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Academic Administrator - Environmental Science and Policy

Recruitment Period

Open date: August 1st, 2019
Last review date: Thursday, Aug 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 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.


Assistant Director, Environmental Policy and Management Program

Academic Administrators are appointees who administer academic 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.

The Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management (EPM) program ( housed within the John Muir Institute of the Environment ( provides advanced training in applying environmental science to real-world environmental policy and management issues. The program leverages the position of UC Davis as among the world’s strongest campuses in environmental research and science. The program trains students in interdisciplinary analysis for applied professional careers in environmental policy and management. Graduates of this program are equipped to integrate technical and scientific expertise in a social-political-natural context to provide effective environmental policy and management solutions.
The Academic Administrator (AA) works closely with program faculty (Chair and Executive Committee) and staff (Graduate Program Coordinator) to administer the program. This team collaborates on program planning and strategy. The AA is responsible for program decision-making (along with the Chair and Executive Committee) and supervising the Graduate Program Coordinator. The AA also takes primary responsibility for coordinating courses. Occasional teaching and guest lecturing is required, depending on disciplinary background. A small portion of the position is also dedicated to university and public service.



The AA has responsibility for coordinating/managing elements of the program outlined below with the assistance of the Graduate Program Coordinator and in consultation with the program Chair and Executive Committee:
• Curriculum: coordinate core classes including the Policy Clinic and the identification of electives
• The AA will oversee 2-3 courses each academic year (, depending on disciplinary background, most likely within the following set:

ENV 203 – Environmental Policy Clinic: group projects (any policy/management discipline suitable)
ENV 297 – Professional Development Seminar
• Student recruitment: guide recruitment and admissions
• Student professional development: coordinate development and internship opportunities
• Student advising: coordinate faculty advising of students
• Program design/improvement: facilitate meetings with faculty Executive Committee and External Advisory Committee
• Finance: Assist chair in tracking program budget and planning expenditures
• Supervision: Supervise the Graduate Program Coordinator who communicates with prospective and current students and administers many program components


The AA will engage in professional activities in their disciplinary area through involvement in professional organizations or societies, engagement in continuous professional growth, or similar scholarly activities.


The AA will participate in the administration of the unit and the University through appropriate roles in governance and policy formulation. The candidate may engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing.

PhD or equivalent terminal degree by time of appointment

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with Instruction
Experience with Program Administration
Familiarity with Environmental Policy and Management

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application materials must be submitted via the following website: The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, applications should be received by August 15, 2019.

University of California, Davis, and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and respect for differences based on gender, cultural ethnicity, level of disability, and sexual orientation.

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

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty and staff with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty and staff, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

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.

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Job location

Davis, CA


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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • 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
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)