Job Requisition Number: 24546. Bioengineering is a rapidly growing field at the intersection of engineering, biology, and medicine. Since its founding 30 years ago, the Department of Bioengineering has established itself as one of the top departments in the country. The Bioengineering community consists of approximately 600 students, 26 core faculty plus over 100 affiliates on two campuses (Berkeley and UCSF), and is associated with numerous interdisciplinary research initiatives spanning a number of colleges and universities. As a bioengineering staff member, the successful candidate will be part of a small, highly interdependent group.
This position involves counseling students on academic program policies and issues. Monitors student academic progress and assists students in making appropriate educational choices and decisions. Conducts informational sessions and provides advice.
50% Academic Advising: *Provide advice and assistance to students on all aspects of their academic experience, including time-to-degree progression and how best to address department/college/campus requirements.
*Assist students in making informed decisions, setting short and long-term goals. Help students navigate a labyrinth of course electives and prerequisites to determine individual routes through our interdisciplinary program.
*Use a thorough knowledge of the bioengineering curriculum and working knowledge of relevant course offerings in other departments to recommend programs of study that will allow students to successfully meet their goals. Advise students on a wide range of course possibilities and/or ways to complete degree requirements that may not be clearly defined.
*Serve as advisor to bioengineering transfer students, working to promote a successful transition to Berkeley; develop orientation materials for Golden Bear Advising; monitor first semester enrollment of transfer students to ensure academic success; applies articulated courses to program/degree requirements.
*Advise students on changes to the bioengineering curriculum including new core and elective courses as they are developed.
*Coordinates, implements and conducts trainings, orientations and other information-sharing in support of student success.
*Monitors academic progress, including advising students at risk of failing and/or falling below the minimum GPA requirement. Recommend course(s) of action to help improve student standing or make appropriate referrals for additional counseling and/or assistance. Evaluate and advise students seeking to petition for exceptions to departmental and college requirements, as well as petitions to pursue the bioengineering minor.
*Query databases for student compliance with bioengineering and/or College of Engineering policies. Respond to data requests. Review student and scheduling systems for data integrity, correcting any student, scheduling, and/or course inaccuracies.
*Advise new and continuing faculty on departmental/college policies and procedures related to academic advising and curriculum.
*Provide substantive information and excellent service to prospective students on admissions requirements to the major(s)/minor, progression, and degree requirements for the department/college. Respond to telephone, mail, and email inquiries regarding the bioengineering undergraduate program.
*Advising visiting students (e.g., GLOBE program) on course availability in collaboration with the College of Engineering.
35% Course Scheduling: In collaboration with the Department Manager and Vice Chair of Curriculum and Undergraduate Programs, develop the academic year schedule of classes.
*Coordinate faculty and curricular needs with room availability to provide the best scheduling options for max student accessibility to key courses, while also considering data on past demand and department targets for each course. Perform data entry of the finalized schedule into the scheduling system.
*Set enrollment limits and process waitlists for bioengineering classes including review and approval of concurrent enrollment and university extension requests.
*Process requests for general assignment classrooms for faculty and/or student groups, as needed.
*Work with Graduate Program Advisor to ensure GSIs are accurately reflected in the schedule of classes in order to facilitate the teaching evaluation process.
*Serve as a contributing member and recorder for the department’s Curriculum Committee meetings. Solicit nominations and select student representatives to serve on the committee.
*Provide expert advice to faculty on all matters related to course development and curriculum planning.
*Provide programmatic support in the planning and implementation of high-visibility events (e.g., commencement, Cal Day, Golden Bear Orientation), and undergraduate career, post-degree forums and town halls. Plan all logistics for the annual commencement reception.
*Support the planning and implementation of outreach and/or undergraduate-focused bioengineering events. Occasional work in evenings and on weekends may be required.
5% Professional Development:
*Attend workshops, seminars and classes to remain up-to-date on student advising challenges and best practices as well as university and College of Engineering policies and procedures.
*Network with centralized offices, as well as other Advisors and schedulers on campus in an effort to provide students with greater access to information and resources.•Thorough knowledge of advising and counseling techniques. •Demonstrated customer service orientation and excellent customer service skills. •Strong interpersonal communication skills, including multicultural competencies, ability to work with diverse populations with diplomacy, poise, and tact. •Strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and student body. •Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated effectiveness in active listening and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to give and receive objective behavioral feedback. •Skilled in problem identification, reasoning, and the ability to be resourceful, creative, innovative, and flexible. •Demonstrated ability to make consistent and sound recommendations, and delivers clear judgement in the application of policies affecting students. •Demonstrated discretion and sensitivity in dealing with urgent and/or confidential situations. •Strong computer skills, with the ability to query campus databases, manipulate data, and generate reports. •Ability to identify and effectively address the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. •Ability to work under pressure to meet strict and multiple timelines. •Ability to conceptualize, design, and implement undergraduate enrichment programs, which involve multiple tasks, priorities, and deadlines. •Ability to be resourceful, creative, innovative, and flexible. •Ability to work effectively as an individual contributor, and as a team member. •Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
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