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Undergraduate Advisor (4575U) - CED
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 20, 2021
Title Undergraduate Advisor (4575U) - CED
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Counseling Services
    Student Services

Undergraduate Advisor (4575U) - CED

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: 2/2/21

Departmental Overview

The College of Environmental Design (CED) is comprised of faculty, students and staff with an impressive set of backgrounds and talents. We believe in the importance of supporting an inclusive environment that values community and builds its strength from a diversity of views and expertise. There are approximately 50 faculty, 1000 undergraduate and graduate majors, and approximately 45 total staff. CED is a multifaceted academic unit, with three departments (architecture, city & regional planning, and landscape architecture & environmental planning); undergraduate, professional graduate and doctoral programs; a suite of highly regarded summer design institutes; widely recognized environmental design archives; extensive computing and fabrication facilities; several administrative and student affairs departments; and a building with auditoria, classrooms, studios, labs, research centers, library, and a cafe.

The CED undergraduate program is home to the highest percentage of historically underrepresented minority students, Pell Grant recipients, and first generation college students at UC Berkeley. The 650 undergraduates major in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies and Sustainable Environmental Design

CED is seeking an experienced Student Services Advisor 3. The position involves a wide range of student services duties and responsibilities for an academic department/school/college or organization. Provides assistance to the dean/chair, faculty, and students in academic advising, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, the evaluation and awarding of fellowships and block grant funds, student orientation and events, career counseling, and related programs.

Under the direction of the Director of Undergraduate Advising, the Student Services Advisor 3 serves as the lead advisor for one or more of the CED majors, and advises on all of the majors and minors that are available in the College. Advisors have substantial responsibility for a wide range of student services duties in the College of Environmental Design and may be required to travel independently to participate in outreach events, develop strategies to reach prospective students, represent the College at university events, produce career/graduate school panels, create and lead academic orientation workshops, etc. Some weekend and evening hours required.


The CED Office of Undergraduate Advising is committed to helping our students graduate in a timely way with an excellent education and experience at Berkeley. The unit works collaboratively with CED faculty, the CED Undergraduate Affairs Committee, and departments and student service units across campus toward the common objective of helping students achieve their educational and career goals.

Our Mission

The College of Environmental Design (CED) Office of Undergraduate Advising:
  • Supports students holistically as they earn their degree,
  • Advocates for just and equitable policies and practices,
  • Connects current and prospective students with resources and opportunities,
  • Fosters a sense of belonging and community.

Our Values
  • Student Success: Above all, we dedicate ourselves to maximizing student potential and to helping students succeed in their university experiences. We encourage students to explore their minds and their hearts, challenge them to do their best work, and help them realize their talents and passions and achieve their goals.
  • Equity & Inclusion: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued. We aspire to provide fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all students and to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of all.
  • Health & Well-Being: We collaborate with campus partners to keep our CED community healthy by helping students balance the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual and environmental aspects of life. Advising Excellence: In all that we do, we strive to deliver personalized advising services of the highest quality. We seek to continuously educate ourselves on developments in our field and to evaluate, improve, and streamline our services to support students in obtaining the best education and experience possible.

Position Overview

This position serves as the lead advisor for one or more of the CED majors and minors. Independently advises students and resolves student services-related issues on the full range of academic issues inherent within the College of Environmental Design, including outreach, admissions advising and selection, yield efforts, academic advising, equity and inclusion, college climate and student well-being, basic career and graduate school advising, student group mentoring, degree certification, and more. The SSA 3 provides advice to College management and faculty concerning a variety of student issues. The position assists with the assessment of undergraduate needs and experience, develops programs and services to meet those needs, and evaluates outcomes. Fosters a sense of belonging among staff and students.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Academic Advising:
  • Provides extensive and complex strengths-based advising and guidance for prospective, new, and continuing students on University, College, major, and minor requirements; progress toward degree; GPA and academic standing; engagement and enrichment; wellness; course selection; complex transfer issues; internships; career and graduate school planning; study abroad; and more.
  • Acts as lead advisor for a specific major or set of majors and minors, including tracking of requirement completion and management of all administrative aspects of the major. Cross-trains to advise students on all CED majors and minors.
  • Independently evaluates and acts upon student requests (e.g. minors, change of college or major, reduced course load, using judgment in complex cases). Interpret and apply college, campus, and University-wide policies and regulations. Using professional judgment and expertise, advises regarding complex student or program-related issues which do not fall within clearly defined guidelines.
  • Plans, designs, and provides workshops for students, such as information about the campus, or academic strategies and enrichment programs.
  • Assists with hiring and training of advising team and student employees.
  • Maintains productive and mutually beneficial relationships with other campus offices, most prominently the Office of the Registrar, Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA), the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence; undergraduate schools/colleges, and other student service departments to ensure excellent service and a positive student experience.
  • Uses the Cal Central Academic Progress Report to track student progress and update the system to ensure correct reports.
  • Keeps accurate and timely records of interactions with students and decisions made.
  • Assists with updating of text for website, published curriculum, student forms/petitions, and other materials.

Recruitment and Admissions:
  • Utilizing in-depth knowledge of CED's admission criteria and in collaboration with faculty, leads transfer evaluation process for the major(s), establishes conditions of admission, and under the direction of a faculty committee, ranks applicants for admission to the College.

Student Wellness and Leadership
  • Leads and implements programming designed to promote financial, academic, social, and personal wellness and success among CED undergraduates.
  • Supervises Community Fellow (work study assistant).
  • Serves as staff advisor to the CED Undergraduate Student Council.

  • Oversees CED student group leader development and event coordination. Maintains a visible presence with assigned student groups, providing advising, mentoring, trouble shooting, and training as needed.
  • Stays up-to-date on student group events and scheduling issues, attending meetings and events as needed and notifying the advising team of current developments.

  • Oversees student group participation in College-wide events (Cal Day, Golden Bear Orientation, etc.).

Academic Curriculum Consultation
  • Works closely with department chair and faculty to monitor student issues, overall enrollment, curriculum, and course offerings. Anticipates challenges that may arise from curriculum changes, and contribute insight to chair and faculty regarding campus, college, and major policies and student issues. Advises chair/dean/faculty on curriculum planning to ensure students' progress through course sequences, avoiding conflicts, and ensuring compliance with campus-wide policies

Event Planning
  • Plans and implements complex, high-visibility student events, such as commencement, Cal Day, Golden Bear Orientation. Plans, designs, and provides workshops for students, such as information about the campus, or academic strategies and enrichment program

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in academic advising at UC Berkeley or a similar 4-year institution. Knowledge of University requirements, policies and procedures, including policies on handling student records and confidential documents.
  • Experience in recruitment, admissions, student event planning, and/or supervision of student groups.
  • Knowledge of University-specific computer application programs (Cal Central and Cal Answers).
  • Experience establishing and implementing short and long-term program goals and objectives and administering evaluative instruments for measuring program effectiveness.
  • Knowledge of the requirements, rules and regulations of the College or similar institution and demonstrated ability to interpret, apply, enforce, and explain those rules.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

Salary range is $61,000 - 72,000 and will be commensurate with experience

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

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