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Executive Assistant, Biological Sciences (7384U)
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Dec. 13, 2019
Title Executive Assistant, Biological Sciences (7384U)
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Administrative Support/Services

Executive Assistant, Biological Sciences (7384U)

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: December 31, 2019

Departmental Overview

The L&S Deans' Office is seeking to hire an Executive Assistant. The successful candidate will be a detail-oriented self-starter with superior customer service and problem solving abilities; and someone who enjoys being a critical part of a team.

The intellectual heart of UC Berkeley, the College of Letters & Science is the largest of the university's 14 colleges and schools and is home to more than 80 departmental majors in five academic divisions: Arts & Humanities, Biological Sciences, Mathematical & Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences and Undergraduate Studies. The College of Letters & Science has more than half of the campus's faculty, and over 24,000 students; 75% of Berkeley's undergraduate students are L&S majors.

The Division of Biological Sciences encompasses a breadth of disciplines spanning all levels of organization and encompassing diverse organisms and is home to ground breaking research and academic innovation. The Division includes two top ranked academic departments and five centers, institutes and programs with several related research units and museums.

The Executive Assistant (EA), reports to the Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance, and provides senior level administrative support to the entire executive team, with a special emphasis on the Dean, which includes comprehensive management of the Dean's calendar, multiple emails accounts, assembling background materials for meetings and events, and coordinating communications and pertinent data among the various departments, programs and other campus constituents.



  • Manage all aspects of the Dean's schedule--including but not limited to calendaring large and complex meetings with internal and external stakeholders, tracking meeting requests and commitments, communicating efficiently with meeting participants and support staff, and coordinating meeting logistics and facilitating travel arrangements. This includes duties in support of the Dean's other university-related activities as a member of the UC Berkeley faculty and for service broadly to the national and international educational community.
  • Serve as first point of contact for the Dean and function as the gatekeeper, prioritizing issues according to urgency.
  • Respond to routine inquiries from faculty, staff, students and the public on behalf of the Dean and forward situations/issues presented by staff, faculty, and external constituents to appropriate senior administrators as needed.
  • Provide planning and logistical support for meetings, retreats, and events including scheduling, participant communication and interface, maintaining distribution lists, making room reservations, arranging for catering, prepping and distributing materials, AV support, student assistant oversight, and related tasks.


  • Manage the Dean's to-do list, provide timely briefings, advise on priorities and deadlines and track status of pending issues.
  • Prepare written communications on behalf of the Dean.
  • Independently investigate issues and problems; gather and compile information from departments, and prepare summary reports.
  • Provide talking points and briefing materials for the Dean for various projects.
  • Advises departmental staff on campus, college and division policies and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with all levels of constituents, both internal and external to the University which requires a high level of discretion and diplomacy.


  • Provides high level support to members of the divisional team in the areas of finance, academic personnel or other areas as directed.


  • In partnership with the other EAs, manage the L&S Deans' Office administrative support operations.
  • Greet and direct visitors; order and receive office supplies/equipment and ensure that the front office and the L&S Deans' Office is well organized and that information and supplies are readily accessible; manage conference room usage; handle travel and entertainment requests and reimbursements; maintain college and divisional email lists.
  • Delegate appropriate tasks to student workers.
  • Serve as back-up to the other EAs during absences and as needed to balance workload.


  • Performs and/or coordinates special projects independently, and/or as a member of a team.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean, Assistant Dean, HR Manager and/or members of the Biological Sciences Divisional team.

Required Qualifications

    Preferred Qualifications

      Salary & Benefits

      This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $60,000.00 - $80,000.00.

      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

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