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Director of Inclusion and Wellness, Student Services (4501U), Berkeley Law - 58095
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.
UC Berkeley's School of Law is one of the nation's great centers for legal education, ever exploring and pushing new intellectual boundaries while tackling urgent, real-world issues. The law school is also known for its vibrant and engaged community of students and scholars who are committed to providing leadership and making a difference on problems of local, national and global import. Currently ranked among the top law schools in the country, the School of Law has ambitious development goals as it looks to continue producing leaders in law, government, and society.
Berkeley Law Student Services provides a wide range of support for the law school's student populations, which includes over 1200 JD, JSP, JSD, and LLM students. Students are encouraged to come to Student Services to discuss academic plans, questions about the profession, personal concerns, and summer planning. The office includes the Dean of Students, the Senior Director of Student Services, the Assistant Director for Student Services, Accessible Education, the Exams Administrator and the Student Services Administrator. The office works as a team to support student life at Berkeley Law, including meeting with students one-on-one and coordinating large student events.
This position involves a wide range of student services duties and responsibilities for UC Berkeley School of Law. The Director of Inclusion and Wellness provides assistance to students in academic advising, and personal counseling, student orientation and events, career counseling, and related programs. The role will also provide counseling and advice to targeted students and provide referrals to organization and community resources. The Director of Inclusion and Wellness will create and provide programming designed to improve the quality of students' experience, with a specific focus on equity and inclusion; work in collaboration with other units to cultivate and enhance inclusion in the Law School community; hold regular meetings with the Affinity Group leaders; take the lead on wellness programming for students, including Mindful Mondays and Mental Health Awareness week; and provide academic and personal counseling services to the general law student population.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: September 4, 2023
Applying professional Student Services concepts, provides the full range of student services to student population served by the law school:
- Provides academic and personal advising to individual students for the entire student body.
- Serves as primary contact for historically underserved student populations (e.g., low-income, first-generation college, underrepresented populations, etc.).
- Conducts degree audits to ensure timely completion; Reviews students' progress and advises students on requirements for J.D. degree completion.
- Assist students with alternative academic options and other similar issues.
- Identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions.
- Advises Dean of Students about curriculum planning.
- Participates in planning academic curriculum in collaboration with Dean of Students and Senior Director of Student Services to ensure academic students' progress and ensure compliance with ABA policies.
Serves as subject matter expert on law student wellbeing:
- In collaboration with Assistant Dean and Senior Director of Student Services, develops, organizes and delivers programs to address law student wellness.
- Advises individual students and student groups about wellness, balance, and stress management, and connects students with outside resources where appropriate.
- Refers students to appropriate specialized programs and resources.
Events Planning, Programming & Coordination:
- Leads and directs a wide variety of projects and follows through with all levels of staff and individuals inside and outside the organization.
- Collaborates with other professionals to plan for major events such as Orientation, Commencement, and Admitted Students Weekend.
- Serves as lead on Mental Health Awareness Week and the Third Day of Orientation, including conception, design, development, coordination, implementation, and post-event evaluation.
- Designs, coordinates and implements Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives, activities, and other programming at Orientation and Admitted Students Weekend.
- Oversees and plans programs and training sessions with students, staff, and faculty to promote the school's effort to build and maintain an environment that is inclusive, pluralistic, and diverse.
- Advises Student groups about registration, reimbursements, and intergroup dynamics.
- Regularly convenes meetings of Affinity Group Leaders.
- Hosts events, including transitionary retreat for leaders.
- Works with academic departments, faculty, and department management to help resolve specific student academic issues.
- Assists in interpreting campus policies and advising students and faculty on student conduct, student grievances, and disputes.
- Helps students develop strategies to solve academic and personal problems.
- Participates in professional development and training opportunities as needed.
- Keeps abreast of student trends in higher education, particularly wellness, inclusion, and historically underserved college populations.
- Performs additional duties within the scope of this classification as assigned.
- Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
- Knowledge of or ability to learn University-specific computer application programs including Cal Central and knowledge of University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
- Excellent customer service skills
- Excellent organizational and oral/written communication skills
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of student records following confidentiality rules established by FERPA, the State of California and the University
- Solid skills in project management, social perceptiveness to be aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
- Knowledge of and experience in conflict management and intervention strategies.
- Strong skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
- Ability in problem identification, reasoning.
- Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
- Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), and ability to apply and integrate core concepts of DEIB into everyday practice.
- Must be 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.
- Must demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.
- Excellent knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interest; and learning motivations.
- Skills in monitoring/assessing people, processes or services, to make improvements.
- Highly organized with strong attention to detail and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
- Highly effective problem identification and solving skills, presentation skills, verbal communication, written communication, and organization skills and the ability to present information in a manner that is appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Excellent analytical, critical thinking, project management, and problem recognition, avoidance, and resolution skills with the ability to think creatively to solve problems and develop solutions.
- Good computer skills and the ability to learn new systems and software programs. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and video conferencing platforms.
- Ability to attend occasional early morning, evening or weekend events.
- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training
- Familiarity with legal education.
- Member of a state Bar in good standing.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.
Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.
The budgeted salary that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $75,000.00 - $95,000.00.
- This is a 100% full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
- This position is exempt and paid monthly.
- This position is eligible to work remotely up to one (1) day per week.
How to Apply
To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.
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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.
To apply, visit https://careerspub.universityofcalifornia.edu/psp/ucb/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=21&JobOpeningId=58095&PostingSeq=1
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