Senior Assistant Dean (0547U) - 6109

University of California Berkeley - Berkeley, CA (30+ days ago)

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Senior Assistant Dean (0547U) - 6109 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 Graduate School of Journalism at U.C. Berkeley is widely regarded as one of the top journalism programs in the United States. The School offers a two-year Masters of Journalism degree to an enrollment of about 120 students at a time. All students spend their first semester in an intensive course that teaches accurate, responsible deadline reporting and writing. During their remaining three semesters, students may specialize in print, video, documentary, photojournalism, audio or multimedia. The school's emphasis is on mastering a wide variety of techniques while learning the highest standards of responsible and enterprising journalism. There are 8 permanent faculty members in the School and many working journalists who serve as adjuncts and visiting lecturers. The School employs an average of 25 temporary and career staff members.

The Senior Assistant Dean holds overall responsibility for administrative services and general operations of the Graduate School of Journalism. Administrative services include activities in finance as the Division's Finance Leader, and human resources as well as educational technology, revenue generation, facilities, and student services. The incumbent leads the non-academic functions of the School and serves as the chief administrative officer, providing leadership and maintaining the integrity of the School through management and oversight of School administrative staff. The position also provides strategic guidance for long-range planning and resource allocation and serves as a key advisor to the Dean.


Maintains overall responsibility for administrative functions of the School:

Functions as the School's the chief administrative officer.
Provides strategic advice to the Dean and other academic leadership of the School.
Oversees all of the School's non-academic functions, including educational technology, facilities, student services, contracts and grants, budgetary and financial management, fundraising, revenue generation and human resources.
As the Division Finance Leader, sets financial strategy in support of long-term financial stability for the School and its programs.
Responsible for developing and monitoring the School's operating budget and overall budget.
Coordinates all aspects of the School's resource and budget planning and preparation - including long-range planning, analysis of budgetary implications of academic and administrative programs, and fundraising targets and goals.
Develops tools and techniques for timely and efficient financial reporting and management to ensure that the School achieves its financial goals and complies with the requirements of Campus and external authorities.
Leads actions that support the School's strategic plan.
Makes decisions on administrative matters that ensure timely achievement of School objectives (resource acquisition, budget processes, staff FTE, financial management, grant administration, fundraising, human resources, IT and space planning)
Formulates policies, practices and guidelines to carry out the School's mission for faculty and students.
Collaborates with Dean and faculty to plan and implement faculty FTE management, faculty renewal, and temporary academic budget allocation.
Assesses the impact of university academic policies for the School and integrates faculty recruitment plans into the School's financial plan.
Oversees faculty recruitment and hiring, prepares documentation for start-up funding and provides guidance for new faculty transition into the School.

Staff Management:
Directs staff in support of School objectives, sets priorities and performance expectations.
Hires, trains and supervises subordinate managers, instilling strong and consistent management practices.
Determines and establishes organizational structures and makes work assignments.
Represents the School in campus-wide and system-wide meetings and discussions.
Participates with other higher-level managers to establish campus strategic plans and objectives.
Serves on campus committees as appropriate.
Develops effective relationships and represents the School's best interests with campus academic and administrative officers and staff.
Maintains professional knowledge of campus administrative functions and applicable policy and practice.
Required Qualifications

Broad knowledge of or ability to quickly learn campus processes, protocols and procedures with a focus on budget, account and fund management; personnel management of labor contracts, personnel policy, fundraising, and academic standards and practices.
Advanced knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources and risk management planning; accounting and payroll.
Experience working as senior administrator with a graduate school academic program or similar with advanced knowledge of administrative management theory and ability to translate into practice.
Demonstrated ability to lead and mentor others.
Broad knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources and risk management planning; accounting and payroll.
Proven ability to organize department work functions in an efficient and effective manner.
Skills to work collaboratively and act persuasively in sensitive situations; skills in conflict management techniques.
Demonstrated management and conflict resolution skills to effectively lead and motivate others.
Proven skills to quickly evaluate complex issues and identify multiple options for resolution.
Skills in organization and customer service to effectively manage multiple important priorities.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to influence/persuade all levels of staff.
Excellent interpersonal skills and strong political acumen.
Developed skill in strategy development, systems planning and change management
Ability to quickly learn common campus-specific and other computer application programs (BFS, UCPath, CalPlanning, CalAnswers, Bearbuy, Microsoft office suite etc.)
Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.

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