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Executive Director, Institute for Business & Social Impact

Job Title: Executive Director (6083U) #24318
Job ID: 24318
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Department: Haas Core Programs
Regular/Temporary: Regular

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Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: January 3, 2018

Departmental Overview

The Institute for Business and Social Impact was launched in November 2013 at the Haas School of Business to unite a broad array of programs to empower members of the Haas community in developing creative and effective solutions to urgent social and environmental challenges. The Institute builds on the Haas School’s distinguished history of training path-breaking leaders who question the status quo and think beyond themselves. The Institute is based on the recognition that fostering a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable society requires leadership across all sectors for profit business, non-profit organizations, social enterprises, and the public sector.

Core to the Institute are six well-established centers and programs:

  • The Center for Social Sector Leadership
  • The Center for Responsible Business
  • The Center for Gender, Equity and Leadership
  • The Global Social Venture Competition
  • Boost@Berkeley-Haas
  • Berkeley Business Academy for Youth


The Executive Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact (IBSI) manages the myriad activities of the Institute, including fostering collaboration across the various Centers and Programs, aiding with fundraising to sustain the Institute’s growth, supporting the Faculty Director in managing relationships with alumni, Center Boards, external stakeholders, and other UC Berkeley departments and academic institutions. The Executive Director works closely with the Executive Directors of the Center for Social Sector Leadership, the Center for Responsible Business, and the Center for Gender, Equity and Leadership to coordinate academic courses, non-curricular activities, fundraising, and collaborations across the campus and with external parties.

The IBSI Executive Director also manages the Boost@Berkeley-Haas and Berkeley Business Academy for Youth programs. Boost which is the only university-based youth program to support high school students who face a scarcity of educational and social opportunities by virtue of their family or social situations. 100% of Boost graduates matriculate to college after receiving 4 years of education, mentoring, coaching and support during high school. Boost@Berkeley-Haas is a self-supporting program through fundraising and revenues raised through Berkeley Business Academy for Youth, which is a summer camp for middle and high school students. The Executive Director oversees the program’s staff, programming, fundraising, and strategy.

The IBSI Executive Director also oversees the Global Social Venture Competition, which empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, exposure to investors, and more than $80,000 in prizes. In 2017, GSVC had 14 partner universities, and 649 entrants from 65 countries. The IBSI Executive Director works closely with the Center for Social Sector Leadership Executive Director to oversee the program strategy, fundraising, and execution.

In addition, the Executive Director participates in research initiatives focused broadly on social impact. For example, in 2017, the Executive Director oversees the research collaboration on financial inclusion funded by the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. This work includes projects in Mexico and in Kenya, as well as analysis of Mastercard data by Berkeley-Haas university researchers. The Executive Director identifies funding opportunities, identifies and leads a team of faculty, staff, and graduate student researchers.

Finally, the Executive Director teaches at least one MBA course per year focused on a topic in social impact.

  • Working with the faculty director, the center directors within the Institute and, as appropriate, other units on campus, the Executive Director of the Institute for Business and Social Impact develops and coordinates the curriculum, non-curricular activities, major research and academic program components.
  • Oversees execution of programs once funded.
  • Identifies and develops continuance of funding from multiple external sources.
  • Develops and executes strategic plan for financing program activities and ensuring ongoing sustainability of program.
  • Works closely with the Faculty Director to raise funds to sustain and grown the Institute. In addition, assures that the Global Social Venture Competition, Boost@Berkeley-Haas, and the Berkeley Business Academy for Youth programs are self-supporting and need no money from the Dean.
  • Maintains close communication with students and student clubs in the area of social impact.
  • Teaches at least one course per year in the area of social impact.
  • Plans, directs and controls program budget(s) and manages financial, HR, technical and other supporting resources.
  • For all programs under her/his direction, assures they are financially sound, works closely with staff to encourage their professional development, and procures necessary resources to execute the work.
  • Ensures the assessment and success of the program(s) effectiveness, and recommends changes to program's content, policies and strategic goals accordingly.
  • Develops and maintains liaisons with the external advisory board of IBSI’s centers and alumni groups, and represents IBSI’s programs to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Plays a leadership role in professional conferences on business and social impact and represents the Haas brand in this important area.
  • Working with the faculty, develops and implements research programs that reflect their interests.

Required Qualifications

  • Academic or research background and recognized expertise in selected area.
  • Expert oral and written communication skills.
  • Leadership experience in academic and/or government agencies.
  • Demonstrated expertise in building collaborations between academia, industry and/or governmental agencies.
  • Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
  • Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students.
  • Expert fundraising experience.
  • Expert negotiation skills.
  • Managerial experience and proven success in managing a complex research or academic program(s).
  • Skills in organization and customer service to effectively manage multiple important priorities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to influence/persuade all levels of staff.
  • Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training


Salary & Benefits

Commensurate with experience

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How to Apply

To apply, please visit Please submit the cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

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