Director of Strategic Learning Program (4551U), Student Learning Center 29794
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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.
Overview of Student Learning Center (SLC)
The Student Learning Center supports a global community of learners as they navigate the cultural expectations and academic rigor of UC Berkeley. Through service models that honor their diverse starting points and meet them where they are, we aim to empower all students to realize their full academic potential. The Student Learning Center resides in the Division of Undergraduate Education.
- Deliver service with integrity
- Approach learning as a process, not a product
- Create innovative pedagogy and practices that optimize student learning
- Operate from a student-centered framework
- Respect diverse ways of knowing and learning
- Founded in 1973 and is today the primary academic support unit for UC Berkeley.
- Serves over 10,000 undergraduates annually, approximately 30% of the undergraduate student population.
- Employs 20 professional staff with disciplinary expertise, 300+ trained undergraduate tutors, and 20 graduate student instructors.
- Serves as the liaison between the Academic Senate and the DeCal program, a partnership that adds over 300 courses per year to Berkeley's curriculum.
- Manages Berkeley's Summer Bridge Program, a rigorous six-week academic residential program for entering freshmen.
This is a 100% career position.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: January 28, 2022
The incumbent administers the SLC Strategic Learning Program, which includes managing the daily operations of the program, providing students with concrete learning tools and strategies to navigate the curricular and cultural demands of Cal; and supervising a student and professional staff of 10-15. Specifically, the incumbent will:
- Leverage research on the learning sciences to design and implement services that support Cal undergraduates at various stages in their academic careers;
- Serve students in gateway courses across the curriculum, especially first-generation, historically marginalized, international, and non-traditional students;
- Deliver service in a variety of formats, including one-on-one academic coaching, learning strategies workshops, and learning sciences seminars;
- Train and supervise 10-15 peer staff on how to conduct academic coaching;
- Coach and supervise a professional staff of 1-2;
- Assess the effectiveness of program services and program staff;
- Assess how curricular and academic policy shifts impact student learning; create new service models to address emerging academic needs.
- Cultivate connections with faculty and advisors to ensure program visibility; maintain working relationships with key campus partners, including mental health professionals, DSP learning specialists, student affairs officers, etc. to serve students more comprehensively;
- Support and mentor students, including student staff, in achieving their academic goals;
- Collaborate with SLC colleagues on committees/workgroups to support the administrative needs of the Center.
- Knowledge of research on how learning works, including research on cognition and metacognition;
- Knowledge of sociocultural and affective issues affecting learning;
- Knowledge of effective learning strategies for various learning preferences/styles; experience teaching students how to acquire and practice these strategies;
- Knowledge of the structure, curricular, and cultural demands of the research university;
- Experience working in a globally and culturally diverse learning environment;
- Strong oral and written communication skills;
- Strong interpersonal skills; strong professional acumen and discernment;
- Demonstrated ability to learn and grow from feedback;
- Demonstrated ability to thrive in a collaborative, high-functioning, high-trust culture;
- Proficient computer skills, including experience using the Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite and other social media platforms.
- Master's degree in educational psychology, learning sciences, or any academic discipline and / or equivalent experience/training with experience providing academic support at the collegiate level.
- A Ph.D. degree in the learning sciences, educational psychology, or a related field.
- Experience administering and delivering learning-center work;
- Experience teaching/working at a research university;
- Experience in educational leadership.
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
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