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Administrative Officer (7377U) - Blum Ctr, Job 34914
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 25, 2022
Title Administrative Officer (7377U) - Blum Ctr, Job 34914
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Administrative Officer (7377U) - Blum Ctr, Job 34914

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 Blum Center for Developing Economies leverages the talent, enthusiasm, and energy of the University of California, Berkeley community to address problems in low-resource areas. Our interdisciplinary problem-solving approach draws on students and faculty dedicated to facing this challenge through innovative initiatives, education, and research. The Center's multi-sector research spans health, climate change, food, energy, water, digital transformation, and many others. The Center's undergraduate minor in Global Poverty and Practice has more than one thousand alumni working on complex problems of poverty alleviation in the US and abroad. The Center's graduate program in Development Engineering, first introduced as a Designated Emphasis (a minor at the PhD level) and now extended to a Professional Master of Development Engineering, is a leader in this new discipline. On the cocurricular side, the Center manages Big Ideas, a diverse and inclusive social impact ecosystem, generating and supporting fresh thinking from students about problems that matter most to this generation. Most recently, the Center launched the Health Tech CoLab, a new multidisciplinary collaboration effort working to increase access to healthcare by accelerating the development of health technologies. From Blum Hall, a striking landmark at Berkeley's North Gate, the Center's network fans out across campus, the country, and the globe through indispensable partnerships with NGOs, foundations, government agencies, community-based organizations, companies, and educational institutions.

To support the new Faculty Director of the Blum Center, the administrative operations professional manages, plans and administers the scheduling and operations of a multidisciplinary organized research unit. Also, demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions while interacting with faculty, staff and students.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 5/10/2022 - Open Until Filled


  • Supports the new Faculty Director of the Blum Center.
  • Manages, plans and administers a wide range of administrative operations and meetings in a multidisciplinary organized research unit to further the mission. This includes arranging, preparing for, and following up on the Director's activities, meetings, commitments and important priorities.

  • Performs administrative operations that include complex scheduling and programmatic activities for the Faculty Director, supporting his participation on the Board of Trustees, his oversight of the Big Ideas @ Berkeley competition, and his leadership of the HealthTech CoLab.
  • Drafts communications and monitors requests.

  • Working with the support of the Center's CFO, monitors budgets and provides timely updates to support effective utilization of the Faculty Director's research awards.

  • Performs recharge administration, bear-buy purchasing, travel coordination, travel reimbursements and ensures that all transactions comply with university policies and procedures.

  • Assists with Blum Center, Health Tech CoLab, and Big Ideas @ Berkeley events and supports timely Faculty Director follow-up with respect to his outreach, fundraising and entrepreneurial related activities.

  • Administers facilities, space logistics and manages equipment needs to support the Faculty Director and his team.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Thorough knowledge of University rules and regulations, processes, protocols and procedures for purchasing, reimbursement, and budget.
  • Interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills.
  • Knowledge of a variety of administrative operational activities such as event planning, basic fundraising processes, risk management planning, and contracts and grants regulations and guidelines.
  • Solid knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs.
  • Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong skills in short-term planning, analysis, problem-solving, and customer service.
  • Thorough knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques, and / or human resources policies and procedures for staff and academic employees.

Salary & Benefits

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

Salary is commensurate with experience.

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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