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Director of Engagement

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 1st, 2019
Last review date: Thursday, Oct 31, 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: Tuesday, Dec 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.


Public Scholarship & Engagement (PSE) is an academic unit within the Office of the Provost, under the direction of the Vice Provost of Public Scholarship. The PSE works collaboratively with the university’s ten colleges and schools, other university-wide units, centers and institutes, as well with non-university groups. PSE’s overall vision is to cultivate and foster a culture of engagement that rewards and recognizes public scholarship in research, teaching, and service that upholds UC Davis’ land-grant mission to serve the public good. One of PSE’s primary goals is to increase mutually beneficial community engagement and public impact.

The Director of Engagement (DE) will serve in a leadership role and administer, develop, and evaluate academic programs closely related to public service and outreach of the University. It is expected that PSE's engagement activities will have regional, national, and international reach, and UC Davis will serve as a national model that integrates engagement into the research and teaching mission of the university.

Engagement programs will have a broad, interdisciplinary scope and encompass ten colleges and schools; and involve public, non-profit and private agencies outside of the University through mutually beneficial collaborations. This service will be provided to colleges and schools; academic departments; organized research units; faculty, staff, and students; and to the general public. The DE will have extensive involvement in fundraising and the oversight of programmatic funds.

The DE will be working in a new university-wide unit and will be part of a leadership team to build PSE’s capacity. This will include the creation of new engagement programs, and the development of new positions, recruitment, and management of a
staff team of engagement coordinators. The DE will report directly to the Vice Provost of Public Scholarship.

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Job location

Sacramento, CA


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.

  • Statement of Contributions to Public Engagement - Please provide a summary, not to exceed 3 pages, that describes your philosophy and approach to public engagement. The summary should include your experience designing, implementing, and/or evaluating engagement processes with a range of constituents, as well as the effectiveness and outcomes of these engagement processes.

Reference requirements
  • 5-7 required (contact information only)