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Associate Director, Educational Talent Search (4536U) Center for Educational Partnerships 11779
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 13, 2020
Title Associate Director, Educational Talent Search (4536U) Center for Educational Partnerships 11779
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Education - General

Associate Director, Educational Talent Search (4536U) Center for Educational Partnerships 11779

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.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: October 22, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP) is the primary department on the UC Berkeley campus charged with developing and implementing programs and strategies to improve academic preparation, expand educational opportunities, and ensure access to higher education for low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. Working in partnership with local schools and communities, CEP improves academic achievement and expands post-secondary educational opportunities for students who face significant barriers to college.

The Pre-College TRIO Programs are funded by the United States Department of Education to serve low-income, first generation college high school and middle school students. These programs are the Educational Talent Search (ETS), Upward Bound Program (UB), and Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) programs, which serve over 1757 middle and high school students in the SF East Bay, as well as remotes locations in California, Nevada and Hawaii.

The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program has been in existence since 1969 and serves low-income, first-generation college-bound youth in grades 6-12 in the East Bay communities and school districts of Oakland, Berkeley and West Contra Costa. ETS provides college advising and retention services to over 1,507 secondary school students annually. Services include college advising; workshops on test preparation, study skills, financial aid; college visitations; and a summer writing program. ETS also works with re-entry and non-traditional students in the community.

Position Summary

The Associate Director (AD) of Educational Talent Search is responsible for maintaining the K-12 college advising and academic enrichment programming and the training and supervision of the College Advisors serving the targeted high schools and community resource centers. Along with the Director of Pre-College TRIO Programs, the AD develops and implements strategies for advising services and provides leadership in program management. The AD oversees day-to-day operations, evaluates outcomes, and ensures goals and objectives are met.

The AD assists in monitoring and maintaining working relationships with all target school administrators, faculty and staff. The AD also works with the Director to foster program recognition by district personnel and superintendents, and will also maintain close communication with colleagues in other CEP Programs and other educational equity programs. It is expected that the AD will be responsible for the design, planning, and implementation of college preparation services and activities and ensure recruitment goals are met. The AD will also establish new organizational relationships with K-14 and higher education institutions, and supervision of the college advising staff.

The AD reports to and receives written and verbal assignments from the Director of Pre-College TRIO programs and is expected to perform assignments with a high degree of autonomy relying on their expertise to ensure the best results. Regular communication and consultation with the Director is expected.


  • Provides leadership in strategic and program planning efforts.
  • Recruits and hires professional staff, student assistants and tutors, and/or temporary staff and contractors.
  • Supervises, coaches, provides direction and assigns work tasks to college advising team members. Ensures staff are meeting grant objectives and supports them in this work. Reports on the status of team members' work assignments to the Director.
  • Designs and implements training for professional, non-senate academic, student, and temporary staff. Develops and maintains trainings, policies and procedural manuals for advising and enrichment programming. Facilitates regularly scheduled advising staff meetings for advisers.
  • Responsible for performance evaluations and professional development plans of team members.
  • Develops short and long term advising strategies, evaluates outcomes, and ensures program goals and objectives are met.
  • Resolves disputes and inter-staff conflicts. In consultation with Director, Implements appropriate corrective actions in accordance with university personnel policies and contracts.
  • Develops cultural, professional and educational workshops aimed at sharpening critical-thinking skills, and heightening the social and cultural awareness of project participants.

  • Coordinates annual recruitment of new participants. Works closely with advising team to determine ETS recruitment targets and develops strategies to meet goals.
  • Coordinates motivational and informational college-going activities for program participants, including: academic advising, college and career advising, admissions and financial aid workshops, and social, cultural, career, and college visits.
  • Annually negotiates with target school site administrators on ETS staff office space, access to equipment, students, and student records.
  • Facilitates partnerships/networks with K-12, higher education institutions, and community organizations. Organizes meetings with school site personnel and / or service providers regarding major whole school / district / regional efforts. Develops partnerships / networks with K-12, higher education institutions, and community organizations.
  • Participates in the development and monitoring of policies and procedures for program components. Develops and manages program components and activity budgets. Responsible for interpreting and applying complex federal, state, and university regulations governing the daily operation of the program.

  • Produces program reports and evaluations. Oversees the collection, analysis, and evaluation of student and program data to document progress toward established goals and objectives.
  • Assists with collecting, reviewing, preparing, and submitting annual performance reports to the Federal Department of Education.
  • Annually assesses school site demographics to recommend to the Pre-College TRIO Director allocation of program resources, staffing patterns, and participant contact and enrollment goals.
  • Reviews new information and developments about K-12 and higher education policies and issues, and analyzes their impact on program strategies. Makes recommendations to the Director based upon this analysis.
  • Maintains readiness of program staff and participant record keeping mechanisms and database for onsite program review and/or audit by university or federal regulators.
  • Annually revises and updates all program materials and resources made available to the public including program brochures, participant forms, and staff record keeping procedures.
  • Ensures accurate and up-to-date data entry for all programs.

  • Serves on department, campus, and external committees, workgroups, and coordinating bodies.
  • Supports the coordination of collaboration with other CEP programs.
  • Serves as consultant/expert/resource to K-14 institutions and community organizations regarding college access and college-going culture.
  • Assists with fundraising and proposal writing, development planning; researches and drafts proposals and concept papers. Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Required Qualifications
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience working with underserved youth. Comprehensive experience advising and supporting educationally disadvantaged students regarding postsecondary opportunities and careers.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience working with educational equity programs serving a diverse student population. Demonstrated cultural competency with respect to race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.
  • Extensive knowledge of youth and adolescent development theory, including issues facing low- income, first-generation, and urban youth. Demonstrated cultural awareness and the appreciation of the humanity of all identities including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, religion, ability and sexual orientation.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Individual Educational Plans.
  • Knowledge of the English Language Development program.
  • Advanced knowledge of high school graduation and college entrance requirements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of academic trends; curriculum development. Ability to assess their impact on program strategies.
  • Knowledge of up-to-date information on K-12 and higher education institutions (UC, CSU, CC, etc.), admissions and financial aid requirements, and matriculation processes. Advanced knowledge and ability to interpret K-12 and current higher education policies and issues policies and procedures to youth, parents, and school representatives.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with school district administrators, school counselors, principals, teachers, and community contacts. Ability to develop outreach programs, and design effective materials.
  • Demonstrated experience with recruitment, interviewing, and hiring professional, student, non- senate academic, and/or temporary staff. Demonstrated experience in staff development. Strong interpersonal skills. Leadership and supervisory skills.
  • High-level skills in communicating clearly and effectively verbally and in writing. Strong interpersonal skills, including presentation, communication, negotiation, leadership, problem-solving, supervisory, and conflict resolution.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a variety of settings and to maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
  • Strong project management skills. Ability to prioritize work assignments and manage multiple critical projects with deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Knowledge of Federal TRIO programs and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Demonstrated computer literacy with competency in word processing, spreadsheet, database management, presentation, and other information technologies.
  • Ability and willingness to work evenings, weekends, summer, and to travel overnight.

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

  • Possess a valid California driver's license.
  • CPR or other life-saving skills preferred (CPR certification is required before summer programs commence).

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a related area.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary range of the position is $75,000.00 - $88,500.00, commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

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 see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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