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Deputy Director, Democracy Policy Initiative (0378U) - 68445
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 2, 2024
Title Deputy Director, Democracy Policy Initiative (0378U) - 68445
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Goldman School of Public Policy
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Deputy Director, Democracy Policy Initiative (0378U) - 68445

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.

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Departmental Overview

Founded in 1969, the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) embodies the intellectual rigor, entrepreneurial spirit, public mission, and social commitment characteristic of UC Berkeley. As a professional school of public policy grounded in scholarly practice, we mobilize the rich intellectual resources of the campus to provide a transformational academic and cultural experience that instills standards of excellence and a deep sense of pride in one's work, learning community, peers, and academic home.

GSPP consistently ranks among the top policy schools in the country, currently #1 in policy analysis and #2 in social policy according to U.S. News and World Report. GSPP helped define the art and science of modern public policy and pioneered the data-driven, evidence-based approach that remains our hallmark. The school offers three graduate degree programs, a doctoral program, an undergraduate minor, and several concurrent degrees. Goldman School faculty represent the top researchers in their respective fields-including economics, political science, law, social psychology, and engineering-and their expertise ranges from education policy to racial profiling to clean energy. Fundamental to GSPP's success is our culture, shaped by individuals from across the globe whose diverse perspectives and life experiences enrich our community. GSPP students, faculty, and staff are characterized by high quality work, exceptional talent and creativity, broad experience, and a shared commitment to our public mission, which is always at the forefront.

Position Summary

In March 2024, GSPP launched a new Democracy Policy Initiative (DPI) to help promote an inclusive, representative, and multiracial democracy for California and the nation. The initiative will serve as a hub for new interdisciplinary research, cross-sectoral collaborations, policy innovation, and inspirational leadership. It will be led by Angela Glover Blackwell, founder-in-residence at PolicyLink, who will serve as Chief Vision Officer, working in concert with other faculty at the Goldman School and across the UC Berkeley campus. The Deputy Director position plays a key role in coordinating and overseeing different streams of work, leading on programmatic activities, and managing day-to-day operations to ensure the success and strategic impact of the Democracy Policy Initiative.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 05/15/2024, for full consideration please apply by May 31st. This position is open until filled.


  • Directs and administers an independent academic or research program with primary responsibility for administrative and programmatic activities including assisting with the design and development of the academic program or research being developed (i.e., curriculum, partnerships, and program development).
  • Facilitates communication and coordination among faculty, external partners and advisors, administrators, students, and alumni and works closely with the Chief Vision Officer and DPI leadership team to respond to high-level requests and opportunities and ensure successful interdisciplinary collaboration and goal completion.
  • Represents the program to internal and external stakeholders, drives communication and public relations strategy, participates in short- and long-term planning.
  • Participates in advanced program budgeting and accounting processes to support a self-supporting/sustaining financial infrastructure of program.
  • Manages financial and HR resources, including hiring and supervising subordinate staff.
  • Assesses program's effectiveness, and recommends changes to program's content, policies and procedures accordingly.
  • Works with GSPP development team to identify and pursue funding opportunities and revenue streams.
  • Prepares progress reports for funders and leadership.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with academic innovation, new program development, and leading/working in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment.
  • Proven experience successfully managing a complex initiative and external partnerships with multiple stakeholders across disciplines and sectors.
  • Advanced understanding of strategic planning, effective goal setting, program implementation, and organizational development.
  • Proven experience establishing timelines and priorities, organizing and allocating resources, creating systems of accountability, and delivering successfully on goals.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience working with faculty and campus leaders and fostering effective, results-oriented collaborations between academic and non-academic groups.
  • Excellent project management, time management, systems thinking, design thinking, critical thinking, analysis, and negotiation skills.
  • Advanced supervisory skills, including recruiting, hiring, and retaining excellent support staff. Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing inclusive excellence and a positive work environment.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining sensitive information in confidence and interacting effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community while exhibiting the highest standards of professionalism and performance.
  • Advanced knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
  • Ability to manage a complex, diverse portfolio of activities and also facilitate continuous improvement, including examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policies, and developing/implementing new strategies and systems.
  • Ability to think creatively, analyze information, draw conclusions, direct and perform complex tasks that may be without precedence, prioritize multiple projects, and make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments.
  • Masters in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of public policy analysis, applied interdisciplinary research, and the democracy field.
  • Experience and understanding of UC Berkeley's systems and processes.
  • Highly skilled fundraising experience.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 2yr, full-time (40 hours/week), contract appointment, eligible for UC benefits with the possibility of extension with continued funding. This is a monthly paid, exempt position.

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 or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $120,000.00 - $155,000.00.

How to Apply

  • To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Other Information

  • This is not a visa opportunity.
  • This position is eligible for up to 50% remote work.

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 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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