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Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, Division of Social Sciences (0554U) - 27293
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 18, 2019
Title Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, Division of Social Sciences (0554U) - 27293
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Dean
  • Finance

Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, Division of Social Sciences (0554U) - 27293

About Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Departmental Overview
The Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters & Science is the largest academic division on campus, with an annual budget of approximately $130M, 270 permanent faculty FTE, and undergraduate enrollment which averages over 31,000 per semester. It is also among Berkeley's most heterogeneous divisions, with faculty studying every dimension of the human experience. Its academic departments include African American studies, anthropology, demography, economics, ethnic studies, geography, gender and women's studies, history, linguistics, political science, psychology and sociology. The division is also home to the International and Area Studies and Cognitive Science programs, the Social Sciences Matrix, D-Lab, and several related research units. The Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration serves as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Chief of Staff, and Chief Financial Officer for the division.

As Chief Administrative Officer, the Assistant Dean is responsible for overseeing the general operations of the division, partnering with divisional and departmental leadership to achieve strategic objectives, and implementing administrative policies and procedures. The Assistant Dean represents the division at the campus level, brings matters of concern to the attention of campus leadership, and ensures managers are kept informed of campus initiatives, policy changes or any other activities that may impact their units.

As Chief of Staff, the Assistant Dean provides strategic guidance, advising and decision support to division leadership on matters related to short- and long-range strategic and resource planning and high-level analyses of new program development. The Assistant Dean also coordinates the activities of divisional staff engaged in a range of functions and supports the launch of new programs and initiatives.

As the division's Chief Financial Officer, the Assistant Dean manages the development and execution of the division's multi-year and annual budget, advises the dean on key budgetary decisions and advocates for the needs and priorities of the division. The Assistant Dean partners with division and departmental leadership to increase revenues and optimize the utilization of available resources.

Organizational Strategy and Executive Advising

  • Serves as Chief of Staff and coordinates the activities of the divisional leadership team to achieve the dean's strategic objectives.
  • Advises division and department leadership on financial and administrative policies and strategies as they affect their units and devises creative approaches to resource allocation and management that enable them to accomplish their programmatic objectives.
  • In collaboration with the deans, chairs, directors and managers, determines and establishes organizational structures and supervisory relationships for new programs and/or restructuring activities.
  • Directs the complex planning process of the development and execution of the division's multi-year and annual budget plans.
  • Develops processes and criteria for the review of departmental and divisional administrative and financial plans.
  • Provides guidance to academic leadership regarding funding, new venture development and other resource acquisitions.
  • Advises dean and chairs on revenue opportunities and serves as point for development of professional degree supplemental tuition rates.
  • Advises deans, chairs, directors, faculty and staff on complex and challenging issues involving campus policies, risk, legal, Title 9, research compliance, intellectual property, etc.
  • Participates in leadership transition planning; acculturates new deans and chairs in college and campus policies and procedures, prepares orientation materials for academic leadership.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in higher education funding, research administration and teaching in order to provide the dean with broad perspective across the Campus.

Administration and Finance

  • Makes recommendations and implements decisions on issues (operational and budget processes and management, staff FTE, finance, human resources and space/facilities planning) that have division-wide impact.
  • Consults with the department managers to improve departmental management structures and operations across the division.
  • Develops strategies, policies and procedures to optimize efficient utilization of available resources.
  • Ensures departmental compliance with campus, college and divisional policies and procedures in all functional areas for the 17 L4 departments.
  • Serves on select hiring committees and makes recommendations for the selection of division, department, and center manager positions and senior finance staff.
  • Manages divisional performance review and merit processes.
  • Advises academic unit leadership on complex performance management issues.
  • For labor relations matters, formulates Step 2 or next level response for grievance process on behalf of the dean.
  • Provides mentoring, training, and professional development opportunities for division and department staff.
  • Manages the annual budget process for the departments and programs in the division.
  • Monitors division and department adherence to approved budgets, implements key financial controls across the entire division, and ensures compliance.
  • Analyzes departmental funding requests against other critical commitments in the division and advises the dean on key budgetary decisions, e.g., allocating campus support, aligning resources, making budgetary trade-offs to meet the division's strategic priorities.
  • Manages the dean's divisional resources which include a wide range of funding sources, and develops strategies, policies and procedures to optimize utilization and efficiency.
  • Resolves complex financial issues within the division.
  • Serves as the primary liaison with Berkeley Regional Services for the academic and staff HR functions, procurement/travel and entertainment, research administration and IT functional areas.
  • Represents the division and its departments with central units including the Controller's Office, Financial Planning & Analysis, Capital Strategies, OPA, Berkeley Regional Services, Facilities Services, Human Resources, Space Management, Graduate Division, and others. Escalates issues for resolution.

Campus-level Leadership and Coordination

  • Serves on high level campus administrative committees and task forces as an academic administrative subject matter expert.
  • Represents the division at various campus level administrative forums and represents the departments with regard to policy formulation and implementation.
  • Interacts frequently with high level campus leaders to implement the strategic objectives of the division.

Required Qualifications
  • Advanced skills in short- and long-range planning, program and project management, facilitation and collaboration.
  • Sound strategic-thinking and consulting skills.
  • Proven ability to focus on priorities, strategies, and vision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively lead, motivate, and influence people at all levels.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a broad range of constituents.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced analytical skills.
  • Excellent skills to work collaboratively and act persuasively in sensitive situations.
  • Very strong ability to quickly evaluate complex issues and identify multiple options for resolution.
  • Thorough knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques.
  • Ability to effectively navigate campus enterprise systems (e.g. Cal Answers, CalPlanning, UCPath) and proficiency with common business applications (e.g. Microsoft Office, Google Suite).
  • Bachelor's degree and/or equivalent combination of experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced knowledge of UC policies, procedures and practices.
  • Proven track record of leadership in a higher education environment.

Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary is 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.

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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