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MPS Scholars Program Manager (4500U) - Math & Physical Sciences
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 6, 2024
Title MPS Scholars Program Manager (4500U) - Math & Physical Sciences
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Math & Physical Sciences
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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MPS Scholars Program Manager (4500U) - Math & Phsyical Sciences

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.

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Departmental Overview

With a full-time faculty of about 130, the Division of Mathematical & Physical Sciences seeks to expand our physical and mathematical understanding of the universe, from its microscopic substructure to its largest structures, from our own Earth to the edge of the universe and the beginning of time. The language used is mathematical. Discovery and understanding advance by the interplay between theory and experiment or observation. The Mathematical & Physical Sciences Division is a national leader in addressing the persistent problem of underrepresentation in the sciences in the U.S. Berkeley enrolls and graduates more underrepresented minorities with Ph.D.'s in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering than any other university. Our staff is available to assist undergraduates and graduate students, as well as prospective students.

This position manages all program components related to MPS Scholars, including the MPS Scholars Mentoring Network, MPS Scholars Undergraduate Research, MPS 1 Orientation Course, and MPS Launch Day. MPS Scholars is a structured approach that enables UR students to:

  • benefit from cross-generational mentoring
  • learn how to navigate paths into the scientific community, e.g. get access to faculty
  • understand how to traverse MPS fields for cross-disciplinary connections
  • access paid scientific opportunities, including research opportunities
  • access skill development opportunities that aid in the development of scientific identities
  • benefit from learning opportunities that boost academic achievement
  • acquire social networks that facilitate opportunities for professional advancement
  • acquire social networks that provide an authentic sense of belonging
  • become integral, life-long members and leaders of the science community

This is a 100% FTE, 1-year contract opportunity with the possibility of extension.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: May 17, 2024 - Open Until Filled


Under guidance from MPS Scholars Associate Director, implement and manage a program with the following administrative and programmatic responsibilities:

MPS Scholars Mentoring Network

  • Coordinate with departments, Letters and Science advising, departmental advisers, faculty, staff, and student advisory boards, and student organizations to improve design of mentoring initiative, administer the project, and track participation.
  • Communicate and meet with students.
  • Manage recruitment, pairing, orientations, and training for mentors and mentees.
  • Implement and coordinate events and professional development opportunities.

Summer Undergraduate Research

  • Prepare and implement plans for summer, and possibly semester-long research opportunities for undergraduates, their mentors and faculty supervisors.
  • Lead development of mathematics specific research opportunities.
  • Implement and coordinate events and professional development opportunities for research participants.
  • Administer stipends in coordination with Project & Policy Analyst.
  • Coordinate with staff and faculty of partnering campus and departmental research programs to track and support research participants.
  • Coordinate with departmental staff and faculty to implement research based courses.
  • Administer program evaluations.

MPS Orientations

  • Partner with departments to design and execute MPS Launch Day and other orientation sessions.

Career Development

  • Coordinate with Development and Alumni Relations teams to plan and implement career development activities, including but not limited to, career panels, industry information sessions, and career planning workshops.

Yield and Cal Day

  • Design and implement strategies for early and consistent outreach to prospective MPS students during the recruitment process.
  • Organize MPS Scholars activities for Cal Day.

Communications and Marketing

  • In collaboration with Project & Policy Analyst, develop and distribute program communications and documents including website updating, marketing materials, forms, etc.

Assess Program Effectiveness

  • Support research team to monitor program success.
  • Implement evaluations for each component of the program.
  • Assist with program evaluation and reporting to funders, advisory boards and university administrators.

Complete other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Knowledge of trends and issues facing low-income and first-generation college, underrepresented, disadvantaged, physically challenged, and under prepared students in higher education.
  • Knowledge and experience in analyzing problems and identifying solutions for problem-solving; skills and experience in developing and administering academic programs.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population that includes faculty, staff, students, and other constituents.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to clearly convey factual material.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the theories and practice of counseling, learning, human and career development. General knowledge of academic environments, student development and persistence, and diverse learning environments.
  • Knowledge of personal growth and development areas, including critical thinking, effective communication, self-appraisal, self-esteem, clarification of values, appropriate career choices, and leadership.
  • Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance student achievement.
  • Familiarity with research methodologies and research designs.
  • Knowledge of University, college, and major requirements, policies and procedures, including policies on handling student records and confidential documents.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local requirements to provide for access, health, confidentiality, and safety; legal and ethical issues governing the delivery of counseling services.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $30.00 to $38.51 hourly. This is a 100% FTE, 1-year contract position eligible for benefits.

Other Information

This is a 100% FTE, 1-year contract opportunity with the possibility of extension.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

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