University of California, Berkeley — Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Division of Equity and Inclusion

The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative and solutions-oriented leader to serve as the next Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff for the Division of Equity and Inclusion (COS-E&I). 

The Chief of Staff role offers the exciting opportunity to be part of the executive team that leads a vibrant division that impacts the lives and experiences of the full Berkeley community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the outside world. Berkeley has one of the three largest Equity and Inclusion divisions in the country, whether measured by the number of units, full-time employees, or total budget oversight. The size brings tremendous financial, leadership, and operational complexity and introduces significant opportunities and challenges in line with Berkeley’s mission as one of the leading public institutions in the nation.

The Chief of Staff (COS-E&I) reports to the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and is responsible for managing the overall operations of the Vice Chancellor’s Immediate Office, ensuring optimal services are provided in the areas of communication, financial analysis, Human Resources, institutional research, and policy analysis, among others with a total of five direct reports. A critical member of the core leadership team, the COS-E&I provides strategic counsel and advice to the Vice Chancellor and E&I senior leadership and is responsible for coordinating or conducting research and analysis to address policy issues and provide options on strategies that affect Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice (DEIBJ) related areas. In addition, the Chief of Staff ensures that Equity & Inclusion actively partners with the Division of Student Affairs, the Division of Undergraduate Education, Graduate Division, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost’s Office, Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty, Deans and Chairs, and other campus partners to support the success of students and DEIBJ efforts and will often serve as the representative for the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion (VCEI). 

The Chief of Staff works closely with the E&I Communications Director and partners with centralized campus resources including Public Affairs and Government Relations to support and help formulate strategic communications. The COS-E&I is a strategic thinker for the Division who provides support for identifying and vetting information on sensitive UC/campus and community issues. In partnership with the Divisional Finance Leader and E&I senior leadership, the Chief of Staff also establishes sound financial plans for all units reporting to the VC-E&I, including a comprehensive financial plan for the control unit and the establishment of a transparent budget process.

In this role, the Chief of Staff participates with executives in short- and long-term strategic planning with organization-wide impact and coordinates and tracks strategic planning for E&I, including oversight of the planning process, development of a strategic plan, and implementation. Both divisionally and globally, the Chief of Staff provides campuswide influence on the identification and framing of systemic issues, and the formulation and advancement of approaches to address them. Commitments include facilitating aspects of recent legal, policy, and other compliance issues; complaint resolution including potential lawsuits; and support for achieving priorities of other campus Vice Chancellors, Provosts, and the Chancellor.

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Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The salary estimate for this position is $200,000-225,000. UC Berkeley offers a generous benefits package.

For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to:

Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Managing Director
Fiona Jaramillo, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

The University of California, Berkeley, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity. 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.

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