Job ID: 134516

Managing Director(0378U) Job

University of California Berkeley

  • Dec. 5, 2019
  • Managing Director(0378U) Job
  • University of California Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Business & Administration

Managing Director(0378U) Job

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: 1/2/20

Departmental Overview

Made possible by a $20-million commitment from the Paul and Stacy Jacobs Foundation, Berkeley Engineering launched the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the Clinton Global Initiative in June 2013. The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
expands the role of design in undergraduate and masters-level engineering education at the University of California, Berkeley. As the Institute works to further its mission of educating leading innovators at the intersection of design and technology, it provides students with hands-on experiences and opportunities to work in interdisciplinary teams to address real societal issues. Students are challenged to approach the entire cycle of design, from identifying user needs to rapid prototyping to commercialization and manufacturing, from an integrated vantage point.

Core programs within the Jacobs Institute include:

  • the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation, an undergraduate certificate offered in partnership with the Haas School of Business, College of Letters & Science, and College of Environmental Design;

  • a curriculum of 6-8 design-focused courses offered fall, spring and summer, for which the institute recruits lecturers and faculty;

  • a makerspace staffed by professional and student workers which is accessed by 1200+ students each semester;

  • mentorship and co-curricular programming for students, such as the Innovation Catalyst program;

  • supporting 15+ design and innovation courses from campus departments and 25+ clubs and decals each semester by offering access to high quality teaching, meeting and event space;

  • public events and speaker series;

  • a newly launched professional Master of Design degree, offered in partnership with the College of Environmental Design and housed within the Jacobs Institute; and

  • partnerships with companies and international universities.

The Managing Director is responsible for overseeing all administrative operations for the institute, including program budget, staff, and facilities. In addition, the Managing Director provides essential support to the institute's faculty leadership, and contributes to the development and implementation of the vision for the institute.


60% Institute Management and Academic Administration:

  • Directs and administers the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation with complete administrative and programmatic responsibility. Supports the faculty leadership in developing and implementing the institute's mission and agenda. Leads the institute staff, with direct reports in technical, operational and administrative roles. Designs, develops and oversees curricular programs, working closely with faculty leadership and in coordination with other campus units. Recruits lecturers, develops and implements policies related to academic student employees and course budget allocations. Directs space usage of Jacobs Hall, working closely with Jacobs Technical Lab Lead (who serves as building manager) and COE facilities team. Develops and implements policies to align space usage with the mission and priorities of the institute. Designs, develops and implements new student-focused co-curricular programs, including workshops and competitions, as well as public events, such as speaker series and project showcases. Assesses program effectiveness, and recommends changes to program content, policies and procedures accordingly. Oversees data collection, reporting, and metrics for key institute activities. Proactively engages with departments in College of Engineering and across campus to foster interdisciplinary collaboration.

20% Financial and Resource Management:

  • Plans, directs, and controls Jacobs Institute budget, personnel, facilities and other resources. Works collaboratively with the College of Engineering on all matters related to academic and staff personnel, development activities, and financial/business administration.

20% Fundraising, Partnerships, and External Relations:

  • Identifies fundraising opportunities, and proactively collaborates with College of Engineering development and University Relations to share these opportunities with potential donors. Proactively collaborates with College of Engineering's Industry Relations and International Office (GLOBE) to identify and develop potential partnerships and collaborations. Contributes to grant-writing; identifies potential grant-funding opportunities.

Participates in and presents at professional conferences related to design and engineering education. Tracks relevant trends in education and industry, and cultivates relationships with peer institutions. Works with College of Engineering to organize and hold Industrial Advisory Board meetings.

Required Qualifications
  • Knowledge of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices. Advanced interpersonal skills and ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff, students, sponsors, and external audiences. Highly collaborative; proven ability to work effectively across a large organization. Advanced oral and written communication skills. Experience managing a cross-functional team. Advanced ability to think creatively and independently on concepts requiring advanced analytical skills. Bachelor's degree in a related area and/or equivalent experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience managing academic programs in a higher education setting. Academic background and experience in engineering innovation and/or design. Experience fundraising and/or business development experience. Experience managing an academic budget of at least $1M. Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

*Salary commensurate with experience.

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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