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Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor, Administration

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California (US)
$250,000 to $315,000
Date posted
Apr 30, 2024

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For over 150 years, the University of California, Berkeley has been reimagining the world by challenging convention and generating unparalleled intellectual, economic, and social value. The Number One public university in the world, UC Berkeley has 40,000+ students attending classes in fifteen colleges and schools that offer over 300 degree programs. Under the leadership of the Vice Chancellor, Administration, the Administrative Division develops and delivers functions that support and enable excellence in its teaching, research, and public service mission.


The Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff provides strategic guidance, advice, and decision-making on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Administration, relative to strategic resource planning and budgeting, short- and long-range policy development, priorities, communications, change management, and high-level analyses of programs and initiatives across the entire Administrative Division. With expert knowledge of organizational processes and protocols within the complexity of higher education, the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff will be a trusted consultant and advisor to senior leaders, a strategist, administrator, team leader, and a sterling communicator with sage, dependable political acumen.


With high-level authority to represent the Vice Chancellor's views and interests, the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff will have the capacity and experience to understand a wide range of issues and the strategic insight to contextualize these within the broad canvas of Berkeley’s operations. Using mature judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria, the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff will work with the Division’s Executive Leadership Team and professional staff in effectively handling diverse and critical functions such as human resources, resource allocation, operational effectiveness, budget planning, special projects, and communications, both strategic and tactical. The Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff will also work with leaders across the campus on campus-wide initiatives and crisis management.


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Salary and Benefits


For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation and Benefits website.


Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position.


Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The budgeted salary that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $250,000 to $315,000 annually. The full range for this position classification is $171,000 to $345,000 effective July 1, 2024.

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.

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, please consult:


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.


The University of California's Affirmative action policy.


The University of California's Anti-Discrimination policy.


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