Program Director - Sciences - Extension

University of California Berkeley - Berkeley, CA4.2

30+ days ago
Posting Title: Continuing Educator II, Program Director of Sciences
Location: UC Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, CA
Salary: $75,792.00 (step 11) - $91,524.00 (step 19) (100% Full time Equivalent) Closing Date: Open until Filled
Job Number: JPF01823

Established by UC Berkeley in 1891, Extension is one of the largest and oldest Continuing Education operations in the United States. As a self-supporting organization, UC Berkeley Extension offers more than 2,000 personal enrichment and professional development classes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and California, the United States, and internationally. Extension delivers instruction on-site and through online and hybrid class formats. Extension’s enrollments total approximately 40,000 annually.

This position is anticipated to start in September 2018.

Program Development and Administration for Lower Division Science courses:
Leadership position that is responsible for the administration and academic quality of the lower division science courses. In consultation with the Director, instructors, campus faculty, and colleagues, the Continuing Educator II will analyze current educational needs in the biological, chemical and physical sciences, including identifying new course topics and program opportunities, objectives, methods of instruction, instructors and locations. Manage laboratory locations and collaborations, including securing laboratory space and assisting with execution of contracts for use of space. Independently plan new and repeat course offerings each term and secure their academic approval. Review student evaluations and periodically visit courses to evaluate course content, instructor performance, and administrative service support. Implement changes in course content, methodology, and instructors when and where needed. Establish, build, and maintain excellent relations with campus departments and related professional associations. Implement and manage quality assurance program for courses and resolve student or instructor issues as they occur.

Program Director of the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program
Leadership position that is responsible for management of the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions Program. Manage the admissions process, and implement changes in content to ensure academic quality. Design and conduct student information sessions/career nights for interested public. Maintain data and statistics of the number of pre-health students, applications, and acceptance rates. Plan, update and administer the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions advising courses, Health Career Seminar I and II. Recruit industry professionals and academics to serve on curricula development advisory committees to generate new programming ideas.

Student Advising
Work directly and in collaboration with a student advisor to counsel and advise students 1:1 enrolled in the Post- baccalaureate Health Professions Program on preparing and applying for professional health programs, such as medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary schools. Coordinate the letter writing process and write composite letters of recommendation for program students. Support the professional school application process for applicants and conduct mock interviews. Serve as work-lead for staff student advisor in all areas of advising mentioned above.

Contract Education Programs:
In consultation and collaboration with the Director of Science, Mathematics and Biotechnology, the Director of Corporate Training, COO/CFO, the Budget and Financial Services department, and fellow colleagues, develop contract education programs within the content area of the portfolio for corporations and other entities. Continually scan environment and query corporate clients for trends affecting subject areas. Plan creatively to meet audience’s educational needs. Respond to external inquiries, conduct rudimentary needs analysis, nurture client relationships, and develop program proposals with preliminary cost estimates and delivery timeframes. Design and price programs. With assistance and guidance of Budget and Financial Services department or their designees, negotiate outline of contract agreement. Communicate with selected instructors regarding their contract, logistics, and course requirements. Communicate with client as needed, and oversee implementation of contract. Evaluate and make recommendations regarding custom tailoring considerations.

Recruitment, Orientation and Supervision:
Recruit, evaluate, and renew qualified instructors and secure their academic approval. Meet with instructors and advisory groups, as needed, regarding course and program-related issues. Work closely with colleagues and serve as work leader to support staff in implementing course offerings and achieving programmatic goals.

Financial Administration:
Develops an annual budget. Responsible for financial management and successful performance for the portfolio. Establish individual course and program budgets each term in consultation with the Director. Analyzes and monitors revenue, expenditures and budgets and make adjustments to achieve budgetary goals. In consultation with the Director, negotiate instructor compensation and other course related expenses. In consultation with the Director, make course cancellation decisions as necessary.

Collaborate with the Communications and Marketing Department to create marketing strategies for the basic science courses and the Post-Baccalaureate Health Professions program. Work with Marketing colleagues to write catalog, brochure and/or promotional copy.

Strategic Planning:
Develop the strategic plan and vision for the sciences and related programs. Plan for future programmatic directions and work with others to create new and viable programs to meet the needs of this changing and dynamic industry.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED (Required at time of application) A graduate degree in the sciences (Ph.D. preferred).

Experience in scientific curriculum development, implementation and management. Experience in supervising staff and academic advising.
Teaching experience at the college level.
Demonstrated ability to form successful relationships with instructors, campus departments, and professional associations.
Demonstrated ability to set and achieve agreed financial results.
Demonstrated ability to manage a high volume of projects with competing deadlines. Demonstrated leadership ability.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively on a project team.
Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing with a diverse group of stakeholders.

Diversity Statement:
The school/department is interested in candidates who have an understanding of the barriers facing women and people of color in higher education.

Family Friendly Statement:
The University offers a comprehensive benefits package and number of policies and programs are in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

The Campus Community:
  • 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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
  • We offer a diverse working environment, competitive salaries, and comprehensive benefits.
  • 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.
  • For more information about UC Berkeley Extension, please visit:
To Apply:
Go to Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Please provide three names of references along with contact information at time of application. Please submit your materials as PDF documents. Applicants’ basic qualifications will be assessed at time of application. Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters. This position is open until filled. Contact Lisa Fuller, HR Manager at for further information.

Job location
Berkeley, CA
Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

Cover Letter

Reference requirements
3 required (contact information only)