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Public Education Specialist II (4167U), College of Natural Resources, Office of the Dean - 64879
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 14, 2024
Title Public Education Specialist II (4167U), College of Natural Resources, Office of the Dean - 64879
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department College of Natural Resources
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Educational Services
    Communications/Public Relations
    Administrative Support/Services

Public Education Specialist II (4167U), College of Natural Resources, Office of the Dean - 64879

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

International and Executive Programs at the Rausser College Dean's Office specialize in developing and delivering professional programs. The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program, a prestigious professional certificate program, has been nurturing environmental and climate professionals for 23 years. This summer program has successfully trained more than 715 professionals from 114 countries. Currently, preparations are underway for the 2024 summer program, which is primarily set to be an in-person event in Berkeley, spanning from late July to early August.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: February 27, 2024



  • Assess the program and the participants' learning needs and augment the existing curriculum.
  • Identify appropriate instructors (faculty and industry experts) and coordinate with them to finalize session details and instructional materials.
  • Work with instructors to integrate critical leadership skills, such as consensus building, into group activities.
  • Develop discussion sessions around key themes to deepen educational content and create peer learning opportunities.
  • Run and facilitate Zoom meetings during online sessions.

Logistics and Event Planning:

  • Plan welcome reception and certificate ceremony, as well as other social activities and networking events.
  • Work with the university to arrange participant housing and meal plans.
  • Coordinate itineraries, transportation, meals, and guest speakers for field visits.
  • Organize set up and take down of classroom and other event spaces.
  • Work with other staff to arrange merch, certificates, folders, name-tags, and any other materials given to participants/speakers.
  • Monitor and adhere to program budget before and during the program, finalize program budget post-program.

Evaluation and Assessment:

  • Use the latest best practices and science of educational program assessment to update existing evaluation questionnaires and protocol for the Beahrs Environmental Leadership
  • Following each session, administer session evaluations. Record and evaluate feedback for future programs.
  • At the end of the program, administer program evaluations. Collect output, analyze the data, and develop recommendations.
  • Design additional evaluation/survey(s) to be administered to participants periodically after the program to track program impacts.

Participants and Alumni Engagements:

  • Serve as one of the main points of contact with the participants before, during and after the program, leading the effort to prepare and support the participants to ensure maximum learning outcome.
  • Collect and maintain the record of participants to ensure the arrival/departure dates, medical insurance, allergy, and accommodations.
  • Update and share key program documents (e.g. syllabus and orientation booklet) ahead of the program.
  • Set up effective communication tool with participants to be used during the program.
  • Develop digital documents to succinctly introduce participants, staff, and instructors of the program (e.g. slide deck).
  • Review participants' application materials carefully, and conduct email surveys where needed to further tease out the learning and accommodation needs.
  • Work with each participant to develop learning goal and strategy recommendations, which may include identifying campus and associated experts for them to connect with.
  • When appropriate, coach participants to communicate with faculty and other experts.
  • Engage scholarship recipients and develop thank you notes to friends of the program.
  • Collaborate with other staff to edit and post blog articles.
  • Lead "post program" activities, such as updating alumni listserv, collecting testimonials, and 6-month check-ins with participants.
  • Identify realistic strategies to provide resources and support participants after the program, and when appropriate, display the information on the public facing platforms (newsletter, email listserv, alumni network, social media, etc.).

Required Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of and/or ability to learn departmental and organization policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of educational program content and objectives.
  • Working knowledge of delivering professional educational programs.
  • Working knowledge of current professional education programs and trends.
  • Working skills to produce and deliver programs.
  • Working knowledge of conducting needs assessment.
  • Good analytical skills to understand how business needs can be addressed through the design and delivery of training programs.
  • Good reading, verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, and good presentation skills.
  • Good understanding of how to interact with and provide instructional materials for professionals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Working knowledge of professional education program evaluation framework.


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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Continuing education in related field.

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 $26.05 - $35.01.

  • This is a 6-month, 50% (20 hours/week), Limited (temporary) appointment that is eligible for UC benefits.
  • This appointment will be a 50% (20 hours/week) appointment through May 31, 2024, and will increase to 100% (40 hours/week) through the remaining duration of the appointment.
  • This position is non-exempt and paid bi-weekly.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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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