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Project Manager (7398U), Haas School of Business 7632
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 24, 2020
Title Project Manager (7398U), Haas School of Business 7632
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Business - General

Project Manager (7398U), Haas School of Business 7632

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: May 13, 2020

Departmental Overview

UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business offers a unique opportunity to champion new ideas, collaborate across boundaries, and continually learn in a workplace committed to increasing diversity and creating a welcoming environment for all.

Our distinctive culture is captured within our four Defining Leadership Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. These principles distinguish Berkeley Haas as a unique environment, conducive to teamwork, collaboration, and career growth.

For more information about the Haas School of Business visit:

The Energy Institute is a research organization at UC Berkeley focused on economic analyses of US and international energy markets. Specifically, the Energy Institute:
  • Trains the business and policy leaders of tomorrow to understand the market, policy, and technological challenges of the energy industries.
  • Strives to ensure that energy and environmental policy is based on sound economic and business principles, backed by rigorous empirical evidence and the frontiers of economic research.
  • Works with scientists to commercialize promising energy technologies, being mindful of the unique scientific and policy issues they will confront.

The Energy Institute seeks a motivated Project Manager to manage a suite of projects deploying a novel low-cost technology designed to measure electricity outages, power reliability, and power quality. Professor Catherine Wolfram, a Research Affiliate of the Energy Institute, is the Principal Investigator on several projects that deploy the GridWatch technologies in households and businesses in East and West Africa. The projects will use the GridWatch data to evaluate rigorously, and at a more granular level than previously achieved, the impact of new electricity infrastructure investments on households and businesses. The primary project is funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation to deploy GridWatch and conduct an impact evaluation in Accra, Ghana. The GridWatch team comprises both engineers and economists.
The Energy Institute values diversity and seeks to include people from under-represented groups on our team.


The Project Manager will oversee and coordinate the field research activities involving the GridWatch technologies in Ghana, Kenya, and Sierra Leone. S/he will provide critical administrative support including managing all deliverables to the respective funding agencies, coordinating with subcontractors, overseeing the local program managers' activities, budgeting/contracting, grant management, events management, and outreach/communications. The Project Manager will work closely with Professor Wolfram, who will provide mentorship and supervision, and will collaborate with other GridWatch team members. While this position is based in Berkeley, there may be periodic field work assignments in Ghana and Kenya.
This is a challenging opportunity for an early-career professional who is passionate about global development and social science research; has a strong desire to expand and deepen skills in research administration, project planning, and partnership development; and is energized to contribute to the long-term success of a dynamic organization.
  • Manage budgets, sub awards and other agreements, funder relationships, coordinate team meetings and communications, and provide occasional administrative assistance to the team.
  • Assist in preparation of deliverables and presentations for donor agencies, conduct background research in conjunction with field research activities; conduct data cleaning, preliminary data analysis, and replication activities in STATA; design, refine and pilot research questionnaires based on interviews; gather data from partners and other sources.

Required Qualifications
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Well-organized, with strong administrative skills and outstanding attention to detail.
  • Strong skills in short-term planning, problem-anticipation and -solving, and customer service; ability to independently investigate solutions to administrative challenges and anticipate leadership needs.
  • Ability to deal with unstructured and changing environments.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills in working with colleagues at all levels. Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality. Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work diplomatically with diverse constituencies.
  • Working knowledge of statistical software such as STATA or R;
  • Working knowledge of quantitative research methods and statistics.
  • Strong competency with MS Office (including solid understanding of Excel) and Google applications.
  • Ability to travel Internationally on short notice an average of 30%

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Minimum of one year relevant professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience managing research projects, including project management, grants management, contracting, budget writing, and report writing.
  • Knowledge of a variety of administrative operations, such as budget creation, financial forecasting, managing calendars, hiring graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Experience working in developing countries (preferably in a research-related capacity).
  • Coursework in quantitative research methods.
  • Understanding of the electricity industry.
  • Working knowledge of limited UC policy and procedures or capacity to acquire it rapidly.
  • Experience using UC Berkeley's BearBuy procurement software.
  • Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude in approaching challenges and uncertainty.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $70,000 - $80,000

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.

If submitting a cover letter, we request that it be no longer than one page and include the following:
  • Your specific interest in working with the Energy Institute.
  • Your main qualifications as it relates to the responsibilities of the role.
  • How you will contribute to diversity on the UC Berkeley campus and within the Energy Institute, including through life experiences and activities you have been involved in.

Other Information

This is a 2 year contract appointment at 100% time/40-hours a week. This position is eligible for full UC benefits, vacation and sick leave accrual.

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.

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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