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Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives (0379U) - 3307 - 3307
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 27, 2019
Title Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives (0379U) - 3307 - 3307
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department School of Social Welfare
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Administration - Academic Unit
    Administration - General

Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives (0379U) - 3307 - 3307

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 UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare's pre-eminent faculty rank top in the nation in per capita productivity. Nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in their fields, our senate faculty conducts cutting-edge research on the major issues facing California, the US and the world. Berkeley Social Welfare field faculty represent a diversity of experience and talents, training and preparing our students to excel as the next generation of social work practitioners, professionals and educators.

This position will assist the Dean in developing new strategic initiatives in education and scholarship. It is modeled after those held by academic program managers in federally sponsored research centers, and in some academic departments, but encompasses the additional complexity of being required to develop a significantly broader network of sponsors from agencies and other external organizations, in addition to academic institutions. Another element of this position will be translating the interests of these various partners and stakeholders into outreach, research and learning activities that engage Social Welfare faculty and students. This position supports the development of a range of scholarly and educational initiatives emphasizing leadership, including undergraduate and graduate courses, certificate programs, a range of professional education options including executive education as well as new domains for inter-professional knowledge building.

This position will conceptualize and develop learning materials and curricula, design leadership and mentoring programs, serve as a technical expert in certain educational aspects of research grant writing, provide information dissemination structures, and establish broad community connections and develop revenue streams. The expectation is that this position will generate a minimum of $450,000 net revenue by year three with a steady increase thereafter. Should this position result in overall staff growth, the expectation is that net revenues will continue to amount to at least 150% of the salaries and benefits for that staff growth. These activities will target undergraduate and graduate students, university faculty, and researchers in both local and state government and nonprofits to address the community needs in social welfare research and practice. This position will also track the performance of the School's education and outreach program through common metrics.

This position will report to the Dean of Social Welfare. The Assistant Dean will manage significant, interdependent academic and research-based programs. S/he/they will formulate program strategies and goals, as well as plan, direct, and oversee program resources in close cooperation with Assitant Dean of Student Services, Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

  • Designs and develops major research program components, oversees execution of programs once funded.
  • Provides expertise to develop, implement, sustain and report upon new and innovative strategic initiatives (program design, pedagogical methods, resource requirements) with faculty, staff and community partners.
  • Coordinates with the Assistant Dean for Administration, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and faculty investigators to develop competitive proposals that incorporate innovative initiatives and associated plans that contribute to the success of programmatic efforts at UC Berkeley.
  • Coordinates and leads strategic advisory board; Create agendas and collect, prepare, and distribute appropriate briefing materials;
  • Ensure that appropriate follow-up actions are taken and quarterly/annual reports are completed.
  • Develops and executes strategic plan for financing program activities and ensuring ongoing sustainability of program.
  • In collaboration with Dean, ensures that the School achieves long-term strategic planning goals;
  • Converts the annual strategic plan into achievable activities for the department, ensuring financial viability and profitability of new programs.
  • Provides insights and actionable strategy proposals to innovate the academic program offering to the Dean's Leadership Team.
  • Pursues agreed upon proposals and executes and troubleshoots those that are approved.
  • Facilitates efforts of various departments, managers and outside constituencies to ensure interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • Leads regular meetings with relevant parties across departments to coordinate internal and external program collaborations;
  • Leads development and execution of innovative, interdisciplinary programs.
  • Identifies, cultivates and maintains prospective organizational partnerships and funding sources.
  • Responsible for ongoing collaboration and designs and implements new outreach programs between development organizations, nonprofits, government, and internal campus resources to establish/maintain level of visibility and credibility and develop, fund and implement new initiatives.
  • In collaboration with the Dean, Student Services Manager and Assistant Dean for Administration, represents the organization in working with other university units,
  • funding agencies, and community partners in developing financial resources and programs.
  • Provides guidance and grant proposal support to faculty regarding funding, new venture development and other resource acquisitions.
  • Understands business needs and ensures that systems, both technical and non-technical, can support those needs.
  • Coordinates varied and competing requirements associated with managing an innovative program in a university and/or government environment.
  • Identifies and develops funding from multiple external sources.
  • Directs and administers - in coordination with the academic program - certificate programs, professional education opportunities, alumni involvement, online education opportunities, executive education, and international education opportunities.
  • Proposes strategies for improving diversity; researches programs at other institutions, compares outcomes, analyzes results, proposes and implement approved actions.
  • Plans and manages meetings, seminars, events, and speakers related to diversity for students, faculty, and staff in SSW.
  • Coordinates meetings and events to promote faculty excellence and leadership skills.
  • Collaborates with the Dean in the establishment and implementation of a leadership course for faculty in SSW in preparation for assuming responsibilities as department chair, chair of university committees, councils, and senior administrative leadership.
  • Identifies participants, speakers, topics for discussion, and determine desired outcomes.
  • Monitors the progress of the leadership course, serving as primary contact for participants and providing follow up communication.
  • Seeks, builds and fosters creative relationships with domestic and international organizations and individuals to create sustainable initiatives and revenue to support the School's strategic plan.
  • Plans, directs and controls program budget and manages financial, HR, technical and other supporting resources.
  • Assesses program's effectiveness, and recommends changes to program's content, policies and strategic goals accordingly.
  • Develops and maintains liaisons with external advisory board.
  • Represents the program to governing boards, outside agencies, and the public.
  • Interacts with individuals on campus with similar interests and goals, develops strong networks that leverage existing programs on campus and builds new ones that further the institutional goal of broadening participation.
  • Provides public relations support.
  • Networks and collaborates with appropriate individuals on the campus as well as individuals, organizations, local and State governments and businesses outside the university who have knowledge appropriate to the successful implementation of strategic initiatives.
  • Develops, implements and adheres to policies regarding intellectual property in addition to negotiating and managing IP agreements and contracts.
  • Leads professional conferences and provides public relations support.
  • Develops ideas and options for faculty review and decision, and develops and implements instruction and research programs that reflect faculty interests.
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Presents seminars and workshops and participates with faculty on research.

Required Qualifications
  • Academic background and recognized expertise in selected area of research.
  • Expert oral and written communication skills.
  • Leadership experience in academic and/or government agencies.
  • Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, industrial and/or governmental agencies.
  • Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
  • Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students.
  • Expert fundraising experience.
  • Expert negotiation skills.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a dynamic and diverse set of faculty, staff, and students in a multi-university environment.

Demonstrated ability to elicit sustained involvement and collaboration from diverse stakeholders.
  • Intellectual curiosity and skills for synthesizing information.
  • Assertiveness in developing and soliciting prospects.
  • Expert knowledge of and experience in the grant administration and solicitation process.
  • Expert ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring analytical skills.
  • Expert interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
  • Expert ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers.
  • Experience in raising funds from a variety of individual and agency sources.
  • Proven expertise in program development with a multi-institution perspective.
  • Experience in strategic planning and work plan management.
  • Expertise in development and execution of outreach activities with a large multi-institution perspective.
  • Demonstrated expertise with program building, teaching, and mentoring students within a leading academic institution.
  • Substantial knowledge and experience in developing meaningful metrics and measures to monitor (and report) program effectiveness.
  • Experience with philanthropic donors including grant writing and program monitoring.
  • Experience in administrative and academic settings.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

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.

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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