Career Development & Training

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Explore all of the resources and opportunities available on and around our campus. There are so many resources that can help you to develop new skills, refresh existing skills, and create opportunities to further your career. Whether you are just starting your career, making a career change or jump, or headed towards retirement, there are resources for everyone at all stages of their careers.

The University of California, Berkeley encourages employees to develop in ways that link to the strategic objectives of the campus. Career management is a partnership between the employee, the supervisor, and the University.

  • Employees are responsible for actively managing their careers, increasing their skills and experience, and maintaining a high level of performance.
  • Supervisors are responsible for actively encouraging and supporting staff in their career planning, using the available tools and processes to help employees find the best match between their talents and the needs of the campus.
  • The University is responsible for creating and providing opportunities for growth based on performance excellence, talent, and potential, and for encouraging mobility between job families and departments.

 

Professional Development Benefits & Paid Time Off

Article 25

  1. All required training and orientation shall be considered part of the workload for the term, with the exception of pedagogy courses in which an ASE is required to be enrolled. Said pedagogy courses and training requirements shall not be used to reduce the number of ASE appointments.
  2. The University may require, at its sole discretion, an ASE to satisfactorily complete required training to continue appointment as an ASE. The University may, at its sole discretion, require that an ASE who has not satisfactorily completed required training repeat training without the repeated training counting in workload.
  3. Unpaid activities for which academic credit is given, or that are academic program requirements for all students in the program, or are training required to meet minimum eligibility requirements (e.g., English language tests), are not considered employment activities and not covered by this agreement.

Article 38

Eligibility:

You must:

  • Have completed your probationary period, if applicable,
  • Your performance must be “Satisfactory” or better and;
  • your participation during work hours is approved in advance by the University

Required Programs:

When the University requires you to attend an educational or training program, the University will pay the fees and related costs for materials, travel and per diem, and the employee’s attendance at the actual program shall be considered time worked.

  • Education or training which is suggested or recommended, but not required, is not “required” within the meaning of this Article.
  • Education or training for the acquisition or maintenance of a license shall not qualify as required” within the meaning of this Article.

Time Off:

A non-probationary employee is eligible for up to 40 hours of paid release time per calendar year for job-related or University career-related training, except as described below. A part-time career employee’s yearly entitlement shall be prorated based on his/her appointment rate. A veriable time employee’s yearly entitlement shall be prorated based on the average monthly hours worked in the previous six months.

Such paid release time must be scheduled according to staffing requirements. Training courses provided by the University shall be included in the 40 hours.

  • An employee may be required to submit proof that s/he utilized the paid release time for the class, training, or career development program.
  • If the University denied an employee’s requested job- or University career-related training/development based on operational considerations, the employee may submit a written request in accordance with campus procedures to carry over the requested unused hours of paid release time for job-related and/or University career-related training. Such requests shall not be unreasonably denied. Any hours approved for carry over must be used by the end of the following calendar  year and will not carry over into any subsequent year.

Other Benefits:

     Reduced Fee Enrollment

Article 9

Professional Development Fund Pool:

The Professional Development Fund Pool will be funded annually on October 1 and shall be placed in a special campus account. Individual NSF will be eligible to submit requests for funding to support proposals for professional development, including but not limited to professional meetings, training seminars, software, and paid leave, all of which should be in support of pedagogical endeavors. Only those NSF with continuing appointments will be eligible to submit requests for paid leave.

Procedure 50

Eligibility:

You must have completed your probationary period, if applicable, and your performance must be “Satisfactory” or better.

Required Programs:

When a department head requires you to attend a training or development program, the time spent in attendance shall be counted as time worked, and the full fees and related costs, i.e. materials, travel, and per diem, shall be paid by the department.

Continuing education courses for the maintenance of State licenses which are a requirement for employment in your present position are not automatically considered professional development programs and do not necessarily qualify for fee reimbursement.

Paid Time Off:

Regular status employees requesting professional development leave, shall develop a plan for approval by the department head. Upon approval, a regular status employee who meets the eligibility requirements is eligible, in general, for 80 hours (non-exempt) or 10 days (exempt) paid release time per calendar year for professional development, which should be career-ladder related.

The department head shall approve the leave subject to scheduling, staffing, and budget considerations. Unused time may not be accumulated or carried over from calendar year to calendar year.

Other Benefits

     Reduced Fee Enrollment

    Sponsored Tuition for UC Berkeley Extension Courses

     Available to:

  • Career staff and contract staff employees are eligible after completing 6 months of service
  • Performance must be satisfactory or above with no formal written disciplinary action
  • On paid status at the time of enrollment

Article 20

The planning of the Postdoctoral Scholar’s professional development and career goals should be described in an Individual Development Plan under the provisions of Article 9, including but not limited to attending conferences, career fairs, and workshops. When funding is available for professional development activities, the University shall cover expenses including but not limited to registration fees, travel expenses, and other costs, provided the activities are outlined in an IDP and approved by the supervisor. For postdoctoral scholar fellows (3253) and paid directs (3254) who have extramural fund allowances, these funds may be used before University resources, at the University’s discretion.

Article 3

There shall be reasonable flexibility and reasonable individual discretion for librarians in the use of University time so that they may function as academic appointees of the University of California. Choice of other activities such as study, writing, research, public service, and requests to attend workshops, institutes, and conferences, as well as the choice of professional organizations in which to be active, are left to the discretion of the individual librarian. Responses to requests for funds must be communicated in writing.

Article 8

Eligibility:

  1. the employee has completed her/his probationary period; and
  2. the employee’s performance is satisfactory or better; and
  3. participation in education or training programs during scheduled work hours is approved in advance by the University.

Required Programs:

When the University requires attendance at an educational or training program, the University will pay the fees and related costs for materials, travel and per diem, and the employee’s attendance at the actual program shall be considered time worked. However, when an individual is hired with the understanding that specific additional training is to be obtained or completed, that individual may be required to participate in such training on off-duty time, without expense to the University.

Paid Time Off:

A non-probationary employee is eligible for up to forty (40) hours of paid release time for job-related training per calendar year, prorated based on appointment rate.

Article 7

Eligibility:

You must:

  • Have completed your probationary period, if applicable,
  • Your participation during work hours is approved in advance by the University

Required Programs:

Employees shall be reimbursed for the costs of educational programs required and approved by the University. Time spent in such educational programs shall be considered time worked.

Time Off:

The maximum professional development and educational leave is forty (40) hours per contract year (October 1 – September 30) A part-time career employee’s yearly entitlement shall be prorated based on her/his appointment rate.

Article 8

Eligibility:

You must:

  • Have completed your probationary period, if applicable,
  • Your performance must be “Satisfactory” or better and;
  • your participation during work hours is approved in advance by the University

Required Programs:

When the University requires you to attend an educational or training program, the University will pay the fees and related costs for materials, travel and per diem, and the employee’s attendance at the actual program shall be considered time worked. However, when an individual is hired with the understanding that specific additional training is to be obtained or completed, that individual may be required to participate in such training on off-duty time, without expense to the University.

  • Education or training which is suggested or recommended, but not required, is not “required” within the meaning of this Article.
  • Education or training for the acquisition or maintenance of a license shall not qualify as required” within the meaning of this Article.

Time Off:

A non-probationary employee is eligible for up to 40 hours of paid release time for job-related training per calendar year, prorated based on appointment rate. Except as described below, such paid release time may not be accumulated or carried over from year to year, and must be scheduled according to staffing requirements. Training courses provided by the University shall be included in the forty (40) hours. Time spent, if any, in career-related training programs shall count against the forty (40) hours.

  • An employee may be required to submit verification of successful completion of the program and attendance at the program.
  • No later than November 1 of any year, an employee may submit a written request in accordance with departmental procedures to carry over paid release time for job-related training. Such requests will be considered on a case by case basis and shall not be unreasonably denied. Any hours approved for carry over must be used within one (1) calendar year.
  • Development leave hours may be used for the time spent taking certification exams that are in furtherance of career-related or position-related development.

Other Benefits

     Reduced Fee Enrollment