Career moves often mean new professional challenges, opportunities to grow and gain additional experience and skills, continued networking; they refresh our energy and bring a sense of recognition. Our colleagues who recently moved to a new role and/or unit can confirm that!
Between February and April, nine staff members* in career appointments have either been promoted within their current unit or have applied and been selected to fill a vacant position. Here is what some of them had to say about career transitions:
Sarah Lopez who joined the Finance team shared that her transfer from campus Financial Aid office was quite smooth. “Having had experience working with some of the Haas programs, I felt very comfortable taking on the new role given my past exposure. There is still a lot to learn but I feel more confident as I have a good deal of systems knowledge… this is key as we transition to the new SIS! In addition, her new role at Haas enables Sarah to obtain a solid management experience. “This was a unique advancement opportunity that I could not pass up! Typically, a move in to management requires leaving campus to work at a smaller school in order to gain experience. At Haas, I am able to get that same exposure without leaving the Berkeley campus including the network of support I have developed in my career.”
Charles Lam’s perspective echoes a similar transferability of skills and network. Charles worked in Campus Shared Services IT prior to joining Haas; before CSS he was with Research Enterprise Services and International House and therefore has extensive campus experience. “The work in Technology Solutions is more dynamic and challenging and the overall atmosphere at Haas is more professional than in other campus departments,” says Charles. “Although I’m new in Haas Technology Solutions and have a lot to learn, I know campus IT, I am familiar with the university key resources and can easily tap into my contacts and get a fast response when a need arises.”
Jill Erbland whose position was reclassified and also moved from the Lester Center to CSSL/IBSI shared her insights about how her job scope increased over the years: “My role had evolved over time, my responsibilities supporting the entrepreneurship faculty and curriculum decreased, and my time spent managing two large, global competitions (GSVC, Intel) increased. In addition, I took over managing our entrepreneurship scholarships and fellowships, helping lead the development of establishing several new scholarships and fellowships during my time at the Lester Center. My role supporting GSVC also became more of a staff director role, rather than a support role to a large, volunteer student team. I think it’s important for the university/Haas to recognize staff for their achievements and growth, so I was thrilled to be reclassified to a role that was more reflective of my current duties.”
Candace Gonzales-Tumey stayed in the FTMBA Admissions unit but moved from the operations to the admissions side by applying for an open position. “I did apply internally and the process was very easy and as transparent as you want it to be. I felt my skills have transferred easily, my background in operations allows me to have an in depth understanding of the underpinnings of the admissions process, the details of how we get things done. Having the opportunity to contribute in the admissions committee and participate in more strategic discussions has led me to a greater understanding and appreciation of holistic review and why we do what we do. Best of all, I feel that I can be a source of information and an advocate for both teams.”
Janet Chin noted that her knowledge of Haas has increased by moving from the Career Management Group to the MFE program. “Working with a different Haas graduate population has showcased the diversity of our amazing students and alumni (backgrounds, geography, etc) and I appreciate the opportunity to learn from different groups on campus. I continue to meet additional staff as well by simply having moved to an office two floors up.”
Our best wishes for successful experiences and professional development to those who moved between February and April:
- Morgan Bernstein, Executive Director, FTMBA Admissions
- Jill Erbland, Program Director, Global Social Venture Competition, Center for Social Sector Leadership
- Candace Gonzales Tumey, Assistant Director of Admissions, FTMBA Admissions
- Abby Scott, Director of Corporate Partnerships, Development and Alumni Relations
- Janet Chin, Careers Specialist and Assistant Director, MFE Program
- Andre Marquis, transfer to CEE
- Charles Lam, Systems Administrator, Technology Solutions (transfer in from CSS/IT)
- Sarah Lopez, Director of Financial Aid, Finance unit (transfer in from campus Financial Aid office)
- Jeane Kim, Associate Director of Admissions, Operations and Technology, MBA Programs for Working Professionals (transfer in from UCOP)
Are you interested in learning more about career mobility at Haas and on campus? Join the On the Move Staff – Brown Bag Lunch hosted by DSAC on Wednesday, June 1 at noon, in C325. This is a great opportunity to connect with colleagues who were featured on this blog post, hear about their transitions and discuss career mobility on campus. Here is the link to sign up. Hope to see you there!
*The above list includes staff (in career appointments) whose position was reclassified or staff who applied for a new role between February 1, 2016 and April 30, 2016, as reflected in the HCM system. If your position was reclassified or if you obtained a new role within that timeframe and your name is not listed, please let us know (contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
For additional information about decision-making processes around hiring, reclassification and vacancies, click here. To keep up on job openings at Haas, follow Jobs@Haas on Twitter (the account also feeds directly into our Staff Now page) or visit the Jobs at Haas webpage.
This is the third in a series of Staff on the Move posts. We will continue sharing this information throughout the year.