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.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: January 1, 2021
Founded in 1943, the School of Public Health has a 75+ year history of defending health as a human right in our local and global communities. We are fueled by a deep commitment to social and environmental justice, scientific inquiry and discovery, and community-engaged action. The School's mission is to improve population health, especially for the most vulnerable. We do this by preparing the next generation of public health changemakers through preeminent educational programs; transformational research that sheds new light on the public health threats and opportunities of today and tomorrow; and by translating new discoveries into practice through partnerships that address the critical health needs and inequities in our diverse communities. The School is a world-renowned institution and widely regarded as the birthplace of social epidemiology and community-based participatory research. Our research broadly focuses on the interaction of biological, behavioral and environmental determinants of health.
The School's more than 18,000 graduates can be found working throughout the world, both in the public and private sectors, tackling urgent public health problems such as climate change, pandemics, chronic diseases, and social inequality. The School annually enrolls approximately 740 graduate students, including students in the online MPH program, and 425 undergraduate students a year in the upper-division major.
The School of Public Health is committed to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in all dimensions, as defined by UC Berkeley's Office of Equity & Inclusion. As a senior-level administrator reporting to the Dean, the Chief of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (Chief of DEIB) provides strategic leadership in developing, implementing and assessing programs and initiatives that advance these values for our students, as well as for other members of our community including faculty and academic employees, staff, and alumni. The Chief of DEIB is a leader, advisor, advocate, catalyst for change, and institutional resource focused on infusing DEIB and anti-racism into all programs and activities - including our student academic advising, recruitment, admissions, financial aid, student orientation and events, internships, career counseling, pedagogy, mentoring and other related programs - tracking progress towards these goals, and communicating progress to an engaged community.
The School of Public Health's Chief of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (Chief of DEIB) will work on issues and initiatives related to students, faculty, staff, and other members of the SPH community. They are instrumental in envisioning, developing, implementing, and managing all aspects of related DEIB work, with DEIB defined as:
Diversity: Includes but is not limited to race, color, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, veteran status, education, marital status, language, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, genetic information, and learning styles.
Equity: The guarantee of holistic treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of any group.
Inclusion: Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power and ensures equal access to opportunities and resources.
Belonging: The nexus of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, when individuals at all levels are welcomed and engaged to the fullest potential.
This position works collaboratively with others to translate broad directions into concrete goals and accomplishments, moving agendas and initiatives forward with both sensitivity and tenacity. The incumbent will be a visible, inspiring, and communicative diversity, equity, and inclusion champion. The Chief of DEIB establishes operational and programmatic objectives and work plans, delegates assignments to supervised staff, responds to a variety of issues, and handles sensitive negotiations with little or no precedence, requiring expedient and diplomatic action. The incumbent must be prepared to work in the background or foreground as dictated by the situation at hand.
The incumbent routinely manages sensitive and confidential matters, and develops solutions on a wide range of issues. The Chief of DEIB works with faculty division chairs, ladder-rank faculty, all levels of staff, students, alumni, community partners, colleagues at UC Berkeley and other institutions, as well as donors. The incumbent will establish and maintain meaningful relationships with management and key cross-functional stakeholders, both internally and externally.
The Chief of DEIB oversees several centralized student-centric efforts, such that students feel affirmed within the organizational culture and environment. They formulate policies and procedures for programs/initiatives, develop and monitor long-term organizational goals, and oversee financial and human resources. The Chief of DEIB plays a leadership and management role with school-wide initiatives, such as: the Diversity Respect Equity Action Multiculturalism (DREAM) Office; the DICE (diversity, inclusion, community, equity) Committee; the Anti-Racist & Racial Justice Action Program; and the Changemakers Initiative.
As a direct report to the Dean, the Chief of DEIB is a member of the Leadership Team that makes strategic decisions on all aspects of the School, and is a key advisor particularly on issues and initiatives regarding DEI, culture, and climate as they relate to students, faculty, staff, and other member of our community. The Chief of DEIB collaborates with the External Relations Team with fundraising to support DEIB initiatives and programs. They provide leadership in identifying outreach services and are responsible for representing the School of Public Health nationally at diversity officer events, admissions events, and alumni convenings. The Chief of DEIB collaborates with UC Berkeley's Division of Equity & Inclusion, Graduate Division, People and Culture, SPH Faculty Equity Advisors, and other DEI officers to further the DEIB vision for the school and campus.
Develops, interprets, and administers student-centered DEIB initiatives and programs, and partners on other relevant schoolwide initiatives such as the Anti-Racist and Racial Justice Action Program.
Decides which resources will be committed to goals and objectives and how they will be allocated.
Oversees the Diversity Respect Equity Action Multiculturalism (DREAM) Office.
In partnership with student leaders, builds upon and institutionalizes student-led equity initiatives to continue to enhance student climate and connect student leaders across degree programs.
Oversees the strategy for increasing effectiveness of outreach strategies for prospective students, including developing and managing external relationships to expand the recruitment pipeline, and gives input to the application review processes to increase diversity of the student classes.
Creates assessment systems, tracks results of new programs, and communicates those results; based on assessment results, recommends changes to programs' content, policies, and strategic goals accordingly.
Fosters holistic well-being and belonging for underrepresented students.
Evaluates the effectiveness of DEIB activities and makes changes to programs and initiatives to provide better service to organizational management, faculty, staff, and students.
Advises the Dean, Executive Associate Dean, Faculty Equity Advisors, and search committees to increase the diversity of faculty and continually provide consulting and advising to faculty members to create more inclusive and antiracist classroom environments.
Partners with the Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity (DICE) Committee to administer assessments of school climate and anti-racism efforts; evaluates results, and partner with the School's Leadership Team to develop action plans to achieve a more inclusive and diverse School environment.
Partners with the Chief of Staff to design DEIB programs targeted to staff attraction and retention.
Partners with the External Relations & Development Team to secure funding for DEIB initiatives and programs.
Identifies and applies for funding from multiple external sources.
Advises on performance, salary actions, hiring decisions and other human resources related issues of managed staff and student employees.
Actively engages in and supports professional and career development.
Plans, develops, and administers the DEIB budget for the organization, including the sub-budgets of the related offices.
Determines best allocation of financial, time, and human resources in planning events, activities, and initiatives.
Provides input on budget allocation decisions about financial aid/scholarships and student programming in partnership with other members of the Leadership Team and the Committee on Student Affairs.
Represents the School to the campus community and relevant external constituencies, including other schools of public health, in the area of DEIB.
Maintains a leadership role among the UC Berkeley divisions, programs, and schools to push forward the campus-wide DEIB strategic plan.
Participates in workshops, trainings, and other professional development opportunities.
Other duties, as assigned.
Academic or professional background in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Advanced understanding of issues affecting historically underrepresented/underserved students, in all dimensions, including issues of disparities in educational background, class, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexuality, and immigration status.
Demonstrated experience in recruiting, advising, and/or counseling historically underrepresented students as well as students from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences.
Demonstrated understanding of concepts and theories related to anti-racism, racial equity and critical race theory and how to operationalize those concepts and theories into student-centered activities and programming.
Advanced experience with multicultural competencies; demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and outside agencies.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, specifically as it relates to communicating to a variety of internal and external stakeholders about diversity, equity, and inclusion; comfort presenting to diverse audiences, large and small.
Proven ability to support and empower those who are less experienced in leading conversations about diversity and inclusion to build the School's internal capacity for equityminded leadership.
Experience with managing direct reports, as well as with leading cross-functional teams that do not have a direct, formal reporting relationship.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively across the organization at all levels; demonstrated effectiveness in building teams and collaborations; ability to adapt as needed.
Demonstrated skills in problem identification and creative problem solving, sound judgment and decision making, critical thinking and analysis, organizational skills, emotional intelligence and cultural humility.
Track record of strategic planning, change management, program implementation and evaluation, and managing across multiple important priorities.
Ability to juggle competing priorities successfully with a high volume of work in a complex working environment.
Highly developed diplomacy, influential and interpersonal skills to work effectively across the organization at all levels.
Demonstrated skills with common computer application programs, including the Microsoft Office Suite, Gmail Collaboration Suite, and any relevant databases.
Please submit your Cover Letter, Resume, and Contributions to Diversity Statement as a single attachment when applying. Guidelines for the Contributions to Diversity Statement can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/diversitystatementguidelines. For full consideration, please submit applications no later than January 19, 2021.
This is a full-time, Career position.
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
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