Manager, Diversity & Community Initiatives

The School of Information seeks a Manager of Diversity and Community Initiatives.

The Manager of Diversity and Community Initiatives applies professional student services concepts to foster an inclusive and equitable student community at the School of Information. Working closely with students, unit leadership, faculty equity advisors, and student affairs staff, the Manager of Diversity and Community Initiatives develops and manages initiatives that encourage a sense of belonging for students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education, including underrepresented minority students, students with disabilities, women in STEM fields, LGBTQ+ students, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, first-generation college students, and undocumented students. The Manager of Diversity and Community Initiatives also supports student government and representative programs, student clubs, and student affinity groups, in collaboration with I School student affairs and the campus LEAD Center. The Manager of Diversity and Community Initiatives participates as a full member of the I School student affairs team.

This position requires on-campus work at least 60% of the time, but can accommodate a flexible work agreement that incorporates some telecommuting. Some in-person attendance at evening and weekend events and some limited travel may be needed.

Key Responsibilities

25% — Independently provides the full range of support services for the I School Graduate Scholars program, including overseeing the selection process for new Scholars, welcoming Scholars to the I School, scheduling and organizing monthly meetings and other events, offering one-on-one advising appointments for Scholars that complement other services, promoting the ISGS program, and recommending programmatic improvements.

25% — Provides ongoing transformational advising and development to students participating in student government and co-curricular programs on a wide range of issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and community. Oversees the annual election of DEIB student representatives and advises the representatives on complex and sensitive issues. Brings extensive knowledge to a student generated field of interest and supports, guides and mentors students in formulating projects related to those issues. Guides students in interaction with campus leaders and represents students on these issues when appropriate. Coaches student leaders on communication and leadership skills.

15% — Organizes events for I School students that promote inclusion and community, and participates in event organizing for events related to DEIB and student needs. Leads workshops and trainings for students on DEIB-related topics as needed at student orientations, conferences, and as stand-alone events.

10% — Independently resolves moderately complex individual cases regarding student affairs or student life related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

10% — Develops and maintains relationships with internal and external organization stakeholders critical to successfully developing an inclusive and diverse student community, including the Office for Graduate Diversity, the LEAD Center, the PATH to Care Center, the Disabled Students Program, and the Centers for Educational Justice & Community Engagement.

10% — Provides recommendations, reports, and metrics on feasibility and success of new and current programs to foster an inclusive community. Conducts annual I School Equity & Inclusion survey and reports results to I School leadership and community. Engages with faculty members to support development of inclusive pedagogical practices as needed.

5% — Engages in professional development.

    Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

    • Thorough knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.

    • Thorough knowledge of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging concepts applied in a Student Affairs context.

    • Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.

    • Abilities in project management, problem identification and reasoning skills.

    • Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master's degree preferred.

    • Strong knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs and knowledge of University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.

    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.

    Salary & Benefits

    For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html.

    The salary range designated for this position is $51,700 – $74,700; however, starting salary will be commensurate with experience.


    How to Apply

    You may also go to https://careerspub.universityofcalifornia.edu and search for Job ID #24389.

    First review date: October 6, 2021


    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.

    About the School of Information

    The School of Information (I School) advances knowledge and practice everywhere humans interact with digital technologies. Through interdisciplinary research and teaching we are committed to expanding access to information and to improving its usability, reliability, and credibility while preserving security and privacy. Our faculty conduct research in human-computer interaction (HCI), security and privacy, applied data science, and technology in developing regions.

    We currently offer three professional master's degrees and an academic doctoral degree. Our Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) program trains students for careers as information professionals and emphasizes project-based learning. Our Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) program is an online degree designed for working professionals with career goals in the emerging field of data science. The newly launched Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS), also offered online, offers a holistic approach to cybersecurity and prepares students for professional careers in cybersecurity. Our Ph.D. program equips scholars to develop solutions and shape policies that influence how people seek, use, and share information.

    The I School is home to several important centers, including the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC), the Center for Technology, Society and Policy (CTSP) and the BioSENSE Lab. The CLTC was established in 2015 with a $15M grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to support the building of a new field of cybersecurity research that is multi-disciplinary and global in scope. CTSP is a multidisciplinary research and design/build center focused on emergent social and policy issues of technology. The BioSENSE Lab is a socio-physiological computing initiative that brings together a multi-disciplinary team to work on the future of biosensing and bio signaling.

    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: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf

    For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

    Last updated:

    September 23, 2021