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Director (Academic Coordinator II) - Institute of Governmental Studies
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 10, 2019
Title Director (Academic Coordinator II) - Institute of Governmental Studies
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department N/A
Application Deadline 8/7/2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Government - Policy/Public Affairs
    Political Science - General

Recruitment Period
Open date: July 8th, 2019
Next review date: Monday, Jul 22, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. Description
Associate Director (Academic Coordinator II) - Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS)

The Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Associate Director (Academic Coordinator II) with an anticipated start date in summer 2019.

The Institute of Governmental Studies (IGS), established in 1919, is an organized research unit which supports interdisciplinary research and public service, focused on American and California politics and public policy, and coordinates research activities for several research centers, four faculty colloquia, a professional Library, a publishing program, a major student internship program, and several affiliated programs.

This position oversees the administrative aspects of the Institute's research, public service, and outreach programs. The Associate Director is responsible for overseeing, to varying degrees, the various research centers and programs that are housed within IGS:

  • The Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service: this center houses four student public service programs - Cal in Sacramento, Democracy Camp, the Matsui Washington Fellows, and Local Government Fellows program. It also hosts an annual Matsui Lecture where a former congressperson is asked to be in residence for two days to give a lecture and meet with students and faculty on campus.
  • The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI): BIMI's interdisciplinary network of researchers places the social, political, legal and economic dynamics of immigration in the Bay Area within global trends of economic mobility, forced migration and family reunification. They seek a holistic picture of migration that embraces new data-gathering technologies as well as embedded, on-the-ground fieldwork, and draws on the expertise of faculty, students and the communities they study.
  • The Center for Community Innovation (CCI): CCI's mission is to nurture effective solutions that expand economic opportunity, diversify housing options, and strengthen connection to place. CCI works toward more equitable, resilient futures for communities. CCI conducts community-engaged research to understand the problems and identify solutions around pressing housing, land use, and urban sustainability issues. The Center houses three major projects: The Urban Displacement Project, Planning Sustainable Regions, and Planning for Jobs.
  • Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP): EGAP is a cross-disciplinary network of researchers and practitioners that is united by a focus on experimental research and is dedicated to generating and disseminating rigorous evidence on topics of governance, politics, and institutions. EGAP seeks to forge partnerships between researchers and practitioners committed to understanding the politics of global development, advance evidence-based policy making, and improve the quality of empirical research in the social sciences.
  • Urban Displacement Project: UDP is a research and action initiative of UC Berkeley, and a project of the Center for Community Innovation. UDP conducts community-centered, data-driven, applied research toward more equitable and inclusive futures for cities. UDP's research aims to understand and describe the nature of gentrification and displacement, and also to generate knowledge on how policy interventions and investment can respond and support more equitable development. The goal of UDP is to produce rigorous research and create tools to empower advocates and policymakers to reframe conversations, and to train and inspire the next generation of leaders in equitable development.
  • Center on Democracy and Organizing (CDO): To strengthen democracy around the world, organizations and activists constantly make strategic choices about how best to inform, engage, and amplify the voices of ordinary people and mobilize collective action. Research often is not available to serve the needs of these actors. CDO is a newly-established research unit at IGS focused on developing a generation of scholars from diverse backgrounds who can do work that simultaneously meets the highest standards of academic rigor and addresses concrete needs of practitioners.
  • Berkeley Center for Globalization and Information Technology (BGIT): BGIT is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students who seek to understand the social ramifications of the globalization process and information technology. The cluster is made up of individual projects, developed by graduate students, faculty, and research fellows. Projects on the "digital city," "e-government," "virtual diasporas and national security, and the European Union are ongoing at the Center.

The Associate Director reports to the IGS Director(s) and when directed, represents the Institute at meetings with representatives from the University, foreign, national, state and local government organizations, other research institutes, funding agencies, donor and alumni groups, and other groups. The Associate Director will serve as the public face of the center, presenting IGS' work in public, and interacting with media as needed. The Associate Director operates with significant independence and initiative after receiving general direction from the Institute's Director(s).

The Associate Director helps develop proposals for research, public service, and outreach programs, both independently and in consultation with faculty and researchers from departments and research units beyond IGS.

The Associate Director advises the Director(s) on the Institute's fiscal affairs and budget planning related to the overall budget, extramural contracts, grants, and research gifts. The Associate Director manages the IGS staff, including coordinating all academic and staff personnel actions.

The Associate Director has oversight for Institute events and may serve as the leader on conference planning and public outreach activities as assigned by the Director(s).

Reports to the IGS Director

Basic/Minimum Qualifications (required at time of application):

  • A Master's or equivalent international degree, or a Bachelor's or equivalent international degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master's or equivalent international degree, or a Bachelor's or equivalent international degree, plus 5-7 years of experience, in political science, public policy, political journalism.
  • Experience managing a complex research-focused unit, including oversight of staff and research activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and administering research proposals and programs.
  • Experience in design and implementation of new programs. Experience in managing outreach activities.
  • Experience in development, including the identification of multiple funding sources for both academic and non-academic programs.
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of University systems, including those for budgeting, contracts and grants, and research infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated analytical abilities and creativity in problem-solving.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency with a wide range of computing-based software.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other members of the Institute's senior management team.
  • Knowledge of California and American politics.

This full-time position is for two years and is renewable based on performance and availability of funding. Salary commensurate with experience, plus benefits. This position will be open until filled. To apply go to

Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references. 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:

Please address inquires to Alexandria Wright, Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California Berkeley,

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family. The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

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:
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