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Assistant or Associate Director, Changemaker Institute

Position overview

Position title: Assistant or Associate Director commensurate with top candidates qualifications
Salary range: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales.

Application Window

Open date: June 23rd, 2021

Last review date: Wednesday, Jul 7, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Sep 1, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Changemaking – creating positive social change – lies at the heart of who we are and what we do at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego). The new Changemaker Institute (https://changemaker.ucsd.edu/) inspires, connects, supports, celebrates, and amplifies the wide variety of changemaking work happening across our campus. We currently seek a proven, collaborative, energetic, and innovative leader for the Changemaker Institute.
The Changemaker Institute provides leadership for interdisciplinary collaboration in research, education, engagement, and advocacy to create positive social change.

Through a collaborative leadership and oversight model, the Changemaker Institute reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor (chief academic officer) through four founding campus units – Jacobs School of Engineering, Rady School of Management, Teaching + Learning Commons, and Student Affairs. The Changemaker Institute is led by UC San Diego's four Ashoka U Change Leaders who serve as its Directors.

In collaboration with and reporting to the Directors, the Assistant Director will help lead the Changemaker Institute to ensure coordination and create synergies within the Changemaker campus ecosystem and across the institute’s constituent units. The Assistant Director will play a vital role in the planning, execution, and evaluation of the Changemaker Institute's new and existing signature initiatives and events, including but not limited to Changemaker Week, Global Ethics Day, Changemaker Faculty Fellows, Global Changemaker Scholars Program, UC System Conference on Changemaker Education, and the Changemaker Journal.

In collaboration with the four Directors, the Assistant Director will also play an active role in reaching out to the campus and the local community, promoting changemaking and changemaker education, identifying and nurturing opportunities for collaboration, and stewarding and sustaining relationships with campus and off-campus partners. The Assistant Director will serve as the managing chair of the campus wide Changemaker Steering Committee.

The Assistant Director of the Changemaker Institute is a full-time, 12-month academic administrative appointment.

Functions include:

  • In collaboration with the Directors and Changemaker Steering Committee, actively engage in strategic planning to grow the Changemaker Institute and amplify its impact.
  • In collaboration with the Directors, lead the Changemaker Institute’s day-to-day operations, including co-supervision of staff.
  • Track and evaluate the Changemaker Institute's programs and services to demonstrate impact. Use data to produce internal reports to guide Directors in setting priorities.
  • Serve as managing chair of the Changemaker Institute's campus-wide Changemaker Steering Committee.
  • Through proactive collaboration with key stakeholders, propose, design, execute, and evaluate new and existing curricular and co-curricular initiatives and programs, utilizing best practices in changemaking and changemaker education.
  • Engage in and support scholarship in best practices in changemaking and changemaker education.
  • In collaboration with the Directors, design and lead research projects that further the Changemaker Institute's mission.
  • In collaboration with the Directors and Advancement team, engage in grant-writing and fundraising to secure the Changemaker Institute's financial future.
  • Represent the Changemaker Institute at a variety of events, functions and committees. -Support and amplify the changemaking ethos among students, staff and faculty.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience and success leading changemaker initiatives in higher education. The candidate will work collaboratively within the Changemaker Institute and with other academic departments, administrative units, local and global community and institutional partners, and other stakeholders that collectively comprise UC San Diego's ecosystem for changemaking and changemaker education.

Applicants with dual career considerations, please see the Partner Opportunities Program web page.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    The ideal candidate will have significant experience and success leading changemaker initiatives in higher education. The candidate will work collaboratively within the Changemaker Institute and with other academic departments, administrative units, local and global community and institutional partners, and other stakeholders that collectively comprise UC San Diego's ecosystem for changemaking and changemaker education.

    A Master's Degree in an area of study related to changemaking or changemaker education.
    A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in an area related to changemaking (e.g., civic engagement, community or public service, service-learning, engaged scholarship, experiential education, social innovation or entrepreneurship, or related field).
    Demonstrated understanding of and ability to promote and integrate inclusive principles and practices in advancing UC San Diego's commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.
    Demonstrated ability to work and communicate with a wide range of constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, community partners, alumni, donors, and other stakeholders.
    Willingness and ability to work evening and weekend events and programs; occasional work-related travel.
    A record of successful, mission-driven, inclusive program leadership, including direct responsibility for personnel and budget management.

Preferred qualifications
    • Ph.D. or terminal degree in an area of study related to changemaking or changemaker education.
    • Knowledge of civic engagement, community or public service, service-learning, engaged scholarship, experiential education, and social innovation or entrepreneurship.
    • Experience creating, promoting, executing, and evaluating programmatic initiatives designed to build changemaking skills or produce positive social change.
    • Experience leading diverse teams and making progress towards goals for equity, diversity, and inclusion.
    • Demonstrated interest in helping students, faculty, and staff integrate changemaking into academic and co-curricular activities.
    • Excellent writing and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
    • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills and inclusive, transparent approaches to decision-making.
    • Demonstrated success in fundraising, including experience with donor cultivation and major grant funding proposals.
    • Ability to work within a collaborative leadership model in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
    • Commitment to continuous improvement and accountability.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Misc/Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Three letters of recommendation with follow-up contact information.

Apply link: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF02753

Help contact: gtorgersen@ucsd.edu

Campus Information

The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

San Diego, California