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#123390 Executive Director, Human Milk Institute

Filing Deadline: Mon 6/12/2023

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Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 6/09/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


At the Human Milk Institute (HMI), we bring organizations at the forefront of human milk research, clinical care, milk banking, education, and public and global health together to expand our understanding of human milk so we can apply that knowledge and improve lifelong health worldwide.

Our mission is to transform the approach to lifelong health for all people through human milk. We will pursue our mission through close collaboration with our partners and holding fast to our core values. We envision a future where human milk is the first and critical foundation for human life and equitable access to better health for the global community. We are laying the foundation for achieving this vision by establishing a world-class institute and creating a sustainable model for ongoing research into human milk.

The world is facing new and severe global health threats, growing inequities across society and environmental crises. Our purpose at HMI is to accelerate our understanding of human milk and apply that knowledge to improve lifelong health worldwide.

Human milk has been historically viewed as solely infant nutrition. This perspective created a data and research deficit that has had a lasting impact on the lifelong health of everyone on earth. At HMI, we rely on a firm commitment to evidence-based data to reveal what human milk holds for us, from infant development and understanding the effects of medications on milk composition to providing equitable access to milk, educating clinicians and so much more.

HMI programs are recognized leaders in studying and advancing access to human milk. These programs and the amazing people behind them intersect at HMI, creating a one-of-kind organization that serves as a resource for reliable data, expertise, and human milk. Key HMI pillars are the Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (MOMI CORE), Mommy's Milk Human Milk Research Biorepository, the UC San Diego MPRINT Center of Excellence in Therapeutics, the UC Health Milk Bank, and the Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition (SPIN) Program and Premature Infant Nutrition Clinic (PINC).

To accomplish HMI’s mission, vision, and goals, we need outstanding and creative leadership and an organizational structure that favors innovative thinking, collaboration, and open communication between the pillars and silos at our large organization.

Under general direction the Executive Director will be responsible for the overall planning, function, and long-term support of the Human Milk Institute (HMI). Key responsibilities involve interacting with UC San Diego leadership, HMI leadership, advancement, strategy teams and others to create a sustainable institute model. Securing philanthropic, foundation, and public and private grant support will be key to the success of the HMI and will be the overarching early work for this position.

As the institute develops, work with HMI faculty and engaging them in collaborative projects will be a key to sustainability.

The Executive Director provides oversight of HMI staff and will report directly to the HMI Director, Dr. Lars Bode.

The incumbent takes a leadership role in independently managing and developing a large, complex academic or research program of high visibility. Develops vision and establishes agenda to achieve research objectives. Oversees all elements of program administration. Collaborates across multiple research groups. Provides leadership in identifying outreach services. With faculty formulates program strategies and goals, directs long-term planning, and develops policies and procedures. Defines and implements publications program in support of the overall program. Is considered a subject matter expert of the organization and is recognized as an expert externally in the field.


  • Terminal degree in a related field preferred (PhD, MD, MBA etc.) and seven or more years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of experience, education and training.

  • Academic background and recognized expertise in selected area of research.

  • Demonstrated expertise with program building and strategy development within a leading academic institution, utilizing administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.

  • Expert communicator including verbal and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated expertise developing, maintaining, and expanding collaborations between academia, industrial and/or governmental agencies.

  • Leadership experience, ideally in academic and/or government agencies.

  • Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students.

  • Expert fundraising experience and financial portfolio management.

  • Expert negotiation skills.


  • Knowledge and experience in human milk and lactation research, clinical practice, or education.

  • Experience with event management.

  • Experience with community outreach and community building.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $87,000 - $202,600 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $41.67 - $97.03

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

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

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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