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PATH Associate Director (0445U) - PATH
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 14, 2021
Title PATH Associate Director (0445U) - PATH
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Human Resources
    Business & Administration

PATH Associate Director (0445U) - PATH

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: September 27, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Associate Director leads a long-standing and highly respected transportation research program focused on the research, development, and deployment of transportation innovation to improve transportation mobility, safety, equity, and the environment. The "program" includes the California Program for Advanced Transportation Technology focusing on research and development of intelligent transportation systems and the affiliated Berkeley Deep Drive program focused on the application of artificial intelligence and deep learning to vehicle automation. The AD is responsible to establish and monitor strategic direction of these program influenced in part by local, state and national transportation priorities, industry needs emerging science and technology, and the expertise and interests of program staff and affiliate faculty.

The incumbent is the chair and member of the PATH Leadership Team consisting of approximately 10 members, responsible to monitor the strategic direction of the PATH program. Work output of this group impacts all employees with respect to overall programmatic direction, funding, and long-term planning for sustainability. Each of the members including the candidate are responsible to generate and/or identify funding opportunities and pursue as appropriate through the development of proposals and assignment of staff to support the newly created work effort.

The qualified candidate will actively participate in the development of policies and procedures and provide general oversight of staff and projects to ensure that the program meets its intended goals, and (along with all members of the leadership team) is responsible to mentor assigned PATH employees including career guidance, establishing training plans, and providing input into annual employee reviews, promotional cases, and recruitment to ensure quality and diversity of the team.

The Associate Director is also responsible for frequent and active outreach to program and project sponsors, as well as active participation in state, national and international committees and forums that afford opportunities to explore, discuss, and influence consideration of program activities. Finally, outreach and collaboration with university faculty and staff and other related university programs is of prime importance to ensure inclusion and relevance to the benefit of the program and sponsoring agencies.


30% Leadership/Strategic Direction. Provides overall leadership and direction to ensure proper programmatic direction, acceptable funding levels, and long-term planning to ensure program sustainability. Provides long- and short-range strategic planning to ensure that the research and product development are leading edge, provide significant value, and are relevant to sponsoring agencies. Responsible for overall fiscal management of the program. Through subordinate managers, ensures operations of multiple units are running smoothly and that employee needs are met through proper career planning and execution. Determines human resource related decisions and recommendations following campus policies and procedures with full focus on proper alignment of program expertise with sponsor needs and that the diversity and makeup of program units best reflect community norms. Makes recommendations and implements decisions on issues (operational and budget processes, staff FTE, finance, human resources and space planning) that have program-wide impact.

30% Business Development - Responsible for the fiscal health of the program including proper funding levels to support program employees which is especially important considering the soft funded nature of the program. Responsible to determine which opportunities to pursue given resource limitations based upon but not limited to the opportunity for success acquisition of the proposed project, the availability of in-house and campus-wide expertise, and the nature of the proposed solicitations relevance and interest to program colleagues. Actively participates in the development of proposals and concepts, both solicited and unsolicited. Finally, works closely with current and future sponsors to influence the development of solicitations that match program and campus interests.

20% Outreach and Communication. Conveying program capabilities and expertise, the portfolio of past and existing projects, and the scientific wherewithal of program and campus colleagues is essential to obtaining future work opportunities and to define the relevance of the program. Program outreach and communication is conducted in a variety of forums including transportation committees and boards, conferences, as well as presentations and discussion with transportation experts and sponsors worldwide.

20% Campus/external collaboration - Represents the campus at meetings and conferences on matters of significance relating to research initiatives, human resource activities or other initiatives that benefit both program and campus. Serves as point of contact for faculty, industry, and other departments across the Campus on research projects. Reaches to campus faculty and other related programs to collaborate on funding opportunities and to ensure a strong linkage between the program and campus-wide activities.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge of Engineering function, goals and objectives related to Engineering.
  • Thorough knowledge and skills associated with fiscal and budgetary planning.
  • Excellent skills in collaboration and facilitation; effectively identifies challenges and barriers and quickly provides alternatives for resolution.
  • Thorough effective communication and presentation skills to convey complex information in a clear and concise manner to diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated advanced interpersonal skills to effectively interact with senior management, peer level managers and external industry representatives on matters of significance.
  • Advises senior management on matters concerning several functional areas, department(s) and / or customers.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge of HR-related practices and procedures.
  • Excellent management skills associated with the oversight of planning, development, and construction of research engineering projects across multiple units.
  • Advanced decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage department research initiatives, resources and fiscal / budget in a manner to ensure goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Doctorate in related field or advanced degree in related area with related experience.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
  • Starting salary commensurate with experience.

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 UC 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 see:
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