Job Posting: Executive Director, Berkeley Culture Initiative, Haas School of Business


Departmental Overview

UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business offers a unique opportunity to champion new ideas, collaborate across boundaries, and continually learn in a workplace committed to increasing diversity and creating a welcoming environment for all. Our distinctive culture is captured within our four Defining Leadership Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. These principles distinguish Berkeley Haas as a unique environment, conducive to teamwork, collaboration, and career growth.

For more information about the Haas School of Business visit:

The Berkeley Culture Initiative aims to usher in the next generation of culture research, one that draws on a wide range of data sources and computational methods to uncover different facets of culture within and across organizations and industries. We partner with organizations and academics from a wide diversity of disciplines and industries to lead these efforts, with the ultimate goal of leveraging research insights to help organizations function more effectively and advance academic understanding.

The Initiative puts on various events throughout the year to promote discussion and create a shared research agenda between academia and industry, culminating in our annual Culture Conference. Through talks, discussions, and activities led by leaders from industry and academia, the conference convenes leading academic researchers studying organizational culture and a set of strong-culture company leaders to deepen the dialogue about how to address various culture-related challenges, such as fostering a culture of innovation and inclusion, introducing large-scale cultural change and tracking its progress, and understanding the impact of culture on firm and employee performance.

To learn more about the Berkeley Culture Initiative, visit


Directs and administers an independent program with complete responsibility for administrative and programmatic activities.

  • Has primary responsibility for operational administration for all research, conferences, programs, and other initiatives.

Facilitates efforts of various departments, managers and outside constituencies to ensure interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Develops networks of foundations, and partners who will support and participate in this initiative.
  • Works directly with other centers and programs within Haas and UC Berkeley at large.
  • Manages collaboration with corporate partners, as well as research vendors, academics at other universities, government entities, and more.

Identifies and pursues funding opportunities and revenue streams.

  • Pursues other opportunities to expand initial projects or sponsorships.
  • Raises enough money to meet annual targets for both operational expenses and to start and grow a $10 million endowment.
  • Creates revenue opportunities such as conference sponsorships, sponsored research projects, and gifts.
  • Seeks out and leads the application effort for research grant funding.

Participates in advanced program budgeting and accounting processes to support financial infrastructure of initiative.

  • Works with department financial manager and faculty directors to set annual budget.
  • Reviews quarterly financial reports to ensure BCI is staying within its budget and achieving financial goals.

Manages financial and HR resources.

  • Leads the process of hiring research assistants and event coordinators.
  • Supervises the day-to-day activities of research assistants and event coordinators.
  • Oversees contracting, purchasing, hiring of research vendors, and similar tasks.

Assesses program’s effectiveness and recommends changes to program’s content, policies and procedures accordingly.

  • Develops and measure KPIs to assess the initiative’s effectiveness.
  • Works with faculty directors to assess research and programmatic initiatives to adjust to meet stakeholders’ needs.

Serves on committees representing the program, participating in short term and long term planning.

  • Represents the program at institute- and school level meetings.
  • Works with faculty directors to plan and institute quarterly, annual, and longer-term research studies and programs.

Assists in developing research, participates in professional conferences and provides public relations support.

  • Develops programming for the Initiative including the Annual Culture Conference, the Quarterly Newsletter, the Fireside Chat Series, and other new programs that increase the comprehensiveness of BCIs offerings to the academic and practitioner communities.

Professional Learning and Growth

  • Embraces the principle of being a “student always” by engaging in opportunities for training, workshops, seminars, continuing education pertinent to the position, or at the suggestion of the supervisor.
  • Actively contributes to a team environment that fosters and promotes a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) within the unit and at Haas.
  • Engages in ongoing education to promote diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging by completing University sponsored certifications & training sessions (Ie: MEP Workshop, Implicit Bias Certification, LinkedIn Learning workshops, and other workshops & seminars offered by the University or Haas, as they are made available) or by engaging in external seminars & resources related to DEIB.
  • Exemplifies Haas’ four Defining Leadership Principles: (1) Question the status quo; (2) Confidence without attitude; (3) Students always; and (4) Beyond yourself.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. Annual salary will be commensurate with experience up to $142,500.00.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please navigate to this link. Job ID: 31878

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Other Information

This is a one-year contract position with the possibility of extension. The minimum posting duration of this position is 14 calendar days.

The department will not initiate the application review process prior to March 11, 2022.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

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