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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: February 10, 2021
The Biology Scholars Program (BSP) in the Department of Integrative Biology is a 28 year-old science diversity program that provides academic and career support for students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers primarily in the biological and health sciences. Since 1992, BSP has provided student services to over 3,000 Berkeley undergraduates through study groups, course and career advising, paid internships, research opportunities, and events/workshops. Additionally, the BSP cultivates a community of students committed to service. BSP students are on average 80% first-generation/low-income, 70% women, and 60% from groups historically underrepresented in STEM. Each year, BSP provides individualized services to approximately 400 current undergraduates who are underrepresented, low income, first-generation college students, and/or otherwise at a higher risk of experiencing academic difficulty. Additionally, BSP provides services to its program alumni members. For more information, see http://bsp.berkeley.edu/.
Provides academic, personal, financial, and career counseling and advising (online and in-person) to Biology Scholars Program undergraduates (e.g., low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented populations) and alumni interested in careers primarily in the health and biological sciences, including, but not limited to, the planning of short term and long term course schedules and career transition preparation and planning (e.g., seniors, recent alumns)
Enters student advising appointment notes in student database.
Refers students to campus personnel and resources, as needed.
Meets with prospective students.
Assists students with medical/graduate school applications, program selection, and personal statement development.
Assists students with locating, applying, and preparing to various internships, research positions, and clinical shadowing experiences designed to provide students with hands on, practical health and science career experience.
Assist with screening, interviewing, and selection of BSP members.
Guide, mentor, and support oversight of peer advisors.
Provide heavy logistical, coordination, and administrative/clerical support for BSP Advising Office activities, workshops, and events, such as for career and professional development workshops and student program clinical/research experiences
Develop and deliver BSP's online pre-health advising and professional/career development workshops.
Develop and deliver more effective forms of online academic support and interactive workshops that address the challenges of remote learning expressed by BSP members.
Develop, create, and support programming to enhance student engagement and to strengthen the BSP community.
Co-handle BSP-sponsored basic research and clinical shadowing experience for BSP student members such as coordinate communications, co-determine student selection, scheduling, conduct preparation activities, and conduct student check-ins.
Knowledge of the theories and practice of counseling, learning, human and career development.
Knowledge of personal growth and development areas, including critical thinking, effective communication, self-appraisal, self-esteem, clarification of values, appropriate career choices, and leadership.
Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance student achievement.
Knowledge of trends and issues facing low-income and first-generation college, underrepresented, disadvantaged, physically challenged, and under prepared students in higher education.
Knowledge and experience in analyzing problems and identifying solutions for problem-solving; skills and experience in developing and administering programs.
Familiarity with research methodologies and research designs.
Knowledge of, or the ability to learn, University, college, and major requirements, policies and procedures, including policies on handling student records and confidential documents.
Knowledge of Federal, state, and local requirements to provide for access, health, confidentiality, and safety; legal and ethical issues governing the delivery of counseling services.
Demonstrated knowledge of core science based courses.
Knowledge of pre-health, professional, and graduate program preparation, cycles, and application processes.
Skills in online and in-person delivery environments.
Strong planning, logistical, and coordination skills.
Ability to work in a high volume work environment with shifting priorities and limited direction.
Proactive with ability to work independently and in coordination with a team.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
Salary & Benefits
This is an hourly paid (non-exempt) position. Hourly rate will be commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a full-time contract position with an approximate end date of 12/31/2022. Extension is possible depending on continued funding.
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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