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Associate Director, MPS Scholars (4501U) 23931
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 14, 2021
Title Associate Director, MPS Scholars (4501U) 23931
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Student Services
    Educational Services

Associate Director, MPS Scholars (4501U) 23931

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: September 27, 2021

Departmental Overview

The primary goal of MPS Scholars is to provide pathways to success for underrepresented (UR) students -- at the extraordinary scale of a public research university. For the purpose of this program, all students will be welcome. We aim to partiucularly recruit the following groups to MPS Scholars: underrepresented minority (URM) students, women and other gender minorities, students with disabilities, first generation college students, veterans, students from low socioeconomic (SES) backgrounds and community college transfer students. This program will support all participants to advance to degree completion, continue into graduate programs or on to industrial or teaching jobs, and achieve STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers at the same rate and with the same level of satisfaction and success as non-UR students. MPS Scholars is designed to achieve equity by addressing the causes of disparate outcomes for UR students in the mathematical and physical sciences (MPS) fields.

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
  • 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


Under guidance from DEIA Assistant Dean, implement, direct and administer a program with these administrative and programmatic responsibilities:
  • Develop and implement outreach strategy to reach all eligible students; develop and implement program-specific application and selection process; coordinate selection of students to the program
  • Develop and implement mentoring program for current and incoming UCB undergraduates.
  • Develop and implement lower and upper division support programs for eligible students, including coordination of mentoring and tutoring
  • Assist instructor in development of orientation course, as needed
  • Implement and coordinate events and professional development opportunities, including but not limited to small group and large public talks, presentations, and workshops
  • Coordinate with participating colleges, departments, and partner institutions to resolve academic and career counseling concerns and advocate for MPS Scholars students
  • Support Assistant Dean and PI in work with MPS development director and alumni relations staff to engage alumni and donors for the program
  • Manage MPS Scholars programs; manage support for participating students such as housing, meals, field trips, group study sessions, community-building activities, and other enrichment programs; monitor and support student progress
  • Coordinate annual retreat for MPS Scholars community
  • Design, develop, and distribute program communications and documents including website development and updating, policy statements, marketing materials, forms, etc. and participate in public relation efforts
  • Recruit, assist with, and support training of mentors, and/or supervise the work of graduate, peer, staff, mentors and tutors as well as others supporting MPS Scholars
  • Coordinate with Research Coordinator
  • Facilitate efforts of partner departments to ensure effective collaboration
  • Work collaboratively with staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, and students to generate innovative approaches in meeting the needs of students
  • Represent MPS Scholars to various constituencies, serve on committees representing the program
  • Serve as representative of MPS Scholars to campus units to facilitate collaboration and other units' engagement to the benefit of MPS Scholars participants and the program
  • Participate in strategic planning with program leadership
  • Supervise Program Assistant
  • Assess and improve program's effectiveness
  • Support research team to monitor program success
  • Recommend changes to program's content, policies and procedures and implement changes accordingly
  • With guidance from program leadership, work to establish program objectives, short- and long-term goals and strategies
  • Coordinate interim and annual reporting, gather data, draft narrative and work under guidance of Asst. Dean to prepare reports for publication.

Provide financial administrative management:
  • Manage financial resources; under guidance from Asst. Dean, manage program budgeting and implement accounting processes to support financial infrastructure of program
  • Work with guidance from program leaders to identify and pursue funding opportunities and revenue streams.

  • Maintain professional knowledge and subject matter expertise; participate in professional conferences and trainings
  • Provide advice and guidance to leadership, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni as needed.
  • Travel as needed including occasional overnight and weekends

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the theories and practice of learning, counseling, human and career development.
  • Knowledge in how to enhance students' intellectual and personal growth and development, including critical thinking, effective communication, self-appraisal, self-esteem, clarification of values, appropriate career choices, and leadership.
  • Demonstrates program development and project management skills and experience.
  • Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance student achievement, such as collaborative teaching / learning models, strategies for effective advising, counseling, faculty, near-peer, and peer mentoring, small group facilitation and training, coaching, mentoring, and advocacy.
  • 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 complex situations and identifying solutions for problem-solving; skills and experience in developing and administering programs designed to meet the diverse needs of students.
  • Knowledge and experience in researching, compiling and analyzing data, and generating reports.
  • Knowledge of research methodologies and research designs.
  • Knowledge of and experience in conflict management and intervention strategies.
  • 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.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Salary & Benefits

This is a monthly paid position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience.

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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