Job Description

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Chancellor's Office
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#115616 Associate Chancellor

Initial Review Date: Thu 5/12/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date 05/12/22.

UC San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. Its culture of innovation and collaboration is supported by the 7th largest research budget in the U.S. Its rapidly transforming campus is becoming a major destination for students, patients and the community. Inclusive excellence is at the core of UC San Diego's success.


UC San Diego is launching a search for its next Associate Chancellor. As a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, this position is responsible for leading key strategic initiatives for the campus.

Reporting to the Chancellor and working in close collaboration with the Associate Chancellor/Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chancellor, the Associate Chancellor provides broad scope research and analysis, communication development and consultation to carry out the strategic objectives of the Chancellor. This position provides senior executive-level oversight and coordination of campus strategic initiatives and their implementation - with special emphasis on serving as the link between the Vice Chancellor for Advancement and fundraising leadership and the Chancellor. Functions with a high degree of autonomy and responsibility for identifying objectives, formulating strategies, directing programs, coordinating resources, reporting outcomes and managing people to achieve objectives.

Has primary responsibility for campus-wide, overarching "signature events," and for all collateral for these activities. In this role, the position oversees all of the professional staff who produce events either for or on behalf of the Chancellor and Associate of the Chancellor at Audrey Geisel University House or for the campus overall as implemented by Special Events and Protocol. Ensures that all events held by the Chancellor or on the Chancellor's behalf are appropriate for a state public research university. Provides leadership and direction for all campus-wide signature events, ensuring appropriate budgetary oversight and sufficient messaging regarding fundraising objectives. Partners with the VC Student Affairs, as well as other university leadership on the strategy and implementation of campus wide events and programs at the Epstein Family Amphitheater, and other high-profile shared campus spaces. Oversees the professional staff at Audrey Geisel University House and ensures appropriate management of the UC Regents asset, which is listed on the National Historic Register.

The Associate Chancellor has a strong executive level experience in leading major projects across a large and diverse enterprise. In depth knowledge, experience and understanding multi-layered organization with project management experience to take complex, high impact projects from conception to fruition. Represents and acts on behalf of the Chancellor with Capital Program Management.

Represents and acts on behalf of the Chancellor with both internal and external constituencies, promoting a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, respect and superior customer service. Provides oversight for the Chancellor’s Immediate Office professional staff, with a full complement of student employees. In this role, ensures the highest level of professionalism for the office and responsiveness for campus and community constituents. Provides backup supervision of managers for other members of the Chancellor’s executive support team, and provides advice and support for operational matters requiring a higher level of management action and engagement. With the Associate Chancellor/Chief of Staff, strategizes ways to effectively manage Chancellor’s priorities in order to position UC San Diego locally, nationally, and internationally as the university strives to fulfill its mission and the strategic plan objectives, with special emphasis on Advancement fundraising goals and the Chancellor's integral role with major donors and volunteer leadership in the donor community. This position models strong professional ethics, exercising tact and diplomacy when handling sensitive and complex matters in an environment of constant change.

As Associate Chancellor, is a member of he Chancellor’s Cabinet and serves in a senior leadership role to shape, guide, and direct the implementation of the Chancellor's engagement strategy with the campus' highest donors and foundations that support the exceptional research at UC San Diego and the education of the next generation of leaders and problem solvers. Serves as a senior leader in transformative and principal gifts, ensuring proposals are positioning UC San Diego for fundraising campaign success.

Must be willing and able to travel.

  • Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.


  • Advanced degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in public policy, public administration, organizational development, human resources or management preferred.

  • Thorough knowledge of the legal constraints and opportunities for higher education in the State of California and through Federal programs and regulations.

  • Advanced knowledge of the organizational environment of higher education and large research universities or highly complex organization to understand client priorities, issues, motivations and constraints.

  • Sophisticated leadership abilities to establish department goals, and motivate and influence others to achieve.

  • Advanced experience working in high-level administrative management within a large, complex organization. Experience providing counsel and management support to a high-level executive, overseeing commitments and ensuring priorities are managed in a highly dynamic and changing environment.

  • Strong management experience at an institution of higher education or similar organization. Experience working with internal and external constituencies, including faculty, staff, students, elected officials and governmental representatives.

  • Proven strong executive level experience in leading major projects - particularly those that may result in fundraising support for campus-wide initiatives - across a large and diverse enterprise. In depth knowledge, experience and understanding of academic environment. Project management experience to take complex, high impact projects from conception to fruition. Demonstrated skill to select, develop and implement a variety of direct and indirect strategies to influence desired outcomes.

  • Advanced knowledge and experience in strategic and operational planning, analysis and program evaluation to examine work processes, systems and organizational structures for development or revision to accommodate change requirements.

  • Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the historical and social context of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and of the complexities of the intersections of various communities and demonstrated ability to translate that knowledge into practical applications, processes, policies, responses, and programs.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear DOJ Background Check.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
b) Vacation/holidays (18 vacation days & 14 paid holidays a year).
c) Work/Life Balance.
d) UC Retirement Plan.
e) Pet Insurance.

For more information about UCSD Benefits please visit and UCSD Work/Life visit.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

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, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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