OCIO/IST Workforce Development

The quality and capabilities of IT for the University are directly tied to the quality and capabilities of our IT workforce. Now more than ever, we need to invest in that workforce. To that end, we have developed a comprehensive workforce strategy and professional development program for OCIO/IST.

Despite the challenges we are currently facing, UC Berkeley is an exciting, leading-edge institution and a great place to build a career for the long term.

Annual Gallup Survey

As the first step in the workforce development planning process, in the fall of 2016 we gathered information about job satisfaction from OCIO/IST staff via the Gallup Q12 Engagement Survey. We repeated the survey in the fall of 2017 and 2018, and were pleased to see that our already strong 2016 and 2017 scores had improved! We plan to run this survey each fall as one of our baseline metrics for gauging staff engagement. View the OCIO-IST Gallup Survey Results here.

Each year, the Workforce Strategy Committee, along with the OCIO/IST Directors and input from staff, select two areas from the Gallup Q12 Engagement Survey to focus on in the coming year as part of of the OCIO/IST Workforce Strategy program.

In 2017, we chose questions 3 and 6:

  • Q3: At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.
  • Q6: There is someone at work who encourages my development.
In 2018, we chose questions 1 and 6:
  • Q1: I know what is expected of me at work.
  • Q6: There is someone at work who encourages my development.

In 2019, we chose questions 6 and 11 to focus on:

  • Q6: There is someone at work who encourages my development.
  • Q11: In the last six months, someone at work has talked to me about my progress.

The Plan

OCIO/IST Directors have reviewed and finalized the 2018 OCIO/IST Staff Development Plan. This year's plan include Equity and Inclusion and Telling Our Story. Some of the learning outcomes and qualifying experiences relate to competencies that we want to be shared consistently across our organization, and some of them are intended to support you in defining and growing your own career. We strongly encourage each staff to do at least one activity in each of the tracks in 2018. View 2017 OCIO/IST Staff Development Plan.

Workforce Development Opportunities

Workforce Development Google Group

This email communication tool for IST/OCIO staff is intended to serve an an avenue for staff to share professional development opportunities and to create a better sense of community. Share other interesting career development opportunities by emailing workforcedevelopmentforum@lists.berkeley.edu. This will automatically be posted to the Workforce Development Google Group.

Workforce Development Opportunities List

This list includes links to training sessions, relevant conferences, and diversity/climate-related classes for your reference.

Workforce Strategy Committee

The OCIO/IST Workforce Strategy Committee is comprised of staff from across the organization that executes the strategy of the staff development plan. An example of the things that this group is doing is determining what kinds of activities we should undertake as an organization to help address and improve our Gallup ratings, with a focus on the Gallup questions we have chosen to address in any given year. 


  • Liz Marsh, Director, Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff - OCIO



If you are interested in learning more about this plan or have any questions, please contact Liz Marsh, OCIO Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff at lizm@berkeley.edu or the Workforce Development Strategy Committee at workforcedevcom@lists.berkeley.edu