Administrative Officer - CERC-WET (7377U) - CoE Research/CERC-WET
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 9/27/21
The University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and four UC campuses - UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Merced and UCLA are concluding a five-year, multi-million dollar international research consortium that tackled water-related aspects of energy production and use. The partnership was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). DOE has selected the University of California, Berkeley to lead the consortium in a new technical track under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) that addresses water-related aspects of energy production and use. TheCERC consortium will bring in additional cost-share funding to exceed DOE funding of $12.5 million, and work with their Chinese counterparts to bolster collaborative efforts to ensure energy, water, and environmental security and combat climate change. The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, with its consortium partners, has pledged an equivalent amount of resources, bringing the total bilateral effort to more than $50 million over 5 years. The CERC-WET program also built significant relationships with industrial research partners at energy companies and utilities.
The CERC-WET Administrative Officer will use skills as a seasoned and experienced administrative operations professional to manage, plan and administer the operations of a multi-campus research center with international partners. The position will report to Prof. Ashok Gadgil, director of the CERC-WET center. The AO3 will work to independently plan and execute multi-campus conferences and events; organize meetings with partners in China using various webinar platforms; collect information needed for narrative reporting and review progress of work agains milestones established for the project; collect project data as required by Dept.of Energy.
50% Manages, plans and administers a range of administrative operations in a small to medium academic department, or a small to medium non-academic department or program. This position will manage close-out activities related to a federal award. Duties will include communication with dozens of PIs regarding completion of milestones and synthesizing information into reports to sponsors. The position will also require communicating with multiple UC campuses to finalize closeout process.
30% Provides input into non-technical portions of grant and contract proposals. The incumbent will take results from Department of Energy-sponsored research and assist PI's with identifying new funding opportunities. This may included working with state and federal government relations and preparing outreach or "leave-behind" materials for PIs.
20% Assists in the design and drafting of organizational website content; drafts newsletters and correspondence to organizational constituents. The CERC-WET website will be updated to reflect the closure of project and ensure all publications and talks are properly posted. The site will also be updated to include one-page summaries of accomplishments in project.
This is a part-time (50%), one-year contract position
- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
- Interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills.
- Knowledge of a variety of administrative operational activities such as event planning, basic fundraising processes, risk management planning, website design, accounting and payroll, and contracts and grants regulations and guidelines.
- Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
- Strong skills in short-term planning, analysis, problem-solving, and customer service.
- Thorough knowledge of University rules and regulations, processes, protocols and procedures for budget, accounting and fund management, and / or personnel management.
- Solid knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs.
- Thorough knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques, and / or human resources policies and procedures for staff and academic employees.
- Master's degree preferred.
Salary & Benefits
- The hourly salary range designated for this position: Up to $33.53 ($70,000 anually); however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.
- 50% part-time contract position. Salary will be prorated.
- This is a one-year, part-time 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.
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.
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