UCLA School of Law is seeking an inaugural Executive Director to launch the Center on Reproductive Health, Law & Policy. Working with the new Center’s Faculty Director, the Associate Dean of Public Interest Law, and the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Strategic Planning, the inaugural Executive Director will develop the vision and the overall goals and programs for the new Center and will be responsible for their day-to-day implementation. The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibilities for the Center’s staff, research, programs, fundraising, budget, and mission.
The Center on Reproductive Health, Law & Policy is the first interdisciplinary, academic center located on the West Coast dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on reproductive health, law and policy. The new Center will join other highly regarded programs such as the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy; Critical Race Studies Program; The Promise Institute for Human Rights; David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy; Health and Human Rights Law Project; and the Criminal Justice Program, in promoting the highest standards of intellectual discourse at UCLA Law School. Through research and published articles, UCLA Law’s centers offer invaluable information for legislators, the judiciary, and the public, while providing critical training for UCLA students and the broader community.
The Executive Director will provide vision and creativity to build this new Center; hire and lead a team of talented researchers and staff; develop and lead the execution of world-class and innovative public policy research, programs, and initiatives that advance the mission of the Center; stay informed of, and engage with, reproductive health, law, and policy to ensure the Center’s programs and research remains relevant and timely; provide strategic leadership and direction for the dissemination of the Center’s work; develop and engage a committed group of volunteers, donors, and advisory councils; represent the Center to the public, press, and policymakers; and develop and oversee its core programs, fundraising, and operations. In addition to successful experience as a manager and innovative leader, the Executive Director must have the capacity to develop, collaborate, and engage with the Center’s new partners and audiences, and the substantive expertise and communication skills to serve as an effective representative of the organization and as the principal spokesperson for the Center. A passion for the mission of the new Center, appreciation for its unique institutional voice as an academic research center, and a commitment to a programmatic portfolio that embraces the full diversity of communities impacted by, and working for, reproductive justice and health are required.
The successful candidate should have either a J.D. or other terminal degree. The ideal candidate will have at least 7+ years of successful senior management and leadership experience, a track record of innovation and program building, and familiarity with current reproductive health, law and policy issues. We are also looking for candidates with demonstrated administrative and organizational skills, and success in fundraising, and managing a budget. Successful candidates will be creative, motivated, committed to diversity, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and be passionate about the work of the new Center. The individual will have an established track record for organizing and leading a strong team; be able to generate investment and enthusiasm; have strong interpersonal skills; and have a demonstrated ability to create and maintain productive relationships with colleagues, constituents, donors, and advisory board members. The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communications skills and will be able to represent the Center to the press, policymakers, and the public. Applicants whose work focuses on women, People of Color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, children and youth, and/or people of low socio-economic status are encouraged to apply. The University of California seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.
This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenure track, academic position. The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies-forms/the-call; and https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/academic-personnel-policy/index.html.)
Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Tuesday, February 15, 2022, but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF06954 by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references. Finalists will later be expected to supply at least two letters of recommendation during the final vetting process.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, gender transition status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, including protected veterans. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination &Affirmative Action Policy at https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction.
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