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Events and Communications Associate (6298U) 14357
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 12, 2021
Title Events and Communications Associate (6298U) 14357
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Communications/Public Relations

Events and Communications Associate (6298U) 14357

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 25, 2021

The first round of applications will be reviewed on March 15, 2021 and applications submitted after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Departmental Overview

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) is a West Coast hub for research on global development, with a network of 120+ academic researchers extending across the University of California, Stanford University, and the University of Washington. Our faculty affiliates design and test solutions for the problems of poverty, generating actionable evidence for policy-makers in low- and middle-income countries. Through careful matchmaking, competitive grant-making, and research dissemination activities, CEGA ensures that the scientific evidence we produce improves the lives of people living in poverty.

CEGA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion - please read our values statement here.

The Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) seeks an enthusiastic and resourceful full-time Associate to support center-wide communications and events. A critical member of the Operations team, you will work across the Center to translate research into lessons for policymakers around the world, the media and the general public, as well as manage high-profile dissemination events.


We are looking for a self-directed and pro-active events manager and communications lead who can confidently manage logistics and communications for local, international and virtual convenings. As Events & Communications Associate, you will be the Center's primary resource and point person for event planning, contracting, on-site coordination and staffing, videography/media, communications, and follow-up. You will further help develop and streamline internal processes related to events and external communications. Your contributions will amplify CEGA's work and allow us to deepen relationships with researchers, policy-makers and other important stakeholders.

You should have events management expertise. Ideally you are also familiar with international development and/or social science research, with the ability to comprehend and clearly explain academic work for a public audience. You will work with staff, students, and faculty across the Center to develop multimedia content, disseminate through social media, monitor and advance press coverage, and manage website operations. You demonstrate expertise communicating and connecting with a variety of actorsfrom vendors and the media, to policymakers and researchers.

Events Management (45%): Lead logistical support for all CEGA events including venue, catering, and speaker/participant travel, and advise on communications and outreach strategy. Advise colleagues on the design and management of timelines, budgets, print materials, volunteers, and communication strategies, with input from key stakeholders. Oversee event logistics with tone in mind. Establish and maintain event webpages, coordinate video and other media capture, and manage press and social media coverage. Process travel and purchase reimbursements, ensure that vendor invoices are paid, and take responsibility for other post-event administrative activities, including process documentation and reporting.

Content Development & Management (35%): Own process management in support of all Center communications efforts and contribute to overarching strategy. Manage the production of the center's monthly public newsletter, bulletins, and blog. Solicit, edit, and compile materials from staff to produce professional outputs on short timelines. Assist in the development and dissemination of multimedia content and print collateral for our programs and events. Manage CEGA's WordPress website by keeping the homepage current, clear, and engaging and collaborate with colleagues on upgrades. Build up and maintain CEGA's photo and media library. Manage CEGA's Working Paper Series, which involves soliciting and posting new content from staff and faculty affiliates, as well as a communications intern.

Media Monitoring and Engagement (15%): Create and share a variety of content through CEGA's Twitter and Facebook accounts, blogs, and other outlets. Identify key opportunities for CEGA to respond to breaking news or hot topics. Analyze, report and respond to social media activity and trends. Track media mentions of CEGA and provide media reports to program staff. Track web analytics and report metrics to better understand our user groups and audience.

Press Strategy (5%): Identify contacts for media outlets and proactively maintain contact lists in Salesforce. Organize periodic updates with customized content for priority groups. Circulate Center press releases, briefings, op-eds and other media materials and pitch to journalists as appropriate.

Required Qualifications

  • You have two to three years of relevant work experience.
  • You have basic knowledge of public policy and the legislative process.

Skills :
  • Event planning-You know how to keep a high-level event running smoothly by planning in advance, responding to last minute requests, making guests and participants feel welcome, and helping volunteers do their best work.
  • You have knowledge of basic concepts and principles of building and maintaining effective relations with a variety of constituencies.
  • You can connect and relate to a variety of audiences.
  • You are comfortable working in or learning computer applications, including Google Suite, Salesforce, WordPress, and particularly Zoom.
  • You have an eye for design and style, both in web and in print. Experience with In-Design and other design programs is a plus.

Communication :
  • You are detail-oriented and have advanced writing skills with ability to compose thoughtful, well-crafted, and on-message communications.
  • You are adept at translating research into lessons for policymakers and the general public, and skillfully tailor your communications for distinct audiences.
  • You demonstrate professionalism and discretion, and exhibit good judgment when sharing information publicly.
  • You have strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills, including tact and political acumen to effectively represent the institution.

Organization :
  • You are a strategic thinker.
  • You can handle multiple projects at once, meet deadlines, and effectively manage your time with little direct supervision.
  • You have the ability to anticipate and solve problems and independently investigate solutions to challenges.
  • Experience managing events and strong organization skills.

Cultural competencies :
  • You are comfortable and adept at working in a diverse and multicultural work environment, with colleagues, partners and policymakers from around the world. You display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability. Everything you'll do relies on inputs from peers and partners!

Attitude :
  • You love learning.
  • You are passionate about international development policy and the rigorous research that informs it.
  • You are agile, adaptable, self-motivated, hard-working, and collaborative.
  • You remain cool and collected in the face of uncertainty.

Education :
  • Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, public relations, or other related field or equivalent years experience and/or training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Training or understanding of economics, social policy, and impact evaluation is highly preferred.
  • Experience with In-Design and or other design programs.

Salary & Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit a brief cover letter and resume as a single PDF attachment when applying. The cover letter should be no more than one page, and include (1) your specific interest in working with CEGA, (2) your main qualifications for the responsibilities listed above, and (3) how you will contribute to diversity and inclusion on the UC Berkeley campus and within CEGA, including through life experiences and activities you have been involved in. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Other Information

This is a full-time 1 year contract position with the possibility of extension. A two-year commitment is desired for this position.

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

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