CSAC strives to have a membership that reflects the diversity of the UC Berkeley staff community. As part of their committee appointment, members of CSAC become an extension of the campus administration and may not advocate on behalf of any organization, department, or special constituency. The opportunity to serve on the Committee is available to all non-executive tier and non-academic campus staff who have completed their probationary period.

CSAC is a confidential committee of up to 16 members, appointed by the Chancellor. During the membership process, the committee also selects up to 3 alternate members who may be asked to serve as a member in the event that a position becomes vacant.

Membership Process Timeline 2016

  • Candidates attend information sessions to learn more about CSAC and the application process:
    • Thursday, September 15, 3:30-4:30 PM, 10th Floor, 2150 Shattuck Avenue
    • Friday, September 16, 12-1 PM, Room 238, 1608 4th Street
    • Monday, September 19, 12-1 PM, Chancellor's Conference Room, California Hall (must present your Cal ID for building entrance) 
    • Tuesday, September 20, 12-1 PM, Barbara Christian Room (Ethnic Studies Conference Room), 554 Barrows Hall
  • September 30: Online membership applications are due at 5pm
  • Late October: Finalists are invited to participate in group interviews (after submitting a release form signed by supervisor)
  • November: References checked of finalists; new members and alternates selected
  • January: New members begin three-year committee service

How To Apply

The application period for 2016 has been closed.  


All non-academic, non executive-tier career employees of the Berkeley campus who have completed their probationary period are eligible to apply for and serve as members of the Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee. The Committee aims to reflect the diverse campus staff population with consideration of race, gender, control unit affiliation, job classification, and years of experience on campus.

Member Selection Criteria

The following Member Selection Criteria are provided to aid you in completing the application. The Committee needs individuals who can, or are willing to learn to:

  • Take a broad and objective view of Berkeley campus issues
  • Show interest and awareness of Berkeley staff issues
  • Interact effectively with fellow committee members and invited guests
  • Network with staff and administration to address issues

The ideal CSAC member will demonstrate the potential to:

  • Effectively work within the University's complex administrative framework to find positive solutions to problems and issues
    affecting staff on the Berkeley campus
  • Provide group leadership - develop the ability and willingness to achieve consensus by participating actively and constructively
    in a collaborative group decision-making process
  • Plan and organize time to be an active member of the committee: attend all meetings; accept and complete committee
    assignments, which can include background research, data collection, and writing reports
  • Have a good working relationship with her/his supervisor to permit full participation with the committee

committee structure

CSAC members are appointed by the Chancellor for three-year terms. Committee goals are set on an annual basis each calendar year. Goals are influenced by a number of factors including current issues and long-range or identified future issues. The Committee speaks through the chair with a unified voice developed through strong commitment to the group and consensus-building processes. The Committee is guided internally by an elected executive committee. Work is accomplished through standing and ad hoc subcommittees and is presented to the full committee for discussion and action. For more details, see the About CSAC portion of this site.

time commitment

Full participation in CSAC requires work. Time commitment and expectations include:

  • Attend General Meetings every other Wednesday, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Attend an annual one-day CSAC orientation/retreat held during the first or second week of January and a half-day, mid-year retreat in June
  • Serve on a subcommittee that may meet during work hours and require time for subcommittee tasks
  • Prepare for meetings by studying issues, drafting recommendations/talking points, and participating in on-line discussions
  • Attend three, half-day meetings for Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Awards recipient selection, new membership selection, and new member interviews
  • Participate in other CSAC activities such as the Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Awards, membership information sessions, Summerfest tabling, and other outreach activities to promote CSAC
  • Whenever possible, attend CSAC Exec meetings held every other Wednesday, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on the weeks where there is no General meeting

On average, members will spend 2-4 hours each week on CSAC related work.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if my probation period ends after the application date but before CSAC terms begin in January?
Your probation period must be complete before you apply to become a CSAC member.

Can I become a CSAC member if I am a contract employee?
Contract employees on University payroll are eligible for CSAC membership. Contractors are not eligible for membership.