Deputy Director
University of California Davis
United States

Deputy Director (Academic Administrator)

Job #JPF04358

Application Window

Open date: September 17th, 2021

Next review date: Thursday, Oct 14, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Oct 21, 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



The coastal regions of California provide a home to almost 70% of California’s population and thousands of species of plants and animals. The land-sea interface at our coasts are a major driver of the state’s economy, generating $787 billion in annual wages and $2 trillion of gross domestic product. As a cultural resource, the coast also provides a vital sense of place to the state’s diverse population. At the same time, changing conditions wrought by rapid environmental change create challenges to existing frameworks for sustainable management. Meeting these challenges requires cross-disciplinary collaboration across the full spectrum of the natural and social sciences.

The UC Davis Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute (CMSI), established at UC Davis in 2013, unifies and fosters the intellectual leadership needed to meet these challenges. CMSI is an inter-collegiate institute spanning 8 colleges and schools, and 23+ departments, that develops, implements, supports, and coordinates the activities of a diverse group of marine science and policy researchers and students located on the main UC Davis campus and at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. As a result, CMSI is uniquely positioned to facilitate the research, education, and engagement we need to advance coastal sustainability. Our faculty, staff and students represent an unmatched breadth of biological, physical, social, and economic expertise, built on a foundation of service as a Public Research University.

UC Davis established CMSI on the holistic vision of the university as a source of knowledge through research, future leadership through education, and community-building through engagement. By partnering with other local, regional, national, and international coastal and marine science ventures - public, academic, and private – the CMSI carries out the science required to inform planning for a sustainable coastal environment in northern California and beyond.

The Deputy Director position plays a critical role in the leadership of CMSI and its internal and external programs. Under general supervision of the Director of CMSI, the Deputy Director will be responsible for co-leading the design, implementation, and oversight of diverse activities of the marine science and policy community at UC Davis, including:

• strategic planning and management
• income generation and development
• collaboration with stakeholders on symposia and other events
• strong and effective communication, outreach, and marketing, including supervising the CMSI Marketing and Communications Specialist
• extensive engagement with leadership at the highest levels of UC Davis administration, and of public and private stakeholders and partners
• research and academic program development for students and the public, including supervising the Lead Mentor for the major in Marine and Coastal Sciences




Provide vision, management, leadership and policy direction for programs, activities, and events. Work under the guidance of the CMSI Director and in collaboration with faculty to develop, update, and execute a strategic plan to coordinate and advance academic, research, outreach, and development programs on campus and at the Bodega Marine Lab (BML). Develop a business model (fundraising) and external communications plan that expands the profile and impact of marine science and policy programs. Identify and promote innovative research and educational/outreach activities that attract the financial support need to offset projected annual expenses of over $621,000 in 2021-2022.

Provide support for the Director with data and updates for the CMSI Executive Committee, UC Davis senior administrators (including Vice Chancellors and Deans), and External Advisory Council related to all aspects of the CMSI. Communicate effectively with the Director, faculty leaders, and UC Davis senior administrators.

In collaboration with faculty leadership, coordinate the development and implementation of programs integrating science and policy. Sponsor and support workshops and conferences, and advance multi-stakeholder initiatives for a sustainable California marine environment. Continual evaluation of programs to retain CMSI’s position as a leader in integrative coastal and marine sciences and policy.

In collaboration with faculty leadership, coordinate the establishment of the Bodega Conference and Learning Center (BCLC). The BCLC will expand programs for California schools, professional training, and lifelong learning, including novel tools and applications for education. The BCLC will also become part of a network of marine-oriented educational/outreach venues in northern California.

Collaborate with the BML Academic Administrator and other leadership to establish programs, exhibits and interactive displays at BML.


Work with the CMSI Director and other faculty leaders to develop the CMSI budget. Oversee and manage the budget for CMSI, in collaboration with the Chief Administrative Officer of the Department of Evolution and Ecology.

Develop and implement a comprehensive business and fundraising plan to support establishment of the BCLC, and academic and outreach programs of CMSI and BML. Plan, initiate, and coordinate major fundraising activities and initiatives in collaboration with the Office of University Development, following campus policies and standards. Working closely with the CMSI/BML Development officer, target and create tailored fundraising plans for foundations, private philanthropists and corporate/industry. Collaborate with and support faculty and other UC Davis researchers to solicit funding and prepare collaborative research and training proposals for government agencies and foundations.


Devise and implement a communications plan that assures CMSI outputs are widely disseminated and have a major impact. Supervise and work with the CMSI Communications and Marketing Specialist to create communications using a range of media formats. Coordinate activities with the communicators and marketing professionals at Office of Strategic Communications, Office of Research, CMSI affiliates’ colleges and schools. Ensure compliance with campus policy and standards. Secure speaking engagements at conferences and meetings to represent CMSI activities. Collaborate with the BML Academic Administrator to develop public education programs.

Supervise the CMSI Marketing and Communications Specialist.


Coordinate and facilitate, promote development and implementation of major interdisciplinary research and academic initiatives in marine science and policy, including research and training grants, and professional training programs in partnership with appropriate departments, centers, institutes, colleges, and schools.

Collaborate with UC Davis faculty and leadership of stakeholder organizations to plan, sponsor, and host conferences and symposia that disseminate and stimulate research on marine and coastal science and policy.

Prepare reports and presentations with campus researchers on coastal and marine topics and initiatives. Foster graduate, undergraduate, and professional student educational opportunities. Collaborate with faculty, the staff advisors for the Marine and Coastal Sciences (MCS) major and advisors for other majors (e.g., Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity; Environmental Science and Management), and the BML Academic Administrator to develop and coordinate curriculum in support of academic programs. Develop, support, and implement programs in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice to enhance diversity in marine sciences and policy. Inform CMSI faculty about funding and research collaboration opportunities and grant writing strategies, and provide leadership in proposal development and submission.

Supervise, in consultation with the MCS Advisor and MCS Faculty Advisor, the MCS Lead Mentor (appointed as a Graduate Student Researcher) in their work with undergraduates in the Marine and Coastal Sciences major.


Seek, engage with, and build strong working relationships with marine science NGOs, government agencies, foundations, private partners, universities, and leading academics on campus, within California, nationally and internationally to create funding opportunities, enhance the visibility and recognition of campus research activities and increase the impact of CMSI projects. Target public venues and collaborative outreach opportunities with neighboring California institutions.


Participate in the administration of CMSI and the University through appropriate roles in governance and policy formulation related to the marine science sector. As a result, the effective performance of his/her duties may require participation in campus governance through committee membership, community activities, and projects that are University-wide in scope.

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. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

ONLINE APPLICATION: Interested candidates should submit a Statement of Interest and Qualification, CV and Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Submit all in PDF format at:
Refer to the on-line instructions for further information. For full consideration, complete applications must be received by 10/14/2021. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for diversity.

E-mail admin questions to Sally Harmsworth; or Coty De Anda;

E-mail questions about the position and CMSI to: Carole Hom,


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD in Marine Science or a related field, experience in planning and conducting research in marine science or a related field.
Experience in strategic planning, governance, and policy-making in the marine science sector. Demonstrated experience in grant writing and development.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)


Preferred qualifications

Experience in academic program development, skill in scientific and public communications. Experience in developing, supporting, and implementing programs that foster diversity, equality, inclusion, and justice as it pertains to the marine sciences.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Interest and Qualifications
  • 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.
Reference requirements
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Please provide the name and addresses of 5 references.

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