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Cohort Manager (4517U) - 48381
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 30, 2023
Title Cohort Manager (4517U) - 48381
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Cohort Manager (4517U) - 48381

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

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism's mission is to expand the worldwide impact of truth-seeking, fact-based and inclusive journalism by training the next generation of diverse journalists to become exceptional storytellers. The newly-created California Local News Fellowship program will help launch the careers of Berkeley graduates and other early-career journalists as they work in news organizations throughout California, producing critical local reporting that helps to strengthen democracy and increase civic participation.

Berkeley Journalism's reputation for world-class education is recognized globally - and it has the awards to prove it. In 2021-2022 alone, Berkeley's faculty, students, and alumni were awarded, named as finalists, or nominated for 15 prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Student Academy Award for Best Documentary, The George Polk Award for National Television Reporting, the Online News Association's Student Journalism Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and more. And our students get great jobs at media outfits including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NBC, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and many more.

Our faculty are thinkers and doers. They embrace their role as mentors to the next generation of ground-breaking journalists. They teach and inspire, imparting skills and energizing vision. Our students are vibrant, diverse, curious, driven, unafraid. They are the future of journalism, compelled by an insatiable desire to investigate and report stories that matter, in any form. Our alumni include some of the leading journalists in the world. They produce award-winning and important work - and are paving the way for our current students.

We live in a moment like no other, when the next generation of journalists can help restore American democracy by strengthening bonds of trust and credibility, bringing new voices, new leaders, and new cultural competencies to the field. If you want to be part of building the future of journalism in California and beyond, we want to hear from you.

Berkeley Journalism is looking for a committed, experienced newsroom leader to help launch and lead the new, publicly-funded California Local News Fellowship program, which will place Berkeley Journalism graduates and other early career journalists into paid, multi-year reporting fellowships in local newsrooms throughout California. Working with the Fellowship Project Director, you will help design, build and manage the overall fellowship experience. You will participate in the selection and matching of newsrooms and fellows and will lead the cohort of fellows that will begin the program in summer 2023. (This is a two-year contract position. If your contract is renewed, there's an opportunity to lead the 2025 cohort as well.) You will work with our small program team to design the fellowship orientation, training, mentoring and support programs. You will build strong and supportive relationships with the fellows through consistent one-on-one, small group and cohort-wide experiences and provide editorial support and other resources, as needed, either yourself or by engaging other experts. You will act as a coach, cheerleader and troubleshooter, helping to ensure the fellows are having a worthwhile professional experience and the newsrooms are benefiting from their contributions. You will help us learn from the fellows' experiences, so we continually improve the program and effectively tell the story of our impact. You'll be part of a small, ambitious team that aims to transform the face of journalism by changing who gets to be a journalist - all while building a ground-breaking project with the potential to serve as a model for how other states could invest in rebuilding local news in their communities.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 02/10/2023.


  • Leads the California Local News Fellowship program and is responsible for the placement of Berkeley Journalism graduates and other early career journalists into paid, multi-year reporting fellowships in local newsrooms throughout California.
  • In collaboration with the Fellowship Project Director, designs, builds and manages the overall fellowship experience.
  • Supports fellows to identify their interests, values, skills, and personalities, and understand how these factors relate to academic/career satisfaction and choices.
  • Guide participants by providing decision making and goal setting tools helping them to identify interests, values and skills.
  • Builds and maintains close one-on-one relationships with fellowship cohort. Builds strong cohort community (as a whole and sub-cohorts) to encourage group learning, sharing and problem solving.
  • Researches, designs and develops fellowship training and mentoring programs, focused on building editorial expertise and professional development skills.
  • Assesses the fellowship cohorts' editorial and professional development needs, designs the annual calendar of workshops and trainings, directly plans and delivers some training and builds and manages a network of outside facilitators and experts to contribute to the program.
  • Manages a pool of contract editors who can be enlisted to support fellows in their reporting.
  • Coordinates that editorial support with editors in the host newsroom to ensure editorial alignment.
  • Designs and documents the training and support delivered to the fellows so we can replicate and build on the curriculum in future years.
  • Creates and manages a support plan for any fellows who are struggling editorially or otherwise in their roles.
  • Troubleshoots and resolves any issues or conflicts that arise with fellows or our newsroom partners.
  • Identifies personal crisis situations and refers fellows to appropriate resources.
  • Acts as a coach, mentor and troubleshooter, helping to ensure the fellows are having a worthwhile professional experience and the newsrooms are benefiting from their contributions.
  • Maintains and enhances relationships with our newsroom partners.
  • Ensures the fellowship is serving their needs and manages any fellowship turnover that takes place before the end of the placement.
  • Counsels fellowships participants on career options and opportunities, including customized services for specific populations.
  • Provides career counseling to help fellows assess their goals and make connections to other newsrooms and organizations that could support those career goals.
  • Significantly contributes to the fellowship program's quantitative and qualitative assessment efforts and uses the information gathered to continually improve the program.
  • Continuously reviews program to measure effectiveness and adjusts as needed to improve the program and effectively tell the story of the program's impact.
  • Contributes to marketing and outreach to promote the fellowship program and help recruit future cohorts.
  • Manages the participation of fellows in our project PR and communications strategy.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of career development theories, adult development theory, counseling processes, career coaching techniques, career decision making, learning styles, and job search techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice; workshop and program design.
  • Advanced knowledge of and/or can quickly learn UC programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, employment trends.
  • Strong ability to design and modify computer applications to meet program needs, problem identification, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills.
  • Strong ability to work with people from diverse cultures.
  • Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 2yr, full-time (40 hours/week), contract appointment, eligible for full UC benefits with the possibility of extension. This is a monthly paid, exempt position.

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 $74,300.00 - $104,400.00.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Other Information

  • This is not a visa opportunity.
  • This position is eligible for 40% remote work.

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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