Executive Director, Academic Coordinator II, CA&ES Center for Regional Change
University of California Davis
Location: Davis, California
Internal Number: 4196926
Executive Director, Academic Coordinator II, CA&ES Center for Regional Change
The UC Davis Center for Regional Change (CRC) is a catalyst for collaborative and action-oriented research that is grounded in social and environmental justice. The CRC brings together multi-disciplinary campus partners and multi-sector community partners to explore and address topics that transcend jurisdictional boundaries. The CRC collaborates with partners toward developing healthy, diverse, inclusive, equitable, prosperous, and sustainable regions in California and beyond. The CRC uses the frameworks of community-based participatory research (CBPR) and youth-led participatory action research (YPAR) to produce inclusive and equitable research. The CRC democratizes data through the development of communication platforms, spatial visualization tools, models for community engagement, technical assistance, and curricular development. The CRC prioritizes the topics of social and environmental justice, civic and youth engagement, food and housing security, transportation, and health equity. The CRC centers the knowledge and priorities of peoples who have been historically marginalized from institutional research activities. The CRC leverages its location in close proximity to the state capital within the heart of California's Central Valley to promote research that influences policy and legislation using collective community voice.
The CRC builds bridges between academic disciplines and between the campus and its broader communities to ensure that its research has the highest degrees of rigor, relevance, and reach for positive policy impacts. The CRC is housed within and receives core support from the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES). NATURE AND PURPOSE
Academic Coordinators are appointees who administer academic programs that provide service closely related to the teaching or research mission of the University. This service may be provided to academic departments, to organized research units, to students, or to the general public. Determination of the appropriate level for an appointment for an Academic Coordinator shall take into consideration such factors as program scope and complexity. The duties of an Academic Coordinator are primarily administrative. Individuals in an Academic Coordinator title who are assigned research or instructional duties are required to hold a dual title. MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESIGNATED AREAS OF EXPERTISE 1. Coordination of Academic Programs (85%)
Organizational Management and Leadership The Executive Director reports to the Faculty Director, whose responsibility is overall center vision and strategy. The Faculty Director directly supervises the Executive Director and Director of Community Development. The Director of Community Development supervises community engagement staff, and the Executive Director supervises all other staff. The Executive Director provides operational and administrative leadership for the CRC. The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of a program with a broad, interdisciplinary scope that involves faculty from multiple colleges and schools at UC Davis, other UC campuses, and a wide range of public and private agencies. Primary responsibilities include the oversight of administration, management, and coordination of significant research and outreach programs with broad and substantial complexity. The Executive Director primarily fulfills their responsibilities independently but is also part of a collaborative executive leadership team with the Faculty Director and Director of Community Engagement. The Executive Director also consults with the CRC's faculty affiliates from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and other disciplines, as well as experts and industry leaders from public, private, and nonprofit organizations.
Strategic Planning The Executive Director collaborates with the Faculty Director, staff members, and stakeholders in guiding the CRC's short- and long-term planning, and the development of new CRC projects and in setting, implementing, assessing, and adapting the strategic objectives for the CRC. The Executive Director takes into consideration the needs of multiple constituencies; evaluates academic program activities and functions; communicates and cooperates with faculty in its program areas; develops interdisciplinary collaborations; and initiates programs that develop new strategic directions.
Staff Supervision The Executive Director is responsible for the direction and supervision of a mid-sized staff team of interdisciplinary professionals that specialize in qualitative and quantitative research, data visualization, and translating research for non-academic audiences. In collaboration with the Faculty Director, the Executive Director hires, supervises, and mentors administrative and program staff and also supervises and mentors students conducting research through the CRC, when appropriate.
Budget Management In consultation with the Faculty Director and the CA&ES Dean's Office, the Executive Director develops the Center's annual budget, including both internal and extramural funds. In consultation with the Faculty Director, the Executive Director oversees all CRC budgets, personnel, finances and facilities. The Executive Director manages and reports on all program funds, as required by University policies and procedures. The Executive Director collaborates with the Faculty Director in seeking external funding through grants, contracts, and individual donors and will assist broader College and University fund development efforts to support research projects involving the CRC.
Campus Partnership Management The Executive Director collaborates with the Director of Community Engagement in supporting broad, interdisciplinary applied research projects that frequently encompass several colleges and schools within the campus, as well as other UC campuses. The support can include identifying potential funding and contracting opportunities, convening potential faculty and staff researchers, and providing administrative and programmatic support for research teams. In addition, the Executive Director will maintain positive working relationships with administrative staff at the CA&ES Dean's Office, Office of Research, Office of the Provost, Office of the Chancellor, and other campus partners. The Executive Director will collaborate with the Faculty Director and CRC stakeholders in developing a vision and strategy for these campus partnerships.
Community Partnership Management The Executive Director cultivates and maintains relationships with current and potential strategic external partners. These partners can include organizations from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors working in the areas of policy, advocacy, business, and philanthropy. Activities include meeting regularly with key stakeholders, attending meetings with stakeholder groups, participating in collaboratives, and organizing events and convenings. The Executive Director develops strategies to communicate CRC activities to external constituencies, including media, current and potential funders, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the general public. The Executive Director collaborates with the Faculty Director and CRC stakeholders in developing a vision and strategy for these community partnerships. 2. Professional Competence (10%)
The Executive Director participates in professional societies and conferences appropriate to their specific field. They give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups, or at seminars, meetings or educational functions. 3. University and Public Service (5%)
The Executive Director participates in the administration of their units and the University through appropriate roles in governance and policy formulation. In addition, they represent the University in their special capacity as scholars during the discharge of their responsibilities. Qualifications
Advanced degree (Masters required, Ph.D. preferred) or equivalent experience in city and regional planning, geography, sociology, public policy, public health, public administration, or related field.
Extensive experience with fund development and grant management from foundations, individual donors, and public sources.
Experience with human resources, staff development and mentoring (with both professional and student staff).
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Experience with media relations, publicity, and strategic communications.
Broad understanding of regional planning and policy issues in California and nationally.
Ability to effectively engage with a diversity of constituents (faculty, students, administration funders, policy makers, advocates, business leaders) from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.
UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 68,000 located in Yolo County. The state capital is 20 minutes away, and world-class destinations such as the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Tahoe and the Napa Valley are within a two-hour drive.