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Program Director of Professional Education, Accounting and Finance (Updated Qualifications)

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UC Berkeley Extension, the continuing education division of the University of California, Berkeley, has been building bridges between UC Berkeley and the public since 1891. UC Berkeley Extension serves the professional and continuing education goals of thousands of people each year. Extension's value-added service is an essential part of the University mission to: extend the research and scholarship of UC Berkeley to a global community; increase access to higher education for non-traditional, online and international students ; and improve the workforce .

The Program Director of Professional Education in Accounting and Finance (Continuing Educator II) serves as a subject matter expert with extensive practical experience in Finance, Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Business Administration, Personal Financial Planning, and related business and management fields . Preferably the candidate also will have some academic experience as an educator or an academic administrator.

The Program Director is a 12-month annual term appointment , renewable contingent on funding and positive performance. This is not a teaching position. The Program Director reports to the Department Director of the Business, Management & Technology Department. Reporting to and working closely with the Department Director and other staff members, the Program Director will assist to update rationalize and enhance present programs and, where appropriate, launch new offerings while building student enrollments to meet corporations' needs for additional professional capabilities.

This position is anticipated to start in March 2018.

The Program Director/Continuing Educator (CE) assists the Department Director to provide academic leadership and fiscal management in a self-supporting environment. The Program Director will continue to raise the academic quality and relevancy of each of the assigned portfolio programs. Specific responsibilities will include:

Development, administration, and production of new and existing programs, contracts and curricula including credit and noncredit courses, short courses, certificate programs, professional sequences, contract courses, and conferences for classroom, online and similar modes of instruction. Develop academic design of courses.

Program evaluation:

Review student evaluations and use feedback to adjust curriculum and guide instructors to achieve best practices for instruction.

Student counseling and advising:
Counsel students about professions and specific positions, titles and responsibilities in industry related to assigned portfolio. Resolve any student or instructor issues as they occur. Design and conduct student information sessions.

Online Course Development:
Coordinate with the Department Director and Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE) to develop, refurbish, re-develop courses and update textbooks for online course offerings in assigned portfolio. Recruit and work with BRCOE personnel to qualify Subject Matter Experts (SME) to assist with new course development. Resolve issues regarding course matters and SME performance, as appropriate .

Budget development, analysis and monitoring:

Responsible for the production of an annual budget, financial management and successful performance for the portfolio. Establish individual course and program budgets each term in consultation with the Director. Periodically analyze and monitor 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.

Marketing planning:
Collaborate with the Communications and Marketing Department to create marketing strategies for assigned portfolio. Write, edit and review website materials, various collateral materials and promotional copy.

Corporate Training/Professional Programs:
Work with Corporate Training department and Department Director regarding contemplated education offerings and assist with program content and instruction and requisite approvals. As required, assist with potential clients to present Extension offerings. Assist to provide programs contracted by clients, including approvals, course logistics and working with Extension, Campus, and other instructors to construct effective academic offerings.

Instructor recruitment 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 the implementation of course offerings to achieve programmatic goals.

Relationship development and collaboration:

Foster and maintain relationships with campus departments, professional associations, accrediting bodies, corporations, advisory committees, and fellow Extension colleagues

• Bachelor’s degree.

• Must possess at least ten years of recent experience working in business or management (either college-level education or in industry).

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: (Required by start date)
• Ability to set and achieve agreed financial results.
• Demonstrated organizational and business management skills.
• Demonstrated verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to form successful relations with instructors, campus departments, professional associations and corporations.

• Background in Accounting or Finance.
• MBA, terminal degree.
• CPA certification.

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 should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Please provide three names of references along with contact information at time of application. Please submit your materials as PDF documents. 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
  • 3 required (contact information only)