Assistant Director

University of California Berkeley
  • Location
    Berkeley, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 18

Position description

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 . 

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit . 

Departmental Overview 

The Center for Security in Politics (CSP) supports research, curriculum, and convenings that bring students, academics, and leading political practitioners together to address critical global risks, to translate research and analysis into actionable solutions for policymakers, thought leaders and elected officials, and to train a diverse generation of security professionals for careers in public service. 

The CSP is led by distinguished public servant Janet Napolitano, who served as the president of the University of California from 2013 to 2020, as the US Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, as Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009, as Attorney General of Arizona from 1998 to 2003, and as US Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1993 to 1997. 


The Berkeley Risk and Security Lab housed within the Center for Security in Politics at the Goldman School of Public Policy is recruiting a full-time, two-year Assistant Director, with the possibility of an extension to support its ongoing teaching and research mission at the intersection of technology, politics, and security-with a particular emphasis on understanding the national and international security risks posed by emerging technologies. The BRSL is led by Dr. Andrew W. Reddie, who serves as Faculty Director of the Lab. The role is highly entrepreneurial, and will work closely with the Faculty Director in designing and delivering program strategy, contributing to basic research, and shaping the future of the Laboratory. The Assistant Director will be evaluated on the ability to grow the program's reach and impact and will need to understand the importance of strategic communications in an academic setting, overseeing public relations, strategic communications, administration, and events (conferences and other public forums) for the program. 

The Assistant Director will also provide general operational assistance including ordering and receiving of goods, assist in interviewing and directing student employees for BRSL projects, and coordinating room use and reservation of special activities and events in the shared and common spaces. S/he will also act as BRSL's purchasing and procurement agent: processing faculty/staff/student reimbursements, purchase orders, etc. 

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