Director of Curricular Engagement Initiatives (0566U) 15127
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The Division of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Letters & Science (L&S) serves as a center for innovations in undergraduate education that extend beyond traditional departmental boundaries. The Division's co-curricular programs and initiatives are designed to promote the ideals of a liberal arts education. The L&S 1 Exploring the Liberal Arts course provides first semester freshmen with an overview of the intellectual landscape of the College. The Academic Engagement programs serve students at every stage of their undergraduate careers from the initial years of intellectual exploration through process of pursuing an in-depth academic focus. Programs include Freshman and Sophomore Seminars, Discovery Courses, Big Ideas Courses, and On the Same Page.
Provides leadership, guidance, education, policy development and programmatic oversight in the domain of academic engagement, largely in the curricular realm, affecting undergraduates college and campus wide. Translate decanal ideas for the enrichment of undergraduate education into fully fleshed-out and operational programs, securing all necessary approvals, developing procedures and timelines. With four large-scale curricular programs (Freshman and Sophomore Seminars, Discovery Courses, Big Ideas Courses, On the Same Page) already established, a large fraction of this time is now spent in activities necessary to administering and improving them, including but not limited to annual planning, recruiting faculty, guiding them in course development, developing and overseeing the budget for each program, event planning, planning and overseeing selection processes, and assessing and improving each program.
Contributes to planning efforts affecting the undergraduate curriculum as a whole, outside of the sphere of the enrichment programs directly under her control. Examples include the delivery of the Reading and Composition curriculum, oversight of the Early Drop Deadline courses, and the development of a definition for the 'gateway course' concept.
Create, develop, and teach the L&S W1 (summer) and L&S 1W (fall) courses entitled Exploring the Liberal Arts. Develop the entire curriculum, from readings to essay prompts and rubrics. Recruit faculty, alumni and deans to videotape the lecture content. Recruit, train and oversee the section leaders. Assess and update/improve each course each year.
Participates with high level organizational or program leaders in strategic thinking and planning in policy domain. Examples include long-standing committee assignments (such as the Council of Undergraduate Deans) and more ad hoc committee service (most recently Building Community and Belonging in a Virtual Space, in response to the COVID-19 crisis). Contributes analysis and guidance on policy issues that are decided in these settings, and plays a key role in the implementation of the decisions. Examples include a series of changes to the add/drop deadline, and rapid policy shifts, including to the use of P/NP, in response to the pandemic.
Takes the lead in setting policies for the academic engagement programs under the incumbent's purview, including selection criteria and criteria for participation, eligibility for funding, class size, and learning outcomes driving assessment parameters.
Highly skilled communication and interpersonal skills to communicate with and influence others, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality.
Highly skilled in all levels of project management.
Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes.
Expert analytical / problem-solving skills.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Expert knowledge of organizational processes, protocols and procedures related to curriculum and student policy.
Expert knowledge of applicable policy analysis techniques.
Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Salary & Benefits
This is a monthly paid (exempt) position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience.
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Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
The minimum posting duration for this position is 14 calendar days. The department will not initiate the application review process prior to February 22, 2021.
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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