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Independent Hearing Officer (7399U) -
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 24, 2019
Title Independent Hearing Officer (7399U) -
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Legal Services
    Student Services

Independent Hearing Officer (7399U) -

About Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: June 27, 2019
For full consideration please submit materials by July 7, 2019

Departmental Overview
The Division of Student Affairs at UC Berkeley is the gateway to all aspects of the student experience. From recruiting and enrolling; to feeding and housing; to leadership and development opportunities we put Berkeley's students first. We pride ourselves on our culture of care and the services we provide to students throughout their university journey. Our commitment to access, service, and engagement is helping to shape the lives of tomorrow's leaders. To learn more about the culture of UC Berkeley Student Affairs, please visit

For more information about the Division, please visit

The Independent Hearing Officer (IHO) serves are the hearing officer for UC Berkeley's student conduct process and coordinates the hearing process for student cases of sexual violence and harassment. The incumbent is an individual contributor that manages sensitive communications, timelines, pre-hearing procedures, and procedures related to student conduct and safety.

  • Manage and coordinate Sexual Violence and Sexual Assault (SVSA) hearings, including:
  • Draft and disseminate official communication to parties regarding deadlines, procedures, and protocols.
  • Manage all scheduling and logistical components of hearings
  • Draft and communicate procedural decisions to parties.
  • Track SVSA hearing timelines for policy compliance.
  • At the conclusion of each hearing and in collaboration with the Appeal Officer, OPHD, Center for Student Conduct (CSC), the confidential survivor advocate, and the respondent services coordinator, convene and conduct post-hearing analysis to determine the need for systemic improvements and/or additional process/policy components. When process/policy improvements are identified as necessary, the hearing coordinator will implement them immediately.
  • Ensures compliance with relevant federal, state, and local laws and campus/University policies, while managing complex situations and safe-guarding timely caseload follow-up.
  • Manages logistics of the student conduct hearing process, such as scheduling of hearings and communications with hearing panel members, students, and advisors.
  • Exercises discretion to manage pre-hearing and hearing procedures, subject to specific procedural requirements set forth in the Code.
  • Provides analysis for highly complex projects dealing directly with major department managers.
  • Presides over and makes all procedural rulings at student conduct hearings.
  • Rules on procedural disputes that arise during the conduct process and fashions appropriate remedies for procedural violations including dismissal of charges, where appropriate.
  • Rules on requests for extensions of time.
  • Respond to data requests made by the media, auditors, investigators, campus affiliates, or members of the public made through the campus' Public Records Act process by compiling data and preparing reports, briefings, and executive summaries suitable for publication.
  • Establish and maintain contacts internally and with external constituents for the collection and exchange of data.
  • Develop assessment tool and conduct annual/ongoing assessment of CSC services, procedures, policies, and protocols. Use this data to prepare CSC's annual report and other executive briefings for Director, senior campus leadership, and faculty.
  • Participates on multi-disciplinary and campus-wide policy/planning committees and working groups related to relevant subjects such as SVSH, the Clery Act, etc.
  • Recruits staff and students to serve on student conduct panels; and, promotes the education of hearing panel members through skill development, constructive feedback, and improvement objectives. Promotes the leadership of the faculty chair and integrity of the hearing panel by recognizing their primary responsibilitydeciding on matters of policy violation(s) and recommending sanction(s) proportionate to the respondent's involvement
  • Resolves grievances that come to the Vice Chancellor's office for review and response.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced level knowledge of the nature of conflict and conflict resolution and mediation techniques and exceptional critical thinking skills demonstrated by the ability to analyze information, evaluate results, and facilitate resolution of difficult challenges, including the ability to handle issues of complex and extreme political sensitivity and demonstrate balanced judgment and exceptional discretion.
  • Experience in problem identification and reasoning; ability to develop original ideas to solve problems; persuasion, leadership, and intercultural competence.
  • Outstanding communication skills demonstrated by the ability to interact comfortably with a wide range of diverse people, including professional staff, students, faculty, parents, system-wide colleagues, community partners, and media. This includes the ability to write clearly and concisely in different styles as appropriate to the audience.
  • Superior judgment, demonstrated by the ability to balance numerous demands, evaluate competing priorities, and adjust planning as needed.
  • Capacity to simultaneously engage multiple issues of very significant legal, policy and operational complexity with an unusually large and diverse number of constituencies.
  • Excellent organizational and structural skills including the ability to oversee a wide variety of activities, define problems, propose and implement effective solutions and prioritize competing priorities.
  • Strong counseling skills essential to mediate conflict, problem-solve, and respond appropriately to student concerns.
  • Knowledge of higher education and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
  • Excellent political acumen demonstrated by the ability to successfully navigate complex networks of relationships and to work with a high level of multicultural competence and sensitivity to achieve departmental and division- wide goals.
  • Thorough understanding of a University campus, its mission, vision, goals, objectives, resources, infrastructure, policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Thorough understanding of all applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, research methods, techniques, and/or sources of information.
  • Advanced interpersonal communication skills to work effectively with a broad range of diverse populations within a complex and multi-layered organization, including effective listening, discernment, empathy and sensitivity skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and work in a high stress work environment. Exercise impeccable judgment with when to inform and consult with senior University leaders on student conduct issues.
  • Ability to make and stand behind unpopular decisions.
  • Independence and ability to gain confidence and respect of all relevant stakeholders.
  • Significant experience writing, interpreting and revising policies.
  • Ability to respond to various audiences accurately and calmly and make decisions under pressure and without immediate supervision; ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong understanding of FERPA.
  • Experience collaborating with various upper administrators and campus stakeholders such as UCPD, General Council, Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator, the University of California Office of President, Media Relations, and Chancellor's Office.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Title IX, the Clery Act, the on-going investigations conducted by the Office of Civil Rights into campus sexual misconduct, California's Public Records Act, and common campus-specific and UC system-wide policies.
  • Previous experience working with confidential records and sensitive documents

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Communication, Public Policy or a directly related field; strong writing, research, advocacy, negotiating and interpersonal skills. Experience with legal due process requirements and hearing procedures.
  • Five years of experience working with student discipline within a college or university setting.

Salary & Benefits
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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