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The English Department is the largest department in the Division of Art & Humanities in the College of Letters and Science, with ~50 permanent faculty and 8 staff, a large cohort of undergraduate majors, and a distinguished graduate program. The Undergraduate Advisor is a member of a two-person team responsible for oversight and coordination of all aspects of the major and minor programs in English and the minor program in Medieval Studies. This includes, among other relevant duties, student advising, advising faculty and other department members on relevant policies, curriculum planning, course scheduling, enrollment management, and planning in-person and remote events for and with undergraduates, including orientations and Commencement.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 07/19/2022.
Curriculum and Enrollment Management:
Provides and analyzes statistics on enrollment trends, instructors' teaching assignments, and course relief and leaves-both for curriculum planning and for the use of the Chair, the Manager, and relevant committee chairs.
Advises department manager, the Chair, and Directors of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies on complex curricular issues and recommends courses of action when new courses or programs are introduced.
Utilizing extensive knowledge of course content, facilitates new course approval and curriculum revisions through interaction with the Academic Senate; prepares and submits course approval requests to the Committee on Courses and revises the department's section of the General Catalog to reflect changes in faculty and course offerings.
Independently develops teaching schedules for all English Department courses, consulting instructor preferences and balancing with departmental and campus needs.
Enters schedule requests in campus systems.
Coordinates course scheduling with other departments for cross-listed and room-share courses, and for faculty with joint appointments.
Revises class schedules, obtains new classrooms, and publicizes changes throughout the year, as needs arise.
Devises solutions to classroom space and scheduling problems, taking into account the curriculum needs of students, the needs of faculty, and available options.
Advises faculty on departmental, college and university policies and procedures; reviews students' progress and advises students and faculty on requirements for degree/program completion; identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions; supports curriculum planning in consultation with chair, faculty advisors, department manager, and other stakeholders.
Provides advice and assistance to students on all aspects of their academic experience, including academic progress, satisfaction of departmental and University requirements.
Advises new and continuing instructors on departmental, college, and university policies and procedures.
Advises new and continuing instructors on student advising issues.
Evaluates and advises students in petitions for exceptions to departmental, college, or University requirements.
Confirms that students have met requirements for degree completion.
Advises students on a wide range of course possibilities and/or ways to complete degree requirements that may not be clearly defined.
Identifies students with GPA or progress problems, advises students, and recommends appropriate courses of action.
Determines barriers, distractions, and complications affecting a student's academic success, helps students recognize these key non-academic issues, and makes appropriate referrals for additional therapeutic counseling and/or assistance from other units.
Advises on special eligibility requirements such as Honors programs/fellowships/scholarships.
Responsible for interpreting campus policies and advising students and faculty on student conduct, student grievances, disputes, and issues regarding discrimination.
Advises department majors on the job market process, and the standards and norms specific to the student's field of study; advises on summer internship programs.
May plan and implements outreach programs with specifically targeted institutions; advises prospective applicants on necessary academic preparation; appropriateness of program as it pertains to the prospective applicant's goals; utilizing in-depth knowledge of the organization's admissions criteria, evaluates domestic and international transcripts for degree eligibility; meets with prospective students during their visits to Berkeley.
Plans and implements complex, high-visibility student-focused events, the major one being annual commencement.
May plan and deliver workshops on ad hoc topics of interest to department majors.
Liaises with Golden Bear Advising and other campus-initiated student programs.
Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
Knowledge of and/or ability to learn University-specific computer application programs.
Knowledge of and/or ability to learn University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.
Solid verbal and written communication skills.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
Knowledge of complex U.S. visa and immigration procedures, compliance issues, and employment eligibility/authorization for international students and scholars.
Ability in problem identification and reasoning; ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.
Salary & Benefits
This is a 100% full-time (40 hrs a week) exempt career position, which is paid monthly and eligible for full UC Benefits. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $51,700 - $74,700.
Please submit your cover letter and resume when applying.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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