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Residential Academic Success Specialist (4550U) - 22665
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 18, 2021
Title Residential Academic Success Specialist (4550U) - 22665
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
    Classified Staff
  • Counseling Services
    Student Services
    Residential Life
    Educational Services

Residential Academic Success Specialist (4550U) - 22665

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 mission of Residential Life is to facilitate student transitions into the intellectual and social communities of the University of California, Berkeley and to promote personal wellbeing and respect for the community needs of all residents. Residential Life's vision reflects a commitment to the intentional creation of effective and innovative programs aimed to empower students with the skills to become engaged campus and global citizens, and active agents of social change.

The Residential Academic Success Specialist (RASS) works within the Residential Life Department and is charged with providing support to the academic mission of the University by contributing to students' out of classroom learning. The incumbent oversees the Residential Tutoring Program, provides support to the Resident Faculty Program, and serves as the department's academic specialist and subject matter expert in academic support services for residential students. The RASS serves as a liaison between Residential Life and campus partners to stay up to date on academic resources, policies, procedures, and practices. Involves planning, developing, implementing, and assessing programs, activities, and processes for residential students.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 31, 2021

  • Coordinates and implements all aspects of the Residential Tutoring Program.
  • Serve as supervisor of record for all student staff serving as residential tutors, lead tutors, and clerks (roughly 30-40 students).
  • Designs, develops, and implements selection criteria, selection procedures, orientation, training, and evaluation of undergraduate tutors whose academic expertise is utilized to tutor and to facilitate study sessions for lower division courses critical to the success of residential students.
  • Develops evaluative tools and methodologies to assess the effectiveness of the overall Residential Tutoring Program.
  • Ensures that all aspects of the Tutoring Program are benchmarked against campus-based and national tutoring programs, and that it at least meets campus standards.
  • Provides administrative support to the Assistant Director of Assessment and Academic Success who has operational oversight of the Residential Faculty Program. Has programmatic oversight of active and passive Resident Faculty programs and events (undergraduate, graduate, and family).
  • Partners with departmental colleagues to integrate Resident Faculty activities into Residential Life operations and develops strategies designed to meet Resident Faculty Program goals and learning outcomes.
  • Executes an assessment plan to measure learning outcomes and report program effectiveness.
  • Makes recommendations to management for changes and/or development of new activities and services.
  • Establish and maintain partnership with campus and RSSP departments in the area of academic support such as the College of Letters and Science, Disabled Student Program, Student Learning Center, and Academic Resource Centers.
  • Serve as content expert for academic success resources and programs, and provide consultation and training to professional and student staff. Serves on departmental and divisional committees as assigned.
  • Maintains academic information on the departmental website.
  • Serve in Administrator on Call rotation providing after-hour risk management support to professional staff.
  • Serves as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) for all Clery Act reportable crimes.

IIPP Statement:
  • Provides health and safety training, guidance on safe work practices, provides proper equipment, observes work practices and correct methods and investigates accidents. Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.

Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge of program development, event planning, data gathering, assessment, and evaluation skills.
  • Supervisory skills such as hiring, training, and providing feedback to student staff.
  • Ability to provide pedagogical skill training to student staff and professional staff.
  • Experienced knowledge of specific learning theory, learning styles, affective issues, academic issues, and socio-cultural/linguistic issues in applying academic support to students.
  • Knowledge of how learning skills issues apply to a research institution.
  • Knowledge of academic curricula.
  • Knowledge in designing and implementing learning and pedagogical models.
  • Knowledge of strategies in critical thinking, reading, writing, note taking, test taking, time management, and goal setting. Interpersonal skills.
  • Skills in judgment and decision-making.
  • Problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge of current research and theoretical models that influence the application and delivery of academic services (e.g., discipline specific, student-population specific).
  • Ability to demonstrate multicultural competence, knowledge and experience working and interacting effectively with diverse groups of staff, faculty, and student populations.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in counseling, higher education administration, student affairs, or a related field strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) tutor training program certification requirements preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is $70,000/annually.

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.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

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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