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Associate Director, Center for Equitable Environmental Sciences (CEES) (JPF02541)


Position title: Associate Director

Salary range: See Table 36 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $74,896 - $86,133.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: 8/14/2023

Position duration: The position is available during the duration of the grant funding period ending 8/31/2027 or grant funding availability.


Open date: June 26, 2023

Next review date: Monday, Sep 18, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Sep 25, 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.


The Associate Director is a full-time grant-funded administrative appointment that reports to the CEES Faculty Director. The Associate Director oversees programs, activities, and staff associated with CEES, including a student resource center, pedagogy workshops, and internship placements. The Associate Director also provides administrative and logistical support for the CEES Faculty Director. CEES will be housed within the Chicano Studies Institute (CSI), an organized research unit at UCSB that supports research projects about Latinx, immigrant communities, and experiences. This position is funded by a 5-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

The primary Associate Director areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:

Project coordination and management:
Under general supervision from the Faculty Director, the Associate Director is responsible for the daily management and direction of the CEES and its budget. The Associate Director:

  • Works closely with all grant-funded staff to ensure that grant program objectives are met, and National Science Foundation and campus regulations are followed.
  • Works with the staff at CSI to ensure responsible programmatic and fiscal management, adhering to grant guidelines and procedures and practices of the University of California.
  • Assists with faculty professional development programming, and organizes scheduling and travel for speakers, workshops, and other CEES activities.
  • Liaisons with the CEES Advisory Committee, including communication, scheduling meetings, and preparing reports, presentations, and other materials.
  • Assists with the search and hiring process for a career counseling staff position and several graduate student mentor positions.
  • Supervises staff and students, including conducting annual performance evaluations, and exercising authority over discipline and work/schedule assignments.
  • Develop CEES assessments in conjunction with other CEES personnel and Professor Tarek Azzam (School of Education), our project’s chief evaluator.
  • Represents CEES and its objectives to partnering school institutions.


Development and Direction of CEES:
The Associate Director is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive recruitment plan which leads to the development of research-based workshops and other learning support opportunities for students. The Associate Director is also responsible for promoting participation in CEES. The Associate Director:

  • Supervises graduate student staff and mentors to implement, assess, and revise the research-based strategies and practices of CEES on an ongoing basis.
  • Works with the Faculty Director and the CEES Advisory Committee to identify additional learning experiences where support for URM students seems especially significant.
  • Notifies the student body and university community about the goals, activities, and selection procedures and encourages potential students to participate in CEES programming.
  • Meets regularly with CEES graduate student staff and mentors to assess individual progress of CEES participants.

Campus and public relations:
The Associate Director is responsible for the development and maintenance of strong working relationships with, among other units, office undergraduate education, departmental undergraduate advisors, honors programs, undergraduate research programs, student affairs, institutional research and planning, instructional development, as well as other academic preparation and outreach programs. The Associate Director, along with the Faculty Director, represents CEES at national and regional meetings, such as those of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE). In order to publicize the program and its outcomes, the Associate Director will develop and maintain, with program staff, the internal (campus) and external profile of CEES, including social media, website, and other potential media such as newsletters, press releases, blogs, and presentations.

Program evaluation and student assessment:
The Associate Director oversees evaluation of CEES programs through general supervision of internal evaluation staff, and coordination with the external evaluators. The Associate Director, along with the Faculty Directors, are responsible for the delivery of annual progress reports to campus leadership as well as the National Science Foundation.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Enrolled in an MA granting program at the time of application or possess 3 years of experience in student outreach, student services, student programming, and/or advising.

Preferred qualifications

  • Master's Degree in a discipline relevant to the CEES program.
  • Experience in program development, project management, and employee supervision;
  • Ability to develop, implement, and evaluate effective programs and practices related to undergraduate students;
  • Ability to facilitate collaborative work across departments and manage team members;
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse populations, including senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the public;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including excellent interpersonal communication, written reports and correspondence, and presentations for large and small audiences;
  • Experience working with Hispanic/underserved populations
  • Ability to prioritize and execute multiple projects at different levels;
  • Research-based knowledge of learning strategies and best practices related to underserved students within STEM fields.
  • Broad knowledge of university divisions, offices, departments, and university personnel and procedures appropriate to various activities and coordination.
  • Experience working within a federal grant program.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.


Document requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

Reference requirements

  • 2 required (contact information only)

References for applicants who reach the shortlist stage will be contacted

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02541

Help contact: kpartidatorres@ucsb.edu


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (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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