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 Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley turns science into action. For more than a decade, the GGSC has been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior. And it has been without peer in its award-winning efforts to translate and widely disseminate this science. Since 2001, it has provided a bridge between researchers and the public, producing a range of events, trainings, and multimedia resources that combine science and storytelling, including its award-winning online magazine, Greater Good.
The GGSC's Education Program provides education professionals with research-based resources to promote their well-being and nurture the social, emotional, and ethical development of their students. It supports educators through articles, workshops, trainings, and its new Greater Good in Education platform.
The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley (GGSC) is looking for a skilled and experienced project manager to support several key projects and partnerships within its Education Program. These include the CalHOPE Student Support initiative—in which the GGSC and researchers from UC Berkeley's School of Social Welfare are helping educators across California build their capacity to teach Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)—and a new initiative to develop research-based resources that help youth bridge differences, pursue justice, and contribute to a vibrant, inclusive democracy.
The ideal candidate has strong experience planning, organizing, and juggling complex projects and communicating effectively with various project stakeholders. We are particularly interested in candidates representing diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Knowledge of the field of education (particularly SEL), a scientific background, and/or experience advancing the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are a plus.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: September 17, 2021
The listing will remain open until filled.
Project scoping and planning:
- Helping to define the scope and objectives of Greater Good Education projects, and of all stakeholders' roles and responsibilities in them, working in collaboration with GGSC/UCB program staff and outside partners.
- Creating detailed project schedules and work plans.
- Help scope subsequent phases of these projects, pending their success and availability of funding.
- Scheduling, coordinating, and attending all project planning sessions and workshops, and scheduling and coordinating focus groups, interviews with project stakeholders, and any other project meetings, as necessary.
- Supporting the development and delivery of project workshops and presentations, including technology support and ensuring well-formatted slides and well-documented, up-to-date facilitation guides.
- Posting and updating project-related content on the GGSC's Greater Good in Education (GGIE) website and other project platforms, as necessary.
- Responding to questions from the audiences we're serving, including K-12 education leaders across California, about the materials and resources we're providing them, including content on GGIE.
- Providing regular written and verbal project updates and progress reports to funders, partners, and other project stakeholders.
- Communicating regularly with relevant GGSC staff and collaborators (including the UC Berkeley Social Work professor overseeing evaluation) to discuss project updates, challenges, and questions.
Project financial management:
- Overseeing project finances, including budgeting, tracking, and reporting. Managing the contracts with partners and funders and tracking payments (to and from the GGSC) to make sure they have been received.
- Managing the hiring/contracting and payment of project staff, consultants/contractors, and student assistants, working closely with the GGSC's Director of Operations.
- Coordinating with the GGSC's and partners' marketing teams when they promote public-facing project content.
Supporting project evaluation:
- Working with project evaluation teams to coordinate datashare agreements, evaluation planning, and support data collection and management (in coordination with expert data manager). Help measure project performance to identify areas for improvement
- Monitoring all project activities and progress toward goals, adjusting the work plan as needed.
- At least 5 years of project management or related experience
- Strong familiarity with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practices
- Experience seeing projects through their full life cycle
- Proven ability to solve problems creatively and resourcefully
- Excellent analytical skills
- Strong interpersonal and communications skills
- Proven ability to complete projects according to outlined scope, budget, and timeline
- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
- Experience working in the field of K-12 education strongly preferred
- Knowledge of the field of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Experience advancing the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
- Experience supporting project evaluation, including data collection, management, and analysis
- Experience posting and updating website content through a content management system (e.g., WordPress, ExpressionEngine)
- Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred
Salary & Benefits
Hourly rate will be commensurate with experience within the range of $33.53 - $35.92.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a full-time, 12-month contract position. Renewal is possible with continued funding.
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:
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