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The Student Learning Center (SLC) supports a global community of learners as they transition into the academic and cultural environment of UC Berkeley; facilitates students' translation of the university's ways of knowing, academic practices and structures; enlivens students' understanding of the power and possibilities of their ideas; and encourages students to embrace and explore multiple epistemologies to grow as budding scholars and intellectuals.
Key Highlights Has served over 80,000 students since 1973; is today the primary academic support unit for UC Berkeley.
Serves close to 10,000 undergraduates annually, approximately 40% of undergraduate student population.
Employs 18 professional staff with disciplinary expertise, 300 trained undergraduate tutors, and 20 graduate student instructors.
Serves as the liaison between Berkeley administration and the DeCal program, a partnership that adds over 300 additional courses to the university's curriculum.
Advises and mentors the leadership of the campus honor societies.
Manages Berkeley's Summer Bridge Program, a rigorous six-week academic residential program for entering freshmen.
Operates the SPEAR Middle School Scholar Academy, tailored to the academic and social development of middle school students, SPEAR offers an enriching learning experience and opportunities for scholars to develop self-efficacy, resourcefulness and problem solving strategies.
The Associate Directors report to the Executive Director. Under the general supervision of the Executive Director, the Associate Directors are expected to independently perform the duties assigned to the position with minimal supervision. In conjunction with other co-managers, the incumbents are responsible for directing the intellectual focus of the unit by overseeing the development and implementation of effective programs. The incumbents exercise a high degree of autonomy and independent judgment developing operational standards and policies for the department. The Associate Directors advise and interact with faculty and other academic service units to improve student
The Associate Directors are responsible for the daily management and operations of the SLC; assessment and evaluation of Center programs; and research on student learning and development in higher education. In consultation with the Executive Director, the Associate Directors formulate Center policies and procedures; determine unit objectives and ensure their implementation.
Student Learning Center Strategic Management and Administration Develops and implements operational policies, procedures and practices that are in alignment with unit objectives and goals. Collaborates with Executive Director and other Associate Director to ensure consistency and continuity of unity management and student service delivery. With the Executive Director, establishes annual operational budget for academic programs. Reviews monthly and quarterly budget reports with program coordinators and make adjustments when necessary. Designs, implements, and directs assessment and evaluation of SLC services. SLC Administration - Assumes lead in planning and coordinating key events, e.g. Cal Day, Orientation Week, faculty and staff receptions; Research Symposium, staff retreats. - Manages administration of payroll for SLC in coordination with Campus Shared Services.
Outreach and Fundraising - Establishes effective relationships on and off campus. Internally, forges effective relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators, working to closely enlist their support of and involvement in SLC's programs. Develops collaborative partnerships within and across divisional lines and strengthens ties to academic programs and key academic senate committees - In collaboration with the Executive Director develops fund-raising plans and strategies for generating resources to support SLC programs. Participates in campus campaigns. Maximizes services to students by leveraging resources through partnerships with other student service units.
Employee Management Supervises professional staff, adjunct instructors and students. - Develops and revises job descriptions. - Recruits and hires staff. Manages the search process, designs selection processes, and ensures reference checks are completed. - Develops performance objectives and standards. Evaluates staff performance and writes annual appraisal. Provides staff coaching, productive and constructive feedback in a timely manner. - Enhances staff performance by creating an individualized staff development plans, providing professional development opportunities. If needed implements corrective action in accordance with personnel policies and contracts. - Identifies, designs, plans, and implements in-service training and professional development programs for the unit.
Program Management Formulates operational and strategic objectives and goals for assigned academic support programs in SLC. - Assesses student demographics, evaluates entering student academic profiles; examines academic support needs of Cal undergraduates. - Design, implement and direct unit assessment and evaluation of assigned SLC programs - Oversees the development and implementation of instructional and tutorial programs. - Identify appropriate usage of instructional technology and evaluate its effectiveness in advancing unit goals. Work with program coordinators and assistant directors to incorporate instructional technology into their services. - Prepares unit reports on the following areas: students' academic performance, utilization patterns of SLC service, and student persistence rates in University gateway courses.
Manages Program Directors and coordinators in the following SLC areas: - Academic Success and Strategic Learning; - Interdisciplinary Resources for Transfer Students; - Science; - Social Science; and - Undergraduate Course Facilitator Training & Resources.
- Demonstrated experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive academic service programs that meet the retention needs of undergraduates in a highly selective and competitive research institution. - Demonstrated knowledge of learning center theory and praxis; educational research; possess discipline specific knowledge and experience designing and implementing learning and pedagogical models. - Advanced knowledge of learning theories and educational research - Cognizant of specific learning styles, linguistic issues. - Knowledge of how academic skills, learning processes and practices influence academic success in a highly selective research institution. - Demonstrated knowledge of current policies and procedures established at the University, state, and federal levels that influence the campus and higher educational practices. - Experience working with and balancing the priorities and demands of a diverse constituency (i.e., administrators, faculty, staff, and students). - Knowledge of academic curricula. - Knowledge in designing and implementing learning and pedagogical models. - Demonstrated management experience, preferably in an academic service programs serving undergraduates, that includes budget development, assessment and evaluation of academic programs, and supervision of professional staff, instructional staff, and student tutors. - Experience supervising and coaching staff, and students. - Possess an effective and adaptive communication style that fosters positive working relationships with diverse groups of students, staff, and faculty. - Ability to effectively collaborate and work on a team. - Excellent verbal and written communication skills; - Evidence of effective and persuasive public speaking group presentation and organizational skills. - Possess keen interpersonal skills. - Demonstrated analytical skills, discernment and timely decision-making, and effective problem-solving. - Strong project management and organizational skills.
Education/Training: - Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
- Masters or doctorate level training
Salary & Benefits
The annual salary range for this position is $85,000 - $110,000.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
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.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.