Staff Positions (Full-Time)

  1. Contest Manager (Big Ideas)

Student Positions (Part-Time)

  1. Salesforce Coordinator
  2. Work-Study Student Assistant
  3. Design Assistant
  4. Website Coordinator


Job Title: Contest Manager (Big Ideas Contest)
Location: Main Campus, UC Berkeley
Full/Part Time: Full Time (1-year contract, possibility for renewal)

Departmental Overview
Reporting to Director of the Big Ideas Contest, the Contest Manager will play an important role in the implementation and delivery of key programs aimed at assisting student entrepreneurs. The incumbent will be responsible for building networks and partnerships across the entire Big Ideas ecosystem to enable and promote student-led social ventures.

The individual will also further the work of Big Ideas as a leader in catalyzing and supporting early-stage social ventures, and as a central contributor for knowledge sharing among student-led innovation contests.

Responsibilities
50% Program Management, Delivery and Training:

In coordination with the director, the Program Manager will be responsible for managing all aspects of the day-to-day activities of the Big Ideas Contest. These activities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Develop timelines, educational resources, and communications strategies.
  • Serve as the primary point-of-contact for student applicants and Contest alumni.
  • Lead workshops, information sessions and other events/activities designed to engage students and support their entrepreneurial goals.
  • Develop strategic partnerships that enable the Contest to expand the resources and opportunities for applicants and their start-ups (accelerators, crowdfunding, venture capital).
  • Hold office hours to provide support to early-stage innovators in thinking through challenges with project design and implementation, and in complying with Contest requirements.

25% Program Development & Strategy:

  • In coordination with the Contest Director, develop strategies and programs to facilitate replication of the Big Ideas contest at universities across the world.
  • Assist in the recruitment, training and ongoing support of new university partners. Design and lead a multi-day training for university partners on how to administer the Big Ideas Contest.
  • Participate in the identification, review, and selection of new university partners.
  • Identify funding opportunities, prospective donors/sponsors and other campus based and/or external funding opportunities. Assist with the development of grant applications and other funding proposals.
  • Represent Big Ideas at meetings and conferences to increase awareness about the Contest and identify new networks.

15% Knowledge Sharing, Reporting, and Metrics:

  • Implement a standardized process for analyzing metrics and providing feedback and recommendations for improving the Contest.
  • Lead all M&E efforts and assist with donor reporting requirements.
  • Continually assess Contest activities, document lessons learned, develop best practices for supporting student innovators and early-stage, university based innovations.
  • Provide recommendations for programmatic adjustments.
  • Develop thought pieces or stories to highlight in articles, blog or journals.

10% Additional Responsibilites

  • Assist with the supervision of student assistants to streamline program systems.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Experience managing programs, preferably of similar size and scope.
  • Experience providing advice to students or entrepreneurs.
  • Excellent time-management skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, faculty, students, etc., both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to write effectively, analyze and summarize complex information, and a solid comprehension of writing fundamentals.
  • A strong research background that includes training in quantitative methods, qualitative methods, and survey item design.
  • Background in knowledge management and evaluation.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of basic concepts, principles, and procedures of building and maintaining effective relations with internal and external constituencies.
  • Thorough research, analytical and critical thinking skills, including sound judgment and decision-making skills and skill to correctly identifying real and potential problems, advising management as required, and proposing effective strategic resolutions.
  • Skill in project management, including event planning and meeting deadlines

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Minimum bachelors degree and four years of relevant experience.
  • Masters in Public Administration, Business Administration, International Development, or a related field preferred.
  • Extensive experience working in an entrepreneurial setting; either working directly with a start-up, or overseeing programs that provide support to entrepreneurs, preferred.

Interested candidates are requested to apply through the UC Berkeley Jobs website (Job #24592).



Salesforce Coordinator (Student Assistant III)
(Time: 8 – 12 hours per week; Pay: $13.75/hour)

The Blum Center for Developing Economies enables interdisciplinary problem-solving aimed at poverty alleviation and social impact, operating on the notion that a world-class, public university must be a force for tackling the urgent problems in the world. Since its founding in 2006, the Blum Center’s mission has been to train people, support big ideas and enable solutions. Our five flagship programs are: Big Ideas@Berkeley, The Social Innovator On-Ramp, The Global Poverty and Practice Undergraduate Minor, The Development Impact Lab, The Development Engineering Graduate Minor. Headquartered at UC Berkeley, we have Centers at 10 UC campuses.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of all Blum Center Salesforce accounts including for the Global Poverty and Practice minor, Big Ideas Contest, and Designated Emphasis in Dev`elopment Engineering (Dev Eng)
  • Oversee Salesforce administration, maintenance, troubleshooting and data migration tasks based on input from staff
  • Analyze trends in administrative data and create reports and dashboards to inform decision-making by program managers and senior leadership
  • Proactively improve and customize Salesforce to suit the Blum Center’s diverse needs
  • Drive data quality within the Center

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years experience with Salesforce administration, including database design, installing and modifying objects, setting-up custom reports and dashboards. Have a thorough understanding of capabilities and limitations of the platform
  • Proactive approach to collaboration, problem-solving, and improving shared systems and processes
  • Experience and strong acumen in regard to handling sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills

Interested applicants should apply online (work study job request# 5186739884 and Handshake job #1424103)



Work-Study Student Assistant (Student Assistant II)
(Time: 8 – 12 hours per week; Pay: $13.00/hour)

The Big Ideas Student Assistant provides basic support to the the Big Ideas Contest staff and colleagues at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, an interdisciplinary hub for understanding and acting on global poverty and inequality. Duties include but are not limited to:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working on various projects related to all aspects of the Big Ideas Contest and Blum Center.
  • Drafting internal reports and public documents.
  • Conducting research related to the programs and initiatives in the Blum Center/Big Ideas.
  • General clerical duties, including answering phones and front desk administration.
  • Campus deliveries.
  • Maintaining public work spaces in a general way for student and departmental use.
  • Staffing and supporting Big Ideas/Blum Center events (occasional weekend and evenings).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff; faculty, students, etc., both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to produce detail oriented work.
  • Intermediate or better proficiency in using MS Office applications (i.e. excel and word).
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems.
  • Proven record of maintaining confidentiality.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to pdenny@berkeley.edu.



Design Assistant (Student Assistant II)
(Time: 8 – 10 hours per week; Pay: $13-$15.00/hour)

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide graphic design and other design support to the Blum Center for Developing Economies, an interdisciplinary hub for understanding and acting on global poverty and inequality. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating informational posters, flyers and other print media materials for events and activities of the Center
  • Creating designs within the parameters of the Center’s style guide
    Formatting documents for dissemination. Formatting documents for off-site printing per specified requirements
  • Working on various outreach projects related to all aspects of the Center
  • Drafting reports and public documents
  • Conducting research related to the programs and initiatives in the Blum Center
  • Staffing and reporting on Center events (occasional weekend and evenings)

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated skills to effectively produce visual materials that meet and satisfy the needs of the client with strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable design software applications (Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Excellent project and time management skills to effectively establish priorities and meet competing deadlines.
  • Strong internet research skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff; faculty, students, etc., both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to think creatively and work well in a multi-tasked environment.
  • Ability to work both with a small team on multiple concurring projects, as well, as independently
  • Ability to maintain excellent attendance and be prompt

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to pdenny@berkeley.edu.



2. Website Coordinator

Job ID: 2242871147
Time: 10 – 15 hours per week
Pay: $20 – $25 based upon experience

Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide basic support to the staff of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, an interdisciplinary hub for understanding and acting on global poverty and inequality. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Create, develop and manage content for organization’s web presence (requires working with WordPress content management software)
  • Ensure that the layout of the content is accessible, consistent, and logical; recommend improvements if necessary.
  • Copyedit and proofread all web content. Assure web-based information is archived for future needs and reference.
  • Perform maintenance and security updates to existing websites when required.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in web design and maintenance, including hands on, advanced, WordPress development experience.
  • Strong knowledge of CSS, PHP and HTML
  • Demonstrated portfolio of website management/design/development projects.
  • Knowledge of current web-design trends and techniques.
  • Attention to detail, customer-service orientation, and creativity in problem-solving.
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communication skills and political acumen.
  • Time management and organizational skills.
  • Basic Adobe Photoshop skills

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and résumé to pdenny@berkeley.edu.