Puente Community College Trainer (0306U), CEP Puente Project – 57430

University of California, Berkeley

Puente Community College Trainer (0306U), CEP Puente Project – 57430

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit grow.berkeley.edu.

Departmental Overview

Since 1981, the Puente Project has led the state in providing equitable instruction, academic counseling, and mentoring to support students marginalized by the educational system. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally underrepresented students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations.

The Puente Project commits to supporting staff and practitioners in their work towards the collective wellness for all, including students, faculty, staff, administration and the wider community. Puente provides practitioners with professional development that supports anti-racist, culturally affirming and humanizing practices. We believe that when participants engage with culturally responsive content, practice writing and self-reflection, and make authentic human connections, they are empowered to transform themselves and their communities.

The Puente Project is an inter-segmental program that is co-sponsored by the University of California and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. The Program is headquartered at UC Berkeley and housed within the Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP).

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: September 1, 2023



  • Provide expert guidance externally to K-14 professional staff and faculty on University eligibility requirements on a UC systemwide scale within California’s Community Colleges and Public K-12 Education systems.
  • Design, develop, and manage key K-14 educational partnerships and oversee execution of major initiatives involving complex/sensitive multicultural environments across disciplines, including “at risk” populations (e.g., low-income, first-generation college, underrepresented populations, etc.).
  • Develop systemwide strategies for organization leadership review and decision and develop and implement academic preparation and educational partnership programs that reflect organization leadership interests.
  • Work with senior college administrators on developing broad-based reforms and strategies that impact the work of academic preparation professionals across the UC system.
  • Plan and develop programs and curriculum for year-round professional development (PD) projects that provide equity-focused training to faculty and staff in California and beyond.
  • Plan relevant professional development in one or more of the following disciplines: English, Counseling, STEM, Ethnic Studies through a culturally responsive approach; participate in establishing a training framework, which supports the Puente Model.
  • Develop and conduct differentiated professional development training to new Puente team members and design and implement ongoing training workshops throughout the year.
  • Develop and implement unique content and materials for professional development and classroom curriculum that aligns with Puente pedagogy, program mission and goals.
  • Coordinate professional development and implement new projects.
  • Support, coach, and develop cadre of trainers – faculty from the field who support Puente’s work.
  • Select and train program consultants and program experts.
  • Develop curriculum that supports Puente pedagogy and classrooms.
  • Collaborate with the Puente training team and Puente leadership on long-term professional development planning and growth.
  • Maintain fluency and understanding a research and trends for educationally underrepresented student populations and provide innovative strategies and best practices for program faculty to apply in their coordination of the program at their sites.


  • Provide support to community college and/or secondary program team members in order to understand immediate challenges and opportunities in higher education institutions.
  • Provide coaching and support to current and new Puente faculty.
  • Assess and evaluate classroom practices, ensure components and activities comply with Puente pedagogy and principles on issues of equity.
  • Through email, telephone conversations and site visits, support and monitor the work of Puente Faculty.
  • Collaborate with community college and secondary coordinators to adjust and align site practices with current data, research and student needs, while applying quality assurance practices.
  • In collaboration with Puente’s data and research unit, create and manage effective data reporting systems for Puente teams and administrators to use in reporting student outcomes.
  • Participate in the creation and implementation of new training materials and guidelines such as anthology and equity scorecard.
  • Develop guidelines and profiles that assist in the selection of qualified Puente Program Faculty.
  • Work on public policy projects related to broader professional development goals such as E&I, legislative mandates (i.e. AB-705, AB-331), and educational reform.
  • Work with site teams on implementation and improvement plans.
  • Assist Director with program expansion and onboarding new sites or newly appointed faculty.


  • Research, gather, analyze, and summarize information for professional development projects with a broad range of internal and external and/or current and historical information.
  • Evaluate professional development training needs for faculty through data analysis, assessments, surveys, and consulting with experts in the field.
  • Participate in the assessment and evaluation of Puente program’s effectiveness, and recommend changes to program’s training content, policies, and strategic goals accordingly.
  • Provide in-depth analysis and information for research, planning and assessment and projects with a broad range of internal and external and/or current and historical information and data.
  • Use sophisticated data management and statistical techniques on large and complex relational databases.
  • Synthesize complex issues and present them in a creative and non-technical manner.
  • Regularly produce departmental reports on equity, inclusion and diversity outcomes and metrics for campus/divisional/departmental leadership, UC Office of the President (UCOP), CA Community College Chancellor’s Office, current and potential funders, and other stakeholders.


  • Serves as Puente representative to UCOP/CCCCO in matters relating to educational equity, SAPEP evaluation/Transfer Prep and reporting and K-14 student-focused programs and initiatives.
  • Assist the Director in developing and maintaining partnerships and collaborations with campus personnel, programs, and community organizations.
  • Work with college administrators on developing broad-based reforms and strategies to support students’ paths to four year-institutions.
  • Lead professional conferences and provides presentations to educational and community organizations about the Puente Project.
  • Present seminars and workshops and provide expert guidance to K-14 managers and professional staff on subject matter expertise.
  • Attend required meetings (including but not limited to CEP, Student Affairs, Enrollment & Management, Transfer Preparation, CCCCO, UC and CSU Conferences).
  • Special Projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in academic counseling or teaching in a community college and minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated and successful training and content development experience.
  • Expert experience designing college preparation and access curriculum, academic enrichment programs and professional development of K-14 educators with emphasis on successful high school graduation and meeting college entrance requirements.
  • Advanced knowledge, experience and leadership working with educational equity programs serving a diverse student population, working with a dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Expert-level knowledge of academic development strategies and practices such as strategic planning, professional and academic-focused communications, advanced verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and advanced presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and success in site-specific needs assessment, evaluation, design and implementation methodologies, including demonstrated management and conflict resolution skills to effectively lead and motivate others.
  • Advanced knowledge of training and delivery methodologies; ability to apply knowledge to achieve successful organizational outcomes.
  • Must have successfully designed, developed, and implemented at least one training program.
  • Demonstrated success in working with colleagues and professionals to improve outcomes for educationally underrepresented students with strong emphasis on cultural competency with respect to race, ethnicity, culture and socioeconomic status.
  • Advanced analytical skills to conduct analysis and develop recommendations, demonstrating organization and problem-solving skills, as well as have a ability for negotiation, advocacy, and strong political acumen.
  • Ability to conceptualize, implement, and evaluate complex programs and strategies to further the UC and CA Community College and CA Public Schools systemwide K-14 academic preparation and college access mission and goals.
  • Extensive knowledge in state and national educational structures and policies, current educational theories, and successful educational equity programs.
  • Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, education, and community agencies.
  • Extensive knowledge of project management including program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Significant knowledge of evaluation methodologies, data analysis procedures, and systems necessary for working with technical staff to develop effective data management and evaluation systems.
  • Excellent people skills, with ability to effectively interact, collaborate, and influence across all levels of an organization while providing excellent service.
  • Experience in collecting, analyzing, and presenting student outcome data to inform practice.
  • Advanced knowledge and practical experience with community college, teaching pedagogy or academic counseling approaches.


  • Master’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual English-Spanish speaking and writing skills.


  • Advanced degree in related discipline area.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California’s Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $77,600.00 – $140,400.00.

  • This is a 100% full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Driving Required

A valid driver’s license and DMV check for driving record is required.

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.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.


To apply, visit https://careerspub.universityofcalifornia.edu/psp/ucb/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=21&JobOpeningId=57430&PostingSeq=1


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