Job Requisition Number: 23790. The Multicultural Student Development (MSD) collaborative is charged with developing programs, activities, and strategies that promote students? academic progress and success by engaging them through multicultural practices that acknowledge and celebrate their individual and collective experiences. The collaborative coordinates a series of academic courses and educational and multicultural activities through its five offices (African American Student Development, Asian Pacific American Student Development, Chicano/Latino Student Development, Multicultural Community Center, Native American Student Development). The collaborative is a key campus partner in helping the campus create an inclusive environment for multiple student populations and minimizing the inter-group tensions that on other campuses have resulted in disruptive and highly publicized bias-related incidents. The MSD collaborative is a part of the Educational Justice, Community Engagement team and is housed within the Campus Climate, Community Engagement and Transformation Unit/Cluster.
Specifically, the Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) Office works to support student needs; creates academic, community and social opportunities to foster understanding of racial, ethnic, and intersectional identities; fosters critical dialog across race and ethnicity; works to create a sense of inclusion for students who perceive and experience Berkeley as unwelcoming; educates, advocates and builds community across differences; and develops student leaders for a multicultural world. The Director helps students build connections between their academic work and efforts to foster inclusive communities, promoting student retention, graduation, and preparation for graduate school and careers.
Additionally, the Director of APASD advises senior management and others on matters relating to AAPI student populations and plays a key leadership role in collaborating with staff and managers across divisional lines in conceptualizing, planning, and developing new programs and activities impacting student populations.
Program Design and Management
Provides leadership and vision for all Asian Pacific American Student Development (APASD) initiatives. Designs, develops, oversees and evaluates major initiatives and complex programs to address systematic barriers that impede students? curricular and co-curricular success. Works in partnership with campus administration and constituent groups to establish and fulfill program vision, mission, and goals.
Designs, develops, oversees and evaluates major initiatives and complex programs to address systematic barriers that impede students' academic success and enhance their ability to graduate from Berkeley.
Develops a multi-year strategic plan and budget. Manages budget, monitors spending, conducts periodic evaluation of all APASD programs and services to determine effectiveness; makes necessary budget modifications.
Collaborates with Multicultural Student Development (MSD) and Campus Climate Cluster team members and other E&I staff to develop innovative strategies that address issues such as racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia/heterosexism, and other forms of systematic forms of exclusion and oppression in higher education; seeks to engage the entire campus community in cross-cultural and multicultural understanding and dialogue.
Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with other campus offices and entities (such as RSSP, Ethnic Studies, American Cultures, University Health Services, Financial Aid Office, Office of the Registrar, and others). Develops and teaches courses for credit in partnership with Ethnic Studies or other academic departments.
Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with off-campus community organizations as they relate to the programs and services of APASD (in particular, collaborations with the Asian Pacific Fund, Eastwind Books, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Chinese Progressive Association, Center for Asian American Media, API Equality, and others). Develops shared programs that connect students to the broader AAPI community in the Bay Area and increases resources, internship/volunteer opportunities, and professional development opportunities for students.
Working in collaboration and partnership with Ethnic Studies affiliated faculty, develops strategic initiatives, joint academic initiatives, and sponsors field study courses and orientation seminars that explore histories, identities and contemporary issues for AAPI communities; introduces students to campus services and resources and helps them make a successful adjustment to academic life.
Recruits, selects, trains, supervises and evaluates APASD student assistants and interns (paid and volunteer).
Operates as work leader for career staff assigned to support APASD. Leads recruitment, selection and training. Makes assignments and gives direction. Provides timely feedback to employee and to supervisor of record. Campus, UC and Community Leadership
Provides comprehensive expert guidance to MSD, Campus Climate Cluster, the VCEI, campus administration, campus departments, and other colleges and universities on a variety of academic, student development, and campus climate issues affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Provides intellectual leadership and vision for a spectrum of Asian American and Pacific Islander services and activities. Serves as subject matter expert on cross cultural and multicultural programs and initiatives.
Serves as primary consultant on Asian American and Pacific Islander student-related issues with a focus on undergraduate retention, graduation, student leadership development, staff training and development, and community-building. Advises senior administrators (e.g., Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, Assistant Vice Chancellors, Deans) on matters relating to cross cultural and multicultural student development and underserved and marginalized Asian American and Pacific Islander student populations, especially but not limited to Southeast Asian, Pilipinx, Pacific Islander, South Asian, LGBTQ AAPI, immigrant, undocumented, disability, first generation, low-income, multiracial/ethnic AAPI student issues.
Responds to inquiries from students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, community members, and counterparts at other UCs and across the nation, including providing resource and information assistance as necessary.
Informs the campus leadership of current and emerging state and federal law, policies or events, and student trends that might impact communities at Berkeley.
Serves as a local and national content expert in the field of AAPI student development and leadership in higher education, including working closely with the Chancellor and UC Office of the President (UCOP) to guide decisions affecting AAPI communities and Berkeley?s relationship with those communities, participating in state and nation-wide networks. Actively participates in and may play a leadership role in professional organizations and national organizations such as Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE), and Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS); provides consultation to colleges and universities throughout the country on issues of diversity and inclusion and student development; liaises with community-based organizations; advises campus stakeholders (e.g., faculty and departments) on strategies to address the needs of underserved populations; and may serve on internal and external advisory boards.
Campus Projects and Policies
Leads campus-wide projects to explore, research, and support the needs of a diverse and changing student body, including perceived emerging populations that are underserved.
Provides direction for the campus in developing policies and procedures for implementation of student-related equity and inclusion and campus climate initiatives that serve all students at UC Berkeley.
Participates in campus-wide and system-wide committees that impact policies and programs concerning services for multiple student populations (for example, campus climate team or the California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education CCCACHE).
Researches and proposes solutions to equity and inclusion issues affecting academic support, student development, and student services. Works collaboratively with staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, and students to explore/research innovative approaches in meeting the needs of a diverse and changing student body.
Develops ideas and makes proposals for campus leadership review and decision making, and develops and implements programs that jointly reflect students? and campus leadership interests.
Advocacy, Support and Student Leadership & Development
Conceives and implements initiatives that support and enhance the curricular and co-curricular success of diverse student communities, with particular attention to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities at UC Berkeley. Initiatives and activities include: annual orientation programs, mentorship programs, workshops on leadership development, trainings on activism and advocacy, dialogues on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, resources for campus and community internships, presentations on undergraduate and graduate research, annual conferences and celebrations. Builds relationships with academic departments and research units to improve the retention and success of undergraduates and preparation for graduate school. Builds relationships with local community leaders and community-based organizations to connect students with community-based research projects.
Designs internship opportunities for students to learn and develop leadership and other life skills. Identifies mentors and nurtures potential student leaders. May sponsor student attendance at academic and leadership conferences. Develops programs that enable students to apply concepts that they have learned in their classes in field and community settings.
Provides leadership development and guidance to student leaders on a wide range of issues. Designs and delivers training modules for student leaders to build multicultural and intersectional competencies. Identifies and nurtures student leaders over time and involves them in MSD programs. Helps student groups identify collaborations across campus. Informs and advises students on campus policies, procedures, and regulations.
Responds to students who seek assistance with concerns related to being AAPI at UC Berkeley. Ensures that individual students can make effective use of existing campus policies, procedures and resources; works with campus departments, managers, and high-level administrators in seeking appropriate resolution to student concerns. Makes appropriate referrals and recommendations to on-campus and off-campus resources and services as necessary.
Advises AAPI as well as cross cultural and multicultural student organizations, providing advice and guidance on campus policies and procedures.
In partnership with RSSP, oversees the Asian Pacific American Theme House, including providing curriculum for and direction of seminars and educational programs; fundraising; and assessing program effectiveness.
Other duties as assigned, including
Special projects; membership in divisional and campus committees and work teams, and so forth. Professional development: keeps abreast of changing and evolving trends regarding underrepresented and underserved students, multicultural education/counseling, multicultural education, identity, student development, and student learning theories.?Advanced content expertise and knowledge of research findings and best practices in: retention, academic achievement, student learning, collaborative learning and group work, identity and student development, Asian American and Pacific Islander issues & trends in higher education, multicultural education, social justice and anti-oppression frameworks, and campus climate issues. ?Methodological expertise in research design, program and curriculum evaluation and assessment, and report writing, in particular the methodologies used to enhance student achievement, such as collaborative teaching/learning models, strategies for effective counseling and peer mentoring, small group facilitation and training, coaching, mentoring and advocacy, particularly in Asian American and Pacific Islander student populations. ?Demonstrated program skills in establishing and implementing short- and long-term program goals and objectives; administering enrichment programs/projects; conducting seminars, workshops and teaching courses; and managing funds designated for special programs. ?Demonstrated track record of innovation and resourcefulness in meeting students?, staff, and faculty?s needs. ?Experience in working with historically underrepresented and underserved communities including first-generation-college students, particularly mediating, managing and resolving conflicts; convening and developing community/collective identity; facilitating group work; and training students and staff. ?Extensive experience in multicultural competencies, and personal and academic crisis intervention. ?Advanced experience in group dynamics, solidarity building, facilitation, and training in leadership skills. ?Demonstrated skills to effectively lead, motivate and influence staff at all levels. ?Keen sense of organizational acumen: understanding the campus culture, processes, procedures and how decisions are made. ?Advanced experience in managing and analyzing complex organizations. ?Demonstrated skills in problem identification, sound judgment and open and transparent decision-making, critical thinking, and creative problem solving. ?Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of students, faculty, staff, and external individuals across all levels of the organization. ?Excellent organizational skills. ?Experience in building successful collaborative relationships across unit boundaries. ?Familiarity with personnel policies and practices. ?Skills in resource management: understanding and managing financial, information, technology and space resources. ?Ability to maintain confidentiality with respect to all communications with students in accordance with University, state and federal privacy laws and policies. ?OTHER: This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Education/Training: ?Bachelor?s degree required ?Advanced degree in related area preferred and/or equivalent experience/training Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For full consideration please submit all required materials by September 11th. This position will remain open until filled.
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