Academic Administrator
University of California Davis
United States

Academic Administrator in Maternal and Child Nutrition

Job #JPF05313

Application Window

Open date: October 24, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, Jan 4, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 31, 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


Academic Administrators are appointees who administer programs that provide service closely related to the teaching and research mission of the University. The duties of an Academic Administrator are largely administrative, although teaching and research responsibilities may be assigned. The Academic Administrator oversees complex units with a substantial amount of independence and works closely or jointly with faculty. This position serves as Director of the UC Davis Human Lactation Center, a fully self-supporting research, training, and outreach center housed in the Department of Nutrition, and Director of the Master of Advanced Study in Maternal and Child Nutrition (MCN), a self-supporting departmental master’s degree program. Responsibilities include teaching and scholarly research activities.



This position serves as the director of the Master of Advanced Study in Maternal and Child Nutrition self-supporting degree program and provides intellectual leadership and management of program resources. Working with the Maternal and Child Nutrition graduate program chair, the program director provides leadership for all facets of the program and is responsible for the quality and consistency of the program including development, coordination, and oversight of the overall curriculum, classes, and instruction, program planning, management of day-to-day operations including supervision of program staff, coordination of committees and meetings, student advising, oversight of student capstone projects, budgeting and expenditures, management of external accreditation efforts, and communicating with the program chair. (40%)

This position also is responsible coordinating the activities of faculty and academic staff associated with the UC Davis Human Lactation Center and associated scholarly research. These activities include development of proposals for extramural funding; planning, developing, and evaluating center-based programs; management of program resources and budgeting; hiring and supervising personnel; and overall contract and project management. The incumbent shall provide intellectual leadership and scholarship in the roles of administrator and supervisor. (15%)


The incumbent must show evidence of continuing professional growth, teaching expertise and continued scholarly activity in their discipline. They will provide intellectual leadership and scholarship and participate in relevant professional societies and conferences.

Teaching (30%)
This position will participate in the ongoing instruction for the Master of Advanced Studies in Maternal and Child Nutrition (MCN) Program. Specifically, the incumbent will serve as the instructor of record for three of the program’s courses, help facilitate student seminars, and provide occasional lectures in other courses in the MCN program and the department.

Contracts and Research (10%)
This position is responsible for generation and coordination of funding in for the UC Davis Human Lactation Center and for their scholarly research program, including the development of proposals for extramural funding and other fundraising efforts. This may include research studies, contracts, and agreements for education and evaluation projects in maternal and child nutrition. These activities may include planning and participating in continuing education programs for health professionals and academic outreach programs. The incumbent must demonstrate achievements and leadership for their scholarly research, such as publications and other creative efforts. The incumbent also will be responsible for developing links as needed between the Department of Nutrition and other units on campus, such as the School of Medicine.


The incumbent will participate in the governance of the MCN, Nutrition department and university through appropriate roles such as participation in committees and policy formulation. They may provide presentations or service in a liaison capacity with community groups, public, governmental and private agencies.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in nutrition or closely related field, with expertise in Maternal and Child Nutrition; IBCLC certification required

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

• Statements of Contributions to Diversity will be assessed by their general quality and the candidates’ awareness of, contributions toward, and plans for future efforts related to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred qualifications

• Post-doctoral experience preferred
• Evidence of teaching, leadership, and administrative skills relevant to the independent management and direction of a graduate degree program and a lactation research and outreach center; ability to maintain a successful research, teaching, and outreach program in the discipline of Maternal and Child Nutrition
• Evidence of scholarship during graduate and post-graduate activities
• Demonstrated ability or potential to obtain extramural support for research activities
• Interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity. Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through education, research, and/or service would be a plus.
• Demonstrated ability or potential to develop and instruct graduate courses and to present information to scientific audiences
• Demonstrated ability or potential and interest to mentor and advise M.S. students
• Evidence of communication skills and collegiality consistent with effective departmental, campus and professional citizenship

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae including Publication List - Your most recently updated C.V. with publication list.
  • Statement of Research Accomplishments
  • Statement of Teaching Accomplishments and Philosophy
  • Statement of future research plans relevant to maternal and child nutrition
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.
  • Transcripts if you are within five years of Ph.D. degree (Optional)
  • Publication 1
  • Publication 2
  • Publication 3
Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)
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We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals’ with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UC Davis positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available at:

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) is committed to inclusive excellence by advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all that we do. UC Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its community by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment demonstrated through a variety of resources and programs available to academics, staff, and students. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values of UC Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by members of our academic community who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. UC Davis is making important progress towards our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a plethora of resources on their website, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan.” There are a plethora of links available on the About Us webpage where you can learn more about our Administration, Diversity and Inclusion, Rankings, Locations, Native American Land Acknowledgement, Sustainability, Visiting UC Davis, UC Davis Health, and Campus Safety.

The university is consistently ranked among the top institutions in the world for campus sustainability practices by the UI Green Metric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to preserving a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.

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. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Davis, CA

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