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Academic Advisor (4545U) 23895
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 13, 2021
Title Academic Advisor (4545U) 23895
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Educational Services

Academic Advisor (4545U) 23895

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

The Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) and Integrative Biology (IB) together are among the largest academic departments at UC Berkeley. By several measures (including number of faculty and students, budget, and assigned square feet), these departments are larger than many UCB colleges and schools. The two departments represent over 186 faculty FTE (including Adjuncts, Professors of the Graduate School, active emeriti and 15 HHMI professors); 77 Researchers and Specialists; 150 post-doctoral researchers; 375 graduate students; 80 department staff members; and total state and extramural payroll of approximately 1000 (including Graduate Student Instructors, Graduate Student Researchers and research staff). Financial resources include approximately $51M in annual extramural funding (which accounts for over half of the total sponsored research awards in the College of Letters & Science) and over $46M other fund sources. The department has over 1,800 declared undergraduate majors and a total annual enrollment in classes of ~20,000. Department personnel are currently housed in eight buildings located in three widely separated parts of the campus.

This position involves counseling prospective and declared Integrative Biology (IB) and Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) students on academic program policies and issues. Provide students with the necessary academic advising to guide them in making appropriate educational choices and decisions. Conducts informational sessions and provides advice.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: September 23, 2021


Academic Advising:
  • Provide advice and assistance to students on all aspects of their academic experience, including admission to the major, progression, and requirement matters for the department/college.
  • Determine barriers, distractions, and complications affecting a student's academic success, helps students recognize these key non-academic issues, and makes appropriate referrals for additional therapeutic counseling and/or assistance from other units.
  • Assist students in making informed decisions, setting short- and long-term goals, and fulfilling the requirements of the B.A. in IB or MCB.
  • Monitor academic progress toward completion of the major, including advising students at risk of failing and/or falling below the minimum GPA requirement.
  • Use a thorough knowledge of the curricular requirements of all IB and MCB major tracks, as well as various research opportunities, post-baccalaureate programs and careers to recommend programs of study that will allow students to successfully meet their goals.
  • Advise students on a wide range of course possibilities and/or ways to complete degree requirements that may not be clearly defined.
  • Evaluate and advise students seeking to petition for exceptions to departmental and college requirements.
  • Advise new and continuing faculty on departmental/college policies and procedures related to academic advising matters; regularly update faculty advisor handbook.

Serve as the lead advisor for an assigned special interest area, determined by office need and expertise of incumbent (examples: major probation, transfer seminar/mentorship program, peer advisor program, honors program, and other workshops/events).

Provide programmatic support in the planning and implementation of high visibility events (IB and MCB commencement ceremonies, Cal Day, Golden Bear Orientation), and workshops for intended and declared students, e.g. research opportunities, enrichment programs.

Attend workshops, seminars and classes to remain up-to-date on national student advising issues and best practices as well as university and campus policies and procedures.

Assist with general undergraduate affairs office responsibilities that includes collaborating with the IB and MCB Curriculum Planners in determining course scheduling needs for student progression to graduation, supervision of work-study students, and other additional duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated effectiveness in active listening and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Skilled in problem identification, reasoning, and the ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to make consistent and sound recommendations, and delivers clear judgement in the application of policies affecting students.
  • Demonstrated discretion and sensitivity in dealing with urgent and/or confidential situations.
  • Ability to identify and effectively address the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and student body.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet strict and multiple timelines.
  • Ability to conceptualize, design, and implement undergraduate enrichment programs, which involve multiple tasks, priorities, and deadlines.
  • Ability to be resourceful, creative, innovative, and flexible.
  • Ability to work effectively as an individual contributor, and as a team member.
  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience advising in a life sciences environment.
  • Knowledge of, or can quickly learn, L&S college policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Experience with, or can quickly learn, student information systems such as Cal Central and Berkeley Online Advising.
  • Masters degree in higher education, counseling, or related field and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

This is a monthly paid (exempt) position. Annual rate will be commensurate with experience within the range of $60,000 - $65,000.

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.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

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:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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