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The GGSC is Hiring a Parenting Program Director!

Announcement | December 20, 2016

This position will lead a new initiative to support the well-being of parents and their children.

The Greater Good Science Center is currently looking for a Parenting Program Director to lead our efforts supporting the well-being of parents and their children.

To apply, you’ll need to submit your application through UC Berkeley’s Jobs page. Once you’re on the Jobs page, click on “External Applicants” (unless you are a current UC employee, in which case select “Internal Applicants”) and in the Keywords field, search for the position by its Job ID: 22491. More details below.

Parenting Program Director

UC Berkeley Job ID: 22491


The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley (GGSC) serves as a bridge between scientists and the public, turning research findings into practical resources for social and emotional well-being. Its Parenting Program equips parents with research-based insights and tools that foster well-being in themselves and their children.

This position will serve as the Parenting Program Director for the GGSC, overseeing the various elements of a new, grant-funded project intended to help parents raise caring, resilient, courageous kids. Approximately half of this project will center on a Request for Proposals (RFP) to fund parenting education programs run by various community-based organizations, including schools and religious organizations, that help parents nurture kind, virtuous behavior in their children. The other half of this project will involve producing multimedia content for the GGSC’s online magazine, Greater Good.

The Parenting Director will manage the RFP, advise the community-based organizations that win funding, assemble a team of expert advisors to help guide the organizations’ work, organize two events that convene the grantees and their advisors, and ensure that the GGSC’s multimedia content on parenting and child development is informed by the latest scientific research. 

This is a full-time (100% time) position.


  • Leads an RFP process to select qualified community-based organizations with parenting programs that the GGSC will support with funding and scientific expertise.
  • Helps to select, and subsequently works closely with, scientific experts in parenting, child development, and program evaluation, who will in turn work with the selected RFP grantees.
  • Works closely with the grantees to help them identify research that can inform and enhance their work, develop their evaluation plans, and connect with the scientific experts who can assist them.
  • Helps to develop and produce a range of multimedia resources for parents and families—on topics such as generosity, gratitude, and humility—including articles and videos for the Greater Good online magazine and content for the GGSC’s monthly parenting email newsletter.
  • Tracks new research findings, particularly as they relate to parenting and child development.
  • Identifies and helps to develop evaluation tools for the grantees, and prepares a final report at the conclusion of their projects that summarizes their successes, challenges, and lessons learned.
  • Plans and manages two events bringing together the grantees and scientific advisors, one toward the beginning and one toward the end of the project.
  • Delivers public talks and presentations to relevant organizations on parenting and child development research, particularly as it relates to the social and emotional well-being of children and their families.
  • Assists with the general day-to-day operations of the Parenting Program, including but not limited to staff meetings, grant reporting, and administrative tasks.

Required Qualifications

  • Expertise in the science of “prosocial” development (e.g., generosity, gratitude, forgiveness, humility), including knowledge of current and seminal research findings.
  • Strong scientific knowledge of the parenting and child development fields, including current research trends, scientific experts, and the landscape of parenting programs and organizations.
  • Analytical and evaluative skills to help the grantee organizations—and the Parenting Program as a whole—identify and track important metrics of their success, and to develop recommendations for improvement based on those metrics.
  • Excellent writing skills, particularly for making scientific research understandable to non-academic audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal communication, presentation, and project management skills.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of program evaluation methodology and experience conducting program evaluations.
  • Experience with RFPs.
  • Basic familiarity with multimedia production and posting content to websites.
  • Experience organizing events.
  • Familiarity with—and affinity for—the Greater Good Science Center’s mission and programs.
  • Ph.D. in child development or related area (e.g., social psychology, program evaluation) and/or equivalent experience/training.

Salary & Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience, within range of $70,000 - $75,000.

The position provides UC Berkeley’s comprehensive benefits package. For more information on the benefits offered by the University, visit:

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your application through UC Berkeley’s Jobs page before February 10, 2017. Once you’re on the Jobs page, click on “External Applicants” (unless you are a current UC employee, in which case select “Internal Applicants”) and in the Keywords field, search for the position by its Job ID: 22491.

Applications must be submitted through the UC Berkeley Jobs system in order to be considered.

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

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:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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