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Undergraduate Advisor (4575U) - 6788
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Mar. 19, 2020
Title Undergraduate Advisor (4575U) - 6788
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Counseling Services
    Educational Services
    Student Services

Undergraduate Advisor (4575U) - 6788

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 26, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Programs (formerly International and Area Studies) provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of international and global issues. Comprised of three undergraduate majors (Global Studies, Political Economy, and Cognitive Science), two graduate group major programs (Global Studies and Asian Studies), and several undergraduate minor programs, ISSP is a unique intellectual domain which serves approximately 1000 undergraduate, 100 minors, and 25 graduate students. The individual major programs are led by faculty directors under the leadership of an Associate Dean. ISSP is committed to undergraduate teaching and is an integral part of the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters Sciences (L&S).

  • Applying professional Student Services concepts, provides the full range of student services to student population served by the organization.
  • Advises faculty on departmental/school/college and university policies and procedures; reviews students' progress and advises students and faculty on requirements for degree/program completion; identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions.
  • Provides advice and assistance to students on all aspects of their academic experience, including progression and requirement matters for multiple interdisciplinary programs
  • Advises students on declaration process and conducts required workshop for eligibility to declare.
  • Oversees student entrance evaluation, including evaluation of prerequisites and grade point averages (GPA).
  • Assist students in the development of a program concentration, taking into account individual goals.
  • Advises students in multiple majors on a wide range of course possibilities and/or ways to complete degree requirements that may not be clearly defined.
  • Evaluates and advises students in petitions for exceptions to departmental /college requirements.
  • Advises on special eligibility requirements such as Honors programs/fellowships/scholarships/competitive internships.
  • Confirms that students have met requirements for degree completion when there are no clear precedents or articulations, such as interdisciplinary programs or when transfer work is involved.
  • Plans, designs, and provides workshops for students, such as declaration of majors or other enrichment programs.
  • Plans, designs, and provides special events for students, such as welcome receptions, commencement, career development, etc.
  • Advises on special eligibility requirements such as Honors programs/fellowships/ scholarships.
  • Develops and maintains all written documents and forms for majors including student handbooks, application materials, advising materials, departmental forms, general catalog information and web site content.
  • Creates, maintains, closes and archives student files according to unit schedules, written job standards and the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Keeps track of all student contacts with file notes, maintains up-to-date student progress worksheets, processes petitions, and calculates GPAs.
  • Maintains DARS records.
  • Identifies students with GPA or progress problems, advises students, and recommends appropriate courses of action by the department/school/college (e.g., academic probation, dismissal).
  • Determines barriers, distractions, and complications affecting a student's academic success, helps students recognize these key non-academic issues, and makes appropriate referrals for additional therapeutic counseling and/or assistance from other units.
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary program director(s) and/or faculty committee(s) which oversee program direction and approves policy/administrative changes.
  • Advises new and continuing instructors on student advising issues and on departmental/ school/college and university policies and procedures.

Required Qualifications
  • Experience advising students in interdisciplinary academic programs. Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques. Knowledge of or ability to learn University-specific computer application programs and knowledge of or ability to learn University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences. Thorough knowledge of college/school policies, procedures, and requirements. Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance. Ability in problem identification, reasoning. Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems. Ability to multi-task and maintain multiple projects through conception, development, and execution. Ability to take ideas and develop those ideas into an action plan including timeline, resource need, outcome, and evaluation. Interpersonal skills. Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations. Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Masters degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training preferred.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $50,400.00 - $65,000.00.

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.

Other Information

This is a part-time (20-hours per week), Career appointment eligible for full benefits.

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.

Mandated Reporter

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

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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