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Instructor Pool – Career Development and Internship Programs – UC Berkeley Extension

Position overview

Salary range: A reasonable estimate for this position is $2,250 - $6,000 per course. Instructor compensation is determined by course length, number of units, enrollment, budgetary considerations, and other factors.
Percent time: Part-time temporary appointments are offered by agreement on a course-by-course basis.
Anticipated start: Some appointments may begin as early as the summer semester.
Review timeline: Applicants are considered for positions as needs arise; the existence of this pool does not guarantee that a position is available.
Position duration: Appointment length is based upon course section schedule(s). Appointments may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance.

Application Window

Open date: March 21, 2024

Next review date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Mar 20, 2025 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.

Position description

Job Type

Academic - Non-Tenure Track

Job Summary

UC Berkeley Extension, the professional and continuing education division at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a pool of qualified instructors to teach online courses for our Career Development and Internship Programs.

UC Berkeley Extension Career Services enriches professional learners in various career-related courses and helps them build skills and knowledge toward advancing their careers.

In addition, Career Services offers a full-time Professional Internship Program, which helps professional learners find full-time internships at companies and organizations in the Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond. Instructors of these experiential learning internship courses coach professional learners throughout their internship and oversee their academic projects.

This instructor pool will remain in place for one calendar year; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond the advertised final closing date must reapply. The number of these positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department.

Courses are offered online.

  • Online instruction is delivered through live lectures (Zoom) and through our learning management system (Canvas).
  • Most live online lecture courses are offered weekdays and weekday evenings (U.S.A. Pacific Time).

General Duties

We are seeking qualified applicants who possess current subject matter expertise and/or teaching knowledge in the following course topics (but not limited to). For more information about the program, please refer to the departmental link below.

Career Development and Internship Course Topics

  • Recruitment and Hiring
  • Job Market, Technology and Industry Trends
  • Professional Branding and Resume Personalization
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Network Development and Skills
  • Leadership, Management, and Supervision Professional Development
  • Internship Program Courses (Academic and Professional Practice)
  • Other Career Development/Internship Topics (please specify in your cover letter)

Instructor duties include but are not limited to:

  • Complete mandatory training programs by deadlines established by UC Berkeley.
  • Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: updating and submitting syllabi using approved syllabus template; communicating required texts and materials; communicating classroom technology and support needs.
  • Make appropriate adjustments to continually improve the syllabus, curriculum and course materials. May be based upon programmatic and/or student feedback.
  • Prepare and deliver course materials, lectures/presentations, and design learning assessments.
  • Design interactive and motivational classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning.
  • Stay current within the subject, discipline or field of practice.
  • Use subject-matter expertise and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum.
  • Utilize course support platforms, including the Canvas Learning Management System and Zoom Pro (as applicable).
  • Communicate teaching objectives and specific learning outcomes to students, and clearly outline/explain the grading policies for the course.
  • Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
  • Employ culturally competent and inclusive teaching methodologies in the classroom (including teaching non-native speakers and/or students with academic letters of accommodations for disabilities).
  • Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes and assign grades.
  • Post final student grades to the transcript system within two weeks of course completion.
  • Handle student inquiries about final grades and consult with the Program Manager as needed.
  • Retain student records according to University policies.

UC Berkeley Extension Career Services:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree required.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • All work must be performed in the United States, whether in person or online. For those who are not US citizens or permanent residents, a legal permit that allows work in the United States (such as a US visa that allows employment) is required by the start date of the position. Due to the part-time, temporary nature of instructor positions, UC Berkeley Extension is unable to provide US visa/work permits for this position.
Preferred qualifications

Professional experience, knowledge, and/or understanding of the following specializations. For more information about the program, please refer to the departmental link above.

  • Career Planning and Management, including ability to coach professionals in job search strategies, interviewing skills, negotiation skills, creating a network of industry experts, developing their personal brand and résumé, defining the direction of their career, and how to work and thrive in a U.S. company.
  • Recruitment and Hiring, including experience with interns/early career professionals
  • Human Resource Management
  • Job Market, Technology and Industry Trends
  • Leadership, Management, and Supervision Professional Development
  • Understanding of organizational structure/culture and the different roles, functions and career paths possible for the following: Startups, Corporations, Associations, and USA and international companies.

Other Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in subject area preferred.
  • 3 or more years of professional experience in the course subject.
  • Teaching, training, mentoring, or coaching experience in the course subject, within a corporate environment, or at a U.S. college/university institution.
  • Experience teaching and/or developing professional development courses in corporate, academic, and/or online settings.
  • Experience in creating syllabi, learning objectives, lectures/presentations, learning activities, assignments, assessments, exams, and quizzes.
  • Strong competency in subjects of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging and Justice as well as strong intercultural competencies.
  • Ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.
  • Effective verbal/written communication and presentation skills (English).
  • Effective organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and work within a team environment.
  • Proficiency in (or willingness to learn) instructional and other technology, such as: Learning Management Systems (Canvas); lecture/presentation capture applications (Panopto); online video conferencing (Zoom); Microsoft Office (Word and PowerPoint); file sharing (Google drive or Dropbox); and Google Workspace tools (email, calendar, docs, sheets, slides, etc).

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter - In your cover letter, please:
    1) Elaborate on the Career Development and/or Internship topics or specializations you are qualified to teach, including any that may not be listed above; and,
    2) Include a Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Please include information about how your pedagogical approaches and classroom strategies contribute to an equitable and inclusive classroom environment. Alternatively, please include information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired to teach at Berkeley. For additional information go to

Reference requirements
  • References are requested from candidates at the interviewing stage, and references are only contacted for finalists.
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About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley 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.

Please refer to the University of California’s Affirmative Action Policy and the University of California’s Anti-Discrimination Policy.

In searches when letters of reference are required 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 letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

San Francisco Bay Area, California, U.S.A.