Assistant Dean of Instruction and Student Affairs (0313U)
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The College of Natural Resources is composed of four academic departments and a graduate group (Agricultural and Resource Economics; Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology; Plant and Microbial Biology; and the Energy and Resources Group) offering 10 undergraduate majors and 9 minors in diverse areas of natural and social sciences with an undergraduate enrollment ~2,000 students. Undergraduate advising for all College programs is provided by the Office of Instruction and Student Affairs which incorporates major and College advising in the same unit for one cohesive, pro-active advising structure.
The Assistant Dean reports to the Associate Dean of Instruction and Student Affairs in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) and is responsible for a broad range of complex functions including, but not limited to: 1) providing leadership to the Office of Instruction and Student Affairs (OISA); 2) short- and long-term strategic planning; 3) administration of planning and operational issues affecting the College's student affairs; 4) management of the advising staff (10 FTE) representing CNR departments, CNR Student Resource Center and computing facility; and 5) responsible for the enrichment, learning, and development of students outside the classroom.
Develop, interpret, and administer student academic programs for a department, college or school:
Oversees quality of advising services, and formulates the mission, goal, and objective of student services.
Develops long-range strategic planning for comprehensive advising programs for undergraduate students.
Assesses, implements, and manages programmatic and administrative oversight of the undergraduate advising and enrichment programs in the College based upon a wide-ranging understanding of student development, academic advising theory, and best practices.
Provides high-level counsel to the Associate Dean, Dean, department chairs, vice chairs, and faculty undergraduate major committees on program changes impacting students, articulation agreements, problems in curriculum offerings, student faculty complaints, and other internal/external matters.
Oversees the coordination of CNR research programs and the administration of the Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), the Travel Grant, and the Honors programs, and new initiatives to support undergraduate engagement.
Oversees unit operation and activities of the Student Resource Center and computing facility, especially relating to current technology-related services and space usage.
Manages process for course scheduling and enrollment management of undergraduate course offerings in each of the departments. Resolves any departmental conflicts or concerns and provide information back to departments on larger conflicts with cancellations of courses required for majors.
Evaluates the effectiveness of the student academic advising function, and makes changes to the program to provide better service to organizational management, faculty, and students.
Conduct student academic advising analysis and policy development for issues and processes.
Provide direction to professional student academic advisors on the more complex issues encountered:
In partnership with the Associate Dean and policy advisory group, develops College policy, departmental policy recommendations, and proposals for consideration by the governing bodies of the College that can have far-reaching effects on CNR's undergraduate programs and campus.
Establishes and implements operational procedures to guide the decision-making process in regards to policies recognized by the Academic Senate, campus, College, and the department.
Represents College policies and interests in campus-wide committee meetings.
Analyzes and evaluates the impact of policy changes on students and recommends future policies based on the dynamics of campus operation changes.
Directs advisors based on the assessment and reports of trends or campus shifts.
Monitors unit operations process for degree certification and compliance of major, College, and campus requirements and minors.
Guides the review and decision-making process of student petitions, requests, and appeals.
In concert with Associate Dean, adjudicates decisions on exception to policy in relation to sensitive student situations that entail highly complex problems.
Provides high-level counsel and analytical support to the Associate Dean and Dean on matters related to policy and patterns within the College and advises on related items of discussion at Council of College Deans, Council of Undergraduate Deans, and CNR Dean's Council.
Admissions; Recruitment and Yield; Campus Programs:
Oversees the design, planning, and implementation of the application review and selection process for transfer students and administers the CNR admissions review process for the departments and College.
Advises and assists departmental process of developing articulation agreements between CNR and other colleges/universities.
Develops, implements, and prepares reports and analyzes student admissions and yield data using appropriate internal and/or campus data management systems; tracks progress, identifies trends, and assesses data for the College's long-range planning efforts; evaluates annually the success of efforts to achieve the College's enrollment and advising goals.
Independently plans, develops, organizes, and directs a strategy for recruiting and enrolling CNR students from diverse backgrounds; works closely with faculty, staff, student organizations, and alumni to achieve the recruitment and admissions goals; develops strategic plans to maintain and increase quality of student applicants.
Evaluates effectiveness of admissions and/or recruitment programs and makes recommendations for recruitment strategy to enhance yield.
Directs and coordinates the advising units involvement in recruitment efforts with those of the College, campus, and representatives in targeted K-12 school districts and community colleges; hosts pre-application and post-admission receptions, open houses, fairs, orientations, and other recruitment events; and participates in various types of campus programs or venues publicizing CNR majors and programs, such as Golden Bear Orientation, Cal Day, and Community College Visit days.
Creates and produces publications and marketing materials specific to the College majors, programs, and careers including templates for the departments to adapt and distribute specifically to their constituents.
Oversees the College's annual commencement program for all undergraduates and graduate students including registration, promotion, development of print materials, script, keynote speakers, training, and event execution.
Advise college senior management on far-reaching academic policies, practices, and procedures:
Develops and contributes to shaping the CNR strategic plan, College program reviews, and other planning issues affecting the College. Participates in and initiates special projects including College initiatives, development proposals, grant writing and fundraising, and developing campus partnerships.
Ensures ongoing compliance with all academic policies governing undergraduates within the College as set forth by the Courses and Curricula Committee (and faculty committees under each department/major program) and the Academic Senate. Creates and implements operational processes and procedures to conform to the policies established. Evaluates and monitors the impact of policy changes on students within the College and the advising operations of the College.
As a member, participates in the CNR Dean's Senior Management Team, CNR Dean's Council, CNR EXCOM Faculty, and the CNR External Advisory Board meetings.
Advises leadership on programmatic changes and development of additional majors, programs, and initiatives that fit the mission of CNR.
Make decisions on performance, salary actions, hiring decisions and other human resources-related issues of managed staff:
Directs the personnel activities of the Office, including recruitment, hiring, training, and employee relations; and establishes processes and procedures for position classification, merit recommendations, conflict resolution, staff development, recognition and reward systems, and disciplinary action.
Following the campus standard for comprehensive performance management, including annual performance evaluations and professional development and training for staff, leads regular staff meetings and individual check-ins to facilitate open communication, superior performance, and mentoring.
Plan, develop, and administer the student academic advising budget for the organization:
Develops and manages the annual operating budget of CNR OISA, plays a crucial role in the development of a budget plan for several program areas that makes the most effective use of available resources, monitors expenditures (salary, supplies and equipment, SPUR research grants, programming budget) and assures that they do not exceed appropriations.
Leads strategic and long-range planning efforts, budgeting, and program implementation for the CNR Office of Instruction and Student Affairs, the CNR Student Resource Center, College Scholarships and awards, and College outreach programs funded by various grants and gifts.
Demonstrated leadership and management experience in undergraduate program development, implementation, and analysis in relation to educational policies, trends, and university policies, procedures, and practices.
Experience in strategic long-range planning, budget development, supervision, report and proposal writing, critical thinking/analysis, policy interpretation, committee work, events planning, and public presentations.
Experience in enrollment management, admissions review, adjudication, and finalization.
Fluency working with database and network systems, specifically unit, department, and campus systems.
Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills, plus capability to collaborate successfully and to deliver results.
Demonstrated experience working with faculty on scheduling, enrollment, and student support.
Effective written and oral communication skills.
Self-starter--able to work independently, multi-task effectively, as well as foster teamwork.
High level of political and personnel management acumen.
Ability to maintain confidentiality, objectivity, sensitivity, discretion, professionalism, and exercise good judgment and tact.
Able to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
Consensus-building skills and highly developed professional commitment to lead College and Student Affairs Office into a culture that strives toward providing world-class services to students and faculty.
Strong analytical and data presentation skills.
Bachelor's degree in education, higher education administration, counseling/advising, psychology or related field and/or equivalent experience
Graduate degree in education, higher education administration, counseling/advising, psychology or related field and/or equivalent experience in a higher education environment strongly preferred.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $75,400-$110,800.
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.
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.
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