Program Director
University of California Berkeley
United States

Program Director - Online Science - UC Berkeley Extension

Job #JPF02477
  • University Extension - University Extension

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 27th, 2020

Last review date: Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.



Date: January 27, 2020
Posting Title: Continuing Educator II, Program Director of Online Sciences

Location: UC Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, CA
Salary: $84,176.00 (step 13) - $94,437.00 (step 18) Position is 100% FTE
Closing Date: Open until Filled
Job Number: JPF02477

Established by UC Berkeley in 1891, Extension is one of the largest and oldest Continuing Education operations in the United States. As a self-supporting organization, UC Berkeley Extension offers more than 2,000 personal enrichment and professional development classes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and California, the United States, and internationally. Extension delivers instruction on-site and through online and hybrid class formats. Extension’s enrollments total approximately 40,000 annually. The Continuing Educator II provides program development and administration for the online science program, as part of the Department of Sciences, Mathematics and Biotechnology.

This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

This position is anticipated to start in April 2020.


Responsible for the academic quality of online science courses, course and program development, and related activities. In consultation with the Director, instructors, campus faculty, and colleagues, the Continuing Educator II will analyze current educational needs in online sciences, including identifying new course topics and program opportunities and objectives. Plan, develop, implement, and revise new and existing courses and curricula to meet the audience needs. Independently plan new and repeat course offerings as needed and secure their academic approval. Review student evaluations and periodically visit courses to evaluate course content and instructor performance. Implement changes in course content, methodology, and instructors when and where needed. Establish, build, and maintain excellent relationships with campus departments and related professional associations. Contribute to improvements in course development and implementation processes. Monitor instructor effectiveness and student progress, analyze data and collaborate to continually improve processes for instructional excellence. Track and monitor projects related to online course textbook updates, course content updates and new course development. Work closely with program coordinators to manage their communications with prospective and current students regarding course selection, course policies, and instructor related inquiries. Main point of contact for instructors to resolve student or policy issues as they occur.

Contract Education Programs:
In consultation and collaboration with the Director of Science, Mathematics and Biotechnology, the Director of Corporate Training, COO/CFO, the Budget and Financial Services department, and fellow colleagues, develop contract education programs for corporations and other entities. Continually scan environment and query corporate clients for trends affecting subject areas. Plan creatively to meet audience’s educational needs. Respond to external inquiries, conduct rudimentary needs analysis, nurture client relationships, and develop program proposals with preliminary cost estimates and delivery timeframes. Design and price programs. With assistance and guidance of Budget and Financial Services department or their designees, negotiate outline of contract agreement. Communicate with selected instructors regarding their contract, logistics, and course requirements. Communicate with client as needed, and oversee implementation of contract. Evaluate and make recommendations regarding custom tailoring considerations.

Recruitment, Orientation and Supervision:
Recruit, evaluate, and renew qualified instructors and secure their academic approval. Meet with instructors and advisory groups, as needed, regarding course and program-related issues. Work closely with colleagues and serve as work leader to support staff in implementing course offerings and achieving programmatic goals.

Financial Administration:
Responsible for financial management and successful performance for the portfolio. Establish individual course and program budgets each term in consultation with the Director. Analyzes and monitors revenue, expenditures and budgets and make adjustments to achieve budgetary goals. In consultation with the Director, negotiate instructor compensation and other course related expenses. In consultation with the Director, make course cancellation decisions as necessary.

Student Advising:
Counsel students about course offerings in collaboration with program coordinators. Establish, build, and maintain excellent relations with the campus departments, industry professionals, and related professional associations. Collaborate with external academic and industry professionals to increase awareness of the science online portfolio. Recruit industry professionals and academics to serve on curricula development advisory committees to generate new programming ideas and identify further curriculum needs. Design and conduct student information sessions/career nights for interested public.

Collaborate with the Communications and Marketing Department to create marketing strategies.

Strategic Planning:
Contribute to the development of a strategic plan and vision for the online science portfolio. Plan for future programmatic directions and work with others to create new and viable programs to meet the needs of this changing and dynamic industry.

Basic QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED (at time of application)
A graduate degree

Demonstrated ability to achieve financial results in a highly competitive self-supporting environment.
Demonstrated organization skills and leadership.

Proven ability to work collaboratively on a project team.

Demonstrated oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Experience in academic curriculum development, implementation and management.
Experience in supervising staff and academic advising.
Teaching experience at the college level.

Demonstrated ability to form successful relationships with instructors, campus departments, and professional associations.

Ph.D. in science or equivalent international degree.

Diversity Statement:
The school/department is interested in candidates who have an understanding of the barriers facing women and people of color in higher education.

Family Friendly Statement:
The University offers a comprehensive benefits package and number of policies and programs are in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

The Campus Community:
• 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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

• We offer a diverse working environment, competitive salaries, and comprehensive benefits.
• This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a criminal background check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
• For more information about UC Berkeley Extension, please visit:

To Apply:
Go to Applicants’ basic qualifications will be assessed at time of application. Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters. This position is open until filled. Contact Lisa Fuller, HR Manager at for further information.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
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