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.
The Division of Equity & Inclusion (E&I) provides leadership and accountability to campus to 25 departments to resolve systemic inequities for all members of UC Berkeley through engaged research, teaching, and public service, and by expanding pathways for access and success and promoting a healthy and engaging campus climate. The Division consists of 152 career and contract staff, over 935 limited staff and undergraduate and graduate student employees, and a budget of $36M; the work encompasses direct service, programmatic support, and advice and consultation across all campus communities including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.
The Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion is supported by the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, the Division Finance Leader, and other members of the Vice Chancellor's senior team. This includes the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Equity & Success, the Senior Director for the Centers for Educational Justice and Community Engagement, Othering & Belonging Institute, President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, & Faculty Diversity Initiatives.
The Chief of Staff (COS-E&I) reports to the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and is responsible for managing the overall operations of the Vice Chancellor's Immediate Office and ensuring optimal services are provided in the areas of communication, financial analysis, Human Resources, institutional research, and policy analysis, among others. The COS-E&I coordinates strategic planning and major initiatives for the VCEI, provides recommendations pertaining to risk management, and represents the VCEI as appropriate.
Areas of broad oversight include the following:
Executive Advising, Policy Analysis and Project Management - The COS-E&I provides strategic counsel and advice to the Vice Chancellor and E&I senior leadership. Responsible for overseeing or conducting research and analysis to address policy issues and provide options on strategies that affect Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice (DEIBJ) related areas. Provides management support on the identification and framing of systemic issues, and formulating and advancing approaches to address them.
Academic Support, Partnerships, and Collaboration - The COS-E&I ensures that Equity & Inclusion actively partners with the Division of Student Affairs, the Division of Undergraduate Education, Graduate Division, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost's Office, Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty, Deans and Chairs, and other campus partners to support the success of students and DEIBJ efforts. Establishes and maintains relationships with campus units, staff, UCOP, community partners, alumni groups and donors to ensure collaboration with and support of DEIBJ efforts.
Administration of the E&I Vice Chancellor's Immediate Office - The COS-E&I supervises staff with responsibility for administrative and divisional functions (communications, institutional research and data analysis, human resources, etc.) and provides guidance and counsel to the Vice Chancellor-E&I on short and long-range planning for resources in the Immediate Office and other E&I units.
Strategic Communications and Community Relations - Works closely with the E&I Communications Director and partners with centralized campus resources including Public Affairs and Government Relations to support with and help formulate strategic communications. Serves as a strategic thinker for the Division who provides support for identifying and vetting information on sensitive UC/campus and community issues.
Financial Management - The COS-E&I supports the Divisional Finance Leader to establish sound financial plans for all units reporting to the VCE&I, including a comprehensive financial plan for the control unit and maintaining a transparent budget process. Provides oversight and guidance on donor-supported funds in the VCEI Office. Responsible for identifying, securing, and administering budgets for campus initiatives managed by the E&I Division.
Executive Advising to the Vice Chancellor and Immediate Office Oversight
Serves in an advisory capacity to provide strategic counsel and high-level advice to the Vice Chancellor and E&I senior leadership in the areas of strategic planning, organizational development and implementation, and change management.
Provides organization-wide influence on the identification and framing of systemic issues, and formulating and advancing approaches to address them.
Proactively monitors and provides the Vice Chancellor-E&I and E&I senior leadership with timely and balanced views of current and emerging campus trends/issues/problems and climate issues, and suggests options for addressing them.
Triages issues on the VC-E&I's behalf, negotiating solutions to complex problems, and handling confidential and sensitive issues.
Interacts with senior leadership on advancing the VC-E&I's goals and objectives.
Ensuring and supporting the success of the E&I Division and VC-E&I, the CoS will take lead on coordination of meetings and briefings with campus stakeholders and the VC-E&I, participating as appropriate, and managing follow-up. Oversees a strategic calendaring and engagement process, in close collaboration with the E&I Executive Assistant, to ensure sufficient attention is directed to key strategic priorities and key constituencies, both within and outside the university. Works closely with the Executive Assistant to ensure that the VC-E&I is well informed and briefed in advance of meetings and other engagements.
The COS-E&I is intimately involved in all aspects of communication and sometimes takes lead on highly sensitive matters as needed.
Serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Division, and coordinates with the Control Unit Administrator/HR Manager on E&I Control Unit requests.
Represents the VC-E&I with authority to make decisions in campus meetings, on standing and ad-hoc committees, high-level task forces, and in external meetings as needed.
Sets meeting agendas for the senior leadership team and other divisional leadership meetings and events. Provides facilitation as needed.
Participates with executives in short- and long-term strategic planning with organization-wide impact.
Coordinates and tracks strategic planning for E&I, including oversight of the planning process, development of a strategic plan, and implementation. Partners accordingly and ensures that issues or barriers are brought forward appropriately for resolution.
In collaboration with E&I senior leadership, formulates an assessment and evaluation plan for the Division.
Represents the E&I Control Unit in campus organizational planning and negotiates on behalf of the control unit in inter-control unit transitions to obtain appropriate allocation of resources (financial, human and space, i.e., re-organizations, start-ups of large scope units or administrative models). In collaboration with the E&I Divisional Finance Leader and HR Manager, manages control unit organizational planning which may result in restructuring and realignment, including advising the VC-E&I on implications of proposed changes, handling sensitive personnel discussions, reassignments, and design and development of a new organization.
Provides framework for policy and administrative change, and leadership on change management; develops strategies to remove barriers to goal achievement. Provides transition oversight and coordination to support desired change.
Leadership and Resource Management
In partnership with the Divisional Finance Leader and E&I senior leadership, establishes sound financial plans for all units reporting to the VC-E&I, including a comprehensive financial plan for the control unit and the establishment of a transparent budget process. Supports the VC-E&I by developing processes and criteria for the spectrum of financial management reporting required in the E&I Division, including adherence to sound fiscal policy and practices.
In partnership with E&I senior leadership, develops approaches to, and implements, succession planning for the E&I control unit. Responsible for leadership transition planning. Personally handles senior management appointments, including advising the VC-E&I on highly sensitive personnel issues and recruitment and retention of their direct reports.
Oversees executive searches; defines the position, develops the recruitment plan, assists with forming and staffing the selection committee; may chair or participate in the selection committee. Hires and works closely with search firms and chairs of search committees to achieve desired results.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.