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Behavioral Coach (4145U) - 61741
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 17, 2023
Title Behavioral Coach (4145U) - 61741
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
    Research Scientist/Associate
  • Educational Psychology/Behavior Analysis
    Counseling/Human Services

Behavioral Coach (4145U) - 61741

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.

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Departmental Overview

Risk-Resilience Research (RRR) is a fun, dynamic, interdisciplinary team of students, staff, and scholars at the University of California, Berkeley. Our mission is to improve justice, safety, and well-being for people and communities at risk, through policy-relevant research. The RRR lab is directed by Professor Jennifer Skeem, a psychologist affiliated with the Goldman School of Public Policy and School of Social Welfare. For more about us and our work, please see:

Over the past two years we have developed a school-based group intervention (Playing for Change) that wraps a training videogame (un-TILTED!) inside a competitive tournament context. We are evaluating the effectiveness of this program in reducing aggression and promoting prosocial development among local youth (9-12 years old), over the next three years. We are looking for a Behavioral Coach to expand capacity for this group-based intervention at multiple Bay Area middle schools.


  • Under general supervision, the incumbent will facilitate therapeutic video gaming tournaments with 10-15 youth at multiple schools.
  • They will be responsible for administering this highly structured group intervention twice a week at 2-3 schools over a period of 7-8 weeks per semester.
  • The incumbent will assess group participants for eligibility for the intervention using a defined metric, as needed.
  • The incumbent will assist with baseline and follow-up assessments of participants and caregivers as needed.
  • The incumbent will observe attrition and will liaise with school and research staff to assist as needed with recruitment and retention, and study completion.
  • Participates in team meetings as required.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned to advance goal of research project.
  • This job is not eligible for remote work.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience working with young people (children and adolescents).
  • Must be available during school hours.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work well with community partners, stakeholders, academics, and students.
  • Ability to deliver care in an ethical, non-judgmental and non-discriminatory manner.
  • Willingness to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Familiarity with computer games and ability to troubleshoot technical issues.


  • Master's degree in Education, Psychology, Social Work, a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Background working in school settings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Background working in school settings.
  • Experience in running manual group interventions (especially cognitive-behavioral).
  • Strong working knowledge of scientific methods, including experiments.
  • Experience of/or interest in videogames etc.
  • Experience or background in related research in mental health and/or criminal justice fields.
  • Fluency in Spanish.

Salary & Benefits

This is a 3-year, non-exempt temporary position at 25% (10 - 15 hrs a week). This position is paid hourly.

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 $28.30 - $48.71.

How to Apply

  • To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Other Information

  • This is not a visa opportunity.
  • This position will be fully at research sites off-campus.
  • This is a part-time limited position during both school semesters only.
  • Each semester the position will last for 8 weeks for 10-15 hours per week.

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.

Mandated Reporter

This 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 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.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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