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Project Policy Analyst (7397U) - Earth & Planetary Science
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 26, 2024
Title Project Policy Analyst (7397U) - Earth & Planetary Science
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Earth & Planetary Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Project Policy Analyst (7397U) - Earth & Planetary Science

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.

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Departmental Overview

The Department of Earth & Planetary Science, within the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division of the College of Letters and Science is one of the top ranked programs in the USA with 6 major specializations and several interdisciplinary programs in atmospheric science, climate, environmental geoscience, marine geophysics and planetary science. It has links to programs in the Departments of Chemistry, Astronomy, Geography and Environmental Science and Policy Management. The department consists of 40 faculty, including adjuncts and emeritus, approximately 60 graduate and 150 undergraduate majors, 30 post-docs and visitors, several researchers and 9 staff FTE. Research, education and service in EPS is driven by a fundamental human curiosity about the past, present and future of Earth and other planets. We underpin our intellectual mission with a comprehensive dedication to equity, accessibility and inclusion for all.

The project/policy analyst position is a part of the EPS/BSL administrative team and has responsibility for developing, leading, and providing advising, support services and experiential leadership developing opportunities in sponsoring our units' initiatives and/or goals.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 8, 2024 - Open Until Filled


45% Project Support:

  • Provides project support by tracking developing action items, provide research and developmental recommendations and guidelines to help move unit (Earth & Planetary Science as well as Berkeley Seismology Lab) programs and/or initiatives forward. Using subject matter knowledge, collects, edits and prepares documents for use in discussions, meetings of internal and external constituents; this includes reports, presentations and proposals. Sets goals, timelines, and leads meetings, reviewing data with collaborators, and providing consultation on goals, timelines, and projects.
  • Applies professional or research concepts to perform analysis of data pertaining to moderately complex projects, policies, initiatives, / processes, and / or functions including but not limited to:
    • Multimedia communication, planning and collaboration with program/project staff or principal investigators. Under general supervision, plans, develops, and implements basic marketing, advertising, and strategies for projects (such as summer session advertising, alumni outreach, department/faculty achievements, seminars, faculty search interviews, and other student experiences.
    • Coordinates and updates news on developing projects on website or appropriate social media outlets.
  • Prepares, edits, modifies and distributes documents including EPS Annual reports, presentations and project proposals. This is done in consultation with Manager, L&S Development and Divisional Development Office.
  • Manages comprehensive communications programs, including written, visual, and electronic
    • Develops strong communications strategies that effectively deliver the desired message, policy interpretation, and problem resolution. Review previous communication efforts in order to make meaningful improvements for future communications. Identifies specific communications needs and develops the content and process for improvements.
    • Creates visual assets in-house for use across platforms
    • Produces high quality products that effectively deliver the desired message, within budget and time constraints.
    • Curates published content (both imagery and written content). Maintains files on shared team drives or server.
    • Verifies all content is truthful, grammatically correct, allowed under copyright, and complies with the university branding guidelines.
    • Uses performance metrics (e.g. Google Analytics) on digital platforms to track the success of communications strategies and make adjustments as needed in consultation with management to reach goals.
  • Recruits faculty, student, and staff contributors as necessary.
  • Acts as a catalyst for change, and a departmental resource focused on infusing DEIAB into all programs and activities, tracking progress toward these goals.

30% Policy and Best Practice work:

  • On a project basis performs quality assurance in support of a function, research initiative, program, event or unit.
  • Identifies specific communications plans or needs and develops the content and process for organizational improvements.
  • Obtains approval of concept by submitting proposals for approval by department Manager, Director, principal investigator or Department Chair. Proposals should include budget outlines and ensure that event costs do not exceed budgeted allocations. Subsequently, coordinates efforts with a variety of external or internal contacts.
  • Leads and/or participates on policy and planning committees or working group. At times, may be point of contact for contractors/vendors.
  • Gathers and analyzes financial and other resource data; develops and prepares narrative, graphical, and statistical reports or analyses of operational activities, including current and proposed services.
  • Conducts post-implementation analysis to determine the need for further enhancements on future iterations, finer distinctions and/or additional process/policy components.
  • Conceives and designs process improvements based on campus updates and other criteria.

10% Analytic Work:

  • Prepares preliminary outlines for analysis of policy and procedure projects. Determines the best methodology to track, analyze and monitor policies, projects and programs. Gathers and analyzes resource data; prepares reports or analyses of operational activities.
  • Provides analyses for moderate to complex issues involving departmental account subscriptions, inventorial equipment, collected surveys, alumni activities, affiliated centers and research hubs.
  • Researches a wide variety of topics and gathers and analyses relevant data to formulate strategic goals and plans.

10% Professional Development and/or DEIAB efforts:

  • Acts as a strategic partner to leadership team and may collaborate closely with members of the DEIAB committee, particularly on issues regarding department climate. May also assist in sourcing, building, or providing strategic support for the creation of new DEI programs and training for students, faculty, postdocs, and researchers.

5% Administrative Work:

  • Provides administrative analysis and support, including but not limited to facilitating meetings.
  • Maintains schedules and manages public event calendars for seminars.
  • Pursues development opportunities for team (trainings, webinars, conferences, professional associations, etc.).
  • Maintains materials support.
  • Prepares and issues administrative and policy directives, regulations, and other instructions for issuance to constituents.
  • Coordinates implementation with members of the team that may cross organizational lines as needed.
  • Researches and drafts complex proposals, reports, surveys, briefings, executive summaries, speeches.
  • Maintains list of department onboarding, system access and required trainings for new staff and faculty.
  • Ad-hoc duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Working knowledge of common organization- or research-specific and other computer application programs.
  • Proficient in communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, as well as demonstrated customer service.
  • Proficient in ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
  • Demonstrates ability to use sound judgment in researching and resolving problems independently responding to issues and concerns in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates ability to analyze, research and synthesize large amounts of data with strong attention to detail.
  • Proficient in ability to multi-task with demanding time frames.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience or working knowledge in an academic environment applying policy analysis techniques.

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 $28.30 to $35.00 hourly. This is a 70% FTE career position eligible for full benefits.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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