Job Requisition Number: 23912. The Goldman School of Public Policy is a graduate school that prepares students for careers in public leadership.
The majority of the students at GSPP are enrolled in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, which emphasizes the applied and quantitative dimensions of policy making. The MPP may also be earned concurrently with degrees from several other UC Berkeley schools: law, public health, engineering, social welfare, international and area studies and the Energy Resources Group. GSPP also offers a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program which focuses on policy management and leadership as well as a doctoral program for students interested in policy research. While the Goldman School does not offer a bachelors-level degree, the public policy minor is available to undergraduates enrolled at UC Berkeley.
Goldman School faculty represent the top researchers in their respective fields, which include economics, political science, law, social psychology and engineering. Their expertise ranges from education policy to racial profiling to clean energy. As teachers, they are dedicated to training tomorrow's policy leaders. As researchers, their work is shaping public policy today.
Reporting to the Faculty Director of the Master in Public Affairs, and the Dean of the School to implement program goals and funding objectives, the MPA Executive Director is the administrative leader and academic program manager of this high visibility initiative for the Goldman School of Public Policy.
The MPA Executive Director takes a highly visible lead role to ensure that every component of the program delivery model meets the expectations of the program’s students and the School administration in terms of quality and performance. The ED has programmatic responsibility for all complex functions, and operates within a discrete budget. Applying advanced, specialized expertise, advises GSPP management, faculty, and students on the most complex issues, and collaborates with internal and external partners on behalf of the Program. This position represents the program to outside organizations, constituencies and the general public.
Independently oversees a moderately-sized academic program, overseeing all administrative operations, finance, human resources and facilities for program. Designs and develops major program components, with responsibility for all aspects of student and academic life within the program; administers the full range of the program's operational requirements. Works with faculty director and Dean of the School when formulating short-term planning and procedures. The Executive Director is expected to identify systemic problems and issues, propose solutions to management, and establish strategic goals.
The MPA Executive Director is called on to develop and recommend policies suitable for its operation and compatible with the School’s practices. As a key requirement of this responsibility, the Executive Director must be keenly aware of -- and develop plans to mitigate - potential operational and strategic risks to both the program and the School. The MPA ED will also serve as a member of the Dean’s senior Leadership team.Knowledge/Skills: •Demonstrated experience developing academic programs. •Advanced ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers. •Demonstrated ability to work in both a leadership role and in an implementation role as part of a high-functioning team, exhibiting political acumen and strong interpersonal skills. •Demonstrated experience in self-supporting revenue-producing operations. •Extensive management experience at a major research institution, preferably at the UC system-wide level. •Leadership experience in academic and/or government agencies. •Demonstrated organizational skills sufficient to prioritize, form strategic plans, and build and maintain a program. •Advanced knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices. •Experience in business contract and hiring negotiations and the ability to apply and interpret a broad range of University policies and procedures. •Advanced ability to effectively interact with a broad community of faculty, researchers, scientists, industrial partners, program/center managers, staff, students, and funding agencies. •Advanced oral and written communication skills; demonstrated experience and ability to communicate effectively, including empathetic listening, presentations and public speaking. •Advanced ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills. •Professional demeanor, attention to detail, ability to act decisively. •Ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results; demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience working with individuals from different cultural, ethnic, geographic, and experiential backgrounds. •Advanced ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers, and act persuasively in sensitive situations; skills in conflict management. Education/Training: •Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
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