Job Positions

Academic Advisor/18186

Categories: Pacific Region 9

Department:

Department of Mollecular and Cellular Biology

Institution:

UC Berkeley

Date Posted:

9/22/2014

Close Date:


Position Description
Provides advice and assistance to students on all aspects of their academic experience, including progression and requirement matters for their major in Molecular and Cell Biology.
• Assist students in making informed decisions, setting short and long term goals and fulfilling the requirements of the B.A. in MCB.
• Monitor their academic progress toward completion of the major.
• Using a thorough knowledge of the curricular requirements of all MCB major emphases, as well as various research opportunities, post-baccalaureate programs and careers, recommend programs of study that will allow students to successfully meet their goals.
• Advises students on eligibility requirements or honors programs
• Advises students on a wide range of course possibilities and/or ways to complete degree requirements that may not be clearly defined.
• Evaluates and advises students in petitions for exceptions to departmental and college requirements.Determines barriers, distractions, and complications affecting a student's academic success, helps students recognize these key non-academic issues, and makes appropriate referrals for additional therapeutic counseling and/or assistance from other units.
Serves as transfer student advisor for the department, providing all services listed in the top key responsibility above. In addition, • plans and manages all CalSO sessions
• monitors enrollment of transfer students to ensure that they are following a suggested program• tracks progress within the major, helping them to devise strategies to be successful in MCB.
• develops appropriate material for the web, office handouts, handbook, etc. for this group of students
.• Monitors and evaluates students' completion of academic requirements. Applies articulated courses to program/degree requirements and certifies degree completion.Manages the departmental peer advisor program, which complements the advising done by the staff and faculty advisors of MCB.
• Functions with a great degree of autonomy to recruit, select, train and supervise peer advisors each semester, each of whom volunteers for two hours/week in the office, advising students.
• Develop curriculum and teach bi-weekly course to train peer advisor.Plans and implements events, including
• high visibility student events, such as Commencement, Cal Day, the Biology Majors Fair.
• workshops for transfer students, e.g. research opportunities, enrichment programs.As a member of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee, in MCB, participates in planning academic curriculum in collaboration with faculty, and with other departments, to ensure student's progress through course sequences, avoid conflicts, and ensure compliance with campus-wide policies.
• assists faculty in determining course scheduling needs for student progression to graduation
• helps to train new and continuing instructors on student advising issues.Undergraduate Affairs Office Assistance As schedule allows, provides assistance to IB in the areas of student services and advising

Duties
Provides advice and assistance to students on all aspects of their academic experience, including progression and requirement matters for their major in Molecular and Cell Biology.
• Assist students in making informed decisions, setting short and long term goals and fulfilling the requirements of the B.A. in MCB.
• Monitor their academic progress toward completion of the major
.• Using a thorough knowledge of the curricular requirements of all MCB major emphases, as well as various research opportunities, post-baccalaureate programs and careers, recommend programs of study that will allow students to successfully meet their goals.
• Advises students on eligibility requirements or honors programs.
• Advises students on a wide range of course possibilities and/or ways to complete degree requirements that may not be clearly defined.
• Evaluates and advises students in petitions for exceptions to departmental and college requirements.
Determines barriers, distractions, and complications affecting a student's academic success, helps students recognize these key non-academic issues, and makes appropriate referrals for additional therapeutic counseling and/or assistance from other units.
Serves as transfer student advisor for the department, providing all services listed in the top key responsibility above. In addition,
• plans and manages all CalSO sessions
• monitors enrollment of transfer students to ensure that they are following a suggested program• tracks progress within the major, helping them to devise strategies to be successful in MCB.
• develops appropriate material for the web, office handouts, handbook, etc. for this group of students.
• Monitors and evaluates students' completion of academic requirements. Applies articulated courses to program/degree requirements and certifies degree completion.Manages the departmental peer advisor program, which complements the advising done by the staff and faculty advisors of MCB.
• Functions with a great degree of autonomy to recruit, select, train and supervise peer advisors each semester, each of whom volunteers for two hours/week in the office, advising students.
• Develop curriculum and teach bi-weekly course to train peer advisor. Plans and implements events, including
• high visibility student events, such as Commencement, Cal Day, the Biology Majors Fair.
• workshops for transfer students, e.g. research opportunities, enrichment programs.As a member of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee, in MCB, participates in planning academic curriculum in collaboration with faculty, and with other departments, to ensure student's progress through course sequences, avoid conflicts, and ensure compliance with campus-wide policies.
• assists faculty in determining course scheduling needs for student progression to graduation
• helps to train new and continuing instructors on student advising issues Undergraduate Affairs Office Assistance As schedule allows, provides assistance to IB in the areas of student services and advising

Institution Information
 
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at http://jobs.berkeley.edu/why-berkeley.html.Application Review Date Open until filled.Departmental OverviewThe Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) and Integrative Biology (IB) together are among the largest academic departments at UC Berkeley. By several measures (including number of faculty and students, budget, and assigned square feet), these departments are larger than many UCB colleges and schools. The two departments represent over 125 faculty FTE (including Adjuncts, Professors of the Graduate School, active emeriti and 9 HHMI professors); 77 Researchers and Specialists; 150 post-doctoral researchers; 375 graduate students; 75 department staff members; and total state and extramural payroll of approximately 1000 (including Graduate Student Instructors, Graduate Student Researchers and research staff). Financial resources include approximately $59M in annual extramural funding (which accounts for over half of the total sponsored research awards in the College of Letters & Science) and over $42M other fund sources. The department has 1,800 declared undergraduate majors (the largest majors on the Berkeley campus) and a total annual enrollment in classes of ~20,000. Department personnel are currently housed in eight buildings located in three widely separated parts of the campus.

Application Process
Apply through jobs.berkeley.edu. Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Contact Information   
 Marie Dutton,
 mariedutton@berkeley.edu

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications 
Knowledge and Skills:
• Thorough knowledge of advising and counseling techniques
• Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving
.• Excellent active listening skills.
• Outstanding interpersonal communication skills, including written, oral, one on one and group.
• Abilities in problem identification, reasoning, ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.• Ability to work under pressure to meet strict and multiple timelines (multi-tasking)
.• 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 individually and as a team member.
• Ability to identify and effectively address the needs of students with diverse backgrounds and experiences.Education/Training
:• Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training

Preferred Qualifications
• Knowledge of advising in a life sciences environment• Knowledge of UC student information systems.• Thorough knowledge of college policies, procedures, and requirements.• Masters degree in higher education, counseling, or related field (preferred)