Job Positions

Undergraduate Advisor (Job #18628)

Categories: Pacific Region 9


College of Natural Resources


UC Berkeley

Date Posted:


Close Date:

September 30, 2014

Position Description
Undergraduate Advisor position in the College of Natural Resources (Job #18628)(To apply, go to and search by the job number)About Berkeley.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 Review DateThe First Review Date for this job is: September 30, 2014Departmental OverviewThe Undergraduate Student Academic Advisor (SAA) has shared responsibility for undergraduate recruitment, advising, retention, and oversight of degree completion within the College of Natural Resources (CNR). The SAA is expected to be the lead advisor for a specific series of majors in the College as well as minors, requiring the SAA to interact with a variety of other academic departments, cam pus colleges, and other university offices. The SAA will also be expected to serve as backup advisor for other majors as deemed necessary. The position plays a vital role in program planning and administration as a team member in the Office of Instruction and Student Affairs (OISA). The SAA will need a thorough understanding of university, college, and program policies, regulations and requirements; the SAA completes position responsibilities with a high degree of independence under the general supervision of the Assistant Dean of Instruction and Student Affairs. CNR is comprised of four academic departments, one augmented graduate group and ten undergraduate majors. The undergraduate advising is centralized under the OISA which incorporates major and college advising in the same unit.

•Provide extensive and complex advising and guidance for both new and continuing students in several majors as well as two minors. Advise students on major requirements, progress to degree, course selection, and complex transfer issues.
 •Interpret and apply cam pus and University-wide policies and regulations. Using professional judgment and expertise, advises on complex student or program -related issues which do not fall within clearly defined guidelines.
•Oversee declaration of major process; coordinate all aspects of the designated major assignment for program admission, including advising potential applicants and make admission recommendations. •Independently evaluate transcripts for applicability for coursework to departmental requirements. Monitors and evaluates students’ progress and recommend appropriate action for students in academic difficulties. •Identifies students with GPA or progress problem s, advises students, and recommends appropriate courses of action by the department/school/college (e.g. academic probation, dismissal).
•Assist with the planning and implementation of college-wide student services, programs, and initiatives (e.g., Welcome Day, CNR Commencement, Cal Student Orientations), including developing and producing informational or publicity materials for the assigned majors as well as other individual major events.
•As a member of the Student Affairs team, support, plan, and participate in cam pus and college major fairs and open houses, yield and recruitment activities as needed, and Cal Day.
•Provide career and graduate school advising and coordinating workshops and program s that fulfill objectives of CNR enrichment programs.
•Assist College scheduler with identifying enrollment problem s and course concerns for students and faculty.
•Participates as a liaison to one of the CNR academic departments in efforts to inform or advise in the planning of academic curriculum in collaboration with chair/dean and faculty, and with other departments, to ensure students progress through course sequences, avoid conflicts, and ensure compliance with campuswide policies .

Institution Information
Salary & Benefits Starting salary range is $43,300 - $66,100, annual full-time; salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Application Process
How to Apply Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.Go to and search for Job #18628

Additional Information
Criminal Background CheckThis position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check. Mandated ReporterThis position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.Equal Employment OpportunityThe 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, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: If you’d like more information about your EEO rights as an applicant under the law, please see: EnvironmentAs of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Berkeley is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information about our Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at: DisclosureThe Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act require that crime statistics and other safety information for colleges and universities receiving Title IV funds be made available to applicants upon request. University of California, Berkeley’s Annual Security Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You may obtain this information for the UC campus to which you are applying by accessing the website at A printed copy of the report may be obtained by writing to UCPD, Room 1, Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720.

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Required Qualifications 
Required Qualifications
•Thorough knowledge of undergraduate advising and counseling techniques, knowledge of multiple majors , college/school policies, procedures, and requirements;
•Ability to interact effectively with students, faculty, and staff while working under pressure and with frequent interruptions.
•Experience in complex problem solving, reasoning, ability to develop original ideas and creative solutions. Demonstrated organizational skills, attention to detail, and reliability.
•Work well both as a team player and independently with minim al supervision; ability to establish own priorities and meet competing deadlines. Good attendance record, punctuality, and accuracy a must. Strong work ethic and commitment to the field of student affairs and academic advising.
•Solid interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. •Demonstrated competency with computer s kills needed to operate online systems and software, such as the cam pus calendaring system, and Micros oft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Thorough knowledge of office systems. Strong analytical skills, political acumen, and ability to exercise sound judgment. Sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student population. Ability to anticipate multiple deadlines and adjust priorities when dealing with competing and complex tasks.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications
•Bachelor’s degree and academic advising experience in an undergraduate academic environment.
•Basic knowledge of UC undergraduate policies /procedures. Familiarity with structure of degree program s and requirements. Knowledge of both college and university requirements, guidelines, and policies ; familiarity with cam pus student system s (e.g., databases on DB2, staff version of BearFacts ); familiarity with the structure of degree programs.