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Public Programs & Communications Officer (6299U) Job 27402 - Jacobs Institute - 1127
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 3, 2019
Title Public Programs & Communications Officer (6299U) Job 27402 - Jacobs Institute - 1127
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Communications/Public Relations

Public Programs & Communications Officer (6299U) Job 27402 - Jacobs Institute - 1127

About Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 8/15/19

Departmental Overview

Made possible by a $20-million commitment form the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation, Berkeley Engineering launched the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the Clinton Global Initiative in June 2013. The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation expands the role of design in undergraduate engineering education at the University of California Berkeley. As the Institute works to further its mission of educating leading innovators at the intersection of design and technology, it provides students with hands-on experiences and opportunities to work in interdisciplinary teams to address real societal issues. Students are challenged to approach the entire cycle of design, form identifying user needs to rapid prototyping to commercialization and manufacturing, from an integrated vantage point. In August 2015, the Jacobs Institute moved into the brand new Jacobs Hall, a 24,000 square foot building equipped with design studios and equipment rooms featuring the latest in digital fabrication technologies.

The Jacobs Institute Communications & Programs Officer has key responsibilities in events, marketing & communications, and program development and coordination. The role involves activities associated with reaching serving, and engaging both external and internal constituencies through programs, events, products, and services. Constituencies include students, faculty, alumni, local community, government, parents, as well as the general public.


35% Marketing & Communications:
  • Develops and implements communication strategies (both web and print) designed to inform a range of external and internal constituencies of programs, policies, and practices.
  • Leads content planning, production, and management for Institute social media, website newsletter, publications, and other public-facing materials.
  • Manages Institute voice, brand, and style guides; builds and maintains brand across all communications and collateral.
  • Supervises student assistants in graphic design and storytelling.

30% Program & Event Coordination:
  • Manages planning and production of programs and events for broad audiences, including: the Design Conversations lectures (3-4 times per semester) and Design Field Notes seminars (6-9 per semester), semester design showcases, open houses and community events such as Cal Day and homecoming, workshops.
  • Coordinates all details of events including advertising, catering, room setups, RSVPs, and staffing flows. Events range from 40-person lectures to multi-day showcases, featuring student presenters from 15+ courses and hundreds of attendees.
  • Works with event guests, presenters, and campus partners, and others to ensure quality experience for all.
  • Develops and implements programs, events and/or communication strategies designed to inform external constituencies of institutional programs, activities, policies, and practices; constituencies may include the general public, prospective students, parents, donors, campus visitors, government and/or community representatives.

15% External Relations and Outreach:
  • Coordinates visits and tours for a range of constituents, including the general public, prospective students, parents, donors, campus visitors, industry and/or community representative.
  • Supports Industry Relations initiatives and VIP visits and relationships.
  • Responds to inquiries about Jacobs Institute programs, events, and initiatives.
  • Develops content for and supports special outreach programs and events.

10% Support for Strategic Initiatives:
  • Supports the development of proposals and strategic initiatives, through writing and making editorial contributions to grant proposals, one-pagers, annual reports and other documents.

10% Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and procedures of building and maintaining effective relations with internal and external constituencies.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications, tact and political acumen to effectively represent the Jacobs Institute.
  • Thorough research, analytical and critical thinking skills, including sound judgment and decision-making skills and skill to correctly identifying real and potential problems, advising management as required, and proposing effective strategic resolutions.
  • Skill in project management, including event planning and meeting deadlines.
  • Applicable computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office suite and Adobe Creative Suite. Web editing and design skills.
  • Knowledge of communications platforms, including social media, and best practices.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Thorough knowledge of the Jacobs Institute, its mission, goals, objectives, programs, achievements, infrastructure and issues of concern.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

*The salary range designated for this position: $55,400 - $76,000; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

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.

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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