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Academic Achievement Counselor (4501U), Center for Educational Equity and Excellence - 57654
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Aug. 17, 2023
Title Academic Achievement Counselor (4501U), Center for Educational Equity and Excellence - 57654
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Berkeley Hope Scholars
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Student Services
    Educational Services
    Counseling Services
    Multicultural Affairs/Diversity

Academic Achievement Counselor (4501U), Center for Educational Equity and Excellence - 57654

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.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

Berkeley Hope Scholars (BHS) provides individualized services to current and former foster youth who are also often transfer students, student parents, re-entry students, formerly incarcerated or system impacted (probation foster youth), and orphans who historically come from underserved backgrounds such as underrepresented, low income, first-generation college students. BHS programs and services include funding opportunities, a credit-bearing course, individual strategic advising and problem-solving counseling, service learning internships, peer mentorship, information and referral resources, academic enrichment workshops, and community building events.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 29, 2023


  • Provides multicultural academic counseling across disciplines and colleges/schools to Berkeley Hope Scholars (e.g., those with disabilities, student parents, low-income, first-generation college, previously incarcerated or otherwise system impacted, and who have lived experiences from other underrepresented communities, etc.).
  • Incorporating a variety of theoretical approaches, provides consistent holistic academic counseling services to students from postadmission through graduation from undergraduate and graduate and professional students.
  • Helps BHS students develop strategies to solve academic and personal problems.
  • Assists BHS students in understanding and navigating university policies.
  • Provides financial aid counseling and academic crisis intervention.
  • Supports in the triaging of students to respective resources.
  • Coordinates academic and community building workshops and events.
  • Plans, implements, and teaches academic and personal development seminars / courses.
  • Develops and delivers programming, including coordinating cross-departmental collaborations.
  • Works with academic departments, faculty, and department management to help resolve specific student academic issues.
  • Refers students to appropriate specialized programs and resources.
  • Works with academic departments, faculty, and department management to help resolve specific student academic issues.
  • Keeps abreast of foster youth student trends in higher education and professional development.
  • Provides supervision and staff support to student staff. Supports in the hiring, training, and supervision of the work of graduate interns and paraprofessionals.
  • Maintains timely and accurate advising notes using online systems.

Required Qualifications

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing.
  • Strong multicultural humility and ability to work with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and identities.
  • Experience in working with historically underrepresented ethnic minority communities, first generation college students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the trends, characteristics, and issues facing Berkeley hope Scholars (current and former foster youth, probation foster youth, and orphans) who often intersect with the first-generation college, pell-grant eligible, transfer student, student parent, and formerly incarcerated communities.


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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in education, counseling, psychology, and/or equivalent experience/training.

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 $64,400.00 - $74,000.00.

  • This is a 36-month, 100% full-time (40 hours per week), contract position that is eligible for full UC benefits with the possibility of extension.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly.

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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