Past Positions

Center for Buddhist Studies Vice Chair

The Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) at UC Berkeley was established in 2004 to promote organized research activities (including colloquia, workshops, conferences, film series, publications, fund-raising and community outreach activities) relating to Buddhist studies. The center complements the mission of the Group in Buddhist Studies, which manages the Ph.D. program, but assumes responsibility for all activities not directly related to graduate student training and education. The BCBS is housed under the administrative umbrella of the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), an ORU within International and Area Studies. A faculty Chair has primary administrative responsibility for the Center. General administration and development of the Center is performed by the Vice Chair, who is expected to initiate, plan, and implement new programs independently and to pursue new development opportunities in consultation with the Chair.

The Berkeley Center for Buddhist Studies seeks a part-time (50-60% time) Vice Chair to begin early 2007. This Academic Coordinator I appointment is for one year, with the expectation of annual renewal, budget permitting. The Vice Chair works with the Chair and other Buddhist Studies faculty to develop the organized research activities of the Center and to strengthen Buddhist studies at Berkeley in general. Qualified candidates may also be invited on occasion to teach courses for the Group in Buddhist Studies.


  • Initiate, analyze, plan, raise funds for, and implement programs and projects related to Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley. Identify new sources of extramural funding and initiate fundraising activities and grant proposals in support of programs, fellowships, staffing, research and library resources.
  • Develop and maintain ties with foundations and private donors, acting as liaison with campus fundraising units.
  • Plan and implement academic colloquia, seminars, conferences, as well as public programs and outreach activities. Coordinate program activities with the campus community (e.g. the Pacific Film Archive/Berkeley Art Museum) as well as other academic and/or private institutions.
  • Work with the campus and external agencies to mount high-profile events, such as international film festivals and other cultural activities relating to the world Buddhism. Draft and supervise production of marketing materials.
  • Work with the Hearst museum, Doe Library, East Asian Library and Bancroft Library to coordinate initiatives relating to the recent acquisition of the Bernard-Murray Collection
  • Manage ties with the Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research, the Institute for Buddhist Studies at the GTU, the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies, the Khyentse Foundation, and other regional institutions.
  • Work with the UC Press on development of the Berkeley Buddhist Studies Series.
  • Oversee visiting scholar program, including the annual Numata Visiting Professorship.
  • Supervise occasional student assistant; oversee development of Center website.
  • Represent Center Chair as necessary at campus meetings, on committees and at official functions (Asian consular events, etc.) Prepare reports and budget for Center Chair. Coordinate Center administration with Assistant Director and Business Manager of IEAS. Coordinate activities with the Manager of the Group in Buddhist Studies.

Qualifications: Advanced degree (Ph.D preferred) in Asian studies-related field and familiarity with the field of Buddhist Studies preferred. Knowledge of at least one Asian language desirable. Excellent English language skills (spoken and written) required. Knowledge of, and experience with, foundations and agencies that fund East Asian/Buddhist Studies desirable. Grant writing experience. Ability to interact effectively with professors, graduate students and foreign officials and dignitaries. Familiarity with Berkeley and UC policies, procedures, and academic resources desirable. Experience in organized research administration helpful.

Salary: The initial full-time salary rate is $44,948 to 55,320, depending on qualifications. Appointment will be made at 50 to 60% of full time, with the full package of UC employment benefits.

Application deadline: Initial review of applications will begin November 27, 2006. Send or email letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and names of 3 references to: Martin Backstrom, Assistant Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley, 2223 Fulton Street, Berkeley, CA 94704-2318. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.