Director of Community Outreach Program (6300U) - CEE
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The Department of Civil and Environmental engineering (CEE) is a complex academic department within the College of Engineering. The Department is composed of 7 graduate programs: Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Materials; Environmental Engineering; Transportation Engineering; Engineering and Project Management; Geosystems; Systems Engineering; and Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate.
In 2021, CEE was ranked first in the nation for both its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Department consists of 45 faculty, 400 graduate and 400 undergraduate students, and 21 staff plus numerous emeriti, lecturers, and visiting scholars.
The incumbent will work with the Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Education in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE2), the Department Chair, and the Department Manager to whom this position reports.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: June 10, 2022 - Open Until Filled
60% Engaged Scholarship Support and Facilitation:
Working with the Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Education in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE2), the incumbent will support engaged teaching, research, and outreach activities through communications, scheduling, and direct facilitation of related events.
The incumbent will help establish (and maintain) relationships with 1) area school districts in underserved communities and 2) community-based organizations in West Oakland, Richmond, San Rafael, East Palo Alto (e.g., West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, Nuestra Casa in East Palo Alto, and the Richmond Shoreline Alliance).
The incumbent is responsible for learning, and maintaining knowledge, of ongoing work (research, teaching, and outreach) done by CEE faculty and students. The incumbent will use this knowledge to match CEE faculty and students with the two external partners (area school districts and the community-based organizations) based on mutual interests and capability.
The incumbent will support the navigation and negotiation of the initial stages of the partnership. This may include coaching participants through the skills, knowledge and culture needed for engaging throughout a partnership project.
The incumbent coaches and supports partnership participants through the process of establishing institutional agreements, cultivating the partnership vision, goals and agenda, and continuous improvement and evaluation of the partnership. Can advocate, understand, reconcile, and negotiate the landscape of both the University and the area schools and community-based organizations settings.
In order to support and strengthen the partnerships, the incumbent will organize CEE faculty and students to contribute to community-based events and projects. The incumbent will plan, organize and execute convenings of the partnership, which includes all communication, logistics, agenda development, materials, reports, and operations. The incumbent will clearly communicate to all participants regarding specific roles, requirements and expectations.
Plans, organizes and manages ongoing in-person and virtual engagement of participants. Establish connections to local high schools that would involve classroom visits, demonstrations and other activities. One focus would be working with underrepresented high schools and impacted communities that could provide opportunities for under-represented minority applicants to the CEE undergraduate program.
The incumbent will develop and maintain a spreadsheet (or database) that includes information on existing and historical external partnerships with CEE faculty and students. This database should include the dates and nature of the partnership, internal and external points of contact, and other information that will help guide future activities.
As part of these duties, the incumbent will organize post-engagement reporting from all participants on successes and failures, and will communicate to all parties' summaries of these reports. These reports will allow Berkeley CEE academics and external partners to learn from these experiences and identify opportunities for continuous improvement and growth.
The incumbent creates reports and updates on the partnerships to present to prospective donors and supporters in alumni communities and industry.
30% Establishing New Partnerships:
The incumbent will cultivate opportunities to expand engagement. The incumbent will build on existing external partnerships to expand them into new activities, and will work to expand the number and diversity of external partners with whom the CEE Department engages. This will require building a network of people in the Bay Area who are active in community-based organizations, and may benefit from coordination with other units on campus involved with similar scholarship.
Additionally, the incumbent will maintain regular communication with CEE faculty about emerging opportunities and their interest in them.
10% Administrative Support for Partnerships and Professional Development:
The incumbent will develop expertise in campus practices and procedures in order to facilitate the establishment of formal on-going partnerships between Berkeley CEE Department and external community-based organizations. This support includes purchasing and payments, insurance requirements, contract initiation, and reporting.
Seek out and participate in opportunities for career growth and professional development, including but not limited to: UC Berkeley Annual "Next Opportunity at Work" Conference, University Extension Sponsored Tuition program, Communities Practice, and staff fellowships.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Advanced written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including skill to produce information that is appropriately presented and effectively received by target constituencies.
Active listening skills, including advanced critical thinking and analytical skills.
Advanced project management skills, including skills to plan and implement successful events.
Advanced knowledge of the campus, its vision, mission, goals, objectives, achievements, issues of concern and infrastructure.
Advanced knowledge of assigned area of responsibility, for example, the campus scientific community.
Advanced knowledge of issues of concern in higher education.
Advanced knowledge of practices and procedures associated with building and maintaining effective working relationships with all levels of alumni, internal and external constituencies.
Skill to recognize potential areas of constituency concern and address, resolve and / or mitigate problems or issues.
Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience; this is a 100% FTE career position.
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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.
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