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Assistant Dean for Students (0323U), Berkeley Public Health - 68181
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted May 2, 2024
Title Assistant Dean for Students (0323U), Berkeley Public Health - 68181
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Public Health/Management/Administration
    Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology

Assistant Dean for Students (0323U), Berkeley Public Health - 68181

About Berkeley

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.

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Departmental Overview

Berkeley Public Health (BPH) aims to improve population health, especially for the most vulnerable, through interdisciplinary collaborations, preeminent education, and transformational research. Established in 1943, BPH is a professional school on the UC Berkeley campus that comprises six academic divisions and nearly 30 research centers and programs. Our department's values include social justice, health as a right, challenging conventional thought, embracing diversity, and creating meaningful impact. We honor our principles of community by centering and valuing everyone in our community; prioritizing prevention while remaining grounded in social justice; promoting safety and respect; practicing self-care and kindness; and remaining optimistic, hopeful, and committed to change. Learn more at:

As a senior-level administrator reporting to the Dean, the Assistant Dean for Students, in partnership with a team of dedicated student-facing professionals, is accountable for a wide range of student services duties and responsibilities, including recruitment, admissions, financial aid (e.g., awarding of fellowships, block grant funds), student orientation and annual events, undergraduate and graduate advising, and related programs. The Assistant Dean, serving as a conduit for student-facing staff, provides strategic leadership and works closely with the Dean, Executive Associate Dean, Associate Dean of Students, Assistant Dean for Education, Chief of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, student advisors, faculty leadership, and others to develop, implement, and assess programs and initiatives that are responsive to student needs and continuously innovate and improve upon the student experience. The Assistant Dean is expected to lead with a commitment and advocacy lens to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are embedded in all aspects of student services leadership.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: Wednesday, May 15, 2024


Student Affairs Leadership:

  • Oversees the overall leadership and management of the functions for recruiting, admissions, student funding, advising, degrees, student data collection and management, and resource allocations, with a lens of historically underrepresented students.
  • Collaborates with diverse stakeholders to develop the vision, goals, and objectives of student services to achieve outstanding student experience, and conducts ongoing strategic planning to ensure alignment with defined mission.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of the student services functions by collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, and makes changes to provide improved service to prospective students, current students, staff, and faculty from myriad programs and divisions.
  • Serves as a representative and advocate on behalf of students about decisions/policies being made that would directly affect students.
  • Works with student leaders of various student groups and organizations to ensure the student voice is incorporated into the student-related school policies.
  • Partners with SPH Student Government to build-upon and institutionalize student-led initiatives to enhance student climate and experience.
  • Ensures compliance with all relevant guidelines and regulations; stays abreast of best practices and new developments in student advising.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Student Services, oversees the development and implementation of new procedures, and advisement to school leadership regarding changes to existing policies related to student services.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the impact of policy changes for students and recommends future policies based on the dynamics of campus operational changes.
  • Reviews and approves exceptions as delegated by the Head Graduate Advisor (HGA) to policies and regulations or serves as proxy for HGA in requesting exceptions to policy from Graduate Division and other campus bodies.
  • In concert with the HGA, adjudicates decisions on exception to policy in relation to sensitive student situations that involve highly complex problems.
  • Works collaboratively with relevant stakeholders on specific issues or cases pertaining to students or the services provided to them.
  • Works collaboratively with Chief of DEIB to ensure equitable practices are incorporated into all aspects of student services and partners closely with the DREAM Office to reach school DEIB goals.
  • Represents Student Affairs, both students and staff, on several key school councils/committees (e.g., Undergraduate Management Council, Educational Policy & Curriculum Committee, Faculty Advisory Council, etc.).
  • Participates in external accreditation and internal program review processes, submissions, and follow-up actions.
  • Provides leadership to all student-facing staff, regardless of formal reporting authority, and partners closely with staff managers in divisions/programs to ensure collective success.
  • Supports and responds to all student emergencies and crises. This includes student deaths, and creating support systems for students during emergencies.

People Management:

  • Makes decisions on hiring decisions, performance, salary actions, and other human resources related issues of managed staff and student employees.
  • Manages multiple functions through direct reports and through subordinate managers and supervisors.
  • Leads reports to achieve results, holding them accountable for achievement of goals and metrics, as well as collective success.
  • Provides feedback and coaching via regular check-ins and the Achieve Together program.
  • Selects, trains, guides, directs, evaluates, and, as required, takes corrective action with professional and support staff.
  • Ensures team members are fully trained and have the tools and access they need to perform successfully in their roles.
  • Actively engages in and supports the professional and career development of direct reports and their team members.
  • Conducts workload assessments and leads prioritization/balancing efforts.
  • Projects staffing needs relative to programmatic growth, and partners with appropriate members of leadership to ensure staffing capacity.
  • Effectively develops, leads, and manages teams, utilizing sound conflict management skills.
  • Effectively interacts with student services staff, harnessing strong team-building skills as a means to build staff morale.

Recruitment, Admissions, and Financial Aid:

  • Manages and supports the Director of Recruitment & Admissions, and provides mentorship to recruitment & admissions staff.
  • Plans, develops, organizes, and directs strategies for recruiting and admitting students, with a focus on the recruitment and retention of students from underrepresented backgrounds, in conjunction with the Diversity Respect Action Equity Multiculturalism (DREAM) Office.
  • Works closely with the Director, DREAM Office, Committee on Student Affairs, faculty leadership, student advisors, and others to achieve student equity and diversity via recruitment strategies, holistic admissions policies, and yield goals.
  • Represents the school at select high-profile local and national recruitment/outreach events.
  • Reviews difficult and complex admissions cases, and strategizes with Graduate Student Affairs Officers to write successful exception memorandums as needed.
  • Manages and supports the Director of Student Services, who develops, manages, and oversees the financial aid and fellowship strategy and implementation for the school and serves as a liaison with the central Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.
  • Administers approximately $8.2 million in fellowships, donor awards, and federal grants available as student financial aid.

Undergraduate Student Advising and Program:

  • Oversees academic progress for undergraduate Public Health majors, and the quality of the advising services and programming available to them.
  • Holds a key role in the review committee for undergraduate student applicants.
  • Ensures undergraduate student advisors (who are direct reports) are fully trained and well supported relative to the Student Information Systems (i.e. CalCentral), UC and L&S Division of Undergraduate Studies policies and procedures, pre-health and pre-med news/updates/advising, student advising skills and competencies, etc.
  • Meets with the advisors regularly to ensure ongoing communication.
  • Provides direction and advisement to advisors on complex issues encountered.
  • Leads resolution/response to student emergencies.
  • Partners with Undergraduate Program Faculty Director and advisors on direction of the Program.
  • Ensures ongoing compliance with all academic policies governing undergraduates within the School.

Graduate Student Advising:

  • Ensures Graduate Student Affairs Officers (GSAOs, who report to their respective academic divisions/programs) are fully trained and well supported relative to the Student Information Systems (i.e. CalCentral), Graduate Division policies and procedures, and student advising skills and competencies, in collaboration with the Director of Student Services.
  • Provides direction and advisement to graduate student advisors on complex issues encountered.
  • Participates in the recruitment and selection of graduate student advisors.
  • Contributes ongoing performance feedback to divisional leadership.
  • Contributes to workload assessments, and prioritization/balancing efforts.
  • Partners with divisional leadership to solve medium-term staffing gaps.
  • Utilizes systems/procedures/advising knowledge to provide back-up in select circumstances.

Career Services, Practicum Experiences, and Alumni Engagement:

  • Serves as a thought-partner and advocate for RISE: Berkeley Public Health Careers and Leadership Office in the areas of strategic development and practicum assessments for all MPH and DrPH students. RISE provides wrap-around student support for practicum (internships) and career services, bridging the gap between students' academic training and professional interests and goals. RISE also aims to help elevate the impact that our community partners and leaders in the field are making as they address pressing public health priorities.
  • Ensures all aspects of MPH and DrPH student practicum and residencies requirements comply, per the school's accreditation body.
  • Collaborates on annual alumni surveys, represent the school in alumni communications, and represent the school in professional development activities with alumni and other public health professionals.

Event Management:

  • In collaboration with the school's Events Manager, manages the planning and execution of large, annual student-centric events: Spring Visit Day, New Student Orientation (both Graduate NSO and Undergraduate NSO), and Commencement.

Financial Management:

  • Plans, develops, and administers the student services budget for the organization.
  • Determines best allocation of financial, time, and human resources in planning recruitment/outreach travel and events, large events (e.g. Commencement), student activities, staff development, and other initiatives.
  • Provides input on budget allocation decisions about financial aid/fellowships and student programming in partnership with other members of the Leadership Team.

External Leadership:

  • Represents the School to the campus community and relevant external constituencies (e.g. corporate partners, alumni, sponsoring agencies, governmental entities), including other schools of public health and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), in the area of student services.
  • Represents School policies and interests in campus-wide committee meetings and task forces.


  • Participates in workshops, trainings, and other professional development opportunities.
  • Completes other duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • 5+ years of work/leadership experience in the student services field in a higher education setting.
  • Highly developed professional commitment to creating a student services culture where all student-facing staff thrive and are able to contribute to an outstanding, accessible, responsive, and inclusive student experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively across the organization at all levels, as well as to connect with students (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral).
  • High degree of emotional intelligence.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and build consensus among diverse populations including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff
  • Demonstrated expertise building collaborations.
  • Ability to integrate core concepts of equity, inclusion, and educational justice into everyday practice.
  • Demonstrated experience being responsive to and advocating for diverse students, in all dimensions, including advanced understanding of issues of disparities in educational background, class, race, gender, ability, age, sexuality, and immigration status, especially as they pertain to graduate study.
  • Demonstrated experience in recruiting, advising, and/or counseling historically underrepresented students as well as students from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Awareness of mental health needs and supports for students.
  • Advanced knowledge of student advising and counseling competencies and techniques.
  • Ability to build cohesive teams through excellent management of direct reports and to achieve goals through subordinate supervisors, as well as experience with leading cross-functional teams that do not have a direct, formal reporting relationship.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, specifically as it relates to communicating to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Comfortable presenting to large audiences.
  • Track-record of shaping culture by strategic planning, change management, project management (including large-scale event coordination), program implementation, and/or managing across multiple important priorities.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently, multi-task effectively, and foster teamwork.
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities successfully, in a timely manner, with a high volume of work in a complex working environment.
  • Demonstrated skills in problem identification and resolution, conflict resolution, sound judgment and decision-making, critical thinking/analysis, risk management, negotiation, creative problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, objectivity, sensitivity, discretion, professionalism, and exercise good judgment and tact.
  • Proven political acumen in complex, multi-layered organizations.
  • Demonstrated skills with common computer application programs, including the Microsoft Office Suite, Gmail Collaboration Suite, and databases.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 8+ years of work experience in the student services field, including leadership and managerial experience in undergraduate and/or graduate program development, implementation, and analysis.
  • Understanding of challenges faced by disabled students, and resources available to support students with seen or unseen disabilities.
  • Experience in developing and executing financial aid strategy.
  • Strong understanding of students' financial needs, barriers, and opportunities.
  • Advanced knowledge of graduate admissions requirements and processes at a major research university.
  • Ability to travel and represent the program externally.
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to learn student-related, University-specific computer applications programs (e.g. Slate, SOPHAS, PeopleSoft-based student information systems).
  • Experience in fundraising and/or grant writing.
  • Experience and understanding of the current trends in public health and networks in the local, national and global spheres of public health.
  • Understanding of unique needs and challenges of students in a public health education environment.


  • Advanced degree (Master's or higher) in education, higher education administration, counseling/advising, public health and/or related field and/or equivalent experience.

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 or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $129,300.00 - $153,100.00. The full pay scale range for this position classification (grade 25) is $105,500.00 - $200,700.00.

  • 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 is a hybrid position, eligible for up to 40% remote capability.

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.

Diversity Statement

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that "every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive."

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.

The University of California's Affirmative action policy.

The University of California's Anti-Discrimination policy.

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