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Department Manager (7378U) - CED/LAEP
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jul. 10, 2021
Title Department Manager (7378U) - CED/LAEP
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Architecture/Landscape Architecture

Department Manager (7378U) - CED/LAEP

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: 5/4/21

Departmental Overview

The Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning has 10.75 full-time and 24 part-time teaching faculty, 6 career staff, over 260 students, 100 of which are graduate students. The department also maintains an offsite facility, Blake Garden. The department grants degrees in the following areas: B.A., MLA (professional degree in Landscape Architecture with 3 separate program tracks, plus various concurrent degree programs), and Ph.D. The department is also the administrative center for and supplies academic advising for the interdisciplinary graduate masters program, Master of Urban Design.

The College of Environmental Design (CED) operates three academic departments - Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning - conferring both undergraduate and graduate degrees. CED has approximately 50 full-time and 35 part-time teaching faculty, approximately 50 career staff, and over 1,000 students. The operations of the College are financed with state funds, gifts and endowments, professional master's level program revenue, and other revenue sources in an amount roughly totaling $18,000,000 annually.


As highest ranking non-academic officer, this position manages the full general operations of the Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning at the College of Environmental Design. The departmental manager reports to the Chair of the department with dotted line reporting to the Assistant Dean of Finance & Administration. S/he is a member of CED's executive team of Deans, Chairs and Departmental Managers.

Administrative services include activities in finance and human resources, as well as IT, facilities, and student services. General management includes long and short range strategic planning in determining the mission and directing all activities of a multi-disciplinary department through subordinate management staff. Leads and manages all operations in support of the teaching programs in the department, and develops goals and plans for administrative, academic, instructional and outreach programs. The manager is responsible for short- and long-range management of fiscal resources, academic program management, academic personnel, career and part-time staff, and physical resources, including information and classroom technology. The manager supervises all department staff, and oversees all administrative and service activities for the entire Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning.

35% Manages, plans, administers, coordinates and oversees the entire range and all aspects of

administrative and business operations for the Architecture department. Administrative services include

all of the following functions:

  • budgetary and financial management
  • purchasing and reimbursements
  • student services
  • donor/alumni relations
  • physical resources (including equipment inventories)
  • space management
  • contracts and grants
  • revenue administration
  • payroll and benefits
  • human resources (includes senate and non-senate academic, staff and student personnel


  • international travel/scholarship including visas, etc.

35% Maintains integrity of an organizational department through management, supervision and oversight of staff, including hiring, assigning duties and managing workflow, and reviewing work. Trains and directs staff, conducts performance evaluations and takes disciplinary actions.

10% Serves as key administrative officer for unit's functional programs, oversees analysis and policy development for issues and processes, including budget, financial and other administrative and business and academic functions.

10% Performs strategic planning for all aspects of department. Formulates policies and guidelines to carry out the department's mission for faculty and students. Develops, modifies and executes campus policies which affect immediate operations.

10% Interacts with higher-level management on controversial situations, customer negotiations, or influencing and persuading other departmental, college or campus personnel. Interacts with higher-level management on matters concerning several functional areas, and/or customers.

As a member of CEDs Executive Team of Deans, Chairs and Managers, manages, evaluates, and makes recommendations for college-wide planning in the areas of financial management, development activities, academic programs, academic and staff personnel, facilities, and information and classroom technology.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent ability to establish metrics for department and employee goals.
  • Excellent project management skills, including the capability of managing capital projects.
  • Excellent ability to analyze, research, summarize and encapsulate data for a variety of audiences and higher levels of review.
  • Excellent skills to work collaboratively, as well as work independently, and act persuasively in sensitive situations; skills in conflict management techniques. Ability to develop and maintain cooperative, effective working relationships with a diverse academic and administrative population.
  • Thorough knowledge of budget and financial analysis and reporting techniques; human resources and risk management planning; accounting and payroll.
  • Working knowledge of applicable federal and state laws and campus policies relating to a variety of administrative and academic functions that position oversees.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively supervise/manage, lead, motivate and influence others and develop and maintain high standards of customer service while engendering trust and good will and demonstrate personal and professional integrity.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to readily learn and adapt new technologies to operate specialized database programs, including data entry, exporting/importing, transmitting and ad-hoc reporting.
  • Very strong ability to quickly evaluate complex issues and identify multiple options for resolution.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of independent judgment, initiative and political acumen while maintaining sensitivity to confidentiality.
  • Ability to work under pressure with competing deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of common campus-specific and other computer application programs including CalPlanning, CalAnswers, BFS, BAIRS, Microsoft Office, etc.
  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

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

Designated salary for this position is $75,400 - $90,000. However; starting salary is commensurate with experience.

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:
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