program completion;
  • Identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions; devises curriculum planning in collaboration with chair, faculty, and with other departments.
  • Responsible for interpreting campus policies and advising students and faculty on student conduct, student grievances, disputes, and issues regarding discrimination.
  • Leads department efforts in supporting undergraduate student wellness and community building, with a specific focus on mental health, diversity, and inclusion. Initiatives may include, but not limited to: event planning, marketing campaigns, and resource development.
  • Serves as the liaison/advisor for department student groups: Berkeley Economic Review (BER), Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), Students of Color in Economics (SoCE), Undergraduate Economics Association (UEA) and Undergraduate Women in Economics at Berkeley (UWEB).

Recruitment and Admissions:

  • Plans and implements outreach programs with specifically targeted institutions; advises prospective applicants on necessary academic preparation; appropriateness of program as it pertains to the prospective applicant's goals; utilizing in-depth knowledge of the organization's admissions criteria, helps rank applicants for admissions; evaluates domestic and international transcripts for degree eligibility;
  • Initiates and arranges student recruitment visits to Berkeley.

Event Planning:

  • Plans and implements complex, high-visibility student events, such as commencements and Cal Day. Plans, designs, and provides workshops for students, such as information about the major or academic strategies and enrichment programs.
  • Participates in summer freshmen and transfer orientations (Golden Bear Orientation and Golden Bear Advising).

Professional Development:

  • Maintain professional development and update working knowledge of student affairs administration and national student advising issues through attendance and participation at campus and other training sessions, seminars, conferences, and events and active membership in campus and professional organizations, and networking with peers.
  • The Department of Economics provides $1,500 per year toward professional development activities.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of or ability to learn college/school policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Thorough knowledge of or ability to learn department/college/school precedents and application of policy.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn University-specific computer application programs and knowledge of or ability to learn University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
  • Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a high volume environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and analytical skills.
  • Skills in service orientation, active listening, and critical thinking.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills with sound judgment and decision-making.
  • Ability in problem identification, reasoning.
  • Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
  • Ability to be resourceful, creative, innovative and flexible.
  • Strong multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • UC campus experience and/or equivalent experience/training preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience up to $75,000.00.

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.

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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