Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Payroll Title: Student Academic Specialist 4 (4551U)
Timeline: Posted on April 28, 2022. The First Review Date for this job is May 12, 2022. For full consideration, please submit your application no later than May 31, 2022. Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single PDF attachment when applying.
The Berkeley Food Institute strives to transform food systems to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production. We empower new leaders with the capacity to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems.
Using advanced knowledge and strategies related to learning skills for students, and applying specialized expertise, this position has responsibility for enhancing agri-food systems education. The Educational Programs Director develops and oversees undergraduate and graduate fellowship programs, community-based participatory research programs, and bridge programs aimed at increasing access to agri-food systems education at UC Berkeley.
- Utilizing specialized expertise, leads Berkeley Food Institute’s educational programs.
- Develops and presents programs to students to enhance their learning capabilities in groups, or 1 on 1, on food systems topics.
- These include extracurricular programs like undergraduate and graduate fellowship programs, community-based participatory research programs, and bridge programs aimed at increasing access to agri-food systems education at UC Berkeley.
- Applies knowledge and training in educational equity to ensure that agri-food systems education at UC Berkeley is welcoming, relevant and culturally appropriate to our diverse student population.
- Contributes curricular expertise and program management to programs such as the Food Systems Minor and Graduate Certificate in Food Systems.
- Designs, develops, implements, and delivers professional development opportunities for instructors in agrifood systems education to enhance the learning and teaching process for students.
- Trains and provides guidance to undergraduate and graduate students and staff who facilitate peer-to-peer educational programs.
- This includes but is not limited to career and fellowship programs.
- Collaborates with BFI communications and other program staff to develop and execute comprehensive outreach for the Institute’s educational programs.
- Develops evaluative tools and methodologies to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services.
- Shares data on program effectiveness to ensure program transparency and regulatory compliance.
- Contributes to organizational development and fund development related to BFI’s education programs.
- Establishes and maintains partnerships with departments, units, and external partners on outreach, orientation, experiential learning, academic strategy, enrichment workshops, community building events, and other activities.
- Maintains on-and-off campus partnerships in service of the Food Systems Minor and Graduate Certificate in Food Systems.
- Knowledge in designing and implementing learning and pedagogical models.
- Knowledge of strategies in critical thinking, reading, writing, note taking, test taking, time management, and goal setting.
- Interpersonal skills, including cultural competency and humility to work across languages, cultures, styles, and opinions in a diverse public university context and produce results.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of staff, faculty, and student populations.
- Skills in judgment and decision-making.
- Advanced knowledge on research and theoretical models that influence the application and delivery of agri-food systems education in higher education.
- Supervisory skills to hire, train, and provide coaching and guidance to student workers and student interns.
- Demonstrated experience working for equity and justice in the food system and the desire to engage learners to think about their role in changing the food system.
- Commitment to our mission and the practice of diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems.
- Advanced knowledge of agri-food systems education and curricula.
- Bachelor’s degree in agri-food systems education and/or equivalent experience/training.
- Advanced knowledge in theoretical concepts of adult learning.
- Knowledge on methodologies to enhance student success.
- Advanced knowledge of specific learning styles, linguistic issues.
- Knowledge of how learning skills issues apply to a research institution.
- Master’s or doctorate in agri-food systems education and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $85,000 – $95,000.
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How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is 12-month, full-time (40 hours/week), Contract appointment with an opportunity for renewal. A hybrid work arrangement is available for this position.
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.
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