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Program and Event Manager (6292U) 25364
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 19, 2021
Title Program and Event Manager (6292U) 25364
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Communications/Public Relations

Program and Event Manager (6292U) 25364

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.

Departmental Overview

The Townsend Center for the Humanities serves the campus community and the public by supporting vibrant intellectual exchange across academic fields in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences. The Center supports graduate students and faculty through its Townsend Fellowships program, funds nearly 70 interdisciplinary working groups, co-sponsors dozens of campus events, offers academic and professional development opportunities for graduate students, and launches innovative initiatives in undergraduate education. It also mounts a robust program of public events, including the Avenali and Una's endowed lectures, which spark lively conversation about the arts and humanities. Distinguished visitors have included Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, authors Ursula K. Le Guin and Marilynne Robinson, psychoanalyst Christopher Bollas, and historian Jill Lepore.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 29, 2021


  • Leads the planning, organization, and execution of events and other programs serving campus audiences and the public. (Events include roundtables, lectures, conferences, workshops, residencies, meetings, and symposia.)
  • Has primary responsibility for the production of live-streamed and in-person events.
  • Proposes and implements consequential decisions about event formats, venues, and technical production.
  • Manages logistics such as facilities, travel, caterers, audience experience, and staffing.
  • Serves as main point of contact for speakers and guests.
  • Develops and implements event budgets.

  • Creates publicity plans for events.
  • Oversees the Center's social media strategy.
  • Maintains program-related web content.
  • Serves as a member of the Center's communications team.

Other Program Management and Administrative Coordination:
  • Administers the Conference & Lecture Grant program, which supports humanities-related events across campus.
  • Handles planning and logistics for the Center's onsite art exhibits.
  • Manages reservations and arrangements for rental of the Center's meeting rooms by campus departments.
  • Trains and supervises student employees, and coordinates their work schedules.
  • Arranges meetings, entertainment, and travel for Center leadership.

Required Qualifications
  • Proven experience in all aspects of program planning and implementation. Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of event planning, including event design, organization, and production.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational and project management skills. Ability to combine big-picture and detail-oriented thinking.
  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills. Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals, and to represent the Center internally and externally.
  • Experience producing online events using video conferencing and broadcast platforms, including Zoom Webinar and YouTube Live. Knowledge of best practices for online event production.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including political acumen, social perceptiveness, tact, and sensitivity.
  • Highly developed judgment, decision-making, and priority-setting skills. Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision. Demonstrated ability to meet time and budget constraints.
  • Ability to remain level-headed under pressure, and to improvise and troubleshoot when needed.
  • Ability to effectively manage event production team.
  • Knowledge of crowd safety protocols and security/emergency procedures for public gatherings. Knowledge of best practices for event and video accessibility.
  • Ability to maintain a high standard of productivity despite frequent interruptions.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with the humanities, and commitment to the Townsend Center's programmatic mission.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Hiring range is $65,000 - $75,000/annually. 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.

Other Information

This is a full-time, career position

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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