Academic Coordinator II-Center for Middle Eastern Studies

University of California Berkeley
  • Location
    Berkeley, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jan 10

Position description

Academic Coordinator II - Center for Middle Eastern Studies - UC Berkeley

About the Center for Middle Eastern Studies

The CMES is a federally-designated Title VI National Resource Center at University of California, Berkeley. CMES is an interdisciplinary hub for Middle Eastern studies across disciplines and departments on campus and in the Bay Area. Each year the CMES provides direct support to students and faculty; contributes funds to departments to ensure the teaching of Middle Eastern languages and area studies courses; organizes an interdisciplinary lecture, workshop, and film series; hosts visiting
scholars; organizes trainings on teaching about the Middle East for graduate students, K 14 and community college educators; and collaborates with local, national, and international partners
on scholarly initiatives related to the Middle East.

The Position:

The Vice Chair works closely with the CMES Chair to develop the near and long-term intellectual vision of the CMES and help shape Middle Eastern studies at UC Berkeley. The Vice Chair position is central both to the everyday function and the future growth of the CMES. 

Key Responsibilities:

• Leads the CMES’s formal development efforts, including regular donor stewardship and cultivation, managing the external advisory board, managing alumni relations, and other fundraising activities.
• Works with the Chair to develop a strategic plan for the CMES, with the aim of elevating the profile of Middle Eastern studies on campus and beyond, including internationally.
• Assists the Chair in curating academic programming and implementing CMES’s mission as a Title VI National Resource Center.
• Identifies grant opportunities, coordinates grant-writing and grant-reporting.
• Works with Events Coordinator on strategic communication campaigns.
• Manages Visiting Scholars Program.
• Oversees Stevens Global Ambassadors Project.
• Fulfills certain duties of the CMES Chair when they are unavailable.

Basic Qualifications (required at time of application):

• M.A. or equivalent international degree.

Additional Required Qualifications (by start date):

• 1-3 years fundraising experience, preferably in an educational setting.
• Willingness and ability to travel both domestically and internationally. 

Preferred Qualifications:
• M.A. or equivalent international degree in Middle Eastern Studies.
• Ph.D. or equivalent international degree in fields of Near Eastern Studies, History, International Relations, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, or any discipline with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa.
• Fluent written and oral communication skills in English.
• Near native-level written and oral communication skills in at least one of the four major Middle Eastern languages, viz. Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, or Turkish.
• Interpersonal skills to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, visiting scholars, community groups, and foundation program officers.
• Experience living and/or working in the Middle East.

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