Undergraduate Student Services Advisor (4574U) Job
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 12/28/19
The College of Engineering at UC Berkeley is recognized for its educational and research excellence, consistently ranking among the top three Engineering colleges in the United States.With more than 250 regular faculty members, 1,600 graduate students and 2,700 undergraduate students located in seven academic departments, Engineering is the second largest College on the Berkeley campus.
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of seven academic departments within the College of Engineering.The population of degree-seeking students within the Department averages approximately 160 graduate students and 235 undergraduate students engaged in a curriculum distinctive for its multiple laboratory courses and interdisciplinary character.The MSE Department has 17 regular faculty members, 3 adjunct faculty members, 5 zero percent faculty and 9 faculty emeriti.Many of the faculty members have multiple affiliations, both on campus and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.This brings added impetus for quality student services.Additionally, Materials Science and Engineering administers the Applied Science and Technology (AS&T) graduate program. AS&T is an inter-disciplinary program, with 58 affiliated faculty from departments across campus, and 43 graduate students.
This position reports to the department manager. This is a new, one-year contract position, designed to provide comprehensive undergraduate student advising and financial services. Responsibilities for this position include providing a wide range of student services duties and responsibilities for an academic department/school/college or organization. Provides assistance to the chair, faculty, the manager, current students and prospective students, campus constituents and the general public in academic advising, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, the evaluation and awarding of fellowships and block grant funds, student orientation and events, career counseling, and related programs. This position also provides financial services, financial transactions and reporting.
This is a full-time, one-year contract position(100%)
30% Advising & Policy:
- In collaboration with Engineering Student Services (ESS) and campus units, provides advice and assistance to students on all aspects of their academic experience including time to degree progression and requirement matters for the department and college.
- Advises students on frequent changes to the MSE curriculum as new electives are added and new core courses are developed.
- Coordinates faculty advising for the department.
- Administers and keeps the undergraduate mailing list updated.
- Evaluate and advise students seeking to petition for exceptions to departmental and college requirements, as well as petitions to pursue the MSE minor.
- Administers enrollment in MSE 199 and MSE H194.
- Assists and coordinates the ABET accreditation process.
- Provides information to students and faculty regarding campus policies and procedures on student conduct
25% Financial Related Duties:
- Career Counseling: Refers students to campus Career Center.
25% Course Scheduling:
- Processes Undergraduate Student Awards.
- Advises students on financial aid options in the department and on campus
- Responsible for the recruitment of student appointments (GSI's, Readers, student assistants, work-study appointments, and student facilitators).
- Initiate and edit ASE positions and funding Entry in UCPath.
- Reviews and approves purchase orders, travel and entertainment requests
- Reviews financial and payroll transactions, identify deficits and brings it to the Manager's attention and process BFS journals to clear the deficit.
- Prepares and coordinates Gas/Liquid Nitrogen, Building Access, and Xerox recharge billing and BFS journals. Creates and maintains electronic files of recharge billing summaries. Works with recharge customers to resolve billing issues
- Works on special projects as assigned
- In collaboration with the Department Chair, Department Manager, and Faculty, develop the academic year schedule of classes.
- Coordinates curricular needs with room availability to provide the best scheduling options for maximum student accessibility to key courses, while also considering data on past demand and department targets for each course.
- Perform data entry of the finalized schedule into the scheduling system.
- In collaboration with the Chair, the manager, the faculty, and other departments, devises curriculum planning to avoid scheduling conflicts and ensure students' progress through course sequences.
- Sets enrollment limits and process waitlists for MSE courses, including review and approval of concurrent enrollment and university extension requests.
- Processes requests for general assignment classrooms for faculty and/or student groups, as needed.
- Ensures GSIs are accurately reflected in the schedule of classes in order to facilitate the teaching evaluation process.
- Advices faculty on all matters related to course development and curriculum planning.
- Coordinates with faculty and the vice-chair to submit schedule changes and new courses to COCI for review and approvals.
5% Recruitment and Admissions:
5% Professional Development:
- Coordinates and implements student events and assists in the planning and implementation of complex events.
- In collaboration with the External Relations Specialist, coordinates the MSE Commencement reception including room rentals, catering and enlisting student volunteer assistants.
- Organizes Cal Day, the Golden Bear Orientation and the Undergraduate Recruitment Events.
- Plans and supports outreach and undergraduate-focused MSE events. Occasional work in evenings and on weekends may be required.
- Helps with Graduate Student Events.
- Maintains and updates working knowledge of College and campus student affairs issues by taking appropriate classes, workshops, and attending campus-wide Student Affairs meetings and networking with peers. Keeps abreast of national trends related to advising support as well as best practices in student affairs administration.
- Networks with centralized offices, as well as other Advisors and schedulers on campus in an effort to provide students with greater access to information and resources.
- Attends BFS and other financial trainings.
- Knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
- Knowledge of University processes and procedures.
- Understanding of University rules and regulations.
- Interpersonal skills. Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
- Skills in service orientation, active listening, critical thinking.
- Ability in problem identification, reasoning.
- Ability to multi-task, verbal communication, written communication, organization.
- Ability to work as a team member and independently: take initiative, prioritize work and meet deadlines.
- Knowledge of departmental and college policies and procedures for undergraduate matters
- Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff and students.
- Knowledge of University-specific computer application programs and pertinent databases.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
- This is a one-year contract position. Contract positions may be extended based on operational demand. Contract positions are eligible to participate in the health and welfare programs offered by UC Berkeley.
- Salary commensurate with experience.
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.
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
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