Academic Coordinator
University of California Davis
United States

Academic Coordinator, Associate Director for Community Engagement

Job #JPF03907
  • Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - HUMAN ECOLOGY

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 3rd, 2020

Next review date: Thursday, Dec 17, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 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.


This highly independent, full time, career position is located within the Community Engagement Core (CEC) at the Environmental Health Sciences Core Center (EHSC).The Environmental Health Sciences Core Center at UC Davis, one of more than 20 NIEHS-funded Core Centers across the country, advances scientific research; fosters interdisciplinary collaborations; promotes community engagement; facilitates translation of research; and provides support and mentoring to new EHS researchers. EHSC has seventy-one members, spanning seven colleges/schools at UC Davis and engages stakeholders across California with an emphasis on the San Joaquin/Central Valley and areas affected by wildfires. EHSC is comprised of: Exposure Core; Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core; Community Engagement Core; Pilot Projects Program and; an Administrative Core.

The Community Engagement Core (CEC) facilitates bi-directional exchange of information and resources between the EHSC and community members, decision makers, public health professionals, and educators. This includes translating and disseminating Center research results into information that can be used to protect and improve public health, as well as aligning the center’s activities with the needs and interests of communities facing high concentrations of environmental hazards and social vulnerability.

Position Background

Academic Coordinators are appointees who administer academic programs that provide service closely related to the teaching or research mission of the University. This service may be provided to academic departments, to organized research units, to students, or to the general public. Determination of the appropriate level for an appointment for an Academic Coordinator shall take into consideration such factors as program scope and complexity. The duties of an Academic Coordinator are primarily administrative. Individuals in an Academic Coordinator title who are assigned research or instructional duties are required to hold a dual title.

The Community Engagement Core Associate Director for Engagement reports and collaborates with the CEC faculty co-directors in setting, implementing, assessing, and adapting the strategic objectives for the CEC. The ADE will serve in a leadership role to develop, administer, and evaluate programs closely related to environmental health research and engagement at the university. The ADE will lead the assessment of multiple constituency needs; evaluation of academic program activities and functions; communication and cooperation with faculty in its program areas; development of interdisciplinary collaborations; and initiation of programs that develop new strategic directions.

The ADE will build the CEC as a valuable resource for community-based organizations and researchers and establish clear pathways to research collaboration and research-to-policy translation. It is expected that EHSC’s engagement activities will have regional, statewide, and national reach, and that EHSC will serve as a national model on integration of community engagement into environmental health research and education. The ADE will have substantial involvement in fundraising and the oversight of programmatic funds. This will include the creation of new engagement programs, and the development of new positions, recruitment, and management of staff.

The ADE will work with significant independence and under the generation supervision of the CEC Faculty Co-directors in all of these activities.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Program Leadership and Coordination (75%)
• Oversee the administration and operation of EHSC Community Engagement Core programs including, but limited to: community network development, research project development and implementation, and the curation of public events and workshop

• Oversee and manage CEC budgets and finances and facilities in coordination with the EHSC Administration Core.

• Facilitate development and execution of external collaborations and partnerships including cultivation of constituent relations, grant proposals, memoranda of understandings, scopes of work, budgets, and contracts.

• Develop and manage the CEC’s Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee including the recruitment and retention of non-university representatives.

• Hire, supervise, and mentor program staff affiliated with CEC; supervise and mentor students supporting CEC activities, when appropriate.

• Develop and oversee development of science communication materials, publically-accessible reports of research results, and other collateral that meets community partner needs.

• Build network of relevant researchers; connect faculty with community organizations/members to build relationships and collaborations, and bring well-communicated science to existing community forums.

• Maintain current knowledge of policies relevant to environmental justice and health disparities in California and EHSC research to identify opportunities for science-to-policy translation.

• Assist in fund development efforts to support research, teaching, and student learning programs and projects involving the CEC.

• Develop and implement trainings and workshops for different constituents including faculty and non-university groups that build university capacity for community engagement and community knowledge of university resources.

Program and Project Evaluation (10%)
• Assess program and constituency needs through quantitative and qualitative methods, e.g., surveys, interviews, focus groups.

• Evaluate the efficacy of program activities and functions through an analysis of institutional collaborations and constituent participation.
Professional Competence (10%)
• Actively engage in appropriate professional and scholarship activities.
• Remain current and contribute to the literature on community engagement strategies and best practices for university/community collaborations and partnerships.
• Connect with EHS Centers nationally to develop collaborative projects and understand national best practices in community-engaged environmental health research.

University and Public Service (5%)
• Participate in university service including the activities of campus and academic unit committees to contribute towards the university’s mission as a land-grant institution to serve the public.

Appointment Details:
100% appointment, 5 year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on funding. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • 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.
  • (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 5-8 letters of reference required

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