Assistant Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff, Equity &
Inclusion (0555U), E&I Immediate Office 28880
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
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
- 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
- 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
Executive Advising to the Vice Chancellor and Immediate Office
- 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
- 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
- The COS-E&I is intimately involved in all aspects of
communication and sometimes takes lead on highly sensitive matters
- 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
Strategic & Organizational Planning & Assessment/Change
- 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
- 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.
- Acculturates “new hire” leader in Campus and Regental
protocols, overall operations within areas of responsibility, and
initiative and program planning and management.
- Supports as needed on the Chancellor's campus-wide and E&I
Division's fundraising priorities, strategies and initiatives.
- Both divisionally and globally: provides campuswide influence
on the identification and framing of systemic issues, and the
formulation and advancement of approaches to address them.
Commitments include facilitating aspects of recent legal, policy,
and other compliance issues, complaint resolution including
potential lawsuits, and support for achieving priorities of other
campus Vice Chancellors, Provosts, and the Chancellor. In
conjunction with appropriate departments (Legal, Public Affairs,
Government Relations), provides senior support for high-profile
(media coverage, protests, legislative interests, etc.)
- Works with the VC-E&I to ensure campus, chancellor, and
divisional DEIB&J initiatives have a plan, a timeline, and
- Prepares briefings on current and emerging issues for the
VC-E&I, Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, and the
Chancellor on request.
- Identifies or negotiates directly to achieve solutions with
high level stakeholders such as faculty, senate committee chairs,
senior administrators, other UC locations, Office of the President,
public agencies and the community to develop solutions to complex
divisional or campus problems.
- Has primary responsibility for ensuring that Equity &
Inclusion is working closely with the Division of Student Affairs,
Division of Undergraduate Education, Graduate Division, Deans and
Provosts, and other staff to support students, campus initiatives
and the work of the Division.
- Establishes and develops relationships with academic
departments and staff to ensure collaboration with and support of
- Has the authority to make decisions, on high-level task forces
and on various campus committees.
- Develops partnerships inside and outside the E&I control
unit to achieve mutual goals.
Special Projects - Critical Issues for the Vice Chancellor-E&I
and Senior Management
- Manages and handles special projects with high level impact,
including issues of substantial complexity and/or high management
visibility. Typically assignments are highly sensitive, involve
privileged information and/or may cross organizational and
functional lines and warrant management at the Vice Chancellor's
senior leadership level. Independently performs the most complex
research and studies for both internal department and external
- Negotiates directly to achieve solutions to complex campus
problems with high level stakeholders such as faculty, senate
committee chairs, senior administrators, other UC locations, Office
of the President, public agencies and the community.
- Provides management briefings on current and emerging
- Manages all aspects of sensitive issues, e.g., campus MOUs,
agreements with outside institutions, tracking documents forwarded
from the Chancellor's Office, drafting new senior management
position descriptions and organization charts, and management of
inter- and intra- divisional realignments and restructures.
Management of the Office of the Vice Chancellor-E&I
- Provides executive coordination to the strategic
communications, institutional research, human resources, business
and project analysis functions within the Vice Chancellor's
Immediate Office, supervising 6.0 FTE. Responsibilities include:
- Provides strategic oversight for the development of the annual
budget, determining expense priorities, recommending and
implementing changes to methods, unit planning, staffing, programs
and other financial activities for the Vice Chancellor's Immediate
- Oversees and guides on budgets related to campus initiatives
managed by E&I and donor supported funds.
- Provides leadership and mentoring in creating an atmosphere of
excellence, cooperation and teamwork.
- Ensures effective operations and high quality administrative
staff support for the Vice Chancellor and divisional units.
Professional Development/Professional Contribution
- Maintains a full and current portfolio of skills and knowledge
in DEIB&J areas to best support the Vice Chancellor.
- Stays well-informed and keeps abreast of higher education
current and emerging issues in order to provide the Vice Chancellor
and Senior Management broad perspective across the Campus.
- Participates in the activities of higher education professional
associations such as the National Association of Diversity Officers
in Higher Education (NADOHE), the American College Personnel
Association (ACPA), and other professional development as
- Substantial years of direct experience as a senior
administrator or in support of senior administrators at a college
or university or a similar complex, matrixed organization.
- Demonstrated advanced knowledge of diversity, equity and
inclusion principles and practices in an educational setting or
- Working knowledge of organization and system-wide
organizational reporting structures, as well as an understanding of
the interactive roles of management throughout the
- Demonstrated advanced skills in the principles and practices of
effective management including: team leadership; collaborative
leadership; change management, continuous quality improvement
initiatives; delegation; establishing goals, objectives and
standards and evaluation of programs.
- Demonstrated experience in promoting diversity, equity,
inclusion and belonging as related to functions, preferably within
a higher education setting. Proven effectiveness in conceiving and
implementing broad and complex initiatives that have advanced an
equity or belonging agenda. Advanced skills to effectively lead
highly significant engagements from inception to conclusion.
- Advanced collaboration, analytical, problem-solving, project
planning and implementation skills to effectively meet goals and
lead highly significant engagements from inception to
- Advanced written and verbal as well as presentation and
interpersonal (individual and group) skills for influencing and
facilitating sustained change. Demonstrated information management,
presentation and writing skills.
- Working knowledge and understanding of organizational dynamics,
group and individual interactions and sensitivities and is able to
pivot and respond accordingly.
- Advanced consulting, relationship building, and strategic
thinking skills in guiding the organization toward workable
strategies and solutions. Highly skilled in navigating complex
- Strong political acumen and interpersonal effectiveness on an
individual basis, as a member of a group or team, or as its
- Demonstrated leadership and management and supervision skills
required to help construct and lead department, including
successful management of professional staff, hiring, performance,
training and development, team building, coaching, communications,
conflict resolution, and assessment and evaluation.
- Highly sophisticated leadership abilities to establish
department and divisional goals at the micro and macro level, and
motivate and influence others to achieve goals and objectives.
- Ability to forge connections with leaders and constituents of
diverse communities and foster productive ties with them.
- Master's degree in related areas (e.g., Student Affairs, Public
Policy, Education, Counseling) or administrative management in
higher education or equivalent experience/training.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of relevant UCOP, UC Regents and
UCB campus policies and regulations. Demonstrated working knowledge
of relevant State and Federal policies and regulations.
- Demonstrated experience working in a complex workforce
environment including working with academics, professional staff,
represented employees, and student workers. General knowledge of
working in a public higher education system.
- Working knowledge of the organizational environment of higher
education and large research universities to understand client
priorities, issues, motivations and constraints.
- Ability to locate and foster new funding opportunities, direct
activities that take advantage of them, and oversee the successful
discharge of their goals when funded.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by
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How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment
Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph)
statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion,
and belonging in your professional experience.
Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our
UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that “every
member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a
safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can
Application review will begin around late January and early
February. The position will remain open until filled.
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 see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and
affirmative action policy see:
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