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Graduate Student Affairs Officer (4575U) - job 5504
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 3, 2020
Title Graduate Student Affairs Officer (4575U) - job 5504
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Student Services
    Counseling Services

Graduate Student Affairs Officer (4575U) - job 5504

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: February 13, 2020

Departmental Overview

The College of Environmental Design (CED) operates three academic departments - Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning - conferring both undergraduate and graduate degrees. CED has 55 full-time and 35 part-time teaching faculty, 44 career staff, and over 1,000 students. The operations of the College are financed with state funds, gifts and endowments, professional master's level program revenue, and other revenue sources in an amount roughly totaling $18,000,000 annually.

The Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning has 11.25 full-time and 24 part-time teaching faculty, 6 career staff, over 260 students, 100 of which are graduate students. The department also maintains an offsite facility, Blake Garden. The department grants degrees in the following areas: B.A., MLA (professional degree in Landscape Architecture with 3 separate program tracks, plus various concurrent degree programs), and Ph.D. The department is also the administrative center for and supplies academic advising for the interdisciplinary graduate masters program, Master of Urban Design.


The position involves a wide range of graduate student services duties and responsibilities for the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning. Provides assistance to the chair/dean, faculty, and graduate students in academic advising, admissions, financial aid, the evaluation and awarding of fellowships and block grant funds, student orientation and events, career counseling, and related programs. Provide leadership to help the department meet its goal of managing the size of the MLA, MUD and PhD in Environmental Planning; actively develop and implement strategic outreach and recruitment programs. Duties include advising prospective students about admissions requirements, policies, and processes; managing and processing the PhD, MLA and MUD application/review/admissions process (roughly 300-350 applications per year); event planning; workshop facilitation and public speaking; development of on-line and social media tools; and some travel and/or evening and weekend hours may be required.

Please visit for more information on Advising at Berkeley.

The following values inform all efforts of CED Student Advising:
  • Student Success: Above all, we dedicate ourselves to maximizing student potential and to helping students succeed in their university experiences. Equity & Inclusion: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued. We aspire to provide fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all students and to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of all. Health & Well-Being: We collaborate with campus partners to keep our CED community healthy by helping students balance the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual and environmental aspects of life. Advising Excellence: In all that we do, we strive to deliver personalized advising services of the highest quality. We seek to continuously educate ourselves on developments in our field and to evaluate, improve, and streamline our services to support students in obtaining the best education and experience possible.

Required Qualifications
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Experience leading graduate level recruiting and developing increased yield strategies or transferable skills in this area. Strong problem solving and reasoning skills. The ability to identify a problem, make an informed judgment, and develop solutions. Competence and ease in being the outward facing liaison of the PhD, MLA & MUD programs both for recruiting and retention. Strong and effective interpersonal skills in working with colleagues at all levels. Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality. Ability to multi-task, manage competing priorities of day-to-day operations and project work, while paying attention to detail and not losing sight of the big picture. Multicultural competencies; demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with diverse populations. Working knowledge of and experience with advising and counseling techniques. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience with using databases such as Microsoft Access, a plus. Demonstrated ability to extract data from student systems and provide analysis relevant for academic planning and recruitment to support department chair decision-making Demonstrated ability to plan and implement professional, complex, high-visibility student events, such as recruitment webinars and presentations, orientations and commencement. Ability to adapt to change and contribute to remaining flexible.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in advising/counseling related field. Technologically savvy, basic visual communication skills (image editing, graphic design), and social media marketing experience a plus. Interest in learning about landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban design - as a discipline, as education and as a profession. Knowledge of University, Campus, College, and Departmental policies, regulations and procedures. Knowledge of campus-specific computer application programs, such as UC Berkeley's SIS/Campus Solutions, SLATE and other systems.

Salary & Benefits

Salary: $50,400 - $70,000, commensurate with experience

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. Reference job# 5504

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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