Executive Director
University of California Los Angeles
United States

Executive Director of the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law, and Policy

Job #JPF05772
  • School Of Law - LAW

Recruitment Period

Open July 31st, 2020 through Friday, Sep 25, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy (the “Institute”) at the UCLA School of Law and UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is seeking a highly motivated Executive Director with sustained experience working at the technology/law intersection to provide bold leadership, strategic vision, and creativity to help build a newly-established center for research and education on topics including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and digital privacy. The Executive Director will have significant opportunity to creatively shape the Institute’s mission and initiatives together with key faculty and leaders at UCLA’s law and engineering schools. The Executive Director will engage with students and faculty at UCLA, as well as leading technologists, legal experts, civil society groups, and policymakers from across UCLA campus and beyond to cultivate a vibrant and far-reaching intellectual community. The Executive Director will oversee the Institute’s core programs, fundraising, and operation; convene symposia, conferences, and new initiatives; work with faculty to launch research and policy projects that improve understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with rapidly evolving technologies.

About the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law, and Policy

The UCLA Institute for Technology, Law and Policy was established in 2020 to perform cross-disciplinary research on the ways that new and emerging technologies affect society, privacy, law and public policy. The Institute brings together faculty and students from the law and engineering schools and beyond to conduct research, convene events and engage the wider academic community and the public about the benefits and risks of technologies including artificial intelligence and machine learning, robotics, cybersecurity and digital media and communications. These and other rapidly evolving technologies pose questions ranging from ethical and public policy issues to the applicability and utility of current laws and regulations to govern their use.

The Institute is a collaboration between UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. The UCLA School of Law was founded in 1949 and is the youngest major law school in the nation. With approximately 100 faculty and 1,100 students, the school has long been recognized for its innovative approach to teaching, which transforms the classroom into a real-world laboratory through the integration of theory and practice. The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is a community of 190 full time faculty members, nearly 3,960 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students, and over 40,000 active alumni. Known as the Birthplace of the Internet, UCLA Samueli is also where countless other fields took some of their first steps—from artificial intelligence to reverse osmosis, from mobile communications to human prosthetics.

Executive Director of the Institute for Technology, Law and Policy

Working with the Institute’s Faculty Directors, associated faculty, and law and engineering school administrators, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibilities for the Institute’s programming, staff, fundraising, budget, and mission. The Executive Director will help map out the overall goals of the Institute and be responsible for their day-to-day implementation. The Executive Director will also help expand a sustainable fundraising framework for the Institute. In addition to successful experience as a manager and innovative leader, the Executive Director must have the capacity to collaborate with the broad spectrum of the Institute’s audiences and build an intellectual community for leaders and practitioners at the technology/law intersection, and the substantive expertise and communication skills to serve as an effective leader and representative of the Institute.

The ideal candidate will have: a Juris Doctor degree or Ph.D. (or equivalent); substantial successful management and leadership experience; a track record of innovation, program leadership and program building; extensive experience, engagement and understanding of technology law and policy; an excellent reputation and an extensive established network in the technology law/policy community; advanced administrative and organizational skills; a proven track record in fundraising and budget management; strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, students and the broader community; strong verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to draw on the ideas of others and convert them into meaningful strategies and plans and to represent those ideas to a variety of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, policymakers, the public and the press; ability to facilitate dialogues, identify barriers to effectiveness, and generate support for solutions; and high professional and ethical standards that reflect UCLA’s core values, purpose and mission. UCLA seeks candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.

This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenure track, academic position. The salary and level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This appointment is subject to the rules and regulations of the Regents of the University of California, which are mostly embodied in The UCLA CALL and the University of California Academic Personnel Manual. (See https://www.apo.ucla.edu/policies/the-call; and http://www.ucop.edu/acadpersonnel/apm/welcome.html.)

Confidential review of applications, nominations and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Friday, September 25, 2020 but will be considered thereafter until the position is filled. Please apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF05772 by submitting pdf copies of a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least five professional references. Finalists will later be expected to supply at least two letters of recommendation during the final vetting process.

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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).

Job location

Los Angeles, CA

Learn More

More information about this recruitment: https://law.ucla.edu/academics/centers/institute-technology-law-policy


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - A letter discussing your interest, qualifications and/or eperience.
  • List of References - Contact information for at least five professional references.
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
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Reference requirements
  • 5-7 required (contact information only)

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