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Senior Director, Office of Advanced Professional Education and Development (OAPED)/Science Programs

Position overview

Salary range: $95,000-$110,000, annually

Application Window

Open date: March 31, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Aug 5, 2022 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: Thursday, Mar 30, 2023 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

Position Description
The Senior Director of OAPED/Science Programs at UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies is responsible for leading and directing academic programs for professionals and academics in the science and healthcare industries. The Director’s responsibilities fall within two major functional categories:

The Director is responsible for leadership and engagement related to an existing and growing portfolio of self-funded MAS and MS degree programs through OAPED. This senior-level position serves as a consultant and expert on matters related to the administration of graduate degree programs within the UC environment and represents Extension with UCSD faculty, the Dean of Graduate Studies, graduate program directors, and other internal and external units. The Director also cultivates and stewards external interest to promote and grow programs. The current portfolio of courses and programs is significant and growing, and includes existing graduate degree programs in Drug Development and Product Management, and Clinical Research.

The Director is responsible for leading and directing a portfolio of non-degree, professional development certificates and programs in the Sciences. The Director will develop and cultivate productive relationships with employers, faculty, and recognized authorities in this field, and will lead efforts to develop new programs, particularly in the priority area of Therapeutic Discovery and Development, to meet the lifelong learning needs of industry professionals.

OAPED Program Direction and Relationship Development

  • Provides broad oversight and leads internal and external engagement related to the functions of Extension’s Office of Advanced Professional Education and Development (OAPED).
  • Liaises between Faculty, Graduate Program Directors, and staff to ensure that graduate programs are appropriately supported.
  • Work to identify new programs for management. Develops in collaboration with academic units, divisions and schools memoranda of understanding for services to be provide by the Division. Ensures that the terms of those memoranda are held.
  • Supervises all OAPED staff, directly or through others.

Development of Relationships and Appropriate Educational Programs in the Sciences

  • Identify, approach, and visit often with employers, faculty, professional association officers, and recognized authorities in the biopharmaceutical sector to discuss current changes and needs in the field, including the impact of those changes on talent acquisition and educational preparation.
  • Identify and validate potential areas of interest to develop new programs related to Therapeutic Discovery and Development.

Management of Educational Products, Instructors, and Staff in the Sciences

  • Design, develop, and submit for approval new or revised collections of coursework for certificate (or similar) program status
  • Review the performance of existing programs to determine their viability. As needed, develop plans to discontinue or repurpose underperforming programs.

Special Conditions of Employment

  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • This position meets the requirements of a mandated CANRA reporter.
  • A background check is required for this position.

NOTE: This position is a year-round appointment coinciding with the July 1 to June 30 fiscal year. The initial appointment will be two years (or less to coincide with the applicable June 30 end date), and eligible for 24-month reappointments thereafter, subject to academic review.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • Terminal degree in science, education, therapeutic discovery & development, or relevant fields.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing academic educational programs, with success navigating the evolving market.
  • Demonstrated strong or potential accomplishments in areas contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to play a leadership role in advancing UC San Diego’s commitment to achieving excellence and diversity.
Preferred qualifications
  • Proven experience in market evaluation, opportunity identification, and new program development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry landscape and processes.
  • Experience providing strategic direction to marketing specialists, managing department finances, and supervising administrative staff.
  • Considerable work experience in adult education.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

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

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

  • Checklist - Provide a checklist briefly describing how you fulfill each of the required minimum qualifications listed in this position posting, as well as any preferred qualifications listed in this posting.

  • Proof of Highest Degree Obtained

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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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.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location

San Diego, CA