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This is a career position at 100% appointment funded on a yearly basis; continuity of position is contingent upon funding.
The SAGE Scholars Program (Student Achievement Guided by Experience) provides executive-level training and work experience to academically high-achieving undergraduates from very low-income backgrounds and various academic disciplines, enriching students’ academic experiences and empowering them to proceed to challenging careers. Components of the program include financial education, coaching, professional development, leadership, and career research. SAGE Scholars funding and volunteer support come from corporations, foundations, and individual donors who provide opportunities for students to mentor other students, gain internship experience, acquire knowledge of careers, and gain professional development skills not usually available to students from this socioeconomic level.
The Associate Program Director is responsible for managing various programs in SAGE and student advising; and assists the Director with fundraising opportunities. The position involves a wide range of student services and fundraising responsibilities including planning, developing, and implementing programs, activities, counseling, and advising focused on students' academic and career development. The Associate Program Director works closely with alumni and potential employers to develop internships and career positions for the SAGE Scholars as well as increase the financial support for the SAGE Scholars Program.
The Associate Program Director helps very low-income students with multiple demands and priorities stay focused on their academic obligations, and helps students identify fields and careers that they are passionate about and that they are qualified to obtain upon graduation, or are focused for applying to graduate school to obtain a position within their chosen career. Complex and creative coordination is needed to involve students, alumni, and potential employers and SAGE sponsors and donors as well as maintain the high caliber of student performance in their professional development.
Specifically, the Associate Program Director manages the Leadership Development, Financial Education, Professional Development, and Career Research components of the SAGE Scholars Program. In addition, the Associate Program Director supports the Executive Director’s fundraising efforts, which include building relationships with top Bay Area companies and organizations and identifying opportunities for corporate support of the SAGE Scholars Program in addition to building SAGE alumni support and individual donor and corporate and foundation partnerships. The position advises the Director on a variety of student issues and recommends changes to policies, practices, and procedures as well as implements ideas for fundraising efforts.
Student Advising and Program Implementation (60%)
• Outreach: Plans and implements outreach programs with specifically targeted Berkeley students; advises prospective applicants to the SAGE Scholars Program on necessary preparation; helps rank applicants for admission. Provides presentations and further develops outreach opportunities on campus among student groups and other programs serving the same socioeconomic student population.
• Advising: Academic Advising - reviews students' progress and advises students on strategies to overcome academic obstacles and improve classroom success; identifies students with progression problems and recommends interventions. Financial Aid Advising - Advises students on financial aid options on campus and extramural scholarship opportunities.
• Counseling: Career Counseling - Advises SAGE students on the job market, strategies for job placement and career success, and summer internship programs. Helps students learn to identify goals and obstacles, identify their interests, values, skills, and personalities, and learn how to conduct informational and job interviews. Uses standard quantitative and qualitative assessments to help students assess career goals. Personal Counseling - Identifies personal crisis situations and refers students to appropriate resources.
• Workshop Planning and Implementation: Develops and implements innovative programs including seminars and workshops that increase the SAGE Scholar's professional development skills and career resources.
• Student Community Building: Develops long-range innovative strategies and methods for building community among the SAGE Scholars.
Program Assessment and Evaluation: Evaluates the success of SAGE services and programs and makes recommendations for improvement.
Event Planning, and Corporate Relations and Fundraising (40%)
• Event Planning: Plans and implements complex, high-visibility events for corporate and individual donors and internship sponsors, SAGE Scholars, faculty, and administrators.
• Corporate Relations and Fundraising: Develops and implements marketing and outreach programs to promote programs and services to Bay Area companies and individual donors; identifies, researches, cultivates, and solicits corporate prospects to gain participation and financial support with companies in close partnership with the SAGE Executive Director and volunteers.
• Excellent communication and writing skills.
• Effective presentation skills to present to diverse populations in academic and student settings and high-level executives in corporate settings.
• Experience with donor solicitation and cultivation.
• Working knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.
• Advanced knowledge of academic, career, leadership and professional development practices, coaching, major and career decision making, learning styles, and job search methods.
• Knowledge and practice using experiential teaching and learning in workshop and program implementation.
• Knowledge of Bay Area employers, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, and employment trends; ability to successfully navigate processes and departments.
• Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance; ability in problem identification and reasoning; ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.
• Organization and project management skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Multicultural competencies; ability to work with diverse populations.
• Experience collaborating with diverse populations, leading and working in teams.
• Successful experience in developing plans and achieving goals on schedule.
• Flexibility and adaptability to change; creative visionary who collaborates well.
• Willingness to occasionally work evenings and weekends.
• Demonstrated ability to inspire others and lead by example.
• Dedicated passion to making a difference.
Note: A cover letter is required for this position. Please include this information within the resume document as our system can only accept one attachment per application.
• Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
$50,000 to $62,000 annual, depending on experience
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How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.
This position does require some travel within the Bay Area or offsite work.
Criminal Background Check
This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.