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Academic Coordinator I – Vice Chair - Center for Latin American Studies

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The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for the position of Vice Chair (Academic Coordinator I), to begin September 15, 2017. The appointment is for one year, renewable annually.

The Center for Latin American Studies is a dynamic Center with an international reputation. As an “Organized Research Unit" of the University of California at Berkeley, CLAS’ mission is to promote interdisciplinary research about and of interest to Latin America. The CLAS Chair is a senior/tenured faculty member, and is responsible for providing the overall direction and long-range planning for the Center. The Vice Chair (VC) works with the Chair to develop the CLAS research agenda and to engage faculty and international scholars in pursuit of this agenda.

The Vice Chair, working collaboratively with the Chair, is responsible for coordinating all intellectual and programmatic activities of the Center. The very active program will include conferences and public talks; publications including a biannual scholarly magazine, website, social media, and working papers; student and faculty working groups; visiting scholars, and outreach to the broader community.

The Vice Chair coordinates, and manages the multiple grant competitions for students and faculty, and other ongoing programs. In addition, the VC’s responsibilities include writing and supervising grant proposals and reports; supervision and coordination of the Center administrative staff; daily management of the budget. The VC facilitates communication among potential collaborators, identifies program resources, and makes recommendations for implementing program activities.

The successful applicant should have fundraising skills as well as administrative abilities and experience. Applicants are expected to have an advanced degree in a field relevant to the Center’s program in Latin American Studies.

Basic Qualification required at time of application:

  • Master’s or equivalent degree in a related field

Additional Qualifications required by start date:
• Demonstrated analytical abilities and creativity in problem-solving
• Demonstrated written and oral communication skills in English
• Native or near native-level written and oral communications skills in Spanish
• Demonstrated leadership, program development, administrative, and management experience

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with grant writing and managing data for grants
• Experience working with faculty, staff, and students in a diverse academic environment
• Written and oral communication skills in Portuguese
• A passion for the intellectual and programmatic work of the Center

The position will be full time, with a salary range of $65,904 - $83,496, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and carries benefits. To apply, submit your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae (required) a cover letter (required), writing sample on a topic of your choice (required) and a list of two letters of references (required) to

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.

The position is open until filled. The anticipated start date of the position is September 15, 2017. Please address inquires to Professor Harley Shaiken, Chair, Center for Latin Studies, University of California Berkeley, at with “CLAS – Academic Coordinator II” in the subject line.

The University of California is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For complete University nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see

The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Writing Sample - Writing sample on a topic of your choice.

Reference requirements
  • 2 letters of reference required