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.
Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP) helps retain all students, regardless of their academic preparation, resources, or background, by providing a safe, functional, engaging, and diverse environment. Students are more likely to stay and persist at Berkeley when they gain a sense of belonging by participating in our co-curricular activities. We understand the issues most relevant to students today, and provide services to help ensure Berkeley maintains our talented students, regardless of background or resources. Each RSSP unit contributes to making our living/learning communities relevant, engaging, and active. As a campus auxiliary, we deliver operational excellence in service to UC Berkeley's mission, while contributing significantly to University priorities.
Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Chancellor / Chief Operating Officer of Residential and Student Service Programs (RSSP), this position serves as the primary steward for all RSSP facilities and is responsible for space planning, the physical facilities and related equipment upkeep (maintenance and grounds services, minor capital and emergency projects, utilities, dining equipment, building equipment, and furnishings), capital project recommendations and coordination, and related safety and emergency services for all University owned housing (single student, family, staff and faculty), dining, child care, commercial, and offices (overall approximately three million gross square feet and 280 acres of grounds managed by RSSP).
RSSP is comprised of several major components: Cal Housing (single student housing; family housing; faculty and staff housing), Maintenance & Trades, Design & Project Services, Housing Facilities Management and Custodial Services. It also acts as a major provider of services to the campus and local community during major emergencies and catastrophes such as fires and earthquakes. This position is also responsible for working collaboratively with RSSP leadership to establish standards for facility care and related metrics/reporting and then working to support the training of staff on optimal practices to ensure standards are met. Strong vendor/contractor management tactical and strategic direction and oversight is also an important responsibility.
This position interfaces/collaborates regularly with senior leadership within RSSP, Student Affairs, Environmental Health & Safety, Capital Projects, Risk Management, Campus Counsel, and Physical Plant as well as union leadership. The position may take on additional facilities maintenance responsibilities via recharge or memo of understanding for operations outside of RSSP direct responsibility as needed to assist the Division of Student Affairs and/or for revenue generation. It also acts as a major provider of services to the campus and local community during major emergencies and catastrophes such as fire, storms, and earthquakes.
Provides leadership, direction and expertise through a team of subordinate functional managers (e.g., Maintenance & Trades, Design & Project Services, Housing Facilities Management and Custodial Services) for achievement of objectives (operational and budget processes, staffing/human resources and space planning) for a large, highly dispersed facilities management operation including multiple trades, maintenance staff, custodial staff, desk operations, and work order center.
Provides oversight of a broad array of construction, renovation and capital improvement projects, and monitors those projects for compliance, costs and quality control inspections to ensure adherence to contract specifications and industry standards.
Advises senior management on controversial situations, customer/vendor negotiations, or influencing and persuading other senior level managers.
Instills strong management practices among subordinate managers and also creates an inclusive work environment.
Provides oversight in the assessment and strategic planning of all assigned areas, and leadership for shaping mid to long term projections while soliciting ideas from staff and university stakeholders.
Mentors staff in the areas of professional development, management and performance.
Serves on campus committees and participates in professional association for education purposes and as a representative of the university.
Advanced knowledge of the organization, system-wide and governmental policies and procedures and any related applicable laws and regulations and/or equivalent organizational knowledge.
Knowledge of engineering and / or architectural design and concepts.
Leadership skills to mentor and develop management staff.
Strong knowledge of financial principles to analyze financial, operational and budgetary data.
Broad knowledge of construction and maintenance principles, resource and property management, budgeting and codes and statutes.
Understanding of student development and the impact of facilities on residents
Bachelor's degree and / or equivalent experience / training in facilities management, architecture, engineering, urban design, city planning or landscape architecture.
Salary & Benefits
Annual salary will be commensurate with experience.
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.
Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive.
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
The minimum posting duration for this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to July 28, 2021.
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.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
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:
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.