University of California Davis
United States

Director, Life Sciences Workforce Development

Job #JPF04002

Recruitment Period

Open date: February 10th, 2021

Next review date: Monday, Mar 15, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Mar 15, 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


This position is charged with advancing a new portfolio in the Life Sciences for UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education (CPE). Under general oversight, the director will establish a strategy for portfolio growth in alignment with the divisional strategic plan; provide vision and leadership for start-up programmatic initiatives; working collaboratively across the division, campus and professional community and encompassing a variety of subjects and disciplines within the Life Sciences sector; and has accountability for academic and financial sustainability of all programs created. Additionally, they will advise and support the Dean on workforce initiatives for Aggie Square, and will liaise directly with the Aggie Square team. The director is expected to be an academic leader in the field of life sciences, to bring strong expertise in workforce development strategies and approaches, and have recent experience in life sciences programming, along with a well-developed life sciences network that spans academia and industry.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in life sciences-related discipline (e.g., cell biology, genetics, virology, neuroscience, biological sciences).
  • Minimum 8 years of leadership experience in a higher education setting.
  • Relevant work experience in life sciences industry.
  • Experience operating in a self-supporting context or generating financial support via grants, contracts or philanthropy.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of adult learning principles, and experience applying those principles to the design of high quality, innovative and engaging learning experiences.
  • Experience developing and applying a start-up vision and strategy for an educational portfolio.
  • Experience building innovative partnerships.
  • Knowledge of workforce development strategies and approaches.
  • Exceptional creativity and problem-solving skills to develop appropriate solutions to needs/problems.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience in a higher education research institution.
  • Prior experience leading and managing people.
  • Proven capacity to work in a multi-stakeholder environment that includes academia, industry, government.


This is a full-time academic position with a term appointment with an initial 1-year appointment, eligible for continued reappointment. Salary commensurate with level and experience. UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education is unable to sponsor a work visa (H-1B) to fill this position. Successful candidate must be able to demonstrate that they are legally authorized to work in the United States.


UC Davis provides 13 paid holidays, 24 days accrued vacation and 12 days accrued sick leave. Position eligible for full benefits/retirement package. For more information about our extensive benefits please visit To learn more about UC Davis and our local communities please visit:


Qualified applicants should upload a Cover Letter and Curriculum Vitae/Resume via: by 3/15/21.

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse academic community.

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 UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space. Additional information and specifics regarding the policy are available at

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Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • 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.
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