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Chief Communications Officer (0409U) - CDSS
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 21, 2020
Title Chief Communications Officer (0409U) - CDSS
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Senior Executive Officer
  • Public Relations/Marketing

Chief Communications Officer (0409U) - 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.

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: Immediate Review - Open Until Filled

Departmental Overview

The Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) is a dynamic, innovative new structure at UC Berkeley that represents a once-in-a-generation transformation. The Division brings together faculty, researchers, 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 Division is a commitment to examining how the digital revolution affects equity and opportunityand building the capacity to respond to these challenges. CDSS connects the Data Science Education Program, School of Information, Departments of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences and Statistics, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, and the Data Science Commons. The Division is responsible for growing Berkeley's broad-based data science education program, including classes and programs serving thousands of undergraduate students a year.

CDSS is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. CDSS is interested in candidates whose previous experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

This position serves as the strategic communications and marketing partner for the Associate Provost and Dean (APD) and the division. The incumbent works as a member of a collaborative senior leadership team APD, Associate Deans, Chief of Staff/Chief Administrative Officer (COS/CAO), Chief Development Officer (CDO), and Department Chairs.

25% Manages comprehensive communications programs for a large and innovative academic division with a significant communications program and complex communications requirements. As a liaison to campus public affairs, media relations, government affairs, and development units, works closely with colleagues to represent CDSS in strategic initiatives of campus-wide importance. May include arranging or participating in interviews, meetings, tours, or working closely with high-level campus professionals on special projects. Serves as primary point of contact for public relations activities, including event planning and dignitary visits. Ensures CDSS is considered a trusted partner and is well represented and working collaboratively across both internal and external organizations.

20% Works with departmental administration to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans and / or projects. Supports communications regarding significant fundraising efforts including a major push with UCSF for the development of a joint program, fund raising for the new Data Hub building, and other initiatives. Oversees or creates presentation materials for the APD and senior team that need to be handled quickly and professionally.

20% Provides advice and counsel to departmental administration on all aspects of communications, including strategic planning, effective messaging, problem resolution, etc. Establishes relationships with industry journals (i.e. Wired) and prepares articles for publication Establishes relationships with major publications such as NYT, Washington Post, LA TImes, Wall Street Journal and markets articles to them regarding CDSS. Serves as spokesperson and advocate for CDSS. Cultivates positive relationships with journalists to assure optimal visibility for the CDSS and its programs, including placing or "pitching" stories of interest to the media. Leads the development and placement of interesting stories that enhance the public's understanding and appreciation of CDSS's contributions.

15% Provides leadership for and effectively manages a professional staff responsible for producing a variety of communication pieces in a variety of venues or mediums including written, visual and electronic communications. Recruits, trains, supervises, evaluates, and takes disciplinary action as necessary for the team. Sets team priorities and plans workflow. Receives requests for communications support from APD, COS/CAO, and other members of the leadership team. Assigns to projects. Recommends opportunities for professional development for staff. Reviews, guides, and approves work at various stages of completion. Leads various teams brainstorming sessions.

10% Ensures production of high quality products that effectively deliver the desired message within budget and time constraints. Manages multi-channel marketing plans and projects, from simple to complex. Assists in long and short term strategic planning for CDSS. Utilizes internal as well as external resources in the delivery of the above, with the goal of increasing visibility and promoting CDSS's and the University's positive identity locally, nationally, and globally.

10% Manages staff assigned responsibilities for producing a variety of communication pieces in a variety of venues including written, visual and / or electronic communications. Manages communications for the division including a team of staff and contractors responsible for website, writing articles (technical and otherwise), and creating presentation materials as needed by the APD and senior leadership team. Oversees videographers and creation of videos.

Required Qualifications
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and the most appropriate and effective applications.

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of technical applications including design concepts, various media and mediums, applications, etc. to effectively manage / supervise professional technical staff.

  • Excellent skills to create, develop and implement long and short term strategic communications plans.

  • Excellent skills to advise and consult management on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.

  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.

  • Excellent knowledge and skills in financial and personnel administration and management.

  • Excellent management skills to select, train, manage, motivate and evaluate professional communications staff to produce high quality work; skill to take corrective action as required.

  • Excellent analytical, critical thinking, project management and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills.

  • Excellent skills to ensure production of high quality work within budget and time constraints.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge of the location, including its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure; strong knowledge of current affairs and issues in higher education and / or health sciences.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
  • Designated salary for this position is up to $155,600; however, starting salary is commensurate with experience.

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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