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Berkeley Executive Search (BES) is an executive search program that began at the University of California, Berkeley. As employees of the University of California, our goal is to contribute to the higher education missions of teaching, research, and public service, which are shaped by discovery and knowledge advancement. We are driven by the spirit of California entrepreneurship and the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Senior executives and leaders in higher education have the opportunity to directly impact campus communities and cultures and the effectiveness of their organizations in serving faculty, staff, and students. With that understanding, BES is committed to searching for the right matches between the institution's current and future critical needs and the people at the specific time of their career and life to contribute to the leadership in serving the campus and missions.
From our background with the University of California, we bring a mixture of: understanding of broad education institutional goals and needs, nuances of higher education organizational structures, and a commitment to the missions, values and access of higher education. We possess experiences and expertise in the opportunities and challenges associated with searching for and recruiting senior level talent for a large, matrixed, research intensive academic campus. We are aware of the importance in building relationships with hiring authority and various stakeholders associated with each search as well as in advising prospective candidates with the navigation of organizational complexities and their career goals. We work to ensure the strategic alignment between the hiring authority and organization with the individual who will bring value and leadership to their team, the organization, and the institution.
As each search is different, we partner and collaborate with executives, hiring teams and search committees with diverse perspectives to understand the function, the critical business needs, and the desired outcome and impact for the ideal candidate(s). We engage with hiring authorities and their stakeholders to learn how best to partner & provide support. We research and learn about the organization and position, advise on the role and the search strategy, conduct extensive nationwide outreach to broaden the pool, and manage the complex process steps to strive for alignment among the search participants for a positive and successful outcome. We work to include excellence and diversity in each of our searches. We understand complex higher education structures and its challenges and opportunities. We have demonstrated successes in filling various senior level and challenging searches.
The Executive Search Advisor collaborates with the BES manager and team as well as the Talent Acquisition team when needed on senior level, executive, specialty position searches and projects at the Berkeley campus and/or other UC locations. The Executive Search Advisor will manage searches that's part of the overall BES program, contribute to the growth of BES, and will collaborate with the BES team as well as independently advise hiring executives and search committees on best practices related to employment / recruitment.
Manages executive, senior level, specialty, and hard to fill role search processes across various departments on campus
Sources, recruits, screens, interviews and recommends candidates for all levels of positions.
- Research & sourcing
Engage in pre-search research to understand the needs of the hiring executive, the comparable market, the role, and the stakeholders.
Develop & implement sourcing strategies and outreach efforts, including passive candidate identification, management, and pipelining.
Functions as a technical specialist, sourcing, recruiting and identifying candidates for highly specialized and difficult-to-attract positions, usually requiring extensive search.
Advise, develop, implement recruitment strategy, including job posting optimization, recruiting marketing channel development, job board procurement, digital and non-digital employment marketing, comprehensive recruitment campaign planning, talent planning, etc.
- Search process management
Strategize and project manage full cycle executive search process including but not limited to: facilitate search committee meetings & discussions, prescreen applications according to qualifications, conduct initial review and interviews, participate and facilitate panel interviews with search committee, prepare search and interview materials, facilitate and collect feedback, advise on final round interviewing events, conduct reference checks, lead / advise on offer negotiation, and prepare of compliance documentation.
Provides direction and guidance to other staff members on executive recruitment processes and support, executive recruitment strategies, affirmative action goals and advertisement methods.
Supports and advises in closing complex job offers to candidates.
Maintain timely and effective communication with internal and external job candidates and regularly inform all non-selected candidates of their status.
Create a supportive, inclusive, equitable process and candidate experience for all candidates through engagement and career coaching.
Act as the HR expert on employment laws, policies, practices and advise committees and hiring executives on risks, options, and best practices in executive searches.
HR & Executive Search Advisory & Services
Resolves a wide range of employment issues using advanced skills as an employment professional with a comprehensive understanding of employment and recruiting practices, laws and campus policies and procedures. Stays current and is innovative in effective sourcing and talent acquisition practices. Works with team to utilize resources in a cost effective, quality, and timely manner.
Refers to campus and UC policies to fully understand those pertaining to recruitment and staffing and to provide guidance on policies.
Works in a highly collaborative manner with others across the organization, external contacts of significance, and members of campus management.
Understand and advise on the importance of confidentiality and managing risk in political / sensitive situations.
Understand and advise on managing implicit bias in a search process. Model the values of diversity, equity, inclusion to team, campus, and external to reflect UC Berkeley's commitment and strategic goals.
Contribute to process improvement initiatives to enhance recruitment services university-wide.
Handle escalations within team vertical including client requests, complaints and process improvement in collaboration with the Executive Search Manager.
Provide support to the BES team as needed
Back up Executive Search Manager as needed.
Participate in broad Talent Acquisition team activities such as Talent Exchange program and/or other team needs such as data validation for audits or systems work for upgrades & implementations.
Other duties & projects as assigned.
Participate in professional development activities such as conferences, webinars, articles, classes, etc that would help the employee grow in their knowledge and/or skill in the talent acquisition / executive search space or related area.
To bring the learning back to the BES team.
Talent Acquisition Knowledge: demonstrated experience and success with sourcing (identifying prospective knowledge/skills, actively reaching out to possible candidates, pipelining candidates) and managing recruitment processes and strategies for executive level, specialty, and/or hard-to-fill roles.
HR Knowledge: demonstrated advanced knowledge of and skills in interpreting and implementing employment law, policies, and procedures, and understands how the work impacts other areas of HR and the organization. Ability to collaborate with other areas of HR and campus administration to achieve team goals.
Analytical: high analytical ability to anticipate and understand client needs and translate that to action, advice, and solutions and materials for attracting and assessing candidates. Ability to quickly learn different business units and their objectives and employment plans. Skilled in providing input on candidate selection.
Communication: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated negotiation and influencing skills. Comfortability advising senior level campus leaders.
Leadership: Demonstrated ability to mentor and train teammates. Ability to career coach candidates. Understands, values, and is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Demonstrated ability to work with dynamic and diverse stakeholders.
Collaboration: demonstrated ability to effectively develop professional relationships with campus leadership, faculty at all ranks, students, and other directors and managers; ability to work collaboratively in a consensus-driven environment and to maintain and foster cooperative working relationships with others.
Political acumen: ability to effectively navigate a large, distributed, complex, and matrix organizational structure; ability to recognize and navigate risks associated with sensitive and/or visible situations.
Demonstrated success with gaining trust with stakeholders and ability to maintain confidentiality in politically charged and/or sensitive situations.
Detail orientation and ability to problem solve. Strong organization and project management skills.
Advanced experience with applicant tracking systems and sourcing platforms.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Possesses a growth mindset, with an ability to think strategically and creatively, to anticipate labor market trends and to transfer that thinking into cogent plans for the team.
Demonstrated ability to build collaborative partnerships to improve or enhance executive search services and support across an institution.
Demonstrated ability to compile and manage recruiting data and provide rigorous analysis of that data.
Experience with PeopleSoft HR and LinkedIn Recruiter.
Recruitment training through SHRM or other applicable continuing education.
Salary & Benefits
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This is a two-year contract position with access to full UC benefits.
When possible, please consider submitting your cover letter and resume as a single PDF attachment with your application to help ensure consistent formatting in your materials.
Application review will begin in early December 2020.
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 see:
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