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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: February 15, 2021
Located within the world's finest public university and one of the most diverse regions in the nation, the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare strives to transform the systems that perpetuate poverty and social disadvantage. Berkeley Social Welfare develops effective leaders and scholars committed to solving complex social problems; produces, disseminates and utilizes research to improve social-service delivery and policy through critical thinking and evidence-based knowledge; and prepares the next generation of culturally-competent social workers, researchers and teachers dedicated to serving the most vulnerable members of our society.
Functions as designated Graduate Student Affairs Officer (GSAO) for Social Welfare doctoral students, and master's students in concurrent degree and self-supporting (i.e., FlexMSW) degree programs.
Advises students, faculty and staff on school and university policies and procedures governing graduate degrees; reviews students' progress and advises students and faculty on requirements for degree/program completion; identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions to Head Graduate Adviser.
Facilitates resolution on re-enrollment or scheduling problems; recommends petition exceptions that affect the requirements of multiple departments.
Collaborates with students, faculty and staff to identify and implement innovative approaches to meeting the academic and student engagement needs of a diverse and changing student body.
Advises students and faculty on policies related to student conduct, student grievances, disputes, and issues regarding discrimination.
Makes referrals to and liaises with campus units responsible for administering student conduct, grievances, and discrimination complaints.
Utilizing an in-depth knowledge of the field, counsels students on post-degree information and practices related to professional credentialing, licensure, and post-doc opportunities.
Recruitment and Admissions:
Advises prospective applicants to the Social Welfare PhD and FlexMSW degree programs on necessary academic preparation and appropriateness of program as it pertains to the prospective applicant's goals.
Collaborates with graduate admissions and student services team to plan and implement outreach programs with specific target audiences and institutions.
Functions as Lead Recruiter for Social Welfare doctoral, concurrent degree and self-supporting (i.e., FlexMSW) degree programs.
Develops and conducts regularly scheduled program information sessions throughout the year; represents program at graduate recruiting events; initiates and arranges student recruitment visits to Berkeley and new-admit visit days; coordinates class visits and appointments with faculty and current students.
Utilizing in-depth knowledge of admissions criteria, helps rank applicants for admissions.
Evaluates domestic and international transcripts for degree eligibility.
Workshops and Events:
Plans and implements complex, high-visibility student events, including new graduate student orientations; workshops on academic success strategies; and student life engagement/enrichment programs with a focus on equity, inclusion and belonging.
Academic Student Employment:
Monitors processes for equitable assignment of Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) and coordinates GSI assignments each term. Generates academic student employment appointment letters each semester.
Implements procedures to ensure student compliance with academic appointment and fellowship requirements, and collaborates to resolve non-compliance issues.
Monitors the administration, evaluation, and awarding of student fellowships, grants, scholarships, and other awards; advises students on financial aid options including departmental, campus and extramural fellowship opportunities; creates new doctoral funding packages that align with long-term projections.
Other duties as assigned.
Thorough knowledge of advising and counseling techniques, particularly for graduate and professional degree students.
Knowledge or the ability to learn of University-specific computer application programs, major office, database, and internet software packages; and knowledge or the ability to learn of University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Solid verbal and written communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
Ability in problem identification and reasoning; ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
Absolute ability to maintain confidentiality.
Absolute reliability to meet deadlines.
Occasional evening and weekend hours required during fall and spring semesters.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Knowledge of policies, regulations, and practices for awarding financial aid.
Specialized knowledge of particular programs for social work graduate students.
Master's degree in counseling, social work, public health, education, or related field.
Salary & Benefits
This is a monthly paid (exempt) position. 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.
This is a full-time, one-year contract position elibigle for full UC Benefits. Renewal dependent on continued funding.
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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