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HR Manager - BEST Region (0624U) 25367
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 19, 2021
Title HR Manager - BEST Region (0624U) 25367
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Human Resources

HR Manager - BEST Region (0624U) 25367

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

Berkeley Regional Services (BRS) provides a wide range of reliable, high-quality administrative support services for the campus in the areas of Research Administration, Purchasing and Reimbursement, and Human Resources & Academic Personnel Support. By streamlining services in these areas, BRS assists Principle Investigators and Project Directors navigate campus administrative processes and focus on their research. Each region provides department level pre-award and post-award support services to all research professionals within their region, in close collaboration with the Sponsored Projects Office, Industry Alliances Office, Contract and Grant Accounting, and other central compliance groups.

The Biological, Environmental, Science & Technology (BEST) Region serves the Rausser College of Natural Resources, the Division of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters and Science, and related ORUs, museums, and field stations. The Research Administration function within BEST provides department level service during the full contracts and grants life cycle to UC Berkeley's PIs and PDs.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 28, 2021


Manages HR staff primarily responsible for administering personnel policies, programs, and procedures. Is a resource to the manager, chair, or dean on unit personnel practices. Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use HR resources to meet schedules and goals. Reviews and approves recommendations for HR programs. Provides guidance to subordinates to achieve goals in accordance with established policies. Erroneous decisions or failure to achieve goals results in additional costs and personnel, and serious delays in overall schedules.

Manages up to 35 HR staff primarily responsible for administering personnel policies, programs, and procedures for the BEST region. BEST Regional Services provides HR services to support critical academic programs in the Biological Sciences region which carries a headcount of 3089. The HR/APS Manager will be the key conduit between the academic programs in Biological Sciences and the HR staff in BEST and will champion excellent client services. Determines how to use HR resources to meet schedules and goals. Advocates changes to processes and owns client profiles for assigned client teams. Provides excellent leadership and inspires subordinates to achieve training, service agreement, and client relationship management goals in accordance with established policies. The incumbent shall ensure all staff are fully engaged and meeting service levels where activity fluctuates throughout the year.
  • Acts as a key point of contact to the units for HR/AP services, responsible for managing the unit relationship and developing unit-specific profiles/knowledge base materials. Captures service nuances and develops/manages the customer profile for specific client teams.
  • Manages, through subordinate supervisors or leads, the coordination of activities of a large unit with responsibility for results in terms of costs, methods, risk mitigation and employees. Develops staffing using both centralized resources and one on one coaching, and manages scheduling to guarantee coverage. Communicates changes in schedules, additional needs, and provides necessary direction for direct reports.
  • Creates a work environment that is inclusive. Works with manager, other organization managers, and assigned staff; represents the unit in organization meetings and occasionally at system wide meetings on matters pertaining to personnel policies and practices.
  • Ensures responsiveness and quality of HR/AP service. Along with academic unit leaders and other HR/AP leads, identifies problems and inefficiencies of processes and develops solutions. Monitors the documentation and tracking of HR requests through the enterprise system (ServiceNow). Ensures effective hand offs between internal CSS HR/AP teams, Central HR, APO, and client populations.
  • Recommends and establishes improvements or changes in personnel policies and practices which affect the unit. Implements methodologies to improve service levels, manage client perceptions, and build strong client relationships with client teams.
  • Represents the region HR/AP in meetings with all BRS HR/AP and in campus meetings on matters pertaining to personnel policies and practices. Ensures UCB and UCOP procedures and compliance regulations and policies are followed. Advocates for changes/updates in the shared training documents in accordance with unit team needs and BRS HR/AP service policies.

Required Qualifications
  • 6+ years possessing a leadership role in the organization.
  • Must have at least 8+ years of HR Generalist experience.
  • Must posess a SHRM Certified Professional and Professional in Human Resources certification.
  • Has a broad knowledge of or the ability to gain knowledge of campus and system-wide staff and academic personnel policies and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Has direct knowledge of specific functions in the campus HR management information systems.
  • Is a strong communicator with a diversity of communication styles; may make oral or written presentations.
  • Demonstrated experience making decisions regarding hiring, evaluating, and development of subordinates; determines the best way of achieving unit goals.
  • Has strong management skills that include collaboration, coaching and developing subordinates; ability to build relationships.
  • Maintains a thorough understanding of the academic unit goals and how this position supports those goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle extremely difficult situations/individuals effectively.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's in HR or Business Administration.

Salary & Benefits

This is a full-time, career position. 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.

Diversity Statement

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.

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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