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$90,000 - $115,000 /year
Hybrid Remote
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8 hrs/day

#117198 Chief Administrative Officer

Extended Deadline: Wed 10/5/2022

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

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 07/01/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 07/19/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

  • This position is open until filled. First Review Date 07/19/22.


UC San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide, a culture of collaboration sparks discoveries that advance society and drive economic impact.

The Department of Anthropology offers a full range of courses in archaeology, biological, social, cultural, psychological, political, and linguistic anthropology subject areas. Anthropology stands at the nexus between the social sciences, biological sciences, and humanities. It is dedicated to understanding the worldwide diversity of social institutions and cultural traditions, past and present, as well as to studying our nearest nonhuman relatives. The Anthropology Department’s undergraduate program serves approximately 150+ majors, 22 faculty, and visiting lecturers per academic year.

The Global Health Program (GHP) is a newer interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program at UC San Diego, beginning in Fall 2014. It is a field of study directly concerned with achieving equity in health for people worldwide. The program has faculty participation from the Divisions of Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Arts & Humanities, the School of Medicine, the Rady School of Management, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Global Health Program is administered through the Department of Anthropology and currently serves a population of 200+ majors and over 130 minors.

The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), who reports to the Department Chair and the Program Director, uses advanced administrative concepts to achieve organizational objectives and to resolve complex issues. The Chief Administrative Officer has a dotted line reporting to the Assistant Dean, School of Social Sciences, for the purposes of training and career development, resource management, financial controls and organizational design and development. The CAO manages, plans and coordinates the administrative operations of the Anthropology Department and the Global Health Program, the operations of which are significantly complex and broad in scope.

Administrative operations activities are the predominant focus of the position; supervising professional and support staff in academic and human resources personnel, student services, fiscal management, facilities and communications. The CAO performs short and long term planning and regularly works on highly complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors and exercise of judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Erroneous decisions or failure to achieve goals can result in additional costs, and serious delays in overall schedules.

This position may be eligible for a Hybrid flexible work arrangement, which could include a non-standard work schedule, and/or the ability to work off-site part of the time.


  • Proven leadership skills and experience with ability to apply management principles, practices and techniques in the conduct of business for complex multi-discipline, publicly-funded academic research department. Demonstrated ability to use initiative, creativity and resourcefulness to accomplish duties. Ability to assess unique needs of department.

  • Advanced knowledge of University rules and regulations, processes, protocols and procedures for budget, accounting and fund management, and/or personnel management.

  • Effective interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills.

  • Advanced knowledge of a variety of administrative operational activities such as event planning, basic fundraising processes, risk management planning, website design, accounting and payroll, and contracts and grants regulations and guidelines.

  • Strong skills in short- and long-term strategic planning, analysis, problem-solving and customer service.

  • Advanced knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques, and/or human resources policies and procedures for staff and academic employees.


  • Background check is required.

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

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