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Job Title: Director of Academic and Leadership Initiatives
Job ID: 16678
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Department: Haas Core Programs
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 3, 2013

Departmental Overview

The Haas School of Business develops innovative leaders - individuals who redefine how we do business. Berkeley-Haas, the second oldest business school in the United States, educates 2,200 students each year in six degree-granting programs, and hundreds more through executive education programs. A team of 300 staff members support these students, faculty and alumni through work in areas that include Admissions, Student Services, Career Management, Administration, and Development.

Berkeley-Haas offers opportunities to champion new ideas, collaborate across boundaries, and learn continually. Our culture is captured by Four Defining Principles (Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always and Beyond Yourself) that distinguish Berkeley-Haas as a place to learn—and a place to work.

To learn more about the Haas School visit:

We are recruiting a Director of Academic and Leadership Initiatives to oversee the execution of delivery of the Berkeley Innovative Leader Development (BILD) program/curriculum that provides an integrated intellectual framework for all three MBA programs: full-time, part-time and executive. BILD is aimed at cultivating the specific capabilities that define the Berkeley MBA graduate, or the “innovative leader.” It is a critical element of our strategic plan. This includes integration of core courses, team performance model and the experiential learning course requirement.


Applying advanced academic advising concepts and experience, identifies and refers for resolution intricate student issues/grievances such as alleged discrimination, complex grade dispute issues, and students' personal crises. Serves in the registrar’s function within Haas the campus and Haas systems and student databases.

Coordinating closely with faculty, Dean’s office and three MBA program, serve as the lead to develop and deliver BILD programs to students that enhance academic success through group, one-on-one, and course-based formats of delivery aimed at delivering specific capabilities that innovative leaders need, and delivered in conjunction with our experiential learning programs.

Analyzes the consequences of departmental/school/college academic policies and recommends new or changed policies.

Advises chairs/deans on the formulation of department policy by advising them on areas needing clarification and identifying solutions.

May recommend petition exceptions that affect the requirements of multiple departments.

Develops and delivers evaluative tools and methodologies to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of courses, programs and services. Provides basic data analytics to review and present the results.

Based upon review of course evaluations and trends in the field, advises chair/dean and faculty on curriculum development and modification as well as course scheduling.

Utilizing advanced expertise of course content, facilitates new course approval through interaction with the Dean’s office and the MBA Program committee or similar organization.

Liaises with faculty, Dean’s office, other key Haas offices (computing, admissions, career services, other program offices, alumni, etc) and campus department to ensure top service to students.

Act as a backup to the Sr. Director of Academic Affairs, Executive Director and Director of Student Affairs.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training (Master’s degree (MBA) preferred)
• At least three years working in support of a major teaching program or initiative.
• Advanced knowledge of advising and counseling techniques, knowledge of multiple majors, colleges, & schools.
• Thorough knowledge of college/school policies, procedures, and requirements.
• Thorough knowledge of department/college/school precedents and application of policy.
• Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, project management.
• Abilities in problem identification, reasoning, ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
• Ability to multi-task.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Experience in working with relational database related to registration systems and/or student databases (including writing queries and importing/exporting data). Competency in MS office – including Excel and Access.
• Knowledge of academic curricula.
• Knowledge in designing and implementing learning and pedagogical models
• Knowledge of program development, data gathering, assessment, and evaluation skills

Salary & Benefits

The salary for this exempt fulltime career position will range between $51,000 annually up to $80,000 annually plus benefits.

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

This exempt, fulltime career position is classified as a Student Academic Advisor 4

Criminal Background Check

This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


UC Berkeley has an online applicant website and no longer accepts applications via mail.

We require applicants to submit a cover letter and resume when applying for this position.

Please submit the cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

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