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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 10/14/2019
The job will remain posted and applications accepted until the position has been filled.
The UC Berkeley School of Public Health (SPH) was founded in 1943; during 2018 we celebrated our 75th anniversary. We are fueled by a deep commitment to social and environmental justice, scientific inquiry and discovery, and community-engaged public health action. The School's mission is to improve population health, especially for the most vulnerable. We do this by preparing the next generation of diverse public health scholars, practitioners, and leaders through preeminent educational programs; transformational research that sheds new light on the public health threats and opportunities of today and tomorrow; and by translating new discoveries into practice through partnerships that address the critical health needs and inequities in our diverse communities.
The School is a world-renowned institution and widely regarded as the birthplace of social epidemiology and community-based participatory research. Our research broadly focuses on the interaction of biological, behavioral, and environmental determinants of human health. In 2018-19, the School enrolled 720 graduate students across MPH, MS, MA, PhD, and DrPH degree offerings, with both residential and online programs, as well as educating 450 undergraduate students through an upper-division public health major.
Position Description The Student Funding & Admissions Coordinator is part of the dynamic SPH Recruitment & Admissions Team. The Coordinator educates prospective students about admissions processes, requirements, and policies, and both prospective and current students about funding opportunities (e.g., fellowships, scholarships, grants, financial aid, etc.). The Coordinator tracks available student funding sources, informs decision-making on the awarding of funding, communicates funding decisions, and processes awards to students. The Coordinator helps to develop and carry-out student outreach and recruitment activities, and may travel locally/nationally for events. The Coordinator also helps inform and process admissions decisions, and serves as a resource for the related systems.
The team is seeking an excellent communicator who is very attentive to detail, is a strong team-player with self-initiative, and is adept at working with numbers/data and learning/educating others on a wide-variety of admissions and funding-related topics. The role incorporates both student-facing activities and interaction, and behind-the-scenes processing and data management. Training will be provided for all aspects of the role, so prior student recruitment, admissions and/or funding experience is not required.
Key Responsibilities include:
Participates in the evaluation, awarding, and processing of student fellowships, scholarships, grants, and other awards; advises students on financial aid options and refers to relevant resources/offices. Serves as primary liaison with the University's Graduate Division on financial aid matters, and keeps students, staff, and faculty informed about changes in policies/procedures and ensures adherence.
Participates in the planning and execution of large-scale recruitment and yield events, such as the Fall Prospective Student Conference and Spring Visit Day, as well as smaller-scale presentations and visits to feeder schools (e.g., community colleges). Identifies potential students, and provides information about higher education generally and UC Berkeley and the School of Public Health specifically.
Provides in-depth information and guidance on admissions requirements, prerequisite courses, school programs and curricula, financial aid criteria, and student funding opportunities.
Assesses applicants on a number of dimensions (e.g., motivation, leadership potential, work/life experiences, socioeconomic status, etc.); assesses the applicants' holistic records to provide guidance on competitiveness of applicants.
Assesses admissions eligibility of traditional, online-program, and international applicants. Evaluates transcripts and international records for eligibility; may also research foreign educational systems and analyze academic records from foreign institutions (including study abroad records).
Processes admissions decisions in relevant systems (i.e., Slate and SOPHAS); manages and communicates about admissions data. Serves as liaison with the Graduate Division on complex admissions issues.
Engages in ongoing professional development opportunities.
Ability to work effectively both independently and as a team; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships.
Excellent interpersonal skills, including active listening; demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations.
Ability to maintain attention to detail and a high level of organization, while multitasking with demanding timelines.
Demonstrated skills in successful project management.
Strong service orientation.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, specifically as it relates to communicating detailed information. Ability to interpret and effectively communicate policies and procedures.
Strong skills in critical/analytical thinking, and problem identification and resolution.
Thorough knowledge of common computer application programs, including the Microsoft Office Suite, and Gmail Collaboration Suite; comfort with learning new systems and platforms.
Knowledge of financial/data tracking techniques, including competency in Excel.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Prior experience with managing student funding (e.g., fellowships, scholarships, etc.); knowledge of financial aid programs.
Prior experience with student recruitment and/or admissions processes.
Prior experience with student information systems/admissions platforms.
Prior experience with planning and executing large events.
Comfort presenting to large audiences; public speaking experience.
Knowledge of academic programs at UC Berkeley or other higher education institutions.
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.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.